ATM Haidar Khan
Bangladesh is a democratic, constitutional, secular and peaceful country. It is a country where civilization dates back as old as 4,300 years. Bangladesh is the only example among nations in the world, which sacrificed many precious lives for the rightful place of its language--- Bangla. Its people achieved their independence after a long duration of nine months of a bloody war--- the War of Liberation. It is a six-seasoned country based mainly on agriculture, where rivers are sketched across the map. Bangladesh is a prospective developing country which is dreaming of becoming a middle income economy by 2021 to which it is progressing quite well. Here, population is the country's dynamic resource. Since the independence, Bangladesh has gone through various hurdles such as financial difficulties, military takeover as well as political turmoil.
There were significant financial progresses, and political stability followed by the restoration of democracy was achieved in 1991. The people of Bangladesh are peace-loving and naive. But over the last few weeks Bangladesh is undergoing a serious political crisis; the violent political crisis presently plaguing Bangladesh is having deadly consequences for the innocent people of the country, who have borne the brunt of a number of politically provoked attacks in the last few weeks. The vast majority of people lives here on daily income. In an attempt to survive with their families, people have to work no matter if there are strikes, blockades or any other political agendas. These people are always becoming victims of death or serious physical injury.
In last few weeks a significant number of vehicles were set on fire, no individual with political identity or their loved ones were reported to be killed or burnt but innocent people with daily income were killed leaving their family into a life grave misery. The transport workers and passengers were burnt alive; the recent official death toll in the political violence rose to more than 31 as activists attacked and vandalized more than 300 vehicles either with firebombs or stones during the continuing blockade since January 5 this year, but blood toll suggests much more people were killed.
Furthermore, the rolling transport blockade organized by the opposition is taking a huge toll on Bangladesh's economy, with the vital garment industry hit particularly hard. The economy of the country will soon be collapsed if the situation continues in this way.
As citizens of an independent country, people must have a right to security of their lives. Human lives should be at first considered to be above politics. This is the demand of time to make the situation better and sustainable. The government is humbly and repeatedly requested to take sterner measures to make sure the lives of people are secured. If these killers and their associates are not stopped and brought to justice, the next generation will not forgive the present policy makers. The people do not want Bangladesh in a position where countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan have already reached.r
ATM Haidar Khan is President, Bangladeshi Students Union UK