Friday, June 20

Appropriating Wives’ Income: New Form of Dowry

Dear son

Here's something that you will find of interest. How men steal the earnings of their wives. Despite the fact that it's religiously not mandated. There are two philosophical questions here. 

One, how can you ensure proper division of rights? Between man and woman, husband and wife. And what needs to be done from a legal perspective. Is that law from the sharia law? Or shall you do this from the perspective of universal law like the convention of rights of women or United Nations universal declaration of human rights. 

Second is what is religion? What has been written down or what is practised? Take this example in this situation. Islam in the majority version clearly says they the monies due to the wife are her's. But the way Islam is practised in Bangladesh is different. Then the question is, who determines who is right? Acres and tomes have been written on pretty much every topic under the sun and there's no consistency. 

For both questions, it's vital to remove religion from the public sphere. Absolutely vital son. Because most if not all religions are a way of controlling the populace and more importantly are skewed towards male patriarchy. It's one when you kick out morons of the religious orders that true civilisation exists. 

But it will be a long haul. Specially with these abhrahamic religions. Christianity has been controlled by and large. Judaism is still having challenges in Israel and well you know what's happening with Islam across the world. Both your and my generation will struggle with this religious genie son. It has to be forced into the bottle and capped hard. Long fight. 



Appropriating Wives’ Income: New Form of Dowry - Dissertation Reviews

A review of  Appropriation of Wives’ Income: a New Form of Dowry in Bangladesh, by Farah Deeba Chowdhury.

Farah Deeba Chowdhury’s dissertation investigates the interrelationship between law, culture, patriarchy, and Islam in the context of contemporary Bangladesh.  The dissertation has nine chapters.

Chowdhury has concentrated on the situation of Muslim married women in her dissertation. In the introduction, she argues that many practices in Bangladeshi society are based on misinterpretation of Islam and the main purpose of such manipulation is to seek control over wives’ income, financial resources and other assets. The author characterizes such practice as “appropriation of wives’ income as a new form of dowry” (p. 1). As the dowry system has been legally banned in Bangladesh, the income of working women is now considered as a source of earning for their husbands.  The author argues that the root of such practice lies in the norms of patriarchal society. Women are deprived as the patriarchal society never conveys their role to the broader society. Instead, the dominant fallacy is women are only obliged to perform duties towards their in-law’s family.

Thursday, June 19

The Transformation of the World, by Jürgen Osterhammel

This is what I'm talking about son. Having a vision. Have a biggest baddest  hugest vision son.
Forget about the books. We've got Toynbee and Eric hobswawm and Macaulay and gibbon. Btw, gibbon's book and language is perhaps the best ever. He writes well, so beautifully. Do you know how he wrote? He would walk around thinking his paragraph in his head and then would just come back and drop the paragraph on paper. Every para he did this. Can you imagine the idea? His paragraphs are a word of art. I learnt that trick son. Before I respond to an important email, I walk around. But even better I sleep over it. Do that son. Never. Respond to an email when you are angry otherwise you will make the best response that you will always regret. same with the any fights. Walk away. No point fighting. Can't do it all the time but walk away. Then you have a better way to manage the situation.
But I'm digressing. Go back to the vision son. You're at the age when you need to have a vision. Something for the world. Something for the country. Something for the family and something for the man inside you. Dream wild dreams son. Have a huge thing.
Don't be an insect grubbing for dirt but a man who is a dragon son. Flying over the world. World domination. Never accept limitations from others other than what people put on you son.
Nothing like hearing, he had a vision and made it happen. Do it son.
I'm proud of you.

I saw this article when using the Financial Times app and thought you might be interested:
Financial Times,
The Transformation of the World, by Jürgen Osterhammel
Review by David Cannadine
A monumental study of the 19th century takes the widest possible perspective on a globalising age
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