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Saturday, January 17, 2015, Magh 4, 1421, Robiul Awal 25, 1436 Hijr

Let not the nation suffer any more
Published : Saturday, 17 January, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 12

What is now going on in the political arena of Bangladesh was never dreamt of by our war heroes in 1971 during the War of Liberation. The ceaseless violence by the activists of
BNP-Jamaat-led 20-party alliance in the name of hartals and blockades can never be a practice of democracy, let alone 'pure' democracy. A number of people have been burnt to either death or injury, vehicles have been vandalised and burnt to ashes in this short span of 11 days since January 5, when the alliance called for a countrywide blockade. Hardly any day has passed without news of arson attack or violence on people.
Some senior leaders of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party claim their so-called
'movement' to have been 'hugely' participated by general people, and its fate is in the hands of the people. But truth always tastes bitter as common people have barely participated in the violence which killed their compatriots. The opposition parties adopted a wrong strategy by being stubborn and paying no heed to Sheikh Hasina's call for discussion before the January 5 election. Khaleda Zia missed the bus by heeding the party's self-exiled senior vice chairman's advice not to participate in that election. If the BNP had taken part in the election, it might have had some grounds for a movement.
Perhaps our political leaders have little knowledge about democracy. The services of 'pure democracy' are being enjoyed by only five countries throughout the world that encompasses a negligible amount of only 10 per cent of the world's population. The health of democracy is so thin! As far as the definition of democracy is concerned, violence and crackdown on people to bring back the rights of the same sounds ridiculous. Reportedly, some BNP leaders' urge to people to bear 'a little' pain for bringing their rights back thus reflects the political bankruptcy of the party.
A movement cannot be successful by taking a toll on people's lives. Rather it affects heavily the country's markets, thus undermining the economy. The prices of daily necessities in the kitchen markets have shot up. People, especially those who survive on earnings on a daily basis, have fallen into the deepest problem. The transport sector remains in a hold-up. If the situation continues like this, it will definitely impact the present steady growth of GDP. The BNP-Jamaat's ill motive of encouraging unconstitutional rule will reward them with nothing but a blotch of imperishable disgrace on their kismet.
Panic and terror is being spread, people are frightened to go out in search of livelihood. Such conditions cannot result in any good for a political party. The future of Bangladesh is thus being darkened. Through the media we have come to know that envoys of several countries have recommended that the BNP avoid the path of violence, which is the people's heartfelt cry at this moment. We hope both the government and the opposition will restore peace and harmony in the country, at any cost, if they really want to return to the people their rights. If, however, the violence continues, the
government should give a robust reply to those who are today perpetrating it.

Editor : Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury
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