First and foremost, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to you, readers of the first issue of what we would like to call, a civil society magazine.
Although non-government bodies predominantly working for human rights, micro-finance, women empowerment, corruption elimination, fair elections and various other forms of social welfare in Bangladesh are in abundance, a common perception is that many of these organizations or their leaders tend to either be staunch supporters of active national political parties, strongly affiliated or are funded by the same. Hence, many individuals who well qualify as civil society are often reluctant to voice their opinions, simply due to the fear of being tagged or coloured.
So, Progress aspires to be an unbiased triannual publication, in both print and online versions, that would circulate credible, compelling and cutting-edge contents. Though not limited to, the contents would sit loosely within the themes of law, rights, governance, policies, diplomatic views on Bangladesh and matters of public interest. The periodical intends to create bridges between policymakers, foreign missions and conscious citizens in order to uphold, acknowledge and solve complex problems, towards a more progressive Bangladesh.
As for this first issue, we are delighted to have received opinions and insights from distinguished academics of law, sociology, philosophy and economics, alongside law practitioners in Canada who have drawn comparative analysis on two of the most pressing topics in Bangladesh.
Overwhelmed by the amount of contributions Progress was at the receiving end of, upon its first formal call for submissions, we hope to expand our contents in the form of interviews and features in the coming issues.
If you believe your two cents might help to develop a platform like Progress, we are more than happy to hear from you. Please leave us an email at email@example.com.
We most sincerely hope that you enjoy this first issue, and subscribe for the next.
Adv. Saquib Rahman