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Monday, December 15, 2014, Poush 1, 1421, Safar 21, 1436 Hijr

State Of The Nation
Leadership crisis and politics of vengeance
AS Matlub Ahmed
Published : Monday, 15 December, 2014,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 64
Humanity is crying out across the glove. Powerless, credulous people are the victims of evil leadership and politics of revenge. An infernal situation is prevailing throughout the world more or less. Crime against humanity is being committed and was committed in Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, Sumalia, Darfur, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kurdistan, Kashmir, Bosnia, Chechnya, Zianziang, Urimaki, Hongkong, Donyax, Kenya, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Crimea, Philippine, Myanmar, Arakan, Asham, Gujrat, Sri Lanka, Jafna, Egypt, Nicaragua, Ivory Cost and many other parts of the world.
A recent report of CIA torture at Guantanamo has shaken the hearts of the people of the world. A serious violation of human rights against blacks in the US recently has surprised the world. Killing and atrocities have superseded all the previous records of the present world. Hundreds and thousands of people are fleeing home for survival and even taking risks crossing the sea by small boats to have shelter in Europe and most of them are drowning in the deep sea.
World leaders are watching and doing nothing for the oppressed. Billions of dollars are being spent on arms and ammunition, but for what? Perhaps the world has lost its leadership and has gone back to the Dark Age. The United Nations has failed to perform its responsibilities to save humanity. With regard to this I wrote an article titled 'IS Crisis, World Peace, UN and US role', published in the Daily Observer on 12 October 2014. I request conscientious people of the world to go through this article.
Today, we see that our nation is acutely suffering from a leadership crisis, and confrontational politics is taking us to a state of politics of revenge and vengeance. It is very unbecoming for a civilised person to take revenge over those who have harmed him. One who thinks of revenge, only harms himself. According to Bacon's philosophy, revenge is wild justice. One should forgive one's enemies. In this way, one would be superior to those who have harmed him.
It is quite unwise to take revenge. Revenge will not be able to right the wrong that has already been done. What is done cannot be undone. Vindictive people are not good at all. They always come to a bad end. This is history. And history is the philosophy of teaching by example. According to Bacon, a man holding a high post should study and follow good examples. He also studies bad examples so that he may know what faults to avoid. Reforms are extremely necessary from time to time, but they should be done wisely and intelligently without speaking ill of others.
A leader should not be stubborn or obstinate. Whenever he disagrees with someone or with some established law or custom, he should give meaningful reason for it. He should of course maintain the dignity of his high office. He should also respect the rights and privileges of others. He should seek help and advice from scholars and experts in discharging his duties; he must not commit any crime and not allow his subordinates to do so. He should maintain a simple life and acquire a reputation for honesty. He should firmly declare that he hates corruption, and will not tolerate it. He should be polite and courteous. A great man should never speak ill of his predecessors in office.
Sometimes flies around the milk surround a great leader and simulate intellectuals. These intellectuals usually commit crimes in virtual ways. Therefore, a leader should be very careful about them. Today politics of blame game has become a regular phenomenon in our country. In addition, this sort of blame game and mud-slinging politics is taking us to the verge of ruin and destruction.
We are perhaps not aware of the aftermath of such politics. With regard to this I wrote an article titled 'National politics and the need of the hour' in the Daily Observer on 16 November this year. Here, I would like to request all the leaders of different political parties to read the article and take an initiative for a dialogue immediately between the govt. and the main opposition with a view to resolving the major issues relating to our national election and national
Politics of revenge and vengeance will ruin our nation. We want to get rid of it. Anarchy and corruption already have engulfed us. 'University closed sine die' --- this sort of news makes us extremely anxious. We need a congenial academic atmosphere for our children's education.
We should shun the path of a holier than the attitude and impression of intolerance. We should be patriot both in our speech and in action. We should consider the pros and cons before taking any important decision in our national interest. Otherwise, we shall repent in future. EM Foster tells us: 'a penny saved is a penny earned; a stitch in time saves nine; look before you leap.'
We have got lots of resources in the country. We have got gas and coal, rice and crops, fish and meat, fruits and vegetables, jute and garments, tea and medicine, foreign remittances and huge manpower. In spite of them why are we so poor? Why do most of our people live below the poverty line? Why are our lives so miserable? The answer is very simple. It is corruption, lack of honesty, lack of patriotism, greed for money and lust for power, which has made our life so miserable. EM Foster says, 'If money comes, money goes. If money stays, death comes.'
Nowadays a new difficulty has arisen. I cannot believe my ears that primary school children have mastered the art of copying. Only this small crime will destroy the moral values of our children, and ruin the character of our future generation and make our future leadership unscrupulous. If we cannot check this, our nation will be turned into an inefficient nation and we will be unable to compete with the rest of the world.
We should love our mothers, motherland and mother tongue. We should not tarnish the sanctity and image of them by sending our poor women as housemaids abroad. We should rather send our doctors, engineers, technicians and researchers abroad who will bring honour for our nation.
Why did our people struggle for independence? We do not like and never like to lose brilliant students like Toqi any more, we do not like to kill innocent, credulous and humble young men like Bishwajit anymore. We do not like to hear of any more extrajudicial killing. We do not like to hear anymore of abductions or forced disappearances. If we cannot take the right step at the right time, the future generation will not forgive us. Therefore, honourable leaders, listen to the people around. Please do not disregard the words of the people around.

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