“Kendro”, The Centre
MD. MAHDIUL HAQUE
In order to get a clear idea about my understanding of Bishwo Shahitto Kendro (BSK), I need to stretch back at least 20 years when I came to Dhaka and for the first time looking at a giant bus travelling across the city with plenty of books. As a secondary level school going kid, I always wondered about the idea of mobile library. Rather than getting interest of becoming a member of it, I always wish for becoming a driver of this lucrative book bus.
Therefore, at very early days of my life, I got acquainted with BSK through mobile library without knowing rest of the festivity of this prestigious organization.
Long after completing matriculation and getting admitted in college, I received the leaflet of BSK central college program just like any other leaflet in my college gate where most of them were thrown away knowing useless. A week later, I decided for getting involved with this program and went on for the first time having address of 17, Mymensingh Road, Dhaka-the place where I went most after my home during last 12 years. I have to say, it was a pleasant start as my roll number became 2; for the first time I got a single digit roll considering whole academic career.
Thus I indulged myself with one of the core program of BSK which predominantly lead by Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed; the pioneer of this unique organization. This is the initial story of getting familiar with “Kendro” means The Centre-commonly called by its fellow members and Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed as “Sir”-widely known in his colony. These two most significant words “Sir” & “Kendro” become irresistibly homogenous to me till now as I can’t really think of isolation between them. As like a thousand miles journey starts with a single step, our journey evolved around “kendro” centering “Sir” in a mesmerizing momentum.
Central college program was the cardinal door for getting institutionalized with this organization’s diversified activities. I found certain reasons to come here voluntarily rather than by force like other educational institutions. An English-born famous American political activist, Thomas Paine once wrote on distinction between society & government in his widely circulated pamphlet “Common Sense” that “Society produced by our wants and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the later negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinction. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.” I would like to draw a similar analogy of this statement between Kendro and traditional academic institutions in our country.
I never ever had the audacity of thanking Sir because in respect of his contribution, we have nothing in return. The age is just a number has been proven as when I came to BSK he was on the verge of 70 and now he is crossing 80; the age of his most favorite Poet Rabindranath Thakore. As like Bengali Literature took shelter under Rabindranath, we are grateful too having Sir over our head. But one thing we all wish for in his upcoming days - “Carry on, Sir…”