Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus praised the students for waging the weeklong demonstration for road safety in the wake of killing of two of their fellows in the capital’s Airport Road by reckless buses.
In an opinion piece sent to the national dailies on Monday, Yunus noted that the unprecedented demonstration not only served the purpose of expressing deep shock at the death of two students but also proved the fact that the administrative failure was the root of all problems for maintaining road safety.
He wondered how the students ran the demonstration without any assistance from consultants as well as modern communication.
Like others, he said, he was awed by students’ movement that, according him, would never be forgotten by the nation.
Yunus who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 jointly with Grameen Bank, founded by him to institutionalise microcredit, noted that the present government ruined a great chance to address the anger of children and their parents by getting them off the road.
‘Is the identification of unfit vehicles and drivers without licences a difficult task?’ he questioned.
He wrote that senior citizens including him lost the right to advise them.
Still, he recommended that the students should stay on course like the way they proudly showcased placards inscribing ‘You Bangladesh’.
Yunus who stepped down as managing director of Grameen Bank in 2012 in the wake of a series of moves by the Awami League-led government hoped that the students would usher a new dawn.
In his emotion-chocked concluding remark, he said, he like many others wanted to be guided by the dream and imagination of the students.
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