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OP-ED: In remembrance of Imamul Kabir Shanto

  • Published at 07:04 am May 30th, 2021
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His purpose was to serve the people of Bangladesh and to help the underprivileged

Today marks a year since the sad departure of our Founder Chairman Bir Muktiijudda Imamul Kabir Shanto. In tribute of this great personality of Bangladesh, we are bringing into perspective his deeds and achievements contributory to the development of this Country. 

In so doing, we wish to highlight in perception the person and what he stood for. Despite being with him for a very limited tenure of employment both as a member of his entourage as well as a younger brother, I feel there is so much to tell that it may take forever to bring into the forefront this paramount figure. 

He was indeed a person with a purpose in life and that was his agenda. The purpose was to serve the people of Bangladesh and to help the underprivileged. This was his vision and he saw a need to cater to his purpose because he was inclined towards development, where the underprivileged would be benefitted to undertake the tasks of the nation by becoming involved in activities. 

What were these activities? He specifically saw that getting the underprivileged involved in their teen years in some form of skill development would be contributory to development in a way whereby they would continue to work around that skill and better themselves. 

He was also willing to create centres of excellences in these basic skills which could eventually allow a mobilization of available resources which may be needed both domestically as well as internationally. However, as a first step, the skills that he focused upon were ones which encouraged self-dependency. 

These skills involved basic national resources such as jute products, bamboo, leather, handicrafts, garments, tea, pottery, in addition to emphasizing information technology. He saw that these areas of focus would contribute to national development on level that was unparalleled. 

He was even ready to decentralize these centres of excellences nationally so that it would not create unnecessary resource accumulation in one area but, rather, in each of the divisions, districts, and eventually the upazilas in due course.  

This was a challenging ask when you take into consideration the challenges that needed to be overcome. His main challenge remained finding likeminded persons who would work with him in this effort. The primary obstacle in Bangladesh has been that most people’s vision has been focused on the short term whereas his was long-term with appropriate milestones along the way. 

This was the main cause of not getting adequate resources. It is our agenda to create the team necessary and equip them with his vision and roadmap to take a front-facing approach. 

While we hope to take matters forward, we also remember this great person and his invisible contribution to what is happening and will be happening in Bangladesh. I pray that he is able to relish on the other side the path Bangladesh is taking to mobilize ahead as per the directives he had conceptualized. However, his presence here is deeply missed as his direct involvement itself carried a lot of momentum, diversity, and weight. 

Waleed Morshed has been Consultant to Sundarban Courier Service (Pvt) Ltd and all other concerns under the Shanto-Mariam Foundation since 2015. He is focused mainly on IT Automation, Projects, Development, Financial Management & Services, Public Relations, and Process Reengineering.

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