Rickshaw…..Our Cultural and Traditional Hereditary

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Rickshaws also have to be registered by the code of Dhaka City Corporation and put a number plate in it as a mark of their identification. Though compulsory many rickshaw owners do not abide by the rules for saving a little money but on the other hand suffers from a whole loss of the vehicle itself at times. City Corporation at intervals releases mobile teams which checks the registrations of each rickshaw available at any given area. If any rickshaw doesn’t possess proper registration it is instantly confiscated and taken away to DCC vehicle dumping zones for termination. After such confiscations recently the owners are nowadays have become careful about the legal bindings of their vehicles and most of the rickshaws are registered.

 

During rainy days, when most of the places and streets of  the cities are water logged, Rickshaws are the one and only way of transport by which people travel in calamities. During rainy season, due to poor drainage system the roads are flooded and causes mechanical problems to the fuel  run vehicles, which most of the times ceases being effected by water. Thus Rickshaw remains the only hope for people to move to their destination during most of the natural calamities .During these sort of natural calamities the Rickshaw-pullers charges more than the regular rate.

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Rickshaw art is a very old and common thing in Bangladesh. We can see many types of designs drawn at the back of Rickshaws in the road. After the liberation war many rickshaws used to have paintings related to the war, there used to be paintings of freedom fighters, Pakistani Army and many more things involved in the war. Nowadays we can see pictures of actor n actresses of Bengali cinema, pictures of  different flowers, birds and religious words on Rickshaws.

The rickshaw painters who does all the paintings on Rickshaws lead their life hand to mouth. They work in the stores where they gets the opportunity to do all these paintings and this is their only earning source by which they earn their family.

The cruel and dirty conspiracy was revealed on 25th February. It was a disaster and a shameful act for our country. On the 25th,Wednesday the BDR members had attacked the army officers. They suddenly asked for a silly demand called the operation daal-bhat. At first they killed the chief of BDR, Major General Shakil along with his bodyguards and driver. Then they started torturing other officers and killed them brutally. They were divided into many different groups, some went to the Army officer’s houses, they tortured the children and women, they also raped and killed the wives of the officers. They even took many expensive things like jewelers, money etc from the officer’s houses. While they were firing on the Army, some pedestrians also had to lose their lives. Among them, there was a 13 year old boy, who was walking on the streets and a bullet just hit on his forehead. He was the only bread earner of his family and now his family has totally broken, mentally and financially. 

It has been suspected that these people are not only the BDR members but also has an influence of the JMB (terrorists organization) and probably other extremist parties. The leaders of jamat-islaami (rajakars), namely Ghulam Azam, Motiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mujahid, and many more who are still trying to harm us through their dirty games while we are doing nothing to prevent it. After this incident, the freedom fighters and numerous other people who survived the ‘71 war period of Bangladesh are remembering 1971 through 25th february2009. During 1971 when Bangladeshi’s sacrificed their lives to make this country independent, at that time with the help of these people and their associates Pakistani army killed many intellectual people who were considered as the jewels of Bangladesh, throughout the war period especially before 16th December, the victory day. Though they want to rule over this country once again and by making us short of our most eligible personnel, we the people of Bangladesh will never let it happen by breaking their venomous teeth even by sacrificing our precious lives once again for our beloved motherland if needed. 

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Dhaka city has eighty-five thousand legal rickshaws whereas it has more than six hundred-thousand rickshaws. It has been reported that more one lakh has joined them before the last Eid. Still it becomes awfully difficult to get a rickshaw during office going and coming time. Rickshaw pullers don’t want to go to the passengers’ expected places. They just wait in particular places to move to some particulars areas causing traffic jam as well as tremendous problems to the passengers. Law must be enacted to enhance the facilities of the passengers as well as to lessen the knot of traffic jam. Law must be mostly in favour of the passengers. If a rickshaw remains vacant and it must go to any passenger’s desired destination. It will lessen the passenger’s problem and decrease the jam.

 

Waiting For.....Passengers

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In our country, it is quite easy to get a rickshaw to reach the destiny. We can see thousands of rickshaws in the road. Usually rickshaws are used for short distances, but  sometimes we also ride on rickshaws for long distances when it becomes difficult to find any other transport. Rickshaws are restricted in many big streets and main roads because it fuels up traffic jam. So at the edge of the streets where it link with the main roads the Rickshaws queue up and wait for the next passenger to arrive after deporting a passenger.

 

Rickshaw Pulling as a Profession

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Rickshaw pulling also provides day to day earnings for numerous unemployed people. People who are unskilled, poor immigrants to the cities, poverty stricken even older people forsaken by their family find rickshaw pulling as an effective earning source for their daily living. A large number of people depend on rickshaw as their bread earning source. It includes the rickshaw pullers, related people of garages, mechanics and all their family members. Though the rickshaw fares are charged more nowadays the rickshaw pullers have to do enough for their earnings as the price of necessary goods and services are getting higher and higher each day