The Art Of Living-United International University
In recent years, drug addiction has significantly increased in the whole world, especially in the
South Asian countries like Bangladesh. The trend of drug consumption is higher in youth and
teenage, aged between 15 and 30 years. Students are mostly falling victims to drug abuse,
which eventually lowers their standards of education and attendance at schools and colleges.
There are number of ways why teenagers try drugs. Peer pressure is one of the leading causes;
additionally, curiosity, excitement, despair and frustration for continuous failure in works or
economic insolvency, easy access to drugs, dejection in love, and mental stress due to family
Community Development for Peace Foundation (CDPF), arranged a seminar to raise awareness
against terrorism and drugs on 7th July 2018 at United International University. This seminar
was conducted by some high profiled resource personnel like Coordinator (United Nations
Office for Drugs and Crime), Officer from different social organization, Senior Judge of Dhaka
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) court, Barrister of the Supreme court of Bangladesh,
Coordinator of BRAC University and many more. Throughout their lectures all they intended is
to raise awareness on the negative sides of drugs, crime to motivate students to take position
against this crucial social issue
The lectures were as follows:
Plenary 1: “Finding your Purpose and Identity in a Globally Interconnected World” by Simon
Park, Country Coordinator, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
He started his lectures by defining how a person becomes a terrorist. Life is a long journey
where one will face several challenges, in Simon’s point of view, the person who has the guts to
face these challenges and overcome them are the ones who succeed in life. Every human is
unique so is their way of responding to different challenges in life. The real challenge is to
accept yourself and others. He then talked about generation gap. The young generations of this
age are more exposed to the social media which makes them an easy target to brainwash and
motivate them for wrong doings. Some face the challenge as a lesson or an experience and
come back to normal life.
As they say, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life
Plenary 2: “A Consistent Life and the Scenario of Darkness” by Mr. Atikul Islam, Senior Judicial
Magistrate, CMM Court, Dhaka.
According to him, “Excellence has no limit”. The art of life is the way how one chooses to
decorate his/her life. Different people will have different Aim, determination, perception to
design the art of living. But addiction to drugs and terrorism are enough to ruin the art of life.
He shared some of his personal experiences from the Holey Artisan Attack, etc. He said many
drug dealers, addictors and terrorists confessed their crime in front of him and how they ended
up to such dark holes without knowing the consequences. The young generations mostly come
to this path when their expectations and dreams are not fulfilled, facing depressions and
frustrated from facing constant failure in life and also sometimes to make easy money. Thus
80% crime takes place from drug addiction. Student life is the peak point of life to choose that
one correct path among thousand paths to lead a healthy and happy life. To make that correct
choice parents’ support play an immense role.
Plenary 3: “Social awareness on drug and Crime” by Raghib Rauf Chowdhury, Barrister,
Bangladesh Supreme Court.
He compared our culture with the western world. One of the main reason why students of our
country are getting more involved with drugs are they don’t know how to utilize their leisure
time. In our culture, until a person completes their educational degree, they depend on their
parents. Due to this, many families prohibit their children from doing part-time jobs. Thus the
students have nothing to do in their leisure time and out of curiosity, try drugs and end up
getting addicted to it. “Student life is the golden phase of life”, therefore the students must be
properly guided and make them realize about their responsibility towards their family, friends
and society and to create their own Art of Life.
Plenary 4: “The impact of Radical thinking and a beautiful life” by Md. Haider Ali Khan,
Additional DIG, Anti-Terrorism Unit Bangladesh Police.
In his lecture he explained the term “Jongi”. Whenever someone is forced on their norms,
culture, traditions, beliefs and religion then a Jongi is formed. Jongi is a kind of terrorist. They
may attack in groups or individually. Bangladesh has experienced Jongi attacks at different
periods of time. It all started when some Bangladeshi went to Afghanistan to help in a war, they
got trained there and attained knowledge about Jihad. After coming back, they formed a group
to spread the idea of Jihad, to convert unbelievers, or efforts toward the moral betterment of
society. But unfortunately, the modern definition of Jihad is to die for Islam and also kill other
people to enter into Heaven. Initially they send an Islamic message in social media account and
from there they undergo certain steps to choose their final target who will execute the bomb
After this a question /answer session started where the students asked different types of
questions related to drugs and terrorism.
1. Why only students from private Universities and from upper level class family become
Ans: The students from private universities dream for a bright future, they get more
opportunities in life as most of them belong to upper class family. So when they fail to fulfill
the expectations of their family, due to depression they choose the wrong path.
2. Why only the negative things are more highlighted in private universities, where there
are many positive things that take place in Private University?
Ans: The students from lower class or middle class do not bother much to go out of the box
and do something extraordinary. But the students from private university have bigger
3. Why there are fewer expectations from Madrasah students?
Ans: Because they do not get many opportunities in life, only few get lucky to shine in life
and represent the country.
Plenary 5: A Vote of thanks by Dr. Chowdhury Mofizur Rahman, Vice Chancellor, United
Practice ethics not as a course for achieving grades only rather implement it on real life for the
betterment of the society and for better future.
As Albert Einstein said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep
moving.” So failure, distress, depression, frustration are part and parcel of life but always try to
look on the brighter side of life rather than accepting your failure and giving up.