বইয়ের নাম: বাঙালির মিডিয়োক্রিটির সন্ধানে pdf
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bangalir midiokritir sondhane book review:
মিডিয়োক্রিটি বলতে বুঝায় এভারেজ বা গড়পড়তা কোনো কিছুকে। যেটা খুব ভালোও না, খারাপ ও না, মোটামুটি চলে আরকি যাকে বলে।
বর্তমানে বাংলাদেশে ‘নিরপেক্ষতা’ যে কতটা বিরলপ্রজ, তা এদেশের লেখক-বুদ্ধিজীবীদের লেখা পড়লে বা বক্তব্য শুনলেই বোঝা যায়। কতটুকু ‘আনবায়াসড’ ছিলেন ফাহাম আব্দুস সালাম সে কথায় পরে আসছি।
History, language, politics and religion are some of the topics discussed in this book to determine the average character of Bengalis.
Bengali, in the words of the author, “The inhabitants of this land have suffered a strange experience on the whole – the Bengalis have got a state before they understand what collective ownership is. He understands individual ownership, he understands government ownership but he does not understand what collective ownership is. The exclusive opportunity of enjoyment is the top condition of collective ownership for him. It is difficult for an ancient society to understand the concept of collective ownership because of its long colonization and then rapid transition to capitalist society. ”
The book discusses various issues of Bengalis and various psychological issues of Bengalis. An excellent book for discussing, criticizing or debating. There are many truths or discussions that we don’t talk about or notice.
The author did not want to call the Bengali revolution exactly a revolution, but we called the rapid change a revolution due to lack of experience and words. And the only happiness of this revolutionary Bengali is to win the argument!
There are several chapters on language in which the author, in contrast to the conventional Bengali sentiments about the mother tongue Bengali, explains the real state of the language, and our hypocrisy in the application of the language, which may cause discomfort to many readers. In this book, the conventional ideas of Bengali about ‘language of life’, ‘great language’ and ‘mother tongue’ have been shattered. Besides, some cruel truths have been highlighted about the practical use of language. For example, one hundred years ago in Kolkata, knowing Chosta Bangla was considered a symbol of social importance and nobility, but in the present context, good English is the key to social and professional success. All the intellectuals who are always blabbering on about Bengali language, they know English very well and also teach their children through English.
Inadequate vocabulary of Bengali language, the puritanical character of standard Bengali has been considered as a major obstacle in the development of this language. The author also cites a hypothesis that the lack of sufficient words in a language can hamper the thinking process of the people in that language. He explained the disability of Bengali language in the field of higher education and science with examples, and said that ‘standard’ Bengali would survive in the final judgment, not ‘standard’ Bengali. In his language chapters, the author basically advises everyone to be bilingual.
However, in the discussion of language, the author has discussed the most intriguing-numerical system of Bengali language. He gave a comparative picture of the number and counting system in English and other languages, where several obstacles to the numerical system of the Bengali language arose. To solve this, the author has proposed to introduce a new transparent numerical system by abolishing the conventional Bengali numerical system.
I am not a linguist, it is difficult for me to understand how logical this discussion is. However, I am fascinated by the author’s challenge to dismiss the numerical system of a popular language, and to suggest a new numerical system alone!
The discussion on the consciousness of the liberation war, Shahbag, science-mindedness, theistic-atheist binary, the future chapters of Islamic politics was very impressive. The author’s impersonal approach is particularly admirable in the discussion of theistic-atheist binary. This is a sensitive issue where most negotiators fail to analyze in a neutral way. In this group, too, we see regular weeping over ‘believers vs. atheists’, or ‘science vs. religion’, in discussions of books on religion, history and science.
Reading Faham Abdus Salam’s ‘Binary’ discussion very closely, I think he was quite unbiased which is very rare in the Bengali intellectual community. Just as he points out the reluctance of the religious class to seek knowledge or build knowledge, so too the atheist class points out that the original philosophy of science is opposed to religion by objectively and unjustly different interpretations.
Judging thoroughly, I would not claim that the author was always neutral in the whole book, or in all matters. Because, in any discussion of the political context in this book, the author seems to be very sharp in criticizing the Awami League, which is very reasonable. However, he felt somewhat reluctant in the case of other political parties in Bangladesh, especially the BNP. Similarly, during the autopsy of the so-called Shahbagi group, he seemed as shabby as when he was looking for the Suluk of the Islamist group. Perhaps the author’s family’s political involvement could play a role. Although these are purely my own observations, and my considerations may be wrong.
Finally, to be very honest, I think the author has managed to maintain his overall apathy in his interpretation-analysis. What I like best about the author is that his brain is very clean, sharp and his range of thought is deep.
The way of thinking of this book has fascinated me, enlightened and aroused me. I think every conscious reader, especially the children of the present generation, should read this book. The book strikes a chord with the reader’s conventional views and social discourses, and inspires him to think in different ways.
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