Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today urged BNP to see the picture of the country’s tremendous development in world media before criticising the government.
“It is regrettable that many don’t want to see and understand Bangladesh’s remarkable development that took place in the last decade under the Awami League government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he said.
The minister made the comment while addressing a discussion at an auditorium of Jatiya Press Club in the capital, reports BSS.
Independent Newspaper Readers Association (INRA) organised the discussion marking the 52nd death anniversary of Tofazzal Hossain Manik Mia, a pioneer of the country’s newspaper industry.
Mentioning a report ‘South Asia should pay attention to its standout star’ of Bloomberg, Hasan said this star is Bangladesh. “As per the report, India and Pakistan should learn the formula of rapid development from their neighbouring Bangladesh which was least developed country. Pakistan was 70 per cent richer than Bangladesh in 1971. And, presently, Bangladesh is 45 per cent richer than Pakistan,” he added.
He said the cabinet secretary of Bangladesh has informed that the per capita income of the country is 2227 US dollar. Bangladesh left behind Pakistan in all indexes and neighbouring India in some indexes, said Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.
On the other hand, he said, the politics of BNP stuck on the health issue of Begum Khaleda Zia and they don’t think about the health of common people or the country’s development.
The minister said, “I would like to urge BNP leaders, including Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, to see the picture of the tremendous development of Bangladesh in different world media before criticising the government.”
About mass media, Hasan said media could play a pivotal role in creating the mind of a nation. As the media can lead society in the right direction, it can also lead it (society) in the other direction if it tries.
The minister recalled the outstanding contribution of Tofazzal Hossain Manik Mia.
Manik Mia Foundation secretary general Syed Tosharraf Ali, politician Md Nasirul Haque and journalist Gias Uddin Kusum, among others, addressed the discussion with association president SM Jamal Uddin in the chair.