Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in yet another noble gesture,, has taken the full responsibility of sport girls Mahfuza Khatun Sheela and Mabia Akhtar Shimanta who won gold in the just concluded South Asian Games in India.
This is also a recognition of their talent and success from
the highest level of the state as well a reflection of the PM's motherly
love and care.
Mahfuza won two gold medals in swimming and Mabia
bagged one in weight lifting in the South Asian Games, raising
Bangladesh's international standard in sports and also setting an
example of achievement that will encourage other Bangladeshi girls to
compete in a variety of games at home and abroad.
Mahfuza and Mabia -
and their families -- will from now on be looked after and given
survival support by the government on account of the Prime Minister's
personal wishes and this is going to be another manifestation of Sheikh
Hasina's human touch for which she is very much adored by all.
has been known for similar gestures in the past. Few years back, the
Prime Minister under her personal initiative arranged marriage of two
girls orphaned after fire broke out in an illegal chemical factory and
burned many houses in old Dhaka's Nimtali area. The wedding of the two
sisters was solemnised at the Prime Minister's official residence
Ganobhaban in presence of their families and guests where the Prime
Minister herself was the host.
They were over whelmed by the
heartfelt sympathy and feelings of Sheikh Hasina for the destitute and
her urge to do the best she can for them. Marrying out the two sisters
was the highest example of the PM's noble gesture, reflection of her
nobility and response to the call of humanity.
Prime Minister Sheikh
Hasina came forward to help Mahfuza and Mabia and their families when
almost all others had virtually ignored them. Mabia returned from India
five days ago clutching her gold. But she lamented saying that no one
from the country's sporting arena, Sports Ministry or any public
representative or youths who heralded her success profusely in social
media did come to see her.
Even no one met her with a stick of flower
when she returned home. She was picked by her maternal uncle on his
motorcycle. This is a sad saga in the life of a brilliant sports girl of
Mabia's family lives in an eight-foot by ten-foot
labyrinth in highly unhygienic conditions near the Khilgaon jheel in the
capital, virtually with no ventilation or sanitation. Their hut is so
rickety that it may be razed down by a small gust of wind, witnesses
This is ironical for the girls who brought rare laurels for the country.
was more tragic to know that Mahfuza had to sell one gold medal she
received earlier for treatment of her ailing father. The PM was shocked
to learn that and immediately asked the concerned officials to see the
medal is restored to Mahfuza. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has directed
officials in the home district of the two girls to ensure best possible
living amenities to their families, such as electricity and water, and
generate economic and agriculture activities.
This is how Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina feels and makes her government do for the
distressed and the needy. She rehabilitates the burn victims while the
other key politician in the country former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia of
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) directs and oversees the burning of
innocent people by petrol bombs and killings by political violence. This
is the basic difference between the two leaders - something which is
very clear in the eyes of the people of Bangladesh.
A newly launched
"burn unit" at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital has been named after
Sheikh Hasina - a right decision by the concerned authorities. There can
be no better accolade for the Prime Minister, who is a globally
acclaimed politician and statesman, a humanist and mother. Sheikh Hasina
is a combination of many qualities, she listens and acts and opposes
anarchy to promote peace and constitutional stability.
But we wonder
why it has to be only Sheikh Hasina to act to be humane to bring smiles
to the needy and helpless. There are so many other rich and affluent
people in politics and businesses in Bangladesh. They earn fabulously,
often through illegal means, but remain shamelessly tight fisted when it
comes to helping the poor. To them, humanity comes behind everything
else. They spend all their energies and direct efforts to boost their
wealth and compete with others in the same clan. There is hardly any
help coming from them for the poor and helpless. Can we not expect many
more helping hands and benevolent hearts?
In that, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is an exception. So, she deserves appreciation and admiration.