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4 January, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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I Admire Bangladesh

Rifky Mohideen
I Admire Bangladesh

“Ami Bangladeshke bhalobashi”. Yes, I Love Bangladesh. I am Rifky Mohideen from Sri Lanka, currently studying Higher National Diploma in Information Technology at Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education. I am an organiser of district federation of youth clubs of Sri Lanka and I have done many programmes and activities through these clubs. And I am an active member of Human Rights Organisation Sri Lanka for eastern province.

From my childhood I was eager to visit foreign countries to see their cultures and behaving of their people and historical places and liked to meet members of youth clubs. Unfortunately, this dream didn’t come true because of financial situation of my family. Fortunately, I got the chance to visit Bangladesh under the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Youth Exchange Programme 2017 from November 21 to 28 at the green campus of Daffodil International University (DIU). That was my first trip to a foreign county.

I am embarrassed to say that I had ignorant view on people of Bangladesh mostly. After I visited, I really admired the country. They are developing each and every sector day by day. It’s very beautiful country and I could see many tourists.

We were received at the airport and they took us to university and provided food and accommodation. The students of DIU are very friendly and supportive in all aspects. They also arranged programmes and lectures. Vice Chancellor Yousuf M Islam conducted a session on psychology and life and it made me thoughtful about the question ‘who am I’? A social business programme conducted by a programme officer of Yunus Centre was very effective and I could study many new things. They lectured how to eradicate poverty from the world and gave some ideas to apply to my country.

We played friendly cricket match between Bangladesh and Sri Lankan students and that was very joyful and interesting. It could help us to understand each other. I participated in interview on campus TV that was my first TV interview and I could not forget experience that I got from it.

I must tell something about lovely people of Bangladesh. They are very kind hearted and the most memorable thing about Bangladesh is the hospitable people. You rarely get the impression that they want anything more than to say hello. With our group, I visited the National Martyrs’ Memorial where I studied about the struggle of the nation to get independence. It is a highly recommended place to visit and see the artefact that narrates the true story of the toil which Bangladesh had to face during the Liberation War with Pakistan.

And I visited National Museum of Bangladesh, I could see the ancient heritage of the country. The museum is well organised and displays have been housed chronologically in several departments, like ethnography and decorative art, history and classical art, natural history and contemporary and world civilisation.

I visited Yunus Centre, established by Mohammad Yunus, the winner of Nobel (Peace) Prize in 2006, and its main activities are related to social business, working in the field of poverty alleviation and sustainability.

I still miss the people of Bangladesh. Thank you Daffodil, thank you Bangladesh! n

The writer is organiser of district federation of youth clubs, National Youth Services Council, Sri Lanka.

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