In our society, there are lots of people who live in extreme poverty. They remain mostly busy in arranging necessary food for themselves and their family members. Despite their relentless fight against hunger, many times they remain either half-fed or unfed. As per media reports, ultra-rich people are growing faster in our country. But, how many of them come forward to extend helping hands towards these hapless people? Definitely, the number will not be that significant.
However, Bashundhara Group is a rare example in this regard. It always stands beside the poor in times of their needs. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has shattered both the lives and the livelihoods of people all over. The country’s poverty-stricken people are the worst sufferers. Observing their grave plight, the hearts of the owners of Bashundhara Group bleed. At once, they rushed beside them with food and other necessary items, thereby relieving their sufferings to some extent.Now, the Muslim festival of Eid will appear most probably within three days. But, to the vast majority of the poor, Eid is not a joyous occasion. It does not come to them with any difference. Being friends of the poor, the owners of Bashundhara Group felt that Eid celebration will not be that befitting if they cannot share the joy of the festival with their less fortunate brothers and sisters. On Sunday, the lion-hearted owners of one of the largest industrial conglomerates of the country appeared beside them with Eid gifts. The gift receivers included poor people, widows, physically or mentally challenged persons, beggars, day labourers and hawkers of several villages in Gazipur district. It was indeed a day with a difference for them!
Owners of other corporate entrepreneurs can emulate the shining example of Bashundhara Group; at least, they can distribute their Zakats and fitras among the have-nots. This will go a long way in pulling the ultra and hardcore poor out of the evil circle of poverty. A memorable quote of Nobel laureate Mother Teresa is worth mentioning. She said: “If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Being members of society, we should share a part of our fortune with the poor.