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Aarong posters

Nov 5,2007

Aarong has been decorating Dhaka with these mammoth-sized posters. Sorry I have not given any sense of scale in this camera phone snap. This is actually quite modest in size compared to some they have which each fill an entire side of a multi-storied building. Billboard space must be quite affordable. And I for one am very glad. ;-)


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Sep 19,2007

Yunus Stamp

Here is a snippet of the preliminary conversation which took place between Md Yunus and Md Design Wallah for the design of the commemorative stamp (released/inaugurated the other day ( see my post on that)).

Muhammad Design Wallah: Sir, i have come to consult you about the stamp design.

Muhammad Yunus: Its very simple. Dont get it wrong. Make my face the biggest element in the stamp. Touch up my teeth if required. Next put in my Nobel medal..Slightly faded and have it as a halo around my head. Get that? As a saintly halo. And thats it. Get on with it.

Muhammad Design Wallah: But Sir the stamp commemorates Grameen Bank as well.

Muhammad Yunus: What? Oh yes forgot about that. I shared half the money with my own Grameen Bank, didnt I? He he. Those Norwegians…he he. Yes paste the Grameen logo in. But make sure it doesn’t compete with my face. Understand?

Muhammad Design Wallah: Yes sir. Very good sir. Nine bags of wool sir. Anything else sir?

Muhammad Yunus: Can I advertise my grameen phone on it? No I guess not. But make sure you cut and paste Grameen Check on my Kurta. Ok? Any more questions?

Muhammad Design Wallah: Sir, forgive me, but the last time you inaugurated a microcredit stamp was in 2005 ( the UN Year of Microcredit). Madame Khaleda presided over the proceedings. She is now under arrest. Do you think the same fate will befall those who inaugurate this stamp?

Muhammad Yunus: Beyadob. Faizlami koro amar shathe?


2005 stamp inauguration:

2005 inauguration

2007 stamp inauguration:

2007 inauguration

Sep 11,2007

That has to be the quote of the week by Foreign Adviser Iftikhar Ahmed Chowdhury. Apparently the Russians are going to help develop nuclear energy in Bangladesh. “All countries do not like to extend nuclear cooperation. Russia has the appropriate technology for it.”  Yes tell that to the Ukrainians, Mr Chowdhury, and they might remind you about a nuclear plant called Chernobyl. But yes, unquestionably, energy policy and energy development should be top priority for any administration and especially so after Kansat last year.

Sep 1,2007

UPDATE TO POST: here is the stamp.

Corruption’s other cousin - anti-competitive practice - reared its slightly less ugly head when a new ten taka stamp honouring nobel laureate Mohammed Yunus was unveiled yesterday. Dressed up as honouring a national achievement it is of course nothing more than shameless state patronage of a particular conglomerate. What the hell are competitors supposed to make of this? Yes folks its directed development. Get to tolerate it.

The stamp was unavailable in Gulshan post office today. I am wondering what the thing looks like. Is it a generic type of shot of women staring ahead to a bright future or is it the grameen logo perhaps ( which shamelessly appropriates the national colours and the flag)?

I suspect neither. I suspect it is the scarey face of the loan shark banker to the poor Mohammed Yunus grinning ( his way to the bank). Minus three solution anyone?