Protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee

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Image Courtesy: Chicago Tribune

 

who was Lee beyond the myth? Why are there memorials in his honor in the first place?

The soldier

A son of American Revolutionary War hero Henry “Light-Horse Harry” Lee, Robert E. Lee graduated second in his class at West Point and distinguished himself in various battles during the U.S.-Mexico War. As tensions heated around southern secession, Lee’s former mentor, Gen. Winfield Scott, offered him a post to lead the Union’s forces against the South. Lee declined, citing his reservations about fighting against his home state of Virginia.

Lee accepted a leadership role in the Confederate forces although he had little experience leading troops. He struggled but eventually became a general in the Confederate Army, winning battles largely because of incompetent Union Gen. George McClellan. He would win other important battles against other Union’s generals, but he was often stalled. He was famously defeated at Gettysburg by Union Maj. Gen. George Meade. Historians say Lee’s massed infantry assault across a wide plain was a gross miscalculation in the era of the rifle.

A few weeks after becoming the general in chief of the armies of the Confederate states, Lee surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia on April 9, 1865.

 

The slave owner

A career army officer, Lee didn’t have much wealth, but he inherited a few slaves from his mother. Still, Lee married into one of the wealthiest slave-holding families in Virginia — the Custis family of Arlington and descendants of Martha Washington. When Lee’s father-in-law died, he took leave from the U.S. Army to run the struggling estate and met resistance from slaves expecting to be freed.

Documents show Lee was a cruel figure with his slaves and encouraged his overseers to severely beat slaves captured after trying to escape. One slave said Lee was one of the meanest men she had ever met.

In a 1856 letter, Lee wrote that slavery is “a moral & political evil.” But Lee also wrote in the same letter that God would be the one responsible for emancipation and blacks were better off in the U.S. than Africa.

 

The “Lost Cause” icon

After the Civil War, Lee resisted efforts to build Confederate monuments in his honor and instead wanted the nation to move on from the Civil War.

After his death, Southerners adopted “The Lost Cause” revisionist narrative about the Civil War and placed Lee as its central figure. The Last Cause argued the South knew it was fighting a losing war and decided to fight it anyway on principle. It also tried to argue that the war was not about slavery but high constitutional ideals.

As The Lost Cause narrative grew in popularity, proponents pushed to memorialize Lee, ignoring his deficiencies as a general and his role as a slave owner. Lee monuments went up in the 1920s just as the Ku Klux Klan was experiencing a resurgence and new Jim Crow segregation laws were adopted.

The Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Va., went up in 1924. A year later, the U.S. Congress voted to use federal funds to restore the Lee mansion in the Arlington National Cemetery.

The U.S. Mint issued a coin in his honor, and Lee has been on five postage stamps. No other Union figure besides President Abraham Lincoln has similar honors.

A new memory

A generation after the civil rights movement, black and Latino residents began pressuring elected officials to dismantle Lee and other Confederate memorials in places like New Orleans, Houston and South Carolina. The removals partly were based on violent acts committed by white supremacists using Confederate imagery and historians questioning the legitimacy of The Lost Cause.

A Gen. Robert E. Lee statue was removed from Lee Circle in New Orleans as the last of four monuments to Confederate-era figures to be removed under a 2015 City Council vote.

The Houston Independent School District also voted in 2016 to rename Robert E. Lee High School, a school with a large Latino population, as Margaret Long Wisdom High School.

Earlier this year, the Charlottesville City Council voted to remove its Lee statue from a city park, sparking a lawsuit from opponents of the move. The debate also drew opposition from white supremacists and neo-Nazis who revered Lee and the Confederacy. The opposition resulted in rallies to defend Lee statues this weekend that resulted in at least three deaths.

………………………………………………Report copied from Chicago Tribune

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White nationalists marched on the grounds of the University of Virginia on Friday night in Charlottesville.CreditEdu Bayer for The New York Times(courtesy).

 

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Heather Heyer, who had died on the movement…………………………. Credit: NY Times.

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DESHI GOV. EMLOYEEs …….

Once upon a time, there was a king who wanted to go fishing. He called the royal weather forecaster and inquired as to the weather forecast for the next few hours. The weatherman assured him that there was no chance of rain in the coming days.

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So the king went fishing with his wife, the queen.

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On the way, he met a farmer on his donkey. Upon seeing the king the farmer said, “Your Majesty, you should return to the palace at once because in just a short time I expect a huge amount of rain to fall in this area”.

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The king was polite and considerate, he replied: “I hold the palace meteorologist in high regard. He is an extensively educated and experienced professional, and I pay him very high wages. He gave me a very different forecast. I trust him and I will continue on my way.” So they did. However, a short time later a torrential rain fell from the sky. The King and Queen were totally soaked and their entourage chuckled upon seeing them in such a shameful condition.

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Furious, the king returned to the palace and gave the order to execute the weatherman at once!

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He summoned the farmer and offered him the prestigious and high paying role of a royal forecaster.

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The farmer said, “Your Majesty, I do not know anything about forecasting. I obtain my information from my donkey. If I see his ears drooping, it means with certainty that it will rain.” So the King hired the donkey on the spot.

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And thus began the ancient practice of hiring asses to work in government and occupy its highest and most influential positions……………………………………………………….

 

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Story: Edmark

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Mullah Nasreddin’s Jokes/ Nasiruddin Hojja Jokes/ মোল্লা নাসিরুদ্দিন /নাসিরুদ্দিন হোজ্জা

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Mullah (Molla) Nasreddin is a Persian character who appears in thousands of stories, always witty, sometimes wise, even philosophic, sometimes the instigator of practical jokes on others and often a fool or the butt of a joke. Stories relating to Mollah Nasreddin are generally humorous, but in the subtle humor there is always a lesson to be learned. Mullah Nasreddin is a satirical Sufi figure who is believed to have lived around 13th century. Nasreddin was a wise man, remembered for his funny stories. Sufism is an Iranian sect of Islam, that values inner quality above external piety. The people of Bukhara (Part of Persia/Iran that now is in Uzbekistan) claim him to be a native of that city, but the Turks have tried to make him a denizen of Turkey ! The Turks are really shameless. In the recent years, they claim that the great Persian Poet, Jalal al-Din Rumi (Molavi) was a Turk !! There is no doubt that Rumi is a Persian. All his works is in Persian, all his family lived in Persia, etc but the Turks say his a Turk ! Some funny Iranians say: “If Rumi was a Turk, then Shakespeare was a Turk, too”. The case of Mullah (Molla) Nasreddin is like the case of Rumi. The great satirical works of great Persian Poets and writers like Rumi, Sa’di, Obeid, etc around 12th to 14th century, can show us the roots of Nasreddin. Now Mullah Nasruddin is an international character and his tales are from many ages and many cultures. There are Persian, Persian subcultures (Kurdish, and all former parts of Persia like Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, etc) Turkish, Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Greek, Serbian, etc sources for Nasruddin tales. He is known as Nasrudin, Joha, Hojas, Jiha, Juha, Khodja, Molla, Apendi, Afandi, etc. 19961997 was declared International Nasreddin Year by UNESCO. Now lets take a look at some Mullah Nasreddin’s jokes.

Once Mullah was invited to deliver a sermon. When he got on the pulpit, he asked, Do you know what I am going to say? The audience replied “no”, so he announced, I have no desire to speak to people who don’t even know what I will be talking about! and left.

The people felt embarrassed and called him back again the next day. This time, when he asked the same question, the people replied yes. So Nasreddin said, Well, since you already know what I am going to say, I won’t waste any more of your time! and left

Now the people were really perplexed. They decided to try one more time and once again invited the Mulla to speak the following week. Once again he asked the same question – Do you know what I am going to say? Now the people were prepared and so half of them answered “yes” while the other half replied “no”. So Nasreddin said Let the half who know what I am going to say, tell it to the half who don’t, and left

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A neighbour asked Mullah : “Mullah, I want to borrow your donkey.” “I am sorry,” said the Mullah, “but I have already lent it out.”
As soon as he had spoken, the donkey brayed. The sound came from Nasrudin’s stable. “But Mullah, I can hear the donkey, in there!” As he shut the door in the man’s face, Nasrudin said, with dignity, “A man who believes the word of a donkey in preference to my word does not deserve to be lent anything.”

Nasreddin was walking in the Bazaar with a large group of followers. Whatever Nasreddin did, his followers immediately copied. Every few steps Nasreddin would stop and shake his hands in the air, touch his feet and jump up yelling “Hu Hu Hu!”. So his followers would also stop and do exactly the same thing. One of the merchants, who knew Nasreddin, quietly asked him: “What are you doing my old friend? Why are these people imitating you?” “I have become a Sufi Sheikh,” replied Nasreddin. “These are my Murids (spiritual seekers); I am helping them reach enlightenment!” “How do you know when they reach enlightenment?”
“Thats the easy part! Every morning I count them. The ones who have left have reached enlightenment!”

Some one said: “Nasrudin, your donkey has been lost.” he said: “Thank goodness I was not on the donkey at the time, or I would be lost too.”

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Mullah said: “I can see in the dark.” the people said:”That may be so, Mullah. But if it is true, why do you sometimes carry a candle at night?” he said: “To prevent other people form bumping into me.”

A man called, wanting to borrow a rope.”You cannot have it,” said Nasrudin. “Why not?” “Because it is in use.” “But I can see it just lying there, on the ground.” “That’s right: that’s its use.”

One of the neighbors found Nasreddin scattering crumbs all around his house. “Why are you doing that?” he asked.
“I’m keeping the tigers away,” replied Nasreddin. “But there aren’t any tigers around here,” said the neighbor. “That’s right,” said Nasreddin. “You see how well it works?”

The donkey of Mollah is missing and he asks a man if he has seen it. He says the donkey has changed and has become the judge of the town. Mollah says: I believe you since when I was teaching my students, the donkey would shake his ears and listen attentively.

One day someone asked Mollah, “What are the best qualities of mankind?” “Well,” he replied, “a philosopher once told me that there are two. He had forgotten the one, but he told me the other. But to tell you the truth, I’ve since forgotten that one, too.”

In the old days, men were permitted to have more than one wife. Mollah himself took a second wife who was younger than the first one. One evening he came home to find them quarreling about which of them Molla loved more. At first, Mollah told them he loved them both, but neither of them were satisfied with his answer. Then the older one asked, “Well, just suppose the three of us were in a boat, and it started to sink. Which of us would you try to save?” Mollah thought for a moment, and then said to his older wife, “My dear, you know how to swim, don’t you?”

One day the King invited Mollah to his palace for dinner. The royal chef prepared, among others, a cabbage recipe for the occasion. After the dinner, the King asked, “How did you like the cabbage?” “It was very delicious,” complimented Mollah. “I thought it tasted awful,” said the King. “You’re right,” added Mollah, “it was very bland.” “But you just said it tasted ‘delicious,’” the King noted. “Yes, but I’m the servant of His Majesty, not of the cabbage,” he replied

 

Collected from a iranian writter…

Foot note: Whenever I read these jokes, it makes my day. More than 3 years reading alone, I’m sharing these all in internet for u guys who loves to read Molla. Hope these are the best collection of Molla Nasiruddin Jokes.

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Our future – (for….. Humour….)

With the rate at which these companies are going, this may soon be our future: This digital society is just crazy. Enjoy the read. 🙂

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– Hello! George’s pizza?
– No sir it’s Google’s pizza.
– So it’s a wrong number?
– No sir, Google bought it.
– OK. Take my order, please.
– Well, sir, you want the usual?
– The usual? You know me?
– According to our caller ID, in the last 12 times, you ordered pizza with cheeses, sausage, thick crust
– OK! This is it
– May I suggest to you this time ricotta, arugula with tomato?
– No, I hate vegetables
– But your cholesterol is not good
– How do you know?
– We have the result of your blood tests for the last 7 years
– Okay, but I do not want this pizza, I already take medicine
– You have not taken the medicine regularly, 4 months ago, you only purchased a box with 30 tablets online
– I bought more from another Pharmacy
– It’s not showing on your credit card
– I paid in cash
– But you did not withdraw that much cash according to your bank statement.
– I have other sources of cash
– This is not showing as per your last Tax form unless you got it from undeclared income source.
-WHAT THE HELL? Enough! I’m sick of Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp. I’m going to an Island without the internet, where there is no mobile phone line and no one to spy on me
– I understand sir, but you need to renew your passport as it has expired 5 weeks ago.

Credits: Victor Diaconescu, LinkedIn.

 

PS:  I came across this in LinkedIn and couldn’t help posting it here so you can also share in the humour. Afterall, we need a good laugh to defuse tension, don’t we?

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GP PREPAID CARD RECHARGE BARRED

QUESTION: i cant recharge .. it says you r barred from this service after several inserting wrong PIN number… and emergency balance send sms (you will be eligible for the emergency balance after paying the dues. please recharge to pay the dues. i use pre paid number. is this a joke????? what will i have to do plz?

 

Answer: Kindly be informed that if you insert wrong PIN number thrice at the time of card recharge, you will be blocked temporarily for 3 hours. In that case, you need to wait up to 3 hours from your last recharge and then need to recharge your account again.

One more thing, if you avail and use the emergency balance then in your next recharge the emergency balance amount will be deducted from the recharged/refilled amount and only then you will be able to get emergency balance again.

You may visit (http://www.grameenphone.com/wha…/emergency-balance-prepaid) to get more information in this regard.

Thank you!

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মা

এইবার আমের সিজনে আমের দিকে মুখ তুইলা তাকাই নাই । একদিকে ফর্মালিনের ভয় অন্যদিকে ফর্মালিনের বিরুদ্ধে সরকারের দৃঢ় অবস্থান (!)

আম-লিচুর সিজনে এই শহরে যে কোন ফলে হাত দেয়া আর টাকা দিয়া বিষ কেনার মধ্যে কোন পার্থক্য নাই । এই সিজনে বাসা থেকে আম্মার ফোন একটু বেশিই আসেঃ
-আম-লিচু এইগুলা খেয়েছিস বাবা?
-হ্যা মা । (ডাহা মিথ্যা)
-তোর জন্য কিছু কুরিয়ার করি?
-না মা, লাগবেনা । এইখানে আসতে আসতে পঁইচা যায় ।
-কাঁচা আম পাঠায় ? এইবার কাঁচা-মিঠা আম বেশি ধরেছে ।
-থাকনা মা । তুমি জোরাজুরি কইরনা তো ।
-আচ্ছা বাবা । তোর আব্বা বার বার বলতেছিল । (আমি জানি আব্বা কিছু বলেনাই, বলবে কিভাবে, বলার সুযোগ দিলেতো বলবে! মুকুল আসার পর থেকেই আম্মা এইগুলা বলা শুরু করছে ।)

….. দু’দিন পর আবার ফোনঃ
-বাবা, আম পাঠাই?
-না মা, লাগবেনা ।
-আচ্ছা, ফ্রিজে রাখলাম । কবে আসবি?
-মা, তোমরা খেয়ে নাও । আমি এখানে প্রায়ই খাই ।

(পাশ থেকে, তানজিলা, আমার ছোটবোন চিল্লায়া কইতেছে, আম্মা কি কইতেছে চুপচাপ শোন । তুই কইলে কি আর না কইলেই কি? মাছ-মাংস-ফল সব ফ্রিজে রাখা। একমাত্র পোলা ! আম্মা তখন তারে চুপ থাকতে বলে । )

… এই হইল মা ।

মা খুব ভাল করেই জানে, এতক্ষন খাবার ভালথাকেনা তবু বাসা থেকে আসার সময় মা এত্ত এত্ত খাবার বেঁধে দেয় যে সব গুলো ঠিকঠাক পৌছানো সম্ভব হলে আগামী তিন-চারদিন এমনিতেই চলে যেত । বাসায় যতক্ষন থাকি ততক্ষন বুয়ার রান্নার খোঁজ, খাইতে পারি কি না, তার খোঁজ । পারলে আসার টাইমে একটা বুয়াও বাইন্ধা দেয় অবস্থা !

আব্বার থেকে শোনা, ছোটবেলায় (দেড়বছর বয়সে) নাকি আমার ডাইরিয়াই প্রাণ যায় যায় অবস্থা । কোন ডাক্তার-অষুধ দিয়া কাজ হইতেছে না । আম্মা দিন রাত কাঁদতেছে । নামাজের টাইমে বিছানার সামনে আমারে শুয়াইয়া রাখে । পরে এক মহিলা নাকি হিলির এক ফকিরের সন্ধান দেয় । তখন যোগাযোগ এত ভাল ছিল না । মা রাইতেই আমারে নিয়া বাহির হয় । সাথে আব্বা । রাস্তায় মধ্যরাতে পুলিশ আটকায় । মার কান্না দেইখা তারা পিকাপে তাদের রেন্জ পর্যন্ত আগায়া দেয় । পরে ভ্যানে কইরা সেখানে যায় । ঐ ফকিরের পড়া পানি আর পাঠানো অষুধ খাইয়া নাকি পরে ভাল হইছি । যদিও আমার বিশ্বাস পাশাপাশি যে হোমিওপ্যাথি খাইতেছিলাম এইটা তার ফল । কিন্তু এই কথা আম্মার সামনে বলতে মানা ।

ছোটবেলা থেকেই দেখছি, আমি যে কোন আবদার আম্মার কাছেই করেছি । যত বড় অন্যায় আবদারই হোক না কেন আম্মা আব্বারে কনভিন্স কইরা ফালায় । যেবার সাইকেল কিনে দেবে, ক্লাস সিক্সে, আব্বার এক কথা সাইকেল পাইলেই আমি নাকি মেইনরোডে যাবো । রাস্তার অবস্থা ভালো না, যেকোন সময় দূর্ঘটনা ঘটে যেতে পারে । আম্মাও আমারে এসব বলে । তখন চোখে পানি আইনা কইলাম, ‘আমি কখনও মেইনরোডে যাবনা, তবু সাইকেল চাই ।’ পরদিন সাইকেল উপস্থিত । আম্মা জমানো টাকা দিয়া মামারে দিয়া সাইকেল আনাইছে ।

যে বিষয়ে আম্মা রাজি হবেনা, সে বিষয়ে বার বার বুঝানোর চেষ্টা করলে আম্মা চুপচাপ আমার কথা শুনে শেষে একটা কমন ডায়লোগ ঝেড়ে দেয়, ‘মাঝে মাঝে মনে হয় তোর পেট থেকে আমিই বের হইছি । এই দিকে আয় ।’ তখন আর ভুলেও ওদিকে যাওয়া যাবেনা, কান মলা খাওয়ার সম্ভাবনা আছে । 😀

কে যেন বলেছিল, দুনিয়াতে খারাপ মেয়ে থাকতে পারে কিন্তু খারাপ মা একটিও নেই । আমি হয়ত বাবার কথাটা উল্টিয়ে লিখলাম । তুমি জানোনা মা, তুমি যখন ফোন দিয়ে কাঁদতে থাকো, তখন কতটা আর্তনাদ আসে আমার । তোমাকে বুঝতে দেইনা । কিন্তু মার কাছে কিছু লুকানো যায় না । পৃথিবীর সব মায়েরাই এরকম । অসুস্থ থাকলে কতজনকে মিথ্যে বলে কেটে দেয়, শুধু মা’র কাছে পারিনি কখনও । রাত্রে খেয়েছি কি না শুনে ঘুমাবেন অথচ সকালে ফোন করেই আবার জিজ্ঞেস করবেন রাত্রের তরকারি কি ছিল ।

মায়ের পায়ের
নিচে সন্তানের জান্নাত-
মোহাম্মাদ(সঃ)।।এই কথার মর্মদ্ধার করতে হাদিস পড়ার দরকার নেই । মার কথা স্মরন করলেই এমনিতেই পৃথিবীটা স্বর্গীয় লাগে । জর্জ ওয়াশিংটন বলেছিলেন ‘আমার
দেখা সবচেয়ে সুন্দরী মহিলা হল
আমার মা। মায়ের
কাছে আমি চিরঋণী। আমার
জীবনের সমস্ত অর্জন তারই
কাছ থেকে পাওয়া নৈতিকতা, বুদ্ধিমত্তা আর শারিরীক
শিক্ষার ফল।’ । জোয়ান হেরিস বলেছিলেন,
‘সন্তানেরা ধারালো চাকুর মত।
তারা না চাইলেও মায়েদের
কষ্ট দেয়। আর মায়েরা তাদের
শেষ রক্তবিন্দু পর্যন্ত
সন্তানদের সাথে লেগে থাকে।’

পরিশেষে, একটি সত্য গল্প বলি । আমি তখন সেভেনে পড়ি । এক হাউজ টিউটর আমাদের বাসায় এসে পড়িয়ে যেতেন । স্যার তখন সদ্য অনার্স শেষ করেছেন । খুব হাসিখুশি মানুষ । একদিন স্যার আসলেন খুব মন খারাপ মুডে । কথা বলছেন যতটুকু না বললেই নয় । অন্যান্য দিনের মত মাঝে মাঝে ফানি কিছু বলে আমাদের হাসানোর চেষ্টা করছেন না । আমরা দু’ভাই-বোন লেখা বন্ধ করে স্যারকে জিজ্ঞেস করলাম, স্যারের মন খারাপ কেন বলতেই হবে । আমরা জানি স্যার কখনই মিথ্যা বলেন না । আমরা নাছোড় বান্দা । স্যার আস্তে করে বললেন, ‘আমার আম্মা থাপ্পড় মারছে ।’ 😦 এই কথা শুনা মাত্র তানজিলা হাসতে হাসতে গড়াগড়ি অবস্থা । আমিও হাসতে হাসতে জিজ্ঞেস করলাম, স্যার, এত্ত বড় ছেলেকে কেউ থাপ্পড় মারে? তখন স্যার একটু বেশি বিনিত ভঙ্গিতে বললেন ‘মায়ের কাছে সন্তানেরা কখনই বড় হয় না…’ তারপর স্যারের মুখে হালকা হাসির রেখা ।বলতে বলতেই স্যারের মন ভাল হয়ে গেল । বুঝলাম, আমাদের বুঝাতে গিয়েই স্যার নিজেও এই ব্যাপারটা অনুধাবন করতে পেরেছেন । তাই উনারও মন ভাল হয়ে গিয়েছে । 🙂

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তিন-চারবার ফোন দেয়ার পরও অফিসের পিয়ন ফোন ধরেনা । তার উপ্রে মেজাজ আছে হট হয়… >____< (তার চেয়েও রাগত স্বরে জিজ্ঞেস করলাম)
-না জানিনা, কে তুই?
-টুঁট..টুঁট..টুঁট… (আস্ত করে ফোন কেটে দিলাম) 😛

…লে বাবা, প্রায় ৩০০ স্টাফের ভিত্রে পারলে খুঁইজা বাহির কর আমি কে? 😛 😉

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