Rashidul Bari's eternal walk with Muhammad Yunus


Dr. Muhammad Yunus is the first person since Dr Martin Luther King Jr to achieve the trifecta of the Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal, and the US Congressional Medal.


Bari not new to the subject of microcredit, social business or Mohammad Yunus. As a fellow Bangladeshi, I've written extensively -- in English and Bengali -- about Yunus in books, poems, and songs; and in magazines and newspapers.  In fact, my Op-ed, “Trial of Muhammad Yunus,” has become the most popular articles of the Times of India, biggest newspaper in the world. 


Vice President Jerald Posman summarized my role in the Daily Star, saying, “Bari serves as the James Boswell to Muhammad Yunus’ Samuel Johnson.”



Synopsis of the film: 
Impress Tele-film and Channel-i Presents: An MMR Gulzar Film: The Killing of Yunus' Biographer. The film stars Diti, Tony Dias, Azizul Hakim, Afzal Sarif, Rafik Ullah Salim, Apple Mahmud, Emon Saha, Jerald Posman, Andrew Kishore, Michael Arias and Jhona. Rashidul Bari depicts Rashidi, the idealistic biographer of Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus. 


Some men change their times—Yunus changed the world for all time as recognized by contemporaries, including President Obama, "Dr.Yunus was just trying to help a village in Bangladesh, but he somehow managed to change the whole world. . . ." Bill and Hillary Clinton—who called Yunus "our sage and our saint"—share a similar opinion of the man they first met in 1983. In a letter to Yunus, French President Nicolas Sarkozy expressed his strong support for Grameen. "Dear Dr. Yunus, you have done a lot for the prestige and reputation of Bangladesh across the globe..." While the whole world considers Yunus as innocent as Socrates, why would the Prime Minster of his own country unleash a propaganda machine to perform a character assassin on a man whom Nelson Mandela regards as the "savior of poor people"? Politics? Or something even nastier? This film has the answers. 

Rashidi joins Dhaka University to promote Yunus' ideologies about eradicating poverty and corruption. He spreads Yunus' message widely and is in danger after criticizing the Shikh Hasina's positions against Yunus. Hence, politicians unleash their dogs on Rashidi who continues writing in English and Bengali about Yunus. Rashidi becomes the "Bangladeshi James Boswell" to Yunus' Samuel Johnson. Politicians decide to kill Rashidi. Two years after the film's release, Yunus faces similar challenges from Shikh Hasina, who wants to remove Yunus from Grameen Bank and uses the High Court and Supreme Court to justify the illegal decision. Watch the Film Trailer, HERE

The most lasting and visionary policy studies are those driven by a passion for the social justice and economic transformation that those policies can help bring. The most influential writers are those that express that passion with clear writing accessible to all those working on those issues. This book, The Grameen Social Business, is one of those exceptional books; and its author, Rashidul Bari, is one of those writers. Centered on the idea social business, this ambitious work reaches out to explain the implications for poverty, citizen empowerment, and the other systemic and underlying conditions that are so overwhelming and entrenched that there are rarely tackled so directly. Mr. Bari does not shy away from this challenge, and we all benefit from it. Inviting you to read the book review from Daily Financial Express,  HERE

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Muhammad Yunus : The Saint 


 Book Review The Daily Star 


Following a crisp overview of economic theories and theorists throughout the modern era, the book first provides one of the most exhaustive and useful descriptions of global poverty. Beyond being a scourge in all societies, poverty is often politicized, poorly understood, and vulnerable to inconsistencies in definition. For those working on poverty or simply trying to comprehend it, such problems can be insurmountable obstacles. But this book provides a sober, statistically-based, and clearly organized approach toward poverty. The categories, definitions, and numbers it provides are at once sobering but hopeful in the sense that they give us substance with which to work, and ideas for how to develop innovative responses. READ THE BOOK REVIEW FROM DAILY STAR, HERE


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     Book Review by Jerald Posman


The greatest untapped natural resource existing throughout our world is human potential and, to be more precise, female human potential. It is a resource that has been ignored – has lay dormant – for millennia. If a small fraction of its vastness could be mined, it would dramatically advance the course of any form of human and global development.

The challenge, of course, is to recognize the prevalence and importance of this resource and find a mechanism for its uncovering and mining. Over thirty-five years ago, a tool was launched that began to tap into the resource of female potential. Microcredit became this revolutionary invention and its inventor, the equivalent of Thomas Edison, was Muhammad Yunus.

Like Edison, Yunus did not invent one product but many. He started with microcredit, which has spread to more than one hundred countries, and then moved into the use of enterprising technology to improve the human condition and lift masses out of poverty. His latest invention is to take the fundamental creativity of capitalism, pare away its excesses, and create a concept of social business. Social business can be applied to a multitude of issues and problems and change the way the world thinks about the possibility and reality of change.

Rashidul Bari’s book, Yunusismm, allows us to explore all aspects of this revolutionary concept. 


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#1 Bestseller in Bangladesh


"Bari’s first book, Muhammad Yunus: The Saint (2007), took many critical liberties with Yunus’ life and changed many of Yunus’ quotations, but it still attracted the admiration that Bari had sought for so long and that has not subsequently diminished" 

               --Justice Rahman 


It has often been asked how a man such as Rashidul Bari, at the age of 24, could have produced so remarkable a work as the Muhammad Yunus: Our Face of the World. Among those who have attempted to answer this question are Mark Ungar and Jerald Posman. The former argued that Bari's Bangla book is aimed at raising support for Yunus in protest to Hasina’s aggressive behavior against Grameen. The latter praised Bari for placing microcredit and social business within the context of economic theory and for providing a scientific underpinning for why these two concepts can change the course of economic and human, development. Ungar credits Bari for standing tall against Hasina’s hate campaign to destroy Grameen. For his part, Bari has made clear the price Hasina will pay if she does not comply with the legitimate demands of the 8.3 million poor women of Grameen. Posman predicts that the teachings of this book will inspire these 8.3 million poor women to protest against their aggressor, Hasina:


Book Title: Amader Bishwamukh (A biography of Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus)
Author: Rashidul Bari

Price: BDT 250 ($5:00)
Publication date: February 2006
ISBN: 984-70006-0002-8

Publisher: Osman Goni, Agamee Prakashani
Address: 36 Banglabazar, Dhaka-1100
Telephone From USA: 011-88-02-7111332
From Bangladesh: 7111332


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# 1 Bestseller in West Bengal, India 


“With the Nobel Prize, the U.S. Presidential Award of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal, Yunus has already become a global celebrity who has made her jealous, fearing Yunus’ reputation would soar above that of Shikh Mujib. Bangladeshis have a word for her emotion, hingsha, meaning jealousy or hatred. Bangladesh’s prime minster has become a monster and the Bangladesh High Court has become a pet sleeping at the monster’s feet.”—Rashidul Bari


Book Title: Nobel Jpyee Biswapathik Yunus (Biographical) 

Author: Rashidul Bari
Introduction by Author
This book is dedicated to Matiur Rahman and Abed Khan

Price: 100 rupee ($3:00)
Publication date: February 2007

Publisher: Pradip Kumar Saha, Sahityam
Address: 18 B, SC Dey Street, Kolkata 700073
Telephone from USA:011-91-33-919830321033
From India: 919830321033
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         Our Yunus--An audio album 


Bari is particularly recognized as the author of the album Amader Yunus, which consists of one song and five poems, with the song performed by legendary singer Andrew Kishore and the poems recited by Simol Mostafa, Vassor Bondopardhoy, Pisoh Bondopardhoy, and Laky Inam. This album, produced by Salim Khan of Songeeta, has sold 90,000–100,000 copies worldwide. Link to the most famous song on Yunus, HERE







List of the song and poems: 


1. Amader Yunus, Andrew Kishore, HERE

2. Shimul Mustafa, HERE

3. Vande Mataram, Bangladesh, HERE

4. Muhammad Yunus, HERE

    

     






Trial of Yunus by Rashidul Bari 



Rashidul Bari's Op-ed Trial of Muhammad Yunus,” has become the most popular articles of the Times of India, biggest newspaper in the world. 

We invite you to read it from Times of India, HERE




Yunus 1971 by Rashidul Bari 


Many revolutions, including the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, failed. Yet, it seems as though the Shahbagh Revolution will not. In fact, the face of Bangladesh is now looking like the face of France during the 1789 Revolution!

As millions of Bangladeshis are congregating in Shahbagh Square—demanding the death penalty for war criminals—millions more want to know what role Muhammad Yunus played in the 1971 war against Pakistan. Rashidul Bari tells the Role that Yunus' played in 1971. We invite you to read it from Daily Financial Express, HERE


Grameen Bank & John Nash

--Rashidul Bari


When I was writing Grameen Social Business Model, a book detailing the story of Grameen, John Nash played a minor role. When I was writing another Op-ed for Times of India,  depicting a series of trials launched by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina against Yunus, I recognized that the force of John Nash kept trying to grab the spotlight. So, I realized that there is another story I would like to tell: the history of Grameen’s sustainability via John Nash’s mathematics (primarily Game Theory). After learning about the news of the tragic deaths of John Nash and his wife, I really felt that there would be no better time to examine Grameen’s sustainability through Game Theory. Inviting you to read it from Arabian Post, HERE

 


2005 was one of the significant years for me because for the first time I was asked to write the biography of Dr. Muhammad Yunus (about a year before he won the Nobel Prize!) for Daily Ittefaq # 1 newspaper of Bangladesh!

Serialization was not standard in Bangladesh literature—this is even more true for biographical. So I had to build installment structure (e.g., Often had my work divided into multi-part segments of similar length). Later, Osman Gani of Agamee Prokasoni published this book, here:
 http://www.nilkhet.co/book_details.php?id=3227

Note: I quit writing Bengali in 2007.

            My never-ending journey with Muhammad Yunus

Letter from the Nobel Laureate 

Letter #2 from the Nobel Laureate 

Rashidul Bari