is our proudest achievement in post
independence Bangladesh. So far we
have had three reasonably well run
elections through which our people
had a chance to elect their chosen
representatives. But democracy's benefit
to the people of this country appears
to have remained extremely limited
so far. It is the political parties,
especially the two leading ones, and
groups of vested interest and rent
seekers who appear to have gained
maximum from our democracy. The political
parties get elected and either form
the government or the opposition.
Then starts the game of one side trying
to repress (if in the government)
or harass (if in opposition) the other.
While the repress/harass game goes
on, the vested groups and the rent
seekers literally suck the blood out
of the ordinary citizens. The result
is marginalised voters and filthy
rich and autocratic power wielders.
a result the people, the individual
citizens, who are supposed to be the
ultimate beneficiary of a democratic
system remain almost totally neglected.
It is our considered view that ordinary
citizens, especially the poor, have
received practically no benefit from
the freedom and independence that
democratic polity is supposed to provide.
Our democracy has neglected the very
people who are supposed to be the
very soul of this system. Services
of the State, the attention of the
government and the share of resources
hardly reach the needy.
this section of our anniversary supplement,
we address the issues of individual
rights and privileges in a democracy.
We have tried to show through an in-depth
examination of the issues that for
democracy to be meaningful for our
people we need a fundamental change
of the present political culture.