Freedom of speech and rights to express views and opinion in public and private places are the God given rights of the individuals as citizens as enshrined in our US constitution. This is the bedrock on which human rights and democracy can flourish. One of the vehicles to express such opinions and views are the media, be it paper, online or TV. There is a large Bangladeshi Community in OHIO and more so in big cities like Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Dayton to name a few who are a highly active, vibrant, law abiding citizens/residents having a diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational background. Unfortunately, there has not been a single BengaleeNewspaper published until now that catered to fulfill the aspirations of the Bangalee community so far.
OHIO SONGBAD published and printed from Columbus -OHIO by the editorial board led by Liton Kabir and his team has been a beacon of light for all of us. As a BengaliAmerican living in Columbus since 2005, I appreciate the editorial board for this noble initiative. On 30 October, the launching of the online version of the OHIO SONGBAD in a simple ceremony reaffirmed the trusts and beliefs of the publishers in going forward with their noble initiatives despite all the challenges and constrains.
While commending the editor in Chief Liton Kabir and his team on the bold initiatives to publish this monthly Bengali Newspaper, I am putting forward few points /observations that can be anviewed as a guide in the journey going forward for which we all should come forward and help to promote this newspaper and make it a successful venture.
In my opinion there are few important elements which I feel needs to be pointed out for the considerations of the editorial board and publisher to overcome any difficulties in the future.
Vision: clear vision or path.
Sustainability and Marketing:
It is important and a must for the Editorial board to have a clear model of production, sale and marketing to make the project successful. Publicity and promotion of the newspapers are very important. There is no substitute to having a good content. Community level leadership and inclusion of all segments of population are important in the design, raising awareness and building ownership and support of OHIO SONGBAD among the younger generations.
Overall, a very good initiative and my support will be with you as always.
Reza Hassan- MPA and MPP -Princeton University, NJ-USA
Sr. Political and Governance officer (rtr) – United Nations
Director-RnR Realtor and Development LLC
Political and Security Analyst- South and Central Asia Region