Inaugural Notice to Members
DATE: 22 June 2000
Dear Forum Members,
It is with a great pleasure that I write to you all. I must apologize to those members who joined a while earlier for not getting back to you long time ago. To be honest, it has been a hard slog to get sufficient members, considering the length and breadth of the subject matter we wish to cover.
Youll notice that we still have not got anybody willing or able to liaise with standards organization like Indian/Bangladesh Standards Institutes or Unicode Consortium. Same with browser manufacturers (like Microsoft, Netscape or AOL). Considering that 34% of MS workforce is Indian (this figure doesnt even include Bangladeshis), and it is natural to assume that there would be some Bengali souls among them, its surprising, and genuinely sad, that nobody came forward. In a manner of speaking, that spells disaster! For Bengali and Bengalees alike! Apathy, it seems though, abounds! We remain in hope that some people would volunteer in due course.
Meanwhile, I thought, we shouldnt waste any more time to get started. To keep our focus sharply on the subject we must always keep our minds on the main purpose of this forum.
To modernize Bengali alphabet, spelling, typography and fontography so that a meaningful and sufficiently workable encoding standard can be developed for computerization considering:
I try to summarise in the following bullet points:
There are numerous other concerns that I havent listed or am not aware of. Please bring forth those concerns of yours. We are looking to all of you to please work in each of these areas, as you can. Learn and teach the other Forum members and community at large by putting your thoughts on paper so we can all share them. Members who have special knowledge in their field of specialization are encouraged to write monographs (thoughtful research papers) to highlight the issues involved and how to address them as they see. Lexical history and grammar cannot and should not be ignored. By the same token the historical parentage of Sanskrit need not restrict or constrain our thoughts totally. This is the only way that we will be able to come to grips with the problems raised.
These papers will be published in the Active Bengali Forum for wider publicity. Dont be shy. Your articles will attract the publicity that we need to put Bengali on track. You may write in Bengali or English as you wish. (If in Bengali, please use our Joydurga font because thats all we can support now. Download now if you havent already! Go to BanglaWriter to type Bengali or eBaarta to send Bengali email to me and others.)
Governments of both countries have failed to take leadership in this matter. Standards organizations are enjoying deep sleep therapy! Youre the only ones awake. It is your duty to arouse the rest! Dont you think?
I would appreciate it very much to hear from each one of you. Please act urgently. Weve really fallen behind! we dont and cant afford to lose more time.
You may wish to read some of my thoughts, very crude though, in GhareyBairey (you need Joydurga font installed on your computer). More importantly, please visit
to see how poorly Bengali has been served.
Thank you and keep well.
Email: via feedback page of this site.