Out of the shadows: Ex Governor Dr Atiur Rahman comes up with 2 new books

Courier Report
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017


Two new books, one in English and the other in Bangla, written by former Governor of Bangladesh Bank Dr Atiur Rahman, were unveiled at the Ekushey Book Fair.


The Bangla book has been published by Annaprokash. The title is ‘Bune Gelam Ashar Swapon: Governor Dinilipi’ (‘Laying the seeds of dreams: Governor’s Dairy’).


The book reflects snapshots of his inspiring words he used to share with the participants of events of financial inclusion both within and outside Bangladesh during his nearly seven year-tenure as governor of Bangladesh Bank, before he had to resign in ignominy after the Bangladesh Bank heist in May, 2015.


In particular Dr Rahman used to visit villages, growth centres and towns of Bangladesh to communicate his innovative ideas of inclusive and green finance to the farmers, women entrepreneurs and other small and medium entrepreneurs.


He also took time to inspire young bankers (including central bankers) to work for the unbanked, under-banked and the un-served.


Dr Rahman shared his dreams with them about a vibrant Bangladesh whenever he got an opportunity to speak his minds.


He encouraged bankers to become socially responsible and conduct humane banking. He also shared his thoughts on amazing macro-economic transformation of Bangladesh off and on.


All these inspiring words have been covered in this book in a selected diary form. The author expects that the students of development and young bankers will hugely benefit by reading this exceptionally inspiring book, said a press release.


The second book titled ‘Tagore’s Thoughts on Peasantry’ is actually a translation of Dr. Atiur Rahman’s original Bangla book Rabindranath: Krishi Bhabna (published by Moudhyarno).


The Bangla book has been translated by actor Khairul Alam Sabuj. This English version has been published by Pathak Shamabesh.


The book covers the thoughts and actions of Rabindranath Tagore on the peasantry. Tagore was also a ‘Zaminder’ (landlord) in the then East Bengal. He was deeply pained by the deprivations of his tenants. So he started a number of innovative measures to uplift them from their deprivations and helplessness. In addition to organizing them in groups and cooperatives for better education and health, he started providing the tenant farmers new knowledge, farm loans, seeds and machines.


He even got his son and son-in-law trained in modern agriculture from the United States to help the peasantry. This book showcases an exceptional Tagore who was larger than his own life. This is also a humane story. The book will be useful for the students and development workers of all ages.

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