When the whole nation is gasping for fresh air amidst corruption and crime plaguing administration, business, law enforcing, education and possibly leaving no sector unscathed, Sajeeb Wazed Joy, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's son and her Information Technology Adviser, has strongly advocated discipline and honesty among the new generation in Bangladesh, especially students.
He asked the members of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the student wing of ruling Awami League, to shun violence, terrorism and crimes and instead to stick to studies and strict academic disciplines without engaging in extortion, snatching, mugging and other illegal activities that have reportedly spread menacingly on academic campuses, particularly in the Dhaka and Chittagong universities.
Speaking at a programme titled "Young Bangla" on Saturday, Joy said Awami League not only thinks about present days but also wants to ensure a bright future of the country. He asked the students to play a pioneering role in achieving that target and for that they need to concentrate on studies to become future leaders and worthy citizens of the country.
It was indeed pleasing that Joy, being the PM's son, is pleading for proper grooming of the youths so that they can serve their motherland in best possible ways. He wants them to be knowledgeable and experts in IT, social welfare and development- and contribute to the building of a happy and prosperous Bangladesh.
He made the remarks against the backdrop of recent reports that activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were indulging in a variety of rowdy and criminal activities in the DU and CU campuses that had enraged many and also drew critical attention of the Prime Minister and many sensible leaders in Awami League.
Joy - like his mother - said rowdy and detracted activists would have no place in BCL and advises students not to ruin their future - or earn a bad name for the party that pioneered the country's independence and now dreams to become a developed and digital country in less than a decade. Joy, an US-educated IT specialist, has himself pushed the digital dream and agenda of his mother by a great extent and assured he would do all he could to take the country way forward.
Joy's words came in stark contrast to a former Prime Minister's son Tarique Rahman - who has been in exile in London for over seven years now trying to escape wrath of law in Bangladesh for alleged corruption and abuse of power when his mother Begum Khaleda Zia was the Prime Minister and he was the boss of the notorious Hawa Bhaban - a hub of corruption and criminality.
Tarique, senior Vice-Chairman of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led by Khaleda Zia, is being sought in several corruption cases. He refuses to come back home to face the court - and possible arrest - rather preferring to stay abroad where from he has been carrying out an audacious and malicious campaign to distort the history of our 1971 War of Independence, He is carrying out a false and lie-based campaign against supreme independence leader and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Tarique has proved himself a laughing stock by claiming that his father Ziaur Rahman, founder of BNP, was the first Presdient of Bangladesh - though in fact it was Bangabandhu who later also served as Prime Minister of Bangladesh. However, Tarique and his cronies in the BNP are yet to desist from falsehood.
Joy, on the other hand, is propagating history in its true spirit and right perspective - and wants to let the young generation know what is true. Lying randomly and shamelessly does not make a leader. Instead these would only throw one in the dustbin of history. And, rewriting history is as well not possible.
Joy deserves high praise because he has put up a brave face against crimes and undue excesses while a senior Advisor to the Prime Minister, H.T. Imam, has been scorned by Sehikh Hasina for making uncalled-for and irresponsible remarks at a students programme the other day. His remarks irked the Prime Minister and others in the government who booked Imam for being utterly irresponsible and whimsical in making such statement.
"Youths are our future," Joy said reciprocating his mother. "We'll want to carry on with the economic development which Bangladesh has achieved so far. The young people will have to take the responsibility in the future," Joy said.
Joy, educated in Harvard and groomed as a ICT expert, rightly advised and imbibed the BCL members to be technology responsive to make themselves ready as the future leaders of the country. This is what should be the role model of Prime Minister's son and the grandson of the Father of the Nation. The people look forward to see Joy in such role all the time.
Joy's statement reflected the desires of common people who aspire for a developed and peaceful country that would once stand out appreciably in the comity of nations.