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Grameen Bank : The Struggle of Dr. Muhammad Yunus

Format Paperback
Language English
ISBN 978 984 20 0482-7
Edition 1st
Pages 304

A young professor of Economics seeing the devastating effects of 1974 famine came out of his classroom in searching the way out for the vulnerable rural poor, stepped into the village in the vicinity of his university. Interacting with landless have-nots of that village day after day, he realized that a tiny capital can enable them to earn their livelihood. He tried to help them by taking them to the doors of banks but banks refused to consider them as credit-worthy. He did not give up, rather he launched a life-long struggle for establishment of collateral-free institutional credit right. In the course of this struggle he moved from his university to remote villages at all the corners of the country. The vested quarters obstructed, tried to frustrate, termed it madness, but could not block its success. Grameen Bank emerged as the Bank of Poor. He is named as the Banker to the Poor. His novel work established the Grameen Bank and innovated the concept of micro-credit and social business. His innovation spread all over the world. The Grameen Bank become a unique model for fighting out poverty in all continents of the world. His work brought admiration at home and abroad, with so much of awards, prizes and honours that no individual scholar got during lifetime. In 2006 he and his creation Grameen Bank won the most coveted Nobel Peace Prize. Bangladesh burst out with joy and buoyed up with glory. But his struggle never ended. Since 2009 he has been subject of a nonstop conspiracy at his homeland for which he brought both pride and honour. Multifaceted harassments followed against him and his organization_ Grameen Bank. He has been removed from Grameen Bank, the bank is termed as a public bank, and management policy is changed by amending its law. He and his bank are thus thrown into another difficult struggle. A struggle that continues for long many years !!!

Siraz Uddin Sathi / সিরাজ উদ্দিন সাথী

লেখালেখির শুরু সেই ছাত্রজীবনে। তাঁর লেখা সংবলিত প্রথম প্রকাশিত গ্রন্থ বেলতৈল গ্রামের জরিমন ও অন্যান্য। এর অন্যতম সহ-লেখক তিনি। শান্তিতে নোবেল বিজয়ী ড. মুহাম্মদ ইউনূস সম্পাদিত এবং গ্রামীণ ব্যাংক কর্তৃক ১৯৮১ সালে প্রকাশিত এই গ্রন্থটি পরে ইংরেজিতে Jorimon and Others of Beltoil Village নামেও প্রকাশিত হয়। ১৯৫৫ সালে তদানীন্তন ঢাকা জেলার (বর্তমান নরসিংদী জেলা) পলাশে জন্মগ্রহণ করেন তিনি। শৈশব-কৈশোর কেটেছে শীতলক্ষ্যার পাড়ে বর্তমান পলাশ উপজেলায় এক অপরূপ প্রাকৃতিক নৈসর্গের মাঝে। চট্টগ্রাম বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় থেকে অর্থনীতিতে বিএ (অনার্স)সহ এমএ, এলএলবি এবং যুক্তরাজ্যের ওয়েলস্ বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় থেকে এমএসসি ডিগ্রি লাভ করেন তিনি। কর্মজীবনের শুরুতে কলেজে অর্থনীতির শিক্ষকতা করেছেন। উকিল হতে চেয়েছিলেন, পরে যোগ দিয়েছেন সিভিল সার্ভিসে। ঘুরেছেন পৃথিবীর অনেক দেশ, দেখেছেন প্রাচীন মানুষের হারিয়ে যাওয়া অনেক সভ্যতা। মানব সভ্যতার এসব আদি নিদর্শনকে ঘিরে মানুষ সম্পর্কে জানতে ও লিখতে তাকে অনুপ্রাণিত করেছে। তাঁর লেখা গ্রন্থসমূহের মধ্যে মুক্তিযুদ্ধে নরসিংদী, দাস প্রথা, দাস বিদ্রোহের কথা, মানুষের পৃথিবী, বাংলার সাহসী মানুষের কথা, সক্রেটিস, পবিত্র মক্কা নগরীর ইতিকথা, The Holy City Makka, কোরআনের কথা ও কাহিনী, পেশোয়ার থেকে কন্যাকুমারী, ইউরোপ ও আমেরিকায় উল্লেখযোগ্য। এই উপন্যাসের মাধ্যমে কথাশিল্পী হিসেবে তাঁর সার্থক আত্মপ্রকাশ। ***** Siraz Uddin Sathi was born in the greater Dhaka district in 1955. He passed his childhood in the excellence of natural beauty at his birthplace Palash on the bank of river Shitalakhya. Since then he bears immense thrust for searching knowledge about the nature and human being. He was educated in the University of Chittagong and the University of Wales in UK. He studied Economics, Transport Economics and Law. He was a lecturer of Economics in colleges in his early life. Later on, he has chosen his career as a civil servant. He continued his search for the knowledge of humankind and nature. By then, he got deeper interest in comparative religious faith.This led him to author this book following his earlier publication on this subject in Bangla. His first publication was Jorimon of Beltoil Village, as a co-author which was edited by his teacher, Noble Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. His other books are- Mukti Juddhey Narsingdi (on Liberation War and the events took place at that time in Narsingdi district), Pobitra Makka Nogorir Itikotha (Holy City Makka), Das Protha (World Slavery) and Manusher Prithibi (Human on the Earth) published by Adorn Publication.