There is an irresistible symmetry between the Occupy Wall Street protesters and the people of Narayanganj. Both have been underdogs in their respective political domains.
Those, who emphatically point to the frequent political turmoil as the sign of demise of democracy, must take a lesson from the mayoral election of Narayanganj City Corporation held on October 30, 2011. Dr. Selina Hayat Ivy’s victory rejects three elements in Bangladeshi politics (1) the politics of NO, (2) the politics of power and… Read more »
It wasn’t a victory but a trouncing by Selina Hayat Ivy of Shamim Osman. What she blew away was not a candidate more famous as a mastaan demi-god of Naraynaganj but a chosen son of the ruling party. The ruling party including Osman thought he would win. But the people decided otherwise.
[caption id=”attachment_2708″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Photo: bdnews24.com”][/caption] The Narayanganj City Corporation Election appears to have been a fair prelude to the final scene. Read between the lines: an enraged Chief Election Commissioner threatening to confront the government for not having sent the army to the polling scene;