must take blame
must have very special blessings for
Bangladesh. If not, we should have
long perished from this beautiful
one need to tell how the country is
making its days against all the odds
in the world? We have been managing
to survive miraculously, living our
lives in all possible adversities.
Even when a country like Maldives
has made significant progress both
economically and socially in few years,
Bangladesh keeps its journey downward,
thanks to the lack of sincerity and
commitment of our politicians who
dictate the fate of the country in
one way or the other.
at the sorry state of governance,
politics, economics, health, environment,
education, socio-cultural values and
ever-deteriorating law and order.
Crisis is everywhere but no sign of
solution could be seen in the horizon.
always wish for a change in the vicious
cycle, to get themselves on the track
of prosperity and happiness like citizens
of other countries. But that is not
to happen. We are so very worn out
with so many problems and crises we
neither have the time nor the energy
to blame anyone but ourselves, our
fates. Interestingly though, we live
in a society where everything is politicised
yet we keep the politicians out of
our blame loop.
have little choice except for voting
against a miserable political party
in power in the next elections. The
Awami League (AL) got people's vote
of rejection in the general election
of 1991 after its government gave
people too little to cheer about.
Crime, corruption, grave governance,
myopic leadership contributed to the
doom of the AL. Ironically, the AL
leaders did never blame themselves
at all but were quick to point finger
at the election manipulation by then
opposition BNP through a state mechanism
that was at its mercy for five years.
ruling BNP roared back into the power
pairing with three other fundamentalist
parties, promising to free people
from webs of crime, corruption and
frustration to the world of democracy
which can ensure peace, progress and
having an awe-striking majority in
parliament, the ruling coalition virtually
did nothing to keep its promises to
the people. Crime trend hits its lowest
ebb, corruption goes even higher and
governance takes tumbles in three
years. Carefully oblivious of the
grave reality, the politicians in
power are now blasting everybody for
not singing praises of the government
for the unseen achievements in every
sector of the state. They have been
blaming all but themselves for the
failures, not even the media was spared.
In the run to the media-bashing, the
ruling BNP is now contemplating to
frame laws to 'chasten' the fourth
AL, main opposition in parliament--
ornamentally though, was also not
any different when in power. Whoever
took a stand against any decision
of the AL government had to pay dear.
politicians have never given our hard-earned
democracy a fair chance to grow. Mostly
so because democracy ensures people's
rights but our brand of politics makes
sure politicians' right for not to
be held accountable for anything.
In our culture, politicians can get
away with any crime, not the public.
don't dare even to blame politicians
for their failures, corruptions and
crimes. Politicians can only play
the blame game.
not we compel the government to hold
its policymakers accountable for good
or bad jobs? Why doesn't the government
act on the failure of its cabinet
ministers in checking crimes, repression
on minorities, and extortion of business
community, and in boosting the economy?
can't we blame the opposition for
not getting parliament functional?
Why the opposition lawmakers should
not be blamed for boycotting Sangsad?
don't we slam the political parties
election nomination to criminals and
black-marketeers? Do we have to see
the culture of harbouring criminals
in party for political stronghold
when people should be the core of
this the democracy we have for which
so many people embraced martyrdom?
Isn't it about time we learned to
start asking all these questions to
no way can escape our responsibility
for keeping democracy work. No matter
one likes politics or not, we've to
rely on politicians for the sake of
our democracy, as politics remains
the most dominating aspect in the
come the next election, let's not
let the politicians fool with us again.
Let's make our elected representatives
feel sorry for their failures in keeping
their election pledges by franchising
our vote of rejection against them.
The author is joint news editor of
The Daily Star.