Afsan Chowdhury

But why do we all have to suffer?

April 29, 2012
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So BNP is going to continue hartals till Ilias Ali is produced. What kind of cynicism is this that forces people to suffer on party to party issues that has nothing to do with them? We didn’t abduct Ilias Ali, so why should we pay the price? BNP should do it to the AL and its supporters and not to everyone who are guilty only of living in Bangladesh. How can a BNP rule is better if all they care about is their party leader and not the rest of the millions who suffer not just hartals but politics in general?

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If a group of people have made selfishness an art form for personal gain, it’s the politicians. Our sadness began when we trusted them with building our future when that was not their objective at all.

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It’s amazing how these political parties can ignore the plight of the poor not to speak of the rest. I remember back in the mid 90s when the AL was trying to oust BNP from power, they also called for a long stretch of hartal. It was abominably painful for the urban poor particularly the rickshaw-pullers who after a week of this could no longer keep going and tried to make it to the street. The AL activists jumped on the rickshaws on the road and totally destroyed them as the pullers begged for mercy.

Although as a journalist I am supposed to be neutral, I lost my cool and protested. “This is for democracy” they shouted.

“You can have your democracy but what about his democracy, his right to feed his family?”

“Who are you?  You are a BNP agent.  A razakar.”

I walked away as the activists shouted slogans against me.

I learnt a big lesson. Political parties and their supporters have democracy but ordinary people don’t.

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What does the BNP mean when they say that the hartals will go on till Ilias Ali is returned by the Government? Suppose Ilias Ali is dead and can’t ever be returned by whoever took him? Will hartals go on forever? The BNP is accusing the government for his abduction but suppose someone else is involved? How does the BNP know for sure? And if it does, why doesn’t it present evidence of this knowledge? Or does the BNP think that the people have a right to know only when the party approves that choice? Can they now back down from endless hartal programmes if Ilias doesn’t return?

More to the point, is Ilias Ali greater than the existing suffering of millions? Does the BNP think that no one in this country has anything to do other than ponder on the missing politician? Don’t they have to go out and make a living?

The BNP had some popularity towards the beginning of last week as people were exhausted with the AL government’s ineptitude and inability to control the law and order situation. The abduction of Ilias Ali certainly scared many but the BNP response, completely devoid of any political intelligence is also scary. With the several hartals under the belt, the BNP is not looking better at all and the tolerance for its tactics is rapidly shrinking.  Nobody wants hartal but the BNP and the AL doesn’t seem to know that.

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Who could have abducted Ilias Ali and why? Taking the names being mentioned let’s quickly swim through the list.

It’s the Government/ AL

There is no gain in this abduction for the government because it has obviously been the trigger to cause so many problems for everyone in power. To abduct means to murder because Ilias can’t be returned now but who is Ilias Ali anyway that he deserves such a lot of attention? And would the government want to gift a ‘body’ to the Opposition which is what has happened and strengthen the movement?

It’s the BNP

The AL supporters say that it’s the BNP which has hidden him to create an issue. They say that the party had been saying that the movement would escalate in May/June and this is the proof of that. Apart from the absurdity of the suggestion, his return would automatically raise too many questions. He has to return to get his reward if the BNP has done it so how is that going to be without more political pitfalls? Is the BNP that cynical?

It’s the “Khaki boys’

Unless there is a definite plan to take over, this abduction doesn’t make sense though such a scenario is possible. Media has reported of reports of ‘close cropped people’ involved and speculation is growing but isn’t there smarter ways to capture power? Or is it part of a longer plan to cause such political exhaustion that people won’t care who takes over?

It’s India

This is a favourite with a section of the BNP-Jamaat activists. Ilias Ali, it’s claimed, was taken because of his Tipaimukh agitation activism. But why should India bother to take him when nothing Bangladesh does will really bother India? Why should India bother with Ilias when it can swoop on literally anyone?

It’s the Aliens

This has gained credibility after Rumi Ahmed made the suggestion last week in this Opinion page. It has gained the highest number of shares in this section proving that many believe this is certainly a possibility.

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No matter what or who, there is no reason to make people suffer. Public frustration is high and can go higher. If the situation goes on, it will be difficult to say how much instability may follow.

As a not so wise man said, “Things can never be so bad that it can’t get worse.” Unfortunately for us, this aphorism comes true again and again.

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48 Responses to “ But why do we all have to suffer? ”

  1. khayrul on May 2, 2012 at 7:36 am

    If this writer or his loved one goes disappeared like Ilias Ali only than will he understand how much pain it inflicts. All including Sheikh Hasina, Shahara, Matia, Tuku will understand how painful it is when a loved one goes disappeared.

  2. Sk. Ziaur rahman on May 1, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Can’t the AL and the BNP form a joint ‘find Ilias’ committee and go looking for him instead of calling hartals and arresting BNP small fries like Rizvi? BTW, is he related to Gowher Rizvi, the adviser ?

    Khaleda Zia can learn a lesson from Ilias’s wife and go see Hasina and discuss how one can rescue Ilias.

  3. Tarik on May 1, 2012 at 12:29 am

    You pointed out none of the rumors have gotten much credibility. Then what happened to Ilias Ali? Who is responsible and what is the motive?

    “Truth is stranger than fiction”

    Govt or BNP whoever have the clue (if they have at all) will reveal the truth only if it is favorable to them. I hope you journalists will find out and reveal the truth to public. But then there is the incident of Sagar-Runi! On second thought, we don’t need to know the truth, we need peaceful living condition, too much to ask I guess. Well less violent living condition would suffice.

    • Moin on May 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      If the government is not serious, we should be serious. Today I might disappear, tomorrow you. But the government will continue to sleep.

  4. Sk. Ziaur rahman on May 1, 2012 at 12:14 am

    The AL and the BNP are like the Pavlovian dogs who would salivate at the ringing of a bell without understanding why. Hartals are like their saliva and politics is the bell. No intelligence plays a part in this response or reaction.

    Because we think shouting and screaming are the best substitutes for arguments, we like hartals which are political shouts. Politicians are scared of the parliament because one requires some brains to be there which is why both parties boycott it each time they come to power.

    You BNP and AL supporters deserve what you get and each other. Bangladesh is a “Hirak projar desh”.

  5. Helal Ahmed on May 1, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Hope aliens do actually come and remove all our political leaders from both parties and dump them somewhere remote. Only then our common working people will have some PEACE.

  6. Musa on April 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Afsan Chowdhury is not wrong. We do not know how many Illias Alis have been killed/abducted in last 40 years in Bangladesh. Why should general people suffer in the name of “Hartal”? We have seen both the parties in power and have become fed up of this.

    We hate the politics that do not care about the economy of the country, do not care about the poor people who earn their food giving their labour, do not care about the students whose exams are being postponed one after other due to hartal.

    From 7th of next month Cambridge exam will start where few thousands students will appear. Students as well as their guardians are now worried. If there is strike during the exams there is every chance the authority will cancel the exams and all the students will suffer. Our politicians are least bothered about it. It is the game between two parties, one wants to come to power by any means and the other to hold on to power by doing anything and we the bloody people are suffering…

  7. Sapnil Shahed on April 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I hate hartal, but it does not mean I will always do so. On this occasion I am supporting hartal. Why? Because it’s needed. Everyday someone will disappear and the Govt. will not take responsibility, then they don’t deserve to be in the position.

    If persons like Ilias Ali disappears then it’s not too long when common citizen like you and me will start disappearing. 101 persons missing and you may be the 102. So, what should we do? Just say “Allar Mal allah Niya Geche”? No, it’s time to apply Newton’s 3rd law. So, be together, it’s not about BNP or any other party. It’s about our existence. I don’t want to be the 102 and neither do YOU. So, it’s time to fight back.

  8. Abdus Samad on April 30, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    A lot of thanks to Mr. A. Chowdhury for a nice title “But why do we all have to suffer?” in his opinion. I agree with him that if BNP has proof about Ilias abduction they can disclose it in a press conference. Then the general people would be able to understand the actual cause of shutdown. Otherwise, it would seem like a planned conspiracy to save the war criminal all and sundry. I hope our blind politicians would learn a bit from this opinion.

  9. russel on April 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Mr. Afsan is wrong. Mr. Munshi and Mr. Nabil both are right.

  10. zoha on April 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Dear Mr. Afsan,

    Thanks for your effort to pose a neutral point of view. Many of our think tanks are also trying to stand by this neutral view. This neutrality is of course a hypocrisy.

    I have few questions.
    Frist: If instead of calling hartal, BNP and its alliances just bring out a silent procession, will the govt give any importance to that? Or will the govt return Ilias to his families?

    Reportedly, 28 BNP leaders and activists have disappeared in last three years. If all those are staged by BNP, why couldn’t the government unveil the drama?

    If the opposition, doesn’t protest, and allows govt to continue this disappearance, drama, when do you think they are going to stop it?
    Do you think, if the govt is allowed and given a free chit to continue disappearing opponent leaders, and do not call for any hartal, this country will become a country of good governance?

    Hypocritical neutrality is more destructive for a society. You understand that better than us. Don’t you, Mr. Chowdhury?

  11. Iftekhar Hossain on April 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    In principle hartal is indeed permissible, more as a symbolic gesture of disapproval. But the way it now being used will hardly promote the pronounced cause and earn credit for the opposition. Politics should replace “politrics” and at some point politicians need to look like statesmen, but those days perhaps are beyond our life time. I, however, feel Afsan Chowdury’s column interesting and amuse myself recollecting a childhood saga of Thakurmar Jhuli.

    দুয়োরানি রাক্ষস
    *********
    দেশ জুড়ে হাহাকার
    প্রান যায় আহা কার
    রাজবাড়ি শুনশান
    রানিমার গুণগান।

    রাত যেই ছম ছম
    জীন ভুতে গম গম
    বিছানায় খশখশ
    রানি হয়ে রাক্ষস
    অলি গলি রাস্তায়
    হাতি ঘোড়া ধরে খায়
    কারো চোখে নেই ঘুম
    জনে জনে হয় গুম।

    হায় হায় কি উপায়
    প্রজাকুল নিরুপায়।
    বাজে ঢোল করতাল
    আজ তাই হরতাল।

    • Mohammad Zaman on April 30, 2012 at 11:58 pm

      Like your “CHORA”.

  12. Ishtiaque Hussain on April 30, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Afsan bhai has expressed what I am sure a lot of us want to say. Good on him for having the courage to do so. Just hope our politicians are listening.

  13. Quazi on April 30, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Sir, thanks for the article. I see, people are still fighting over AL and BNP even the article addressed the suffering of “us”. No matter how you bash AL and BNP, you should give them some credit for keeping the 160 million mesmerised with their evil power all these years.

  14. kamal on April 30, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I think Afsan has gotten fitting reply to his one-sided & biased opinion. In a civilised world a politician going missing is in no way example of good governance & therefore totally unacceptable to any other than if he is Afsan. Please tell Afsan where you were & what your feelings were when AL’s hartals caused sufferings to people more than now. Pls remember, after all BNP men have not yet taken clothes off of any passer-by as did AL’s men.

    If BNP has no proof of Govt’s involvement in Ilias missing, pls ask the Govt to trace out Ilias to prove BNP wrong.

  15. Kazi Saifuddin Hossain on April 30, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Let’s leave aside partisanship and focus on a practical solution. I understand both the Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party do not trust one another. The opposition wants a fair investigation into the Ilias Ali disappearance case, while the party in power is accusing the opposition of hiding its member who has gone missing for quite some time now.

    Against such a backdrop, how about inviting the Scotland Yard detectives to investigate on a neutral line? The government must cooperate with them and forward all information at its disposal. And the opposition shall withdraw its back-to-back shutdowns. This might settle the issue for good, I sincerely hope.

  16. Akhtaruzzaman Chowdhury on April 30, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Nowadays hartals are more devastating than earlier years. Traffic jams and car burnings start the day before and stop one day after the hartal. Now we have a bigger national economy to screw up. Afsan has missed out the most desperate group, i.e., the Jamat/ JMB/ Islamic parties, who have a good motive to bring change through political distubance. This group has the capability to do this abduction/ killing unilaterally and BNP is just doing what it has to do. Ilias Ali is most probably dead, because it is difficult to keep a live hostage in the current atmosphere.

    This political disturbance and continued hartal may have one of three outcomes. 1. Another one eleven. 2. There is an early election and BNP takes power. 3. The opposition is pacified. In the first two outcomes the Jamat group gets some releif in their WCT trial. Chances for the third outcome are very low.

  17. Orko on April 30, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Awami League is in power, and the people voted them into power.
    Now they understand the language of hartal & violence only,that is why the opposition is speaking in their language.
    Sorry that we, just like yourself, have to suffer!
    There is no other way.

  18. pothik on April 30, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Very good article without any bias.I hope you will be neutral for your opinion in the future so that the people can respect the journalists.

  19. Sojol on April 30, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Mr. Chowdhury,
    You are deliberately attempting to mislead your reader. The issue of Ilias Ali abduction and BNP backed hartal have certainly a lot of things to do with ordinary people. The use, misuse and abuse of hartal by AL has given hartal a dreaded name and therefore I can understand your frustration about the use of hartal. The disappearance of Ilias Ali is not so much surrounded by mystery. This is an ongoing trend where a Gestapo style police force is identified as the main culprit by various sources including some of our own journalist. When all peaceful protest mechanism is forcefully disrupted, government officially removed the bedroom security, judges lost their neutrality and ministerial corruption are protected by cock and bull stories, what else can you do to bring back civility over brutality, democracy over autocracy, justice over injustice and rights over might? The only option left is to call hartal though none of us like it.

  20. Rezzakul Chowdhury on April 30, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Thank you for pointing out the alienated, non-democratic, inhuman, ruthless, greedy, culturally middle aged, aggressive, hostile, and callous character of our main stream politics.

    Politics in Bangladesh is now completely alienated from general Bangladeshis. General people do not want ‘hartal’ but political parties are continuously calling ‘hartal’, especially when they are in the opposition. General people do not want abduction, crossfire, killing, and torture on women but despite people’s expectation, abduction, crossfire, killing, and torture on women are going on. Why unwanted inhumane & horrifying incidents are frightfully dominating the politics of Bangladesh? Not from a theoretician’s point of view, from the view point of a general Bangladeshi, the reason lies in the non-democratic values and practice in our mainstream politics. It may be a much generalized findings of a complicated and multidimensional problem but I do believe; it is the core one.

    Now politicians don’t learn from the mass people rather forceful and ruthless imposing of party thoughts/policies becomes a common practice. Now there is no spontaneous ‘Hartal’, as we had experienced before 1971 or immediately after our liberation, or during the movement against ‘Soiracher’. For a successful ‘hartal’, parties now need to burn vehicles and human being, bomb, and ultimately frightening mass people. It is not the creative conflicts of idea that guides our politics, it is the middle aged attitude polluted and makes hostile the whole political process and environment with careless comment and practice of blaming each other without any justifiable reason(s).

    These alienation, lawlessness, autocratic practice, and self-declared sacrosanct politician’s shameless, greedy acts ultimately will not bring any ‘good’ for them too. No matter what, the people will do, what they need to do to reprimand those politicians and to uphold the level of candour in politics.

  21. Mehedi on April 30, 2012 at 2:05 am

    What principle are you talking about? This country, its politicians, and its people have no clue about democracy. Have you ever seen this kind of protests in other countries where hartals cripples the entire country? What are you all gaining from this senseless country wide hartal by crippling the entire country’s economy? In an effort to disrupt the government you all are driving this country down the drain. Over time you won’t even have a country to uphold your so-called principles.

    You want to protest the government? Protest in front of their homes and headquarters. Why shut down the entire country? Why make everyone else including the entire country suffer? If the country ends up in chaos, how do you even expect to prosper in your own life?

    In a country where you have student politics (Chattra League, Juba Daal) that country is bound to be doomed. Students should focus on their studies; they are supposedly the future backbone of the country. But what’s happening in our country? The so-called future generation are allowed to get into dirty politics and have their future shattered. They are the ones going out in the streets and setting buses and rickshaws on fire but in fact they are hijacking their own life! Students must not be involved in politics at all. Show me one developed country where you have students running on the streets observing hartals instead of focussing on their studies.

    Look, I agree that the government is doing a crappy job but to take them out of power follow due process. Don’t vote for them in the next election. Calling daily hartals is not a solution at all. But it seems like the stupid people and the politicians in our country only care about power. If BNP is in power AL calls hartal and if AL is in power BNP calls hartal just in the hope to get to power sooner rather than to allow the country to prosper at all. Such crippling blows to economy will never allow this country to develop.

  22. Ashik Mahmud on April 30, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Why should all the issues of hartal be related to BNP leaders’ interest? Why not for public interest? If Hartal, the last and strongest democratic weapon, used only for the public interests, it would result in the opposition’s interest at last. Hartals should have been called for electricity problem, sky rocketing prices of essentials and other greater problems that the countrymen are facing everyday and they really want the solutions. Greater public movement is needed in this regard and the opposition is supposed to lead the movement. If the opposition did it, they would get more public support and sympathy.
    So, please fight for the public interest not for yours that will help you to gain your interest also!

  23. Hamid on April 29, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Good job Afsan, you look quite neutral this time. Smart idea to begin with the story of rickshaw-puller. BNP and AL are fooling people. I wonder who is fooling who…who supports interest of Bangladesh?

    • Michael Holding on April 30, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Sorry, Afsan Bhai. I could not approve your stand. Apart from being a BNP leader Ilias Ali is also a former two times elected people’s representative and a citizen of Bangladesh. It’s a protest against so many enforced disappearances, in which there are strong allegations of the involvement government-backed musclemen. Security of life and freedom of movement: It’s a burning issue of the 150 million people. And you call it a partisan issue? I would have been happy if you suggested that even the party in power should have joined the agitation against the seating government. In 1969, it was Ayub against the whole nation. Many people could not get emergency services due to hartals and general strikes. Do you question the legitimacy of those actions?

  24. Nabil on April 29, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    When Dr. Milon was killed, the whole country was shut down indefinitely. Journos stopped publishing newspapers, lawyers stopped practicing law at courts, students stopped going to classes, physicians stopped treating patients. This was not for one person, this was for a bigger cause. We all knew that.

    So does Mr. Chowdhury not know that Ilias Ali issue is not about a person only? Then why Mr. Chowdhury takes this naive stand? We don’t know.

    But let me clarify if anyone has difficulty understanding the rationale of this hartal. At least 22 people have disappeared only this year so far. Over 100 since this government came to power. Ask the family of the victims of these enforced disappearances. For the abduction, each and every family will point the fingers at government agencies. The family of Ilias Ali also believes it was Government agencies who abducted him.

    Now what can the opposition do? When mid level leaders of BNP , like Mr Alam or other leaders of its student wing disappeared, BNP did not call hartal. Now Ilias Ali got abducted. What is the guarantee that next in the list would not be Brigedier Hannan Shah of Fazipyr or Nazrul Islam of Khulna or Murza Alamgir or even Khaleda Zia?

    What is happening through these disappearances are nothing but state terrorism on its own people. If state can simply abduct the opposition out of existence, where is the room for democracy? Democracy means pressure group against government, democracy means check and balance.

    Even if state did not do, they have to take responsibility of 100s of opposition leaders disappearances.

    General strike is the only way to protest against government. They will not let the opposition hold rally or sit in.

    Don’t you all remember what the state did to prevent recent grand rally of BNP?

    • Steven Miller on April 30, 2012 at 8:42 am

      You will live this uncivilized life until you talk and work against such unacceptable events/actions like hartal. It doesn’t matter whether a hartal is called by BNP or AL, hartal is bloody, no use and destructive. You dirty politicized people talk about developing Bangladesh? In what eyes do you see development when you call for such destructive events? Yes, AL is not perfect, so are you BNP; no one is perfect. So, why the hell can’t you people negotiate and work for one country and that should be Bangladesh?

      • Helal Ahmed on May 1, 2012 at 12:16 am

        Fully agreed.

      • Munna on May 1, 2012 at 8:26 am

        Steven, you are so right. Unfortunately our country’s people don’t understand the word or “unity” and to work towards a greater goal for the betterment of the country. Everyone is very sentimental in this land and the politicians only care for themselves. In their own selfishness they drag the whole country and its poor people with them.

        • Helal Ahmed on May 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm

          Very GOOD observation. Hope others take note.

  25. Golam Arshad on April 29, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Yes Afsan! It is the swinging volley of vengeance and vendetta. We suffer they (politicians on both side) WINS. The cronies cajoled, the ideologue ponders, the civil society cloaks in enigma. What more.. wait for more!!

    • Shafiq on April 29, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      Mr Arshad, please have mercy. I cannot take it any more. Can’t you write anything beyond staccato bombastic words fired indiscriminately? How about taking the pain of patching together few coherent sentences. Do you realize that your style do not lend your communication skills a favorable view?

      • Omar Farooque on April 30, 2012 at 9:44 am

        I sure do agree with Shafiq’s comment on Golam Arshad’s remark. And I think his comment equally holds true for the parent article.

        I guess both the major parties have adopted the process of self-annihilation. It’s taking decades to happen but it will happen nevertheless.

      • Golam Arshad on April 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm

        Proud of you. Now SMILE….

      • Akhtar Shah on April 30, 2012 at 7:29 pm

        If you can’t take it, then don’t read it. Simple.

      • Helal Ahmed on May 1, 2012 at 12:18 am

        But he is RIGHT. You seem to be angry. And not communicating due to your ANGER issue.

        • Munna on May 1, 2012 at 8:09 am

          Who cares if he is angry? He has all the right to be angry with all the stupidity of the politicians and people like you. Like Akhtar said – don’t like it don’t read it. Why don’t you communicate your thoughts?

  26. Karim on April 29, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    After reading your column, I ask like Shagar-Runi, like Khalaf and like Ilias many more will be killed or disappeared though there is a government ruling the country taking the oath of protecting the rights of general people and there is nothing to do and life will go on as usual? What about the son or Shagar-Runi, the family of Khalaf back in Saudi-Arabia and the family of Ilias? No body should be held accountable for this? Why? Is the cause is that when you were called razakar back in 90s you left like a coward? Should not we think for better days ahead? We need changes in many things. And without hampering the existing system no change is possible. I think we all know this.

    • Quazi on April 30, 2012 at 11:52 am

      I agree with your point, but can’t really digest the fact that any existing political party (be it AL or BNP)prtotesting in this manner when all the parties have done similar crime in the past. If the better days ahead lies in the hand of is BNP or Jamaat, i will prepare myslef for similar incidents 3 years from now.

  27. MBI Munshi on April 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Afsan Chowdhury does not seem to understand that this is not the matter of one individual (Ilias Ali) but is in fact a matter of principle. That the government has failed to ensure the security of its own citizens and may actually be acting in connivance in these abductions and killings. No society should tolerate such behaviour. People are suffering not because of the opposition’s call to hartal but because the government has failed to govern and has left no alternative means of protest open to the BNP-Jamaat alliance. I wonder whether Mr. Chwodhury has read the recent article ‘RAW trained crusader 100 in action in Bangladesh’. If he has then he surely understands the severity of the situation facing the country which is caused in large part by a subservient foreign policy and allowing a neighbouring country to guarantee the security of the regime in Bangladesh in a completely illegal and nefarious manner.

    • Munna on April 30, 2012 at 4:21 am

      What principle are you talking about? This country, its politicians, and its people have no clue about democracy. Have you ever seen this kind of protests in other countries where hartals cripples the entire country? What are you all gaining from this senseless country wide hartals by crippling the entire country’s economy? In an effort to disrupt the government you all are driving this country down the drain. Overtime you won’t even have a country to uphold your so-called principles.

      You want to protest the government? Go in front of their homes and headquarters and do your strike there. Why shut down the entire country? Why make everyone else including the entire country suffer? If the country ends up in chaos, how do you even expect to prosper in your own life?

      In a country where you have student politics (Chattra League, Juba Daal) that country is bound to be doomed. Students should focus on getting their educations done … they are supposedly the future backbone of the country. But what’s happening in our country? The so-called future generation of our country are allowed to get into dirty politics and have their future shattered. They are the ones going out in the streets and setting buses and rickshaws on fire but in fact they are hijacking their own life! Students must not be involved in politics at all. Show me one developed country where you have students running on the streets observing hartals instead of being focused on their studies.

      Look, I agree that government is doing a crappy job but to take them out of power go through the due process. Don’t vote for them in the next election. Calling daily hartals is not a solution at all. But it seems like the stupid people and the politicians in our country only care about power. If BNP is in power AL calls hartal and if AL is in power BNP calls hartal just in the hope to get to power sooner rather than to allow the country to prosper at all. Such crippling blows to economy will never allow this country to develop.

      • MBI Munshi on May 1, 2012 at 1:16 am

        Very nice of you to ignore the hartals and violence inflicted upon the country by the AL when they are in opposition. Everything you have written applies one-hundred fold to the AL but you appear to overlook this. Why do you assume that the AL intends to hold elections or that they will allow the opposition a level playing field?

        Opposition organizers and workers are being abducted and killed in the most heinous and brutal manner with the probable connivance of the government. In such circumstances when the government itself behaves oppressively and undemocratically then the opposition is entitled to motivate the people against such policies through a general strike. Such means of protest are recognized worldwide and we are now witnessing this in the Middle East where several dictators and autocrats have been toppled.

        • Munna on May 2, 2012 at 3:02 am

          You appear to be missing the fact that I don’t care for BNP nor do I care for AL. I don’t like any party in our country because all the parties are filled with hypocrites. Does it matter which party comes to power? It’s the same old crap. When you have BNP in power AL calls hartal, when you have AL in power BNP calls hartal and this has been going on since the day we had our independence. No matter which party is in power you can’t assume to hold fair elections in any case because they are making a fool out of everyone of us. We Bengali people are too sentimental rather than thinking logically.

          None of these parties care about the general people in our country. Do you have any idea how much the country’s economy suffers when these damned politicians take their agenda to the streets without caring anything about the country itself? If you ask me all the party members are traitors. They go to power only to fill their own pockets with money without caring a single bit for the general people.

          Tell me this – do you think we will ever have a civilized government when the main principles of the people who runs the entire country is so screwed up – no matter which party they belong to. When BNP was in power they created RAB. Now AL is using RAB to kill BNP members. When BNP comes to power they will do the same. So what’s the difference? You tell me how is ousting one dictator through hartals is of any good when you replace that dictator with another one?

          The situations in Middle East are nowhere near comparable to our country. Those Middle East countries had dictators for over half a century. For that circumstance it is viable that the people fight for their independence after being oppressed for so long! But I thought we already past that phase in 1971. I thought we had democracy where we can vote and choose our leader wisely. But we are so dumb folded we always choose a leader from the same god damn family! What the heck man? There are no qualified people in our country better than Hasina and Kaleda? It’s such a joke!

    • Sohel zaman on April 30, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      Mr MBI Munshi you are one of the regular contributors in Pakistan defence forum, aren’t you? One needs to google you. There are posted comments in website where people are saying that you under the name of Jessica Fox contribute in Sri Lanka Guardian. People say, it was in fact you who wrote this story on RAW training crusaders in Bangladesh. Give me a break! Raw and crusaders!! well done you!! Here you are again to speak about the ‘matter of principle’?? To Afsan Chowdhury???

      • MBI Munshi on May 1, 2012 at 1:09 am

        Yes I am a regular contributor to PDF as are dozens of other Bangladeshis. They have a separate section on Bangladesh defence. There are thousands of Indians who also contribute to PDF but I have never seen anyone complain about this although Pakistan and India have fought four wars against each other. I have also seen the comments on the internet claiming that I am in fact Jessica Fox but if anyone cares to compare the style and composition of English used by both of us it would be obvious that we are not the same person. It is very convenient for those blinded by AL/Indian propaganda to come to such absurd conclusions.

      • Munna on May 1, 2012 at 8:21 am

        Oh so Sohel, you are one of those people taking to streets with bombs strapped on your chest instead of going to school and have some education? Do something better with your life instead of following Rajtontro. Do you even know what democracy means? How come in a democratic country we continue to follow two members of two families only? How is this different from rajar cheley becoming raja? Are you seriously telling me there is no other qualified people in our country to lead instead of a window of long dead president and a daughter of a long dead independence movement leader? What qualification do these two leaders have at all?

        Look at all the developed countries and how they choose their leaders. They choose them on qualifications not on some crappy sentiments. You guys are so idiots that you will support unqualified candidates just because you like a party name. Grow up man and try to have some brains for God’s sake.

        • Helal Ahmed on May 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm

          Let this guy talk or write. But he will be in trouble if he behaves like Pakistani Jihadis and actually blows up some people.

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