Humanity, generosity and us
If asked the question, can we be happy leaving many others 'unhappy'? Many of us who believe in humanity and generosity would answer 'no we can't be happy leaving others as unhappy'. Leaders like Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Mother Teresa almost spent their whole life making others happy. Those great leaders did not run after money and wealth but stood against all odds, injustice to protect their citizens.
None of these great leaders are any more with us but millions of people around the globe still holds their spirits of 'humanity and generosity `. That is why we saw Hindus opening temples for Muslim's prayer and Muslims opening mosques for displaced Hindus in the recent massive flood of Kerala, India. It was humanity and generosity that drove many individuals regardless to castes, religions and professions to stand beside thousands of homeless and displaced. Salman Khan, Sunny Leone, Kangana Ranaut and many other citizens donated millions of rupees for Kerala affected people.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Angelina Jolie had not been heroes only in the playground and movies but also in real world as they donate millions of dollars every year for charity purpose. It was not only stars like Messi, Neymar, Salman but also stars like Suruj Mia, Joynul Abedin had the spirit and dedication to end miseries of people.
Joynul Abedin, a 60 years old rickshaw puller lost his one of family members due to timely treatment. Being a rickshaw puller he could not save his family member but what he could, start saving all of his money for next 30 years only with an an intent to set up a small hospital in his own village. No one could believe he would make it but finally was successful with his earning of 3000 thousand dollars. Not only he started running the hospital voluntarily but also managed to engage one doctor who agreed to prescribe patients free of cost. Even after started getting fund from anonymous sources, he did not stop driving rickshaw to save more money in future.
There were some persons who had no money but only a big heart and strong will-power to support people. Suruj Mia, a security guard who could not educate himself due to poverty, introduced a 'CANDLELIGHT SCHOOL' in northern part of the country only to fulfil dreams of some underprivileged boys and girls. Like Suruj, a clerk in Karnataka, India helped to provide tuition fees of 45 college students who could not afford their own fees.
Many of us would be surprised to know, some foreigners have been living for decades in the country only to educate hundreds of students in remote areas like Char Fashion. Fred Hyde, an Australian citizen who has been living here for more than 30 years, so far has built 42 schools for students who could not avail government school.
If people with a big heart like Fred Hyde, Suruj Mia and Joynul Abedin can dedicate themselves for the welfare of poor and unprivileged, why can't we? We can trace hundreds of Suruj Mia, Joynal across the country, if we have an inquisitive mind. Let us not forget recent case where District Commissioner (DC) of Comilla took responsibility of the new born baby whose parents flew from hospital as they could not bear expenses.
Even son of a very sick mother are also seen taking their classmates, well-wishers to streets, markets, shopping malls to get some funds for her mother and many of us takes the pride of helping a dying mother with a small amount of money. Even a group of students who hardy had any logistics and fund also dared to run evening class for street children and elderly people.
Every year, after the result of different public examinations like SSC, HSC, university admission test, media focuses on many poor but meritorious students who hardly can manage to continue advanced education. Why not our local MPs or other affluent people take their responsibility?
We already have seen State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Health taking responsibilities of few students, jobless young graduates. If our honourable ministers can take responsibilities of few students and fresh graduates, why top level civil servants can't follow the same road? An increasing numbers of similar initiatives expected to restore the fainted image of 'corrupted and dishonest civil servants, political leaders', writer believes.
It would not be a bad idea, if transport owners associations voluntarily take the responsibility of treatment who recently became victims of road accidents or Doctor's Associations offer free treatments to few patients who desperately needs expensive treatments. Multinational Company like Unilever, Marico, Robi Axiata can also extend their support in the fields of education, technology, health through building several international standard educational institutions on engineering, medical and other disciplines which in the long run would reduce brain drain, wrier argues.
Whatever we do and have done so reveals the fact that humanity and generosity is still above everything. So, from now on, let us promise, we will be inspired by person like Jonynul, Suruj to be part of each noble deed in our country.
The writer is a former student of Dhaka University at the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism