My Letter to Dr. John Sexton, President of
New York University
Dear President Sexton,
I have been waiting for a long time to take a picture with you in front of Bobst Library. (My dream came true today—albeit quiet unexpectedly).
I fell in love with Bobst library since I started NYU. In fact, Bobst has become my second home. In fatc, I have spent more time inside the Bobst Library than I have in my own home. I fell in love with Bobst so much that sometimes I would stay overnight—usually to write articles. I have many fond memories at Bobst, but I will only mention five here. My five most recent op-eds, “Solution to the Israel–Palestine Conflict,” which appeared in The Daily Star and The Arabian Post and “Trial of Malala,” “Taliban Terror” “I’m Muslim & I’m Charlie” and “Terror of Islamic State” appeared in The Jerusalem Post, the number one newspaper in Israel, are nothing but by-products of my love affair with Bobst.
As the May graduation was approaching, I thought my dream of taking a picture with you in front of Bobst would never come true. However, the God, whatever it is, from above spoke today. Attached is the picture.
I love this picture although the background of it is not the Bobst. Maybe God from above will speak again.
Sincerely, Rashidul Bari
NYU President Sexton Response
My response to the President
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A Solution to the Israel-Palestine Conflict
In this article, which appeared in
Arabian Post, I identify the
causes of this never-ending war and propose a solution based on the prophecies
of the quintet (Sadat, Begin, Arafat, Peres and Rabin) and their two godfathers
(Carter and Clinton) and urge the trio (Netanyahu, Haniyeh and Obama) to implement
this solution ASAP. I feel sure that this Op-ed will contribute to creating the momentum we
need to push forward the two states solution. This is why I invite you to read
it and share it with others, HERE:
Israel & Palestine
Daily Star, Aug 21, 14
Children of Arabs and Jews shall play together and compete to pick flowers--rather than compete to kill each other...this is the main idea of my new Op-ed. Inviting u to read it from Daily Star, # 1 newspaper in Bangladesh, here:
Malala: A Servant of Education
When I was writing Grameen Social Business Model, a book detailing the search for a weapon to use against poverty and terrorism, Malala Yousafzai played a key, but kind of secondary, role, a supporting character. But I kind of found, when I was writing another article, “Why do they Hate Obama?” that the force of Malala kept trying to take over, kept trying to grab the spotlight. So I realized that there is another story I would like to tell, which would be the history and story of Malala, going back to Mahatma Gandhi up through Kailash Satyarthi, and how to overcome the biggest challenges of the Indian Subcontinent, such as poverty and terrorism. After learning the news of Malala’s wining of the Nobel Prize, I really felt that there would be no better time to tell her story in great detail. I invite you to read it from Arabian Post, HERE
Jerusalem Post, 10/29/14
This article , which appeared in Jerusalem Post on 10/29/14 explains why in 2012 the men of Swat Valley launched one of the most notorious attacks in human history: the Trial of Malala. More than 100 years ago, Ralph Waldo Emerson said that a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. When one becomes enamored with a principle, as have the Taliban, one also becomes blind to alternatives. For such, it is as though a hobgoblin or a monster has entered their imagination and blocks any new ideas and the ability to see different perspectives. We certainly witness this blindness in the Taliban today. However, we have discovered a weapon against them, and her name is Malala. In this article, I explained how to use this weapon to remove these hobgoblins from the imagination of Taliban members.
I realized that there was another story I would like to tell: the story of Malala and how to overcome the biggest challenges of the Indian subcontinent, including poverty and terrorism. Once Malala had won the Nobel Peace Prize, I found another story to tell: why Malala is the most powerful weapon to correct the behavior of the very people who launched a notorious attack against her.
Many think that Muhammad Yunus is the biggest weapon in the fight to defeat poverty. In a similar vein, I think Malala is our biggest weapon to defeat terrorism. I invite you to read it from Jerusalem Post, HERE
Jerusalem Post, 12/31/14
This Op-ed, which appeared in Jerusalem Post on 12/31/14, explains how to correct the behavior of Maulana Fazlullah, the Taliban Leader who previously ordered his men to shoot 14 year old Malala, and has become increasingly more aggressive.
On Dec 16th, 2014, he ordered seven members of the Taliban to enter a school in Pakistan and open fire on children; killing over 130. This crime touched me deeply - I have seen men killing men many times before—but I have never seen men killing a 5-year old children. The attack is believed to have been in retaliation for Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize.
I feel it vital that we draw attention to this act of violence, in order to foster the actions necessary to prevent such atrocities from occurring in the future. I feel sure that “Trial of the Taliban” will also contribute to creating the momentum we need to combat the threat of terrorism. This is why I invite you to read it and share it with others, HERE
I’m Muslim and I’m Charlie
Jerusalem Post, 1/14/15
This Op-ed, which appeared in Jerusalem Post on 1/14/15, uses a personal story to motivate every Muslims to become a supporter of the French victim newspaper, Charlie Hebdo. It further explains why all good Muslims shall unite to identify their growing jihadists tumor and unleash education to eliminate such tumor.
I’ve been in pain since Taliban killed over 130 schoolchildren on Dec 16. My pain started accelerating since Jan 7 when terrorist killed my fellow journalists of Charlie. I’m in mourning and I’m in shock. So writing this article hasn't been easy. I was still trembling as I was writing you this Op-ed. But I can tell you one thing that this attack on Charlie will go down as the worst acts of terrorism in the history of the French and, probably, the history of the world. That exactly what I explain in this article. I feel sure that this Op-ed will contribute to creating the momentum we need to push forward the concept of separation of church and state in the Middle East. This is why I invite you to read it and share it with others, HERE
Terror of the Islamic State
Jerusalem Post, 4/1/15.
I thought I would never write any more articles on Islamic terrorism, because these radicals don’t read anything except the verses from the Quran. However, recently I realized the prophecy of Gandhi that states we should never lose hope. This hope motivated me to write this article, “Terror of the Islamic State, which appeared in Jerusalem Post on 4/1/15.
This attached piece explains why Islamic terrorism is worse than the terrorism of terrorist groups like the Nazis or the Khmer Rouge and proposes two solutions to overcome this challenge. I hope this article will influence them to remove the monster from their radical minds. I feel sure that this Op-ed will contribute to creating the momentum we need to combat the threat of ISIS. This is why I invite you to read it and share it with others, HERE: