The Blame Game
You cannot blame this guy Bush for feeling and
behaving haughty. With so much crime being committed first in
Afghanistan and then in Iraq, and Muslims in America being treated
as lepers were at the time of Hazrat Issa (peace be upon him),
people are still queuing like mad to get to the States. Billboards
and banners of DV 2004 lottery in Dhaka are competing strongly
with that of the Eid market.
near Kataban advertised in bold font that their company filled
DV forms without any mistake in shalap expense. What
they meant perhaps was shalpa, the Bangla for less.
You can now go ahead and see whether they can be as nirvool
in filling a form as they publicise.
Nor can you blame Khaled Mahmud, our cricket
captain, if he starts feeling supercilious. You cannot throw
out the captain nor can you include him in the team, such has
been his performance in the just-concluded humiliating series
against England. After Pakistan I was certain that the former
Raj would be our first Test victims. But, the visitors did not
want to add another momentous defeat to that suffered in 1947.
You should not also fault BCB for racking its
brain in their search for a new captain. Players, I have heard,
you had to scout for, but not being able to find someone among
the eleven who can think cricket on the field and lead his side
means our cricket is on reverse gear, even if momentarily.
You cannot blame Jamat-e-Islami for not making
a big hue and cry about cricket matches at the Bangabandhu and
simultaneous Taraweeh prayers at the national mosque Baitul
Mukarram, and that too within yards of each other. After all
they are in power and it would not have been wise to upset the
system. A question though to the self-appointed so-called guardian
of Islam, what would you have done had this happened when Awami
League was in power? Silence is not always golden.
You must not blame former president Dr Badruddoza
for opening his mouth last week. Two years is a long time for
any Bangalee who has not completed his five-year term. That
is why Biswas and Shahabuddin have remained quiet. Some of the
ideas he expounded were good, especially about the constitution
of the parliament, 200 elected and 100 from among the professionals,
eminent personalities and political leaders. Some may even appreciate
his frankness in blaming the government for failing to run the
country (The Daily Sstar 15 Nov). A question to you, Daktaar
Shaheb, had you still been president and the situation was as
it is today, what would have been your remedial measure? As
a person having volunteered to respond to the need and call
of the people, why don't you offer your valuable advice to our
present president? Daktaar Shaheb, the country has never been
this ill before. The people of this country seek your magic
You cannot blame the government for not trying
to give us relief from the present situation. According to press
reports, the government is about to not only finalising a list
of smugglers but will be bold enough to soon release that very
dreaded list. Smugglers have not slept a wink since the news
appeared. In some southern and northern districts the sale of
sleeping pills have gone up so much that it may soon be added
to the list of preferentially smuggled items. One wonders though,
would it not have been easier for the government to arrest those
criminals straightaway and not bother about making the list
public? We do not want to know who they are; we want to know
if you have put them behind bars. Please, that is not to be
confused with places that serve alcohol.
You cannot blame the bus operators for increasing
the price of tickets for homebound passengers during the Edi
festival. They too need to buy clothes for their family. While
the rest in the country, excepting the majority who are below
the poverty line, go about in new clothes, you do not expect
the bus owners to take their wives and children on a bus ride.
On the same count, you cannot expect onion owners to have only
onion bhajee for Eid.
The moral: During the Holy Month of Ramadhan,
do not blame anyone; look on to the brighter side of things
even if DESA is making it difficult.