About the book As I reflect on the nearly fifty-five years of my friendship with Saber Reza Karim (1930-2009) the two words that sparkle in my mind are Integrity and Love that characterize his life and work. Saber’s father A.K. Bazlul Karim learned Persian, Arabic and Sanskrit and earned a First Class Master’s degree in English Literature from the famous Presidency College, Calcutta. As a civil servant he was known for his integrity and hard work. Saber’s grandfather Abu Rashid, an inspector of schools, was well-known for his educational and community service and saintly character and is immortalized by Syed Waliullah in his famous Bengali novel Lal Shalu. Saber had a distinguished career first as a CSP officer in Pakistan and from 1972 onward in the foreign service of Bangladesh as Minister and Ambassador internationally and in a number of educational and public service national organizations after retirement. Saber loved to recite the following saying of Marie Curie: “We cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individual. Towards this end, each of us must work toward his own highest development, accepting at the same time his share of responsibility in the general life of humanity – our particular duty being to help those to whom we feel we can be most useful.” Another favorite quotation of his was from one of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essays that the test of a really good and successful life is: “… to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition.” This book is a gift offering by some of his family members and friends. My opening two essays show his ideal of Living with Integrity.
.... – Anwar Dil
Anwar Dil was born in Jullundur, Punjab, and raised in Abbottabad in the North-West Frontier Province. Educated at Government College, Lahore; Islamia College, Peshawar; University of Michigan; and Indiana University. He has been Professor of Language Science and Communication at United States International University (renamed Alliant International University in 2000) in San Diego, California (1973-2003) and Professor Emeritus (2003–). In Pakistan, he served for sixteen years as Lecturer in English Literature at Government College, Dera Ghazi Khan, Sahiwal, and Lahore, and as Professor and Language Specialist at the West Pakistan Education Extension Centre, Lahore. He is the author and editor of forty books including nineteen volumes in the distinguished Language Science and National Development Series published by Stanford University Press. His internationally acclaimed books, among others, include: Humans in Universe (with Buckminster Fuller, 1983), On This Earth Together (1994), Norman Borlaug on World Hunger (1997), Science, Education, and Development (2002), Toward Eradicating Hunger and Poverty (2003), Intercultural Education (2004), Toward a Hunger-Free World (2004), Strategy, Diplomacy, and Humanity (2005), Intercultural Learning (2007), Science for Peace and Progress (2008), Bangladesh: An Intercultural Mosaic (2010), Bangladesh: An Intercultural Memoir (2011), Bangladesh: An Intercultural Panorama (2011), and, Bengali Language Movement an Creation of Bangladesh (with Afia Dil, Bangladesh edition, 2011). His abstract-calligraphic paintings are in the collections of connoisseurs around the world.
Living with Integrity (Saber Reza Karim of Bangladesh)