Speakers at a discussion on Monday urged to the academicians, educationalists, writers to come forward to save the country’s little magazines in order to keep the practice of Bengali literature studying alive.
They came with the observation while addressing a discussion held on Rajshahi University campus on Monday.
Uttaran, a RU little magazine arranged the discussion in front of the university’s Shahidullah Arts Building to mark its first founding anniversary.
Eminent writer Professor Hasan Azizul Huq addressed the event as chief guest while renowned drama personality RU Management department Professor Malay Kumar Bhowmick, RU Bangla department Associate Professor Manikul Islam, Folklore department Assistant Professor Amirul Islam Konok and Islamic Studies department Assistant Professor Hafizur Rahman, among others, addressed the programme.
Professor Hasan Azizul Huq said that the little magazines were the life of new thinking, new knowledge as they were free from the commercial aggression.
‘But the commercial established newspapers and magazines run in the present society are destroying the way of generating new knowledge and new thinking as the newspapers and magazines owners only prefer to publish what is glittering and profitable,’ he said.
‘They are much interested with advertisement and have followed a policy for their favour. So, they do not want to publish the new thoughts of the students, rather than running what people are fond of,’ he also said.
Professor Malay Kumar Bhowmick said, ‘We are leaving in society where the students are studying only to get a job, not for learning or creating new knowledge.’
‘The students are now divided into various categories. They are not learning, but try to pass the examination only through memorising some notes and guides, hoping that it will help them to get high salary. But, at the last of their education, they find themselves empty,’ he said.
The speakers urged to the students, the educationalists and the writers to come forward to save the country’s little magazines in order to keep the practice of Bengali literature studying alive.
Earlier, the members of the magazine brought out a colourful rally on the campus.
The day long programmes concluded with a cultural function featuring Bengali dances, songs, and poems.
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