“Another South Asia is Possible”- to achieve this dream five day long South Asia Social Forum, Bangladesh 2011 started today, Friday at the Dhaka University premise with colorful rally, discussion and cultural program. At 3.30 p.m. in the afternoon the inaugural rally started from Shahbagh and ended at the central Shahid Minar via press club. Participation of people from every section of the society from Bangladesh, representatives from South Asian and Asian Countries and other continents made this gathering a global meeting place.
Inauguration of the program was declared by Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique, honorable Vice Chancellor, University of Dhaka. He said, World Social Forum has been originated from the people’s movement from the different parts of world in begin to establish a global society with the principles of Equity, Peace, Independence, Justice, Plurality, Diversity, Cooperation and Participation. Let us all come together to build a exploitation free, poverty and hunger free South Asia, and raise our voice all together, Another South Asia is Possible. Let the movement start from Dhaka University premise, where all the movements of the history of Bangladesh were bred successfully and historic Shahid Minar.
Kuldip Nayar, veteran Indian intellectual in his solidarity speech emphasized on being united to fulfill the dream of a South Asia free from poverty, hunger, injustice, oppression and inequity. He said in this movement different countries from South Asia will come together and will transcend the borders and religion and will be proud of their South Asian identity.
Other presented in the program were Muhammad Hilaluddin, Coordinator, South Asia Social Forum General Council; Khondker Johurul Alam, NFOWD; Shaktipada Tripura, Indigenous Leader; ,Shirin Akhter, Women Leader; Sheepa Hafiza, BRAC; Rokeya Kabir, BNPS; Khushi Kabir, Nijera Kori; Gareth Price-Jones, Oxfam GB Bangladesh; Farah Kabir, ActionAid; Shahin Anam, Manusher Jonno Foundation; A B M Farook, Dean, University of Dhaka; Muhammad Selim, Polite Bureau Member, Communist Party of India (M) ; Hasanul Haque Inu, MP Bangladesh; Kamla Vasin, Indian Women Leader; Matti Kohenen , France, Europe; Rita Feiry, Brazil; Ali Abdul Mahdi Hasan, Iraq, Karamat Ali, Labor, Pakistan; Dr. Mizanur Rahman, Chairman, National Human Rights Commission.
Inaugural announcement was delivered by Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique, VC, University of Dhaka and Mohsin Ali, Member, South Asia Social Forum General Council. The program was concluded with eye catching performances from the cultural activists of Bangladesh.
From 18 November to 22 November in different locations of Dhaka University campus thematic seminar, symposium, children- student- youth forum, arts and crafts fair, debate, recitation, music, dance, drama, sculpture, photography and film exhibition will be held.