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Sunday, February 17, 2013
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Editorial

Ongoing Shahbagh movement

Show deference to day-to-day public concerns

We felt happy about the change in the programme at Projanma Chottar movement by limiting the rally hours between 3 pm and 10 pm. But in the face of heinous murder of blogger Ahmad Rajib Haidar, leaders and organisers of Projonmo Chottar have reverted back to their round-the-clock timing of the programme.

We can understand their anger at the grisly murder and the youth genuinely feel the wrath that it has evoked. We share their sentiments fully. In our first editorial above, we have expressed our severe shock and strong condemnation over the incident.

However, we need also to point to the importance of a transformative approach to the programme while retaining its full vigour.

Hopefully, reversion to the old timing would be short-lived. Uninterrupted continuation of their programme spanning all day and night is somewhat unrealistic, which they will be able to realise sooner or later.

For one thing, the judicial process must run its course, since an amendment has been brought about for the appeal. For the other, given that the traffic of Dhaka is already heavily congested, holding of day-and-night-long rally needs to be rethought.

Two very important public hospitals are situated in the Shahbagh area. Needless to say, public's easy access to them should be ensured.

We like to underscore that the correctness of the Projonmo Chottar movement has endeared it to the people. The three minutes' observance of countrywide silence on Tuesday and holding of candlelit vigil on Thursday in memory of those martyred at the hands of the war criminals in 1971 were moments that renewed the nation's awareness about the War of Liberation.

Having reached that point now is the time to take the movement to the next stage, the rationale of which will bring them closer to the people.

The whole country has been stirred up by the Projonmo Chottar. But the youth, including students, should go back to work or to their studies.

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No, it is not at all; some are still staying till this day and did not leave the revolution for a second. Hell with the work, hell with the studies and hell with those two hospital...country is by far a more important issue and we must be able to reach a permanent solution before we can leave the square peacefully. This will be a rolling revolution and this should continue as long as required to address all the national issue. If we want to change our national anthem...that should be happening from here. If we want to see who were behind the stock market debacle, we need to do it know. Even if the nation thinks that sensitive issue like BDR carnage should be reopened...we need to do it here. This is the real people's parliament and the other parliament can go to hell. So, don’t talk about it now...only time can decide what is next.

: OpeeMonir

We are enthralled to see how this young generation remembers the heroes of liberation war and they revolt against the verdict which might not reflect the expectation of all the general people. Can the location of the protest be shifted to some other place where the general people's real suffering will be less? As we know how all city dwellers are brutally abused with their value time due to traffic congestion during normal time and now that timing reached double. Moreover, two big hospitals are located there. It is thought to make this protest to be more endeared by all people; the location of the ongoing protest may be shifted to some other locations; such as - Suhrawardy Udyan or elsewhere. It is opined that if the location is relocated the spirit of the protest will not be reduced; rather it will get momentum by the acceptance of all class of people.

: shariful alam tapash

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  • ShamimH
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 02:11 AM GMT+06:00 (80 weeks ago)

    I would like to suggest open the roadways and move the program into the Race Course Park, either across from TSC or near the Engineers Institute.


 

 


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