Any single organisation cannot bring change to society until the progressive forces come forward and get united, observed Indian historian and Marxist intellectual Vijay Prashad on Thursday evening.
‘Artists, writers and other progressive minds have their own responsibilities in bringing changes to society,’ he said while giving a lecture titled ‘The Ruins of the Present: Imperialism Today’ at the seventh Golam Kashem Daddy Lecture Series organised by photography organisation Drik at its office in Dhaka.
The author of about twenty books also said that leftists across the world were still doing their job of motivating people for the change, but they should focus for greater unity.
Vijay, also a professor of international studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, United States, said that the Group of Seven countries, widely known as G-7 that includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United
Kingdom and the United States, were imposing imperialist ideas.
‘These countries were regularly investing a huge amount of money for their defence forces and expanding the forces in other countries to implement their imperialist policies,’ he said.
Drik managing director Shahidul Alam gave the welcome speech at the programme.
He focused on the life and works of one of the early photographers of Bangladesh — Golam Kashem, better known as Daddy, who was born on the November 5 in 1894, at Jalpaiguri in West Bengal.
Golam Kashem’s photography began in his school days when he bought Ensign Box camera with the savings of bus fare to school and began taking photographs, said Shahidul Alam.
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