The Daily star Editorial : 02-08-16By: মোঃ মোজ্জাম্মেল হোছাইন
প্রথমে শব্দার্থগুলো পড়ে নিন
Desertify:মরুকরণ করা, জনশূন্য করা (Desolate, seclude)
Knee-jerk: স্বতঃস্ফূর্ত, সম্ভাব্য, প্রত্যাশিত (Spontaneous, predictable)
Queue up: সারি থাকা, লাইন থাকা, ভীড় থাকা
Eerie:ভুতুড়ে, আতঙ্কগ্রস্থ (fearful, spooky)
Unauthorized:অ-অনুমোদিত, অস্বীকৃত (Unrecognised, disallowed)
Per Se: নিজেই (By itself)
Eateries:খাবারের দোকান(Eating house)
Hue: রঙ, বিভিন্ন ধরনের (different type or group)
Lend:ধার দেওয়া (Loan)
Semblance:সাদৃশ্য, বাহ্যিক রূপ (Appearance, harmony)
Encroach:দখল করা (occupy)
Blanket order : একটা নির্দিষ্ট সময়ব্যাপী একই পণ্য ক্রয় বিক্রয়ের অবস্থা (An order to buy the same good or service regularly)
Ventures: উদ্যোগ, বিপজ্জনক বা সাহসী কার্য (a new activity that involves risk or uncertainty, attempt)
Don’t ‘desertify’ Gulshan
Avoid knee-jerk reaction
Restaurants in Gulshan where people had to queue up to get seats just a month ago have been running almost empty since the terror attack on July 1. The photos were taken between 8:30pm and 9:30pm yesterday.
Fear, along with the government decision to closedown so called illegal establishments in Gulshan area as a reaction to the unfortunate killings in Holey Artisan has helped create the eerie character that Gulshan has taken on today.
It is very difficult to see the government’s rationale in drawing a correlation between illegal commercial establishments in the area and the terrorist killings. What if the establishment had government approval? Would that have prevented the attack and the killings?
However, it is quite another matter if the issue is of ‘unauthorised’ commercial establishment per se in a non-commercial area. But even here the government has a few questions to answer. How come these so called illegal entities came to be there in the first place? And how come most of these are running for decades without the relevant authorities taking note of it? We cannot also overlook the fact that these shops and eateries and places for get-together for all ages and hues had lent a cosmopolitan character to Dhaka city, and without which any semblance of a modern city that one attaches to the capital would be lost.
The government should decide once and for all that there should be no more commercial establishments in residential areas including Gulshan. It should then deal with those that have actually encroached on public space and caused public inconvenience. Then there are those that are well established over a long period of time which should not come under a blanket order of removal because these commercial ventures have added to our economy by creating thousand of jobs, closing down of which will have a serious impact on the lives and livelihood of many.