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“Bangladesh has achieved a unique place in the world as a nation of language movement and libration war”

Roquia Haider
Chief, VOA BANGLA
Voice of America

Rokeya Hayder is a well-known figure to all Bengali-speaking people across the world. She has now been appointed the chief of Bangla language department of the Voice of America (VOA). She is the first woman to have joined the role at the radio station since 1958. When she presents news from VOA radio station, the audiences get overwhelmed. Many news readers present their news on radio and television but it seems that there is a charisma on Rokeya Haider’s voice which makes her extraordinary and brings fame for her.
News presenter Rokeya Haider was born in 1946 in Kolkata. After completing school education from Kolkata, she came to Dhaka and got admitted to Eden College. She passed intermediate with distinction from there. Thereafter, she completed her honor and master degree in political science and economics department in 1966. From the year 1968 to 1972, she stayed with family in Chattogram. At that time, she worked as a news presenter in Radio Pakistan and Chattogram regional center. In 1968, she started her career in media presenting local news at Chattogram Radio. Though, she took part in drama, different kinds of cultural dances and songs during his childhood but she never think to take it as profession. She started presenting local news at Chattogram as she liked much to do it.


Rokeya Haydar used to present news for both Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television in 1974. For her sweet voice, the audiences then liked her very much. Thereafter, she went to the USA in 1981 after completing her final examination. Beginning her career with Chattgram Betar in 1968, the veteran journalist has been serving the VOA for three decades. Rokeya had been holding the position of VOA’s managing editor of Bangla department since 2001.
Rokeya Haydar opines, she didn’t get such fame and respect from other profession if she didn’t work VOA as news presenter. She is very sincere to his profession and her only attention is about news items. He doesn’t only present news but also write, translate and edit.
Rokeya Haydar had great interest in sports from her childhood. As a result, she travelled many countries to collect news of Olympic, commonwealth games, worldcup football and cricket. In 1981, she covered news as a correspondent of Voice of America during World Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Bangladesh participated in this competition for the first time and flew its flag.
Rokeya Haydar’s journalism career is full of diversity. She has got huge fame after the appointment as Bangla Language Department of VOA. She feels proud for Bangladesh. She believes, the language movement and liberation war have established Bangladesh in a high position in the world. Bangladesh will able to become a developed and dignified country. Once, the people of Bangladesh beg for help to other countries but there is no such situation in the country. We have now achieved self-sufficiency in every sector, she adds.
Regarding empowerment of women, she says, Bangladesh has proved that if women are empowered, the scenario of economy can change. If women get opportunities properly, the country will set example as an economic power. Little educated rural women are the proud partners of development as industrial workers.
Rokeya Haydar has established herself on the heart of unnumbered people through his sweet voice. 

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