The world is constantly changing, and new and exciting opportunities to shape our communities come with that change. Social activism is one of the most powerful tools for creating a better future for everyone. It enables us to stand up against injustice and work towards a more equitable society.
Unfortunately, too often, the marginalized and underrepresented members of our communities, especially refugees and immigrants, are left out of the conversation. That’s why it is essential to focus on creating safe and inclusive spaces for everyone, regardless of their background. This is where Golam Rabbani, aka Nayan Bangalee, steps in. As a human rights champion, let’s see how he molds the community.
Mr. Rabbani, let’s start by talking about yourself for being known as a human rights champion?
Being an international social worker, a lawyer, I have dedicated myself to creating a better future for those who are often forgotten or overlooked. Moreover, through my organization, Bangaleer Pathshala, I aim to provide quality education to empower refugee and homeless children and train them to become the leaders of tomorrow.
In the most essential respects, what was your purpose behind creating ‘Bangaleer Pathshala?’
Bangaleer Pathshala aims to create a society that embraces diversity, inclusivity, and social justice. My mission has been recognized worldwide as I strive to make a difference in every corner of Bangladesh. As an initiator of social-work-based politics, my organization believes that today’s world can no longer condone the conventional practices of politics and that only an approach based on egalitarianism and human welfare shall prevail.
You mentioned the term ‘egalitarianism’. How do you think you are adding value in society in this regard?
In this regard, my mantra is to do work that is both inspiring and empowering while prioritizing social equality. I not only preach but practically guide my adherents by paving the way for them because I want to do something real. I don’t have this nature of sitting on a leather chair and giving orders but I believe in joining my people in root-level activities, including protests, charities, and everything else, to ensure justice is being served.
You said, “You want to do something real.” How would you elaborate on this standpoint?
From managing crises and emergencies of the beneficiaries of different projects to developing interpersonal relationships with families in a family welfare organization, I do everything myself. I wanted to get my hands dirty, to feel the hard-knock life firsthand and to be in the thick of it. It’s impossible to understand the plight of the workers if I sat comfortably in leather chairs and tried to get a bill approved to become law or talk for a living.
It was a fantastic experience interviewing Golam Rabbani, whose egalitarian spirit propelled him to fight for the equal rights of all Bangladeshi people, especially the labor class. Anyone who wants to know more about his human welfare efforts, visit his official website to stay updated.