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Sunday, November 11, 2012
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Editorial

Home minister's exhortations to Jubo League

We commend the reply

The newly appointed home minister seems to have gone overboard. Is it his overenthusiasm to prove himself or simply injudiciousness we do not know? But his asking the Jubo League (JL) to put up resistance against JI elements on Friday is, perhaps, the most thoughtless, callow and indeed highly provocative statement to have come from the mouth of a minister. The statement has caused us surprise, horror and revulsion.

At a meeting organised on Friday by the Jubo Sangram Parishad to, according to the organisers, “resist the Jamat-e-Islami (JI) terror and disruptive behaviour” the home minister called upon the youth wing of the party to resist the JI cadres and the non-secular forces wherever they were found to be indulging in destructive activities, and to hand them over to the police.

A home minister calling upon his party's youth cadre to act as vigilantes is unprecedented, and coming from a bureaucrat-turned-minister who, we feel, has more between his ears than other citizens, his call is to take law in one's own hand and is a recipe for anarchy. In his rashness the home minister has failed to realise the grave consequences of his remarks if it is taken seriously. We are happy that it has not been.

We are relieved that his call was summarily dismissed by those it was meant for. If the minister's exhortations to his youth cadre to go after the JI caused us shock we are pleasantly surprised by the sane and rational reaction of the JL chairman. It is indeed not the job of party cadres to go after political opponents or the trouble makers and the disruptive elements. It is the job of the government agencies to anticipate and forestall potential trouble and troublemakers, without causing impediments to the life of peace-loving citizens. These agencies are being maintained with public money to do exactly these jobs to ensure public order and safety.

We abhor JI disruptive politics as much as of any other political party's. But the job of tackling these problems cannot be outsourced, even more so to a student affiliate of a political party, without serious misgivings. We expect ministers to display better political sense.

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Thank you for the timely editorial. However, I think you have overlooked the role of our present Home Ministers during 1996.We know he is the person who was the mastermind of 'Jonotar Moncho'¯, he took the law in his own hand and permanently destroyed the chain of command of the bureaucracy and so this is not the first time that he has broken the law.

: Kamal Khan

One after another incompetent ministers have made Bangladesh a sick nation.

: Robin

Comments

  • MD.BASHIR
    Sunday, November 11, 2012 08:40 AM GMT+06:00 (75 weeks ago)

    We are against hearing such an irresponsible provocative comment from home minister. He has lost moral ground of holding this important post. It is the duty of the home minister to maintain law and order situation in the country and that would be maintained by the law enforcing agency not by the Chattra League. If the other political parties direct with same language, the whole country will turn to civil war. Why did people vote for Aawami League? If the people have to face a civil war, why a government is needed and we need not a home minister.

  • Meshbaul Robin
    Sunday, November 11, 2012 04:09 PM GMT+06:00 (75 weeks ago)

    It's indeed shocking that a bureaucrat-turned-minister like him makes such vindictive comments which are very sensitive and likely to fuel the anger and wrath of the political activists and at the same time the law and order situation of our country is likely to deteriorate.

  • Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee
    Sunday, November 11, 2012 12:47 AM GMT+06:00 (75 weeks ago)

    Although the great man earned his PhD making a huge volume of thesis out of Ziaur Rahman's Khal-Kata project under UN food for work project while being DC of Jessore at the time; however he was a fall-out of Zia's inner circle. Later he earned confidence of AL regime- himself being a civil service law broker; I wonder why the country has to have a home minister from such a background. Many suspect he has his personal agendas because of his treatment by BNP regime at a later stage. We cannot possibly trust someone with such huge power and authority as we have already seen something very similar from the senior citizen Finance Minister who even does not quite remember what he said to the media yesterday.

  • Vampire knight
    Sunday, November 11, 2012 01:01 AM GMT+06:00 (75 weeks ago)

    This gentleman has been always a controversial person. He has done irreparable loss to country's civil administration in 1996, perhaps at the instigation of the AL and its leader.

  • OpeeMonir
    Sunday, November 11, 2012 01:24 AM GMT+06:00 (75 weeks ago)

    We are really worried about what kind of confrontational activities and political show-up have to be experienced in coming day...hope it does not get too hot to handle. But I strongly suspect that he is very much a determined person who will play a vital role.

    Initially we observed some activities while taking the office, I thought we may find a solution to all our ills and at one stage I though notorious murder mystery of the journalist duo is about to be solved within days possibly. RAB & other instrumental law enforcement agencies will come under some kind of scrutiny; but that did not materialize well and we do not see much hope either. It is a crucial period the nation has to pass through passionately. Only praying may help us!

  • Zashim
    Sunday, November 11, 2012 01:35 AM GMT+06:00 (75 weeks ago)

    Home Ministers statement is meant that police administration is not enough equipped with to protect themselves and security of the common people or he believes Jubo League is stronger than government's forces. It also indicates that Home Minister still has in his mind that he is an Awamilegar rather than a minster of people republic of Bangladesh.


 

 


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