Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 06:37:27 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Captive politics is not student politics

photo by

By
21st-Oct-2019       
Share
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Save
  • E-mail
  • Print
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

After the brutal killing of a BUET student, the issue hotly debated countrywide is whether student politics should be permitted at public universities. Only the government universities run with public money have student fronts of some political parties. Student politics as an extension of party politics is at the root of the crisis. Student politics as a separate intellectual process is welcome. What is wrong is that the student wing of a political party, be it Awami League or BNP, has no basis in politics of its own. Criminalisation in the name of politics is abhorrent.  
It is now known after the hateful killing of Abrar that in BUET some fifty torture cells exist. Torture cells likewise also exist in other public universities for executing different kinds of criminal activities. Such crimes are followed by easy money. For non-involvement of the government, the private universities do not have the problem of captive student politics.
The student organisations like the student wings of major political parties exist as the muscle power of Awami League or BNP at universities and do as they are asked to do. There is no scope for political thinking or political analysis.
The problem is there is no knowledge-based politics in our party politics other than how to remain in power and get rich. This is the politics that depends on force and intimidation.
The muscle power of captive politics cannot be called student politics. In our present situation the university students are needed to be used as the power of terrorism of the political parties to spread fear among the university students thinking differently.
An atmosphere of tolerance is congenial for education. In the captive student politics there is no tolerance, debate and discussion for organising good governance which comprises the very essence of politics. Neither Awami League nor BNP cares to know what democracy means for complying with the democratic Constitution and respecting the rights of individuals guaranteed under the Constitution. Both of these parties are played into the hands of others. We cannot be sure who runs the government. They have remained active to disavow democratic tolerance and constitutional politics. Politics has ceased to be an intellectual matter for national well-being. The politics of the government is now called development politics and not the people's politics.  
As political wings of the principal parties, the students survive as force in exchange for police protection offered them for their misdeeds. In our party politics there is no politics for free election, only hunger for power. So, dangerous conflict and confrontation go by the name of politics. Students are used to aggravate such conflicts and confrontation.  
Awami League has abandoned its democratic politics. It is now a revolutionary party believing in politics of no election and no Constitution and no rights of the people. BNP also is not a democratic party to be anxious to practice democracy. Both the parties want to grab power and continue in power. So our party politics is cruelty of force against force. The parties have no political ideals to ponder and discuss, and where no room for compromises is to be found. But making compromises is the art of politics. There cannot be freedom of speech either. Such politics finds conspiracy to unseat the government everywhere.
The members of the Chhatra League have digressed from the values of education to be engaged in activities heartless and unkind. Human qualities as university students are much in want in them. Many of them are victims of drugs. It is a sorry state for us to see the university students encouraged by their party politics to be intolerant and violent. This is opposed to education for making them civilised and creative.
 The hope that our university students as party activists shall take over future political leadership on the basis of their political knowledge and ability is a gigantic deception. Our present party politics is not about the need of education for responsible leadership.
After activities of Chhatra League at BUET came to light, there is nothing to disagree that it was no secret to university authority that heartless crimes are being committed day by day inside the dormitory.
The Vice-Chancellors and teachers of all public universities are also party activists for political favour. The teachers are divided as party activists of different political parties. All these activities cannot be helpful for academic atmosphere at the seats of higher learning for others to get proper education.
How irresponsible one can be when Vice-Chancellor of BUET does not know what was his fault in the savage killing of one of his students in the university dormitory. He also did not know anything about 50 torture cells run by his students in various residential halls. He, Provosts or Proctors cannot deny their complicity in crimes happening at the university.
To be inhuman criminals and terrorists, our children are not sent to universities. University education is not needed to be remorseless and cruel 'killers and torturers'. But it makes us hopeless when teachers including Provosts and Vice-Chancellors give up their sense of duties and sell their conscience to be party activists. Who will take care of our children for their good education and safety if not the university teachers?
The blood cuddling stories are coming out from the confessions of some of the arrested men in connection with the murder of student Abrar.
The torture cells were also maintained by the members of another wing of Awami League i.e. Jubo League under cover of casino business involving hundreds of crore taka. They were given government contracts for making easy money.
After the exposure of the criminal activities under the banner of student politics nobody in his senses can say that such activities are politics and we need political leaders trained in such party politics.
We have a former Chief Justice who is too anxious to show support for the Awami League government. He is concerned that if the student politics is prohibited at the universities, then it will be detrimental to building future political leadership.
It is a matter of public knowledge that BUET student Abrar Fahad was beaten to death in the university hall for his critical view on the recently concluded agreements with India. The Chhatra League being government's student front, will not be wrong to infer it as part of government's politics to punish Abrar.
Party politics has dehumanised the students. They are in captivity for the politics of their elders. I do not mean to say by this that for every crime an order has to come from political party high ups.
In the background of the ongoing students' movement many angry speeches are forthcoming. Direct statements are made challenging the legitimacy of the government and asking it to go away for not being elected. This is not a change for freedom of speech. The government is waiting in the hope that the fire and fury of the student movement will fade way.
In Pakistan days student politics was not captive in the hands of political parties. They maintained their autonomy of not being blind activists of any political party. But such support was not obtainable at the cost of education and good behaviour. Most of them were brilliant students. They were committed to national politics for protecting national interest, for which general public respected them. Political leaders listened to their arguments in policy matters.
We must save university education for intellectual excellence. It is our obligation as teachers and guardians to protect our children from the captivity of the politics of criminalisation. We must do what we can.
It is to be insisted that the universities must not be places for politicians to peddle brutal and corrupt politics unfit for university students. We must preserve universities for higher education to produce better and more qualified people for better future for the students and society.
We cannot allow our university students to be murderers or be murdered.  
(Mainul Hosein is the Chairman, Editorial Board, The New Nation)

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Rape incidents increasing when all preventive measures failed


A total of 59 women were raped and sexually harassed on public transport across the country in 2019. There were 52 incidents of women repression on public modes of transportation -- 44 on the roads and four each on rail and river ways, the media reported quoting the survey report ...

Entertainment »

Darshana’s new film Protighat


Model-actress, Darshana Banik, who has acted in some critically acclaimed films, both in the South industry and in Tollywood, is on cloud nine now. She will soon be seen in Rajiv Biswas’ upcoming film Protighat which also stars Soham and Priyanka Sarkar in lead roles. The film is a passionate ...

Business & Economy »

Abu Hena Mohammad Razi Hasan, Head of Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU), speaking at money laundering prevention conference at local resort in Habiganj recently. Bangladesh Bank Executive Directors Kazi Enayet and Iskander Mia, among others, were present.


.

Cricket »

New Zealand beat India by 10 wickets in series-opening Test


AP, Wellington :New Zealand beat top-ranked India by 10 wickets in the series-opening match, posting its 100th win in Tests and inflicting India's first loss in eight matches in the ICC Test Championship.India started play Monday at 144-4, 39 runs behind New Zealand after trailing by 183 on the first ...

Football »

New Zealand fraud probe into ex-Oceania Football chief


AFP, Wellington :New Zealand's Serious Fraud Office said Monday it is investigating former Oceania Football Confederation employees - including ex-president David Chung - after a complaint from FIFA.Authorities will probe whether any criminal activity had taken place, but declined to provide further details of an active investigation."An investigation relating to ...

City »

Former Adviser to the Caretaker Government M Hafiz Uddin Ahmed speaking at a prèss conference on 'Presentation of Information of the Winners of DSCC and DNCC Elections-2020 and Election Evaluation' organised by SUJAN in DRU auditorium on Monday.


Football »

Ronaldo marks 1,000th game with record-equalling goal


AFP, Rome :Cristiano Ronaldo scored for a record-equalling 11th consecutive Serie A game in his 1,000th professional match as Juventus extended their league lead on Saturday with a 2-1 win over basement club SPAL.The 35-year-old tapped in six minutes before the break to equal the mark held by Gabriel Batistuta ...

Editorial »

We don't need experts to tell us banking sector is ruined


 AS Bangladesh Bank has miserably failed to function properly, the country's banking sector is heading towards a total collapse and is being held hostage by a few individuals and entities. This remark comes from the local think-tank Centre for Policy Dialogue on Saturday marking the government's move for appointing a ...

Entertainment »

Kirti Kulhari skips cab and takes auto-rickshaw


Mission Mangal actor Kirti Kulhari was spotted taking a rickshaw ride in the city. The actor who prefers to take auto to travel for short distances was quite happy as she posted on Instagram “When all the ubers and the olas of the world leave u stranded, it's the Rickshaws ...

International »

UN chief urges new transit point for aid to Syria


AFP, United Nations :UN Secretary- General Antonio Guterres has urged the Security Council to authorize a new passage point on the Turkish border to allow humanitarian aid to reach the embattled population of northeast Syria, where medical supplies are running short.The recommendation came in a report issued Friday to Council ...

Editorial »

Govt incapable of deciding how to deal with Rohingya crises


NEWSPAPERS reported that the government is shifting its previous stance on sheltering one lakh Rohingyas to remote Bhashan Char due to constant objections from the international community, especially the aid agencies. Bhashan Char is only 25 kilometres from Sandwip Island and it has a fast siltation rate. There is also ...

Football »

Lewandowski double edge Bayern past bottom side Paderborn


Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich squeezed past bottom side Paderborn 3-2 on Friday as Robert Lewandowski netted twice to spare goalkeeper Manuel Neuer's blushes in their final game before facing Chelsea in the Champions League.Lewandowski now has a league-leading tally of 26 goals in the top flight, illustrating his importance to ...

Entertainment »

Priyanka wishes Sophie a happy birthday


Priyanka Chopra has shared a sweet birthday wish for sister-in-law and Game of Thrones actor Sophie Turner on her 24th birthday. She shared a picture from the 2017 MET Gala where she not just made her first appearance with now husband Nick Jonas but also met Sophie. Sharing the picture ...

Sports »

Venezuela's Rojas sets new indoor women's triple jump world record


Venezuela's Yulimar Rojas on Friday set a new indoor women's triple jump world record of 15.43m at a meeting in Madrid.The 24-year-old world champion bettered the previous world record of 15.36m set by Russia's Tatyana Lebedeva in Budapest in March 2004.Rojas's new mark also left her just seven centimetres short ...

International »

Sanders condemns Russian interference in 2020 elections


Agencies :Bernie Sanders on Friday condemned Russian interference in the 2020 election, telling Russia President Vladimir Putin that "if elected president, trust me, you are not going to be interfering in American elections."Sanders issued a statement in response to The Washington Post's report that the Vermont senator was briefed by ...

 
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