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Meeting a White Mennonite

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Mrs Norah Martin was my colleague at the Notre Dame College English course.

She was a Mennonite Christian, a fundamentalist. She was Canadian.

She was white.

This was in the early 1990s. Some of us teachers gathered together and, during break, over sugary tea, did what we usually do when we have nothing better to do: hold a corroboree on the nation's future.

After a brief discussion, a consensus was reached: military rule was the way forward (the military had just been ousted by western donors).

Gormless as we were, we took Mrs. Martin into our confidence.

"No!"

Her entire body stiffened. Her pointy nose signalled disapproval, pointing downward, as though averting our collective gaze.

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Iftekhar Sayeed teaches English and economics. He was born and lives in Dhaka, "ˇBangladesh. He has contributed to AXIS OF LOGIC, ENTER TEXT, POSTCOLONIAL "ˇTEXT, LEFT CURVE, MOBIUS, ERBACCE, THE JOURNAL, and other publications. "ˇHe is also a (more...)
 
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Despite providing years of peace, stability and freedom from hatred, military rule is a no-no for the hyper-educated of Bangladesh. Thailand, not relying on foreign aid, as well as having never been colonized, shows what a financially and psychologically independent people can achieve.

Submitted on Friday, Nov 15, 2019 at 4:07:55 AM

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