The only Nobel Laureate of Bangladesh is again on headline because his relevance, both internal and international, can not be sidelined even though the most powerful person of the land and her partisan governmental juggernaut wished so hard to wink him away. A respected elder statesman like Muhit used ill chosen words to describe Hilary’s measured statements. Another minister, felt to be honest, also expressed her unhappiness. But the LGRD-minister topped them all!
Dr. Yunus did the country good in so many ways.
Let’s count the ways:
1) Even if nothing else, he conceived and built an enterprise that employed thousands of men and women.
2) Even if Grameen Bank did nothing to alleviate prevailing poverty, it definitely empowered womanhood and this is no small feat.
3) Even if the Nobel Peace Prize, for the sake of lame argument as alluded by the honorable LGRD minister, is an instrument of politics by western democracies; laurels of this prize is still the most coveted – such that our honorable Prime Minister also longed for it … not to mention hiring lobbyist …
4) It is an undeniable fact that after Rabindranath, Dr. Yunus is the most widely recognized Bangalee face of international repute, eclipsing even our revered BongoBondhu. Despite our contentious political culture, Dr. Yunus presents a sober and sane countenance for our god forsaken Swadesh…
Dr. Yunus rightfully got his noble laurel of the Nobel Prize. But Nobel did not decimate his nobility. Thus when some churlish leaders were clamoring “grapes are sour”, he retained his composure and said no ill of the evil raconteurs, even though he had to appear in “mufassil” towns to defend against an array of malicious litigations, while another Nobel Laureate from neighboring was schmoozing with our all powerful Prime Minister. As the scope of dialogue was totally evaporated, he went to the highest court and he lost and he stepped down. Yes, he stepped down from the position of Grameen MD but did not step down from the high alter of nobility… He did not win, but he did not behave like a looser.
But the victor, for “God-Knows-Why” continued ranting with a “looser-mentality”, otherwise, after proposing Yunus for the highest position of World Bank, how can she come back hurling unkind words once he came out with a opinion that is at odds with that of hers; that the election better be held under the supervision of a non-partisan government.