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Sample of Recommendation Letter

To whom it may concern:

It gives me great satisfaction to recommend Basir Bita for your annually scholarship. I was Basir's professor in three college courses and worked

closely with him at both our college affairs in general and preparing the chapters in particular.

Like a number of my former students, Basir has kept in touch. Through his article writing in faculty weekly in Faculty of Literature and

proofreading it I stayed abreast him. It came as a wonderful surprise last year when Basir announced his idea regarding founding an international

foundation to globalize the Mawlana's attitudes in the area. Knowing Basir I am sure he has exhibited the same enthusiasm for his idea concerning


Basir is highly charismatic, because he has held some sessions, and has a terrific air presence. More importantly, hi thinks critically, he has

criticized face-to-face a great deal of movies and stories by recent, reasons well.

Three months ago he invited me in the school he is working with as a teacher, and recently as an educational advisor, to celebrate the Day of

Teacher. While listening to and looking at the announcer, I heard the announcer stated, now teacher Basir Bita and his drama team is going to

make us burst in laugh. And more importantly, when he was known as the eminent teacher in school, it informed me that my former student, Basir

Bita, emotionally and ideally is unprecedented.

It was a real honor to witness Basir's development here at the university and it has been a joy to watch his growth since then. I cannot imagine a

better recipient of this fellowship. I enthusiastically recommend him to you..

My Letter of Intent for Ottawa University (Accepted)

There is an African proverb stating that, “if you want to go quickly, go alone; and if you want to go far, go together.” In my case, however, I need to go quickly AND far. The better future is now knocking our doors in Afghanistan and I believe I have the power to seize the opportunity and define my own future.

Fortunately, I have already known about the “Open Society Institute” through Karl R Popper’s most famous book named the same as the institute. I read that book sometime ago and was fascinated by it. And, now I consider myself fortunate indeed to pursue my desire for furthering my higher education under the auspices of this institute.

After returning to Afghanistan from a grueling and harsh refugee-of-war life in Iran, I have started working as an editor and columnist in the socio-political section of a widely-read newspaper ‘Asre Goftogo” published in Kabul and other big cities in Afghanistan.

Since the multitude of problems facing college students in Afghanistan always deeply concerned me, I decided to break out of “safe” topics and write about, and discuss, students’ rights and issues that are vital to their livelihood and success. I did, and my article seemed to have galvanized university students across Kabul and encouraged them to start organizing for their rights and staging protest rallies.

Currently, by helping pro-bono a Ph.D. candidate from the US, who is doing her research on Afghan Media Wazhmah Osman, I have recognized the fact that I have a deep understand of my country Afghanistan and its peoples, anecdotally and through my research works. I can therefore confidently proclaim that my first-hand knowledge of Afghan media networks, their activities, their survivability, what they are mostly up against, effectively compliments the theoretical knowledge of any journalism student from abroad. This in turn empowers me to propose more effective ideas for the advancement of free media in Afghanistan, and integrate it as part of my planned academic work in completing my thesis at a graduate program in journalism in Canada.

I am also preparing to compose an in-depth history of Afghan media after I finish working with this Ph.D. researcher. Additionally, I am thinking of translating her dissertation into Dari (the lingua franca of Afghanistan) since I believe that journalists of Afghanistan need, and can benefit a lot from, her great work of research and scholarship.

Further, to gain a more thorough understanding of issues pertaining to the field of communications in Afghanistan, I secured the formal permission and have therefore started translating a book by a Kabul University professor Esmatullahi about new thoughts toward journalism, from Dari into English.

Recently, I have also proposed to a popular TV network, Negaah, in Afghanistan to produce a program on informing public how free media contributes to the development of civil society and freedom of speech in Afghanistan and, how independent press can neutralize the surge of threats that may very well undermine the human rights in our country. This proposed program will additionally cover the ethics of journalism, and ways public and private communication media can take root here.

As a director, a columnist, a member of the fragile Afghanistan’s Journalists Union, a prolific translator, and as a literary critic, I have begun writing a book about the taboo of homosexuality in Afghanistan so that I express myself as a gay which in Afghanistan is considered a crime punishable by death.

I sincerely believe that the world now needs a universal treaty offering protection to those who have long vowed to bring international peace. I, though not as an academician and a theorist, have articulated two new ideas in regards to the potential role of media and mass communications in bringing about a definite resolution to the current bloody conflict in Afghanistan. First, the international community can lend support and nourish rising activists and journalists like me by facilitating my access to means of higher education. Secondly, make the Afghan conflict resolution possible by strengthening the media as the fourth branch of governance and a pillar of democracy and civil society in my country.

Realizing that our current problems mainly originate from religion-fed issues like suicide attacks, violence against women, Islamic extremism, clash between traditionalism and modernity, I have taken it upon myself to establish an understanding of the world around us and the world fundamentalist Islam is trying to undermine, by systematically studying other major religions of the world. In doing so, I have started learning Hebrew in order to facilitate my idea about inter-religions reconciliation and harmony.

Advancing my theoretical and academic knowledge of the concept of independent media, and its role in promoting civil society and freedom of speech in a post-war society such as that of Afghanistan, and learning from the West in how to tack the vital needs of Afghan Media, are the main drive behind my quest to study for Master’s Degree in Media Studies.

My Motivation Letter for DAAD (Accepted)

To DAAD Scholarship Program!

There is a famous quote that all the thinkers have ever been pondering over, "god is I, not someone else; then, do for you, don’t care of other." This quote has been pestering me since I heartfelt understood what kind of "me" we entirely require after three decades of war.

Everybody believes that the "time" will change everything. We have had time and history as well, but where is the change? Cultural matters, some tell, is the key phenomenon for the people of a land to be unified. We have got 5000 years of cultural values, but who could be witness of alteration? Terror, horror-nationally or internationally- originates from mottos, quotes and issues that are all in the paper. Afghanistan have them all had since disintegration of Taliban, but what type of transformation have been come in Afghanistan? Posing such critical questions are every Afghan intellectual's rational dilemma, but who can pave the way to find the solution or just could resolve them? The only one is, a good leader (in my view a communicated team-leaders).

The reason for choosing this specific Master Program comes from the fact that Afghanistan needs some new-born leaders who have new thoughts. Also master of public policy in Afghanistan is needed because of the following reasons:

1. By my knowledge of public policy, day to day, changes will come to the way of leadership and monitoring from self-leading to a team-leadership.

2. I, as a new-learnt leader, will fill the scarcity of tailored and well-educated authorities, and accelerate the process of reconstruction in a new route.

3. This opportunity and following outcomes will metamorphose a large part of my people's lives.

I, individually, believe that Afghanistan suffers pain of political corruption, though a great amount of aid funds is dived to avoid administrative immorality or bribery. After returning my homeland from Germany, at first appearance, I would make a decision-making team, say, by gathering new thoughts and ideas, particularly from youths; I would have a highly strong thinking power to prioritize issues. Then, taking some workshops in order to inform the educated people, at first step, of how to do well in a country passed three decades of war and fratricide would be my first plan. Also, at second step, I would assist the urban people, if I were appointed after graduation from Germany, and (as I hope to be in remote provinces) how to bravely involve and successfully deal with their new lives. And investing a large part of foreign aids is rampant on capacity-building and job-making opportunity. I have estimated that only some parts of all the money spending yearly would be satisfy Afghans, reduce the percentage of unemployment, terror (a big subject make some to do suicide attacks is rooted the unemployment) ineffective consequences in general if they invest in two fields of good management and good leadership; and make the international community more hopeful of the future of Afghanistan.

Now let's back to the quote mentioned in the first line and struggle to correct it. God is I, not someone else, but I wouldn't like to keep it going; to do so, I must look at the other and try to show I am my god. So, looking at the other makes me know how to talk, how to treat, how to control him not to be allowed to raid. To be our gods, we need to be with others; that is, every country requires knowing being well-led to get its lost position, particularly my beloved country after 30 years of fratricide and bleeding. Now, it's time to understand the "other" and do for "other" as we have done for "me" so far.

Sincerely yours,