Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 01:29:28 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Sticking to Honesty

For Individual, Social And National Emancipation

By
02nd-Jul-2019       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Muhammad Quamrul Islam :
Looking at current positions around our respective place and reports in Bangladesh media, people wonder why the Parliament is not taking serious  steps against those wrong-doers inflicting injuries on the life of ordinary citizenry in their drive for money and power at home and abroad by any means however inhumane and immoral it might be. It made the vast multitude fearful and concerned as to what would happen to them as they find there is no value of honesty, which traditionally bound our society, family and individual. Can dishonesty be the way of life, saying one thing and doing the opposite, as if double dealing is no crime or vice? Everybody in authority is loud about honesty but derailment continues no quality standard in works and corruptions in different sectors unabated!    
The loan defaulters' issues recurrently discussed but no solution over decades and whitening of black money by every government, party or non-party caretaker, thru budgetary measures in each fiscal year are eroding the moral base of the society and nation cannot be ignored for satisfying the so-called stakeholders, often pointed out as justification for stability and growth. Alongside Syndicates are looting about one lakh crore taka every year under the cover of bonded warehouse facilities, smuggling and money laundering, affecting directly Bangladesh and bordering Indian state of West Bengal adversely. The Border Haats along the porous borders of Bangladesh with Indian seven-sister states have become routes of money laundering and other crimes reported in media. Who're then beneficiaries of illegal transactions;  surely not the people of bordering states on both sides of the divide but the rings operating from distances and harvesting the illegal gains with local accomplices. Let it be so considered.
First page report on June 28, 2019 shows in detail that in banks of Switzerland money deposited by Bangladeshis in 2018 have increased. It is attributed to election year in Bangladesh as usual and increasing imports. On the other hand, deposits from citizens of big India and Pakistan have decreased. Indian Government has an arrangement to exchange data in this regard with Switzerland, which has not happened so in Bangladesh.  Can't we be equal to our friendly neighbour instead of looking for excuses?
Domestically bribery of different types and names are rampant reported regularly but to no affect which tantamount to making the society tolerant to corruption in spite of moral voices of well-meaning few braving those immoralities come what may. There are nominations businesses in politics, appointment, transfer and promotion businesses in employment, bribes one forced to pay for services which the officials are obliged to provide borne in the public exchequer or face harassment or injustice. It has been reported by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on June 23, 2019 though salaries of officers and staff have been increased there is no decrease in corruption. The sufferers feel this oppressive burden, which can only be combated by reviving moral values inherited from the past, the way out to be found out by Religion Affairs Ministry and Education Ministry who cannot escape responsibility.
Look, how a centurion woman loiters in the corridor of Courts waiting to get justice before going to grave and students are incurring costs in attending Court proceedings.  Land grabbing led to land dispute cases made the lives of innocent actual owners' miserable that may not get the justice in their life time. Say, Kallyanpur case in capital at stone's throw from Sangsad Bhavan lying from 1996 for 23 years now at Supreme Court in which a co-plaintiff is Advocate Abdul Hakim since elevated to High Court Justice. A veteran Journalist cum Politician Nirmal Sen said innocent Bengali Muslims are 'minority' after the lands of Hindus and non-Bengali Muslims have been grabbed they're the victims. The political muscle and divisive politics of the day in Bangladesh behind this grabbing may be probed by various Commissions of the State and active civil societies including TIB and CPD to alleviate sufferings of the people.
Likewise pitiable conditions of non-Bengali Muslims still called Bihari in camps, most of whom have received Bangladeshi citizenship in due process of law and voting right, should not be missed and left to the hands of greedy local lords. Otherwise social stability of the country would be at stake. Even students could not be brought to discipline by the party high commands in their respective students' front, as controversy over Chhatra League committee is ongoing and Chhatra Dal is pushing with unjust demands for lifting the age limit. But Teachers' associations and their federations are silent about it.  Similarly reports in the press identify some teachers are dangerous persons involved in money making and sexual harassment etc.
It led to barbaric Barguna killing before the government college in broad daylight. Wife of Rifat Sharif tried her best to save him but all others were onlookers did not come up in human sensibility to rescue him, flashed in the newspapers. It cannot be deemed as isolated incident, said Civil and Political activists. It raised questions countrywide where the family, society and state are going? If human sensibility is lost by now, then what's the next? Where were the college students and teachers and what values are imparted in education system?  Why everybody is fearful even to resist, seek justice is known to all but do not dare to speak out.
Thankfully respected Khatib of Central Jame Masjid where we assembled as usual to say prayer on June 28 delved this matter and harped to clean the conscience as ordained in Holy Quran and Sunnah in his impressive deliberations before Jumma prayer. It was heard hopefully by everybody with rapt attention to identify individual responsibility and move on.  In previous Jumma prayer on June 21 a Mussalli asked one beside him, a retired government high official, to close his mobile phone and listen, which was not taken gracefully. It is learnt he does so. Khatib reminded before prayer led by him on June 28 to keep the mobile closed in Masjid and say some Sunnat Namaj before leaving Masjid. Everybody will listen, Insha'Allah.  

(Muhammad Quamrul Islam, an economist, advocate and columnist; e-mail:mqislambd@hotmail.com)

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Stand beside flood-hit people


DIFFERENT kinds of waterborne diseases have begun spreading as floodwater started receding across the country. But in the post-flood scenario, many people are suffering from diarrhoea, skin diseases, dysentery, cholera and other waterborne diseases. Officials of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre said the flood situation may continue improving in ...

Sports »

Lowry weathers storm to win British Open and first major


Ireland's Shane Lowry withstood howling wind and rain to win his first major at the British Open by six shots from Tommy Fleetwood on Sunday, describing the achievement as "an out-of-body experience".In desperately difficult conditions, Lowry's one-over par final round was still more than enough as he finished on 15-under ...

International »

UK leadership favourite Johnson hits more turmoil on last voting day


AFP :Britain's leadership contest entered its finale Monday with the favourite Boris Johnson facing more defections from ministers over his Brexit plan.The month-long contest between former London mayor Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is being decided by fewer than 200,000 grassroots members of the governing Conservative Party.The winner will ...

International »

Zelensky party heads for absolute majority in Ukraine


AFP :Ukraine's comedian-turned-president Volodymyr Zelensky is set to control an absolute majority in parliament, ushering in a generational shift in the ex-Soviet country's political arena.The 41-year-old became Ukraine's youngest ever post-Soviet leader when he took office two months ago and has promised to stamp out corruption and end a separatist ...

City »

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presenting National Fisheries Award to Mostofa Al Rajib, Upazila Fisheries Officer, Betagi , Barguna for the latter's contribution in Fisheries Sector at a ceremony held recently in the auditorium of Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh in the city on the occasion of National Fisheries Week.


Entertainment »

Mamo under Tauquir’s direction, Bipasha’s story


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :As an actress, in the beginning of her career, Zakia Bari Mamo got the National Film Award to act in Tauquir Ahmed-directed movie Daruchini Dwip. For this reason, Mamo always respects to Tauquir Ahmed. Now she is a matured actress who always wants to work in challenging ...

Editorial »

Taking law in own hand is an ominous sign


MOBS beat to death five people, including two women, and injured 10 others on suspicion of being child kidnappers across the country on Saturday. The incidents happened just a day after three people were beaten by a mob in Thakurgaon. Incidents of mob beating have increased even after the Bridges ...

International »

Abe on course to retain majority in upper house election


AFP, Tokyo :Japanese voters cast ballots Sunday in an upper house election, with Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc looking to protect its majority and keep on track plans to amend the country's pacifist constitution.The 64-year-old Abe, who is on course to become Japan's longest-serving prime minister, is also hoping to shore ...

Entertainment »

Mehazabien, Tawsif, Sabila Nur’s Eid drama Better half


Entertainment Report :Few days ago, a drama titled Swapno Dekhi Abaro, directed by Mahmudur Rahman Himi, was made with theme given by popular TV actress Mehazabien Chowdhury. Mehazabien also acted in this play against Shamol Mawla which will be telecasted in upcoming Eid. This time Imraul Rafat has made an ...

Editorial »

Administrative control over ACC only to happy the corrupts


ANTI-GRAFT campaigner Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has expressed deep concern and extreme disappointment over the government's decision for making Deputy Commissioners as authorised officers to oversee the Anti-Corruption Commission's work in the districts. The move will undoubtedly restrict the ACC's ability to fight graft and proper investigation into allegations of ...

Sports »

Penny drops for Canada's teen swim queen Oleksiak


Canada's Penny Oleksiak insists she has finally left the "weirdness" of capturing Olympic swimming gold at the tender age of 16 after finally recovering from a lengthy Rio hangover. Oleksiak, who is preparing for the world championships which begin in South Korea this weekend, stunned the sport when she dead-heated ...

International »

Thousands rally in support of Hong Kong police


AP, Hong Kong :Tens of thousands of people rallied in support of Hong Kong's police and pro-Beijing leadership on Saturday, a vivid illustration of the polarisation coursing through the city after weeks of anti-government demonstrations.Hong Kong has been rocked by more than a month of huge and largely peaceful protests-as ...

International »

US offers $7m to find Hezbollah agent as Pompeo visits Argentina


AFP, Buenos Aires :The United States on Friday offered a $7 million reward to find a Hezbollah operative accused of masterminding a deadly 1994 attack on a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to unite Latin American nations against the militants.Pompeo visited to mark ...

Entertainment »

Shilpa Shetty to return to the big screen after twelve years


Shilpa Shetty is all set to make a comeback on the big screen after a gap of twelve years. The actress was last seen in Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby Deol starrer Apne (2007). Before jetting off on a holiday with family, Shilpa has green lit filmmaker Aziz Mirza's son Haroon ...

Editorial »

Corruption in WASA crosses all limits


THE Anti Corruption Commission has identified eight projects and three areas in Dhaka WASA where corruption takes place. The State enterprise keeps extending deadlines and increasing the costs of its projects to create room for corruption. In many cases, WASA did not carry out its work as per project designs ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news