Chy Blasts His Former Darlings
Chowdhury's new convening committee of the much-hyped alternative
political stream announced a series of programmes, including
a mass hunger strike on March 20 to protest the series of attacks
by JCD, the student wing of BNP. The former president and his
supporters has lately attacked by the young activists he used
to call his own in his previous political life. The twelve-member
committee, after having been pelted at on March 11, met at its
Baridhara office with Chowdhury as convenor. Recently, Chowdhury's
son Mahi B Chowdhury resigned from the parliament and the ruling
party in protest at what he called a serious failure of the
coalition government. The hunger strikers are to hold their
programme in front of the National Press Club.
We Bangladeshis are extremely fond of Aandolon (movements).
We simply hate to let go any issues -- big or small, trifle
or serious -- without manipulating them into creating a new
movement. Perhaps it has something to do with our climate or
may be a lot of people have a lot of time to kill, or simply
because we are too bored . Just take the example of the virulent
movement regarding the location of Padma bridge. While one party
demanded it to be in Maowa, the other group was campaigning
for Doulotdia. Finally, when the Japanese experts gave the verdict
in favour of Maowa, the other party immediately called for a
‘movement’. They have already put up a road block in Doulotdia-Khulna
highway from 10am to 3pm on March 12 and also threatened to
call for tougher movements if the decision is not reversed.
Had the decision been made in their favour, the other party
would also have gone for movements. What is the way out then?
Communication minister Nazmul Huda has an answer for it we will
certainly choose Doulotdia when we will be making a second Padma
bridge in the near future. One hopes the assurance will pacify
the angry agitators.
at the Helm and Behaving Like Hounds
Lately JCD has been playing the Big Bully act with fervour.
In the campus of DU the JCD henchmen rules, and in the national
frontier, they are party poopers. Their latest victim is the
newly launched platform that B Chowdhury designed to accommodate
the like-minded parties that Chowdhury refers to as the "third
force". Chowdhury's launching of the new platform on March
11 was foiled when JCD men and adherents attacked the gathering
that was scheduled to be held in Muktangan. The pelting of stones
and bricks left 300 men injured. The series of attacks to ward
off the leaders and supporters of Chowdhury, was the work of
the armed hooligans of JCD. The JCD top leaders themselves admitted
this, according to a Daily Star report on March 13. The report
exposed a sinister side of our national politics. It brought
into sharp focus the facts that politics has become a turf to
show muscle power and by proxy of the musclemen, the practice
of persecution is gaining ground.
Just a few days after International Women's Day, the newspapers
come with another shocker: The gang rape and brutal death of
a 28-year-old woman in Pallabi. Fatima Khatun (Kohinoor) had
gone out to her tuition in another block. After teaching her
student, Kohinoor was coming back home in the late afternoon
when she was picked up by a gang of hoodlums . When Kohinoor
did not return home her family began a desperate search.
was in the early hours of the next morning that people of the
area noticed a fire on the terrace of a building in Pallabi.
It took them one hour to control the fire and discover the charred
remains of the young woman. Kohinoor's grief-stricken mother
Almida Begum has filed a case against the alleged culprits.
According to Almida Begum, a man named Habibur Rahman owed her
some money and this had caused a dispute between him and Kohinoor's
family. Apparently Habibur Rahman had also beaten up one of
Kohinoor's brothers and had threatened the family members that
he would burn them alive. This has led Almida Begum to believe
that it is this man who is behind her daughter's death. It is
outrageous that a crime as heinous as this could happen in a
densely populated area as Pallabi. Didn't anyone see the young
woman being dragged into an abandoned building? The police must
take extra care to establish the guilt of these beasts.
the Fish is Bad!
Daily Star report last Saturday reveals that fish traders are
now injecting formalin, a chemical, to make stale or rotting
fish look fresh. A large amount of the fish is imported from
India and Myanmar and might be a source of the formalin says
the report. Formalin is a dangerous chemical that can cause
various gastro-intestinal disorders. Shortage of freezing facilities
and lengthy transport time has induced traders to inject formalin
into the stomachs and fins of fish to make them look fresh.
Formalin, is usually used to prevent decay of dead bodies. The
report further adds that the Public Health Laborotary (PHL)
is the only authority that can check on food adulteration. But
a chief public analyst of PHL says that that the existing Pure
Food ordinance of 1958 does not have fish as a food item.
report offers a suggestion to detect really fresh fish from
the 'fresh-looking' ones. Apparently if the fish is shiny and
the eyes are clear, the fins look and smell fresh, then it's
the real thing. That might mean buying glassy-eyed, pale looking
fish is not a good choice for the lunch table.
breaks its Losing Streak
Finally it came. After almost 5 years and 47 matches the Bangladesh
cricket team has finally tasted victory in the smaller version
of the game against Zimbabwe. There has been a qualitative change
in Bangladesh's performance since Dave Whatmore took the charge
of Bangladesh cricket team around a year ago. Bangladesh's performance
was not as bad as many feared it would be when it toured Australia
last year. After losing to Australia by relatively a small margin
a confident Bangladesh team went to Pakistan and unlike all
other previous occasions repeated their good performance. In
fact Bangladesh almost won a test match and had it not been
for 'Big Potato' (that is what Inzammamul Huq's teammate lovingly
calls him) Bangladesh would have already had their first test
win. One hopes Bangladesh's victory against Zimbabwe is not
an exception and the first of many more upcoming victories.