Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Saturday, November 17, 2018 03:50:15 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Commentary

BNP must democratize itself: Hereditary leadership is over

photo by

By MAINUL HOSEIN
01st-Dec-2015       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

All political parties are preparing for the forthcoming municipal elections. These elections are to be held openly on the basis of party nominations under party banners. Loyalty of the candidates to party leaderships will have the main consideration.The Election Commission has refused to delay municipal elections even by two weeks at the request of the opposition. Once again it has been reminded that the opposition has no importance. The elections will not change the temperature or tension rising at national level over national politics. The future of democracy will continue to be uncertain in the midst of disorder and deterioration of law and order.It should be clear to all by now through recent bitter experiences that cosy hereditary leadership is no good in the present march of power politics. In hereditary politics a time comes when free and fair people's election has to be guillotined to tighten the grip of the vested interests on power. Conspiracy against popular representation becomes a permanent affair. It is what has been happening in Bangladesh.Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) now the largest party in opposition has to think seriously if it wants to establish itself as a credible democratic alternative. Otherwise as an oppressed and exhausted party it will vanish hopelessly in thin air. Though opposition to the government will not go away, it never does.It is for everybody to see that hereditary leadership of Awami League and BNP jointly over the years stifled democracy by crippling the democratic institutions. Democracy cannot stand on its own without democratic institutions. Now the question is how to save democracy by resisting its inevitable demise. Neither of the parties under hereditary leadership has felt the importance of practising democracy within their parties. And so not outside as well.In a parliamentary system a defeated prime minister resigns without asking questions and without waiting to be removed by the parliamentary party. But in our politics no such thinking had a place. The leadership had to prove nothing. In course of time each of these parties has become more a mercantile association for personal wealth making for its members than self-less political parties to serve the people.They talked of democracy without allowing leadership change for putting an end to failed leadership for the rise of new leadership adding fresh political dynamism. Leadership change is what that democratic politics keeps alive and kicking.BNP has to realise that the present government has finished the old politics of election and thus democracy as others know. Along with it finished the hereditary politics for both. Awami League has no intention to hold free popular election on the strength of hereditary leadership.  BNP has no chance of facing the challenge of existence in the dying condition of democracy if it cannot embrace change where change is necessary. That challenge can be met only by a responsible and credible democratic alternative. At present, BNP has no such democratic credibility to be a threat to the increasingly undemocratic politics of the present.If BNP can become politically relevant and hence powerful Begum Khaleda Zia, without its chief, will also become strong and less helpless. Now, the way the ball is so set that we shall either have one party rule or serious efforts must be at work to revive true democracy where democratic institutions will be muscled up.To talk about democracy and not to realise after all the ignominies of these years that for BNP to survive as a force it needs to change in mind and heart to be a force of democracy. We do not believe there is no realisation among the BNP leaders themselves that the same old politics of hereditary leadership is not taking them anywhere. They are suffering from the old inertia and lack of confidence in themselves. We do not say for BNP leadership that there is any easy choice but change is the only brave choice it is left with.We do not say Awami government has reasons to feel safe and secure. But it has firmly and blindly chosen a path of no return at whose guidance is not easy to know for sure. Awami League has changed beyond recognition. This politics was most unexpected in free Bangladesh under the leadership of Awami League. They have been led to think that peoples' liberation war was not people's and people must be told what it was about and rule. We shall urge the government also to climb down from the high horse of power and become pro-people and more tolerant. The calm surface is not deep enough for real calm, sudden spark somewhere may turn into an overflowing fire next time.We are deeply worried and that is why we cannot rest without saying what must be said. Our regret is we can all live peacefully and happily if we so desire. Lust for power and greed of the few is our misfortune.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Only condemnation not enough, ensure safe return of Rohingyas to Myanmar


US Vice-President Mike Pence expressed the Trump administration's strongest condemnation about Myanmar's treatment towards Rohingya Muslims. He told Aung San Suu Kyi that "persecution" by Myanmar's military was "without excuse" in a meeting with her on November14. Mr Pence also pressed Suu Kyi to pardon two Reuters journalists who were ...

City »

Former Parliament Member of Moulvibazar-2 constituency MM Shaheen joined Juktofront by giving bouquets to Juktofront Chief Prof Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury at the party office in the city's Baridhara on Friday.


.

Football »

Croatia stun Spain as Jedvaj strikes twice to keep hopes alive


AFP, Zagreb :Spain passed up the chance to seal progress to the Nations League finals as they were beaten 3-2 by Croatia on Thursday, undone by a 93rd-minute winner from Tin Jedvaj.Jedvaj's late strike leaves Group 4 wide open ahead of its final fixture between England and Croatia on Sunday. ...

Entertainment »

Deepika-Ranveer wedding: First pics of the gorgeous couple spell magic


Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh got married at the picturesque locale of Lake Como in Italy. The much-in-love duo got married in a traditional Konkani wedding ceremony on November 14 and today solemnised their wedding as per Sindhi tradition. After managing to keep their wedding pictures well-guarded, the couple has ...

International »

May fights for survival after Brexit deal sparks crisis


Reuters, London : British Prime Minister Theresa May was fighting for survival on Friday after a draft divorce deal with the European Union provoked the resignations of senior ministers and mutiny in her party.More than two years after the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU, it is still unclear how, ...

Editorial »

Mass awareness needed if NBR wants more people under tax net


THE countrywide 'Income Tax Fair -2018' has already drawn a huge crowd. The authorities hope more people would be brought under tax net this year too. Finance Minister AMA Muhith while inaugurating the fair said out of country's 16 crore population, the number of taxpayers is around one crore. There ...

International »

US could lose war against Russia or China, warns panel


AP, Washington :The United States military has "lost its edge" and could potentially lose a war against Russia or China, a report by a bipartisan panel established by Congress says.The report by the National Defense Strategy Commission on November 14 said U.S. military superiority has "eroded to a dangerous degree" ...

Football »

Switzerland`s Kevin Mbabu (left) is challenged by Qatar's Abdelkarim Hassan during an international friendly soccer match between Switzerland and Qatar at the Cornaredo stadium in Lugano, Switzerland on Wednesday.


.

City »

Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Thursday in protest against setting fire on police van in front of the BNP Central Office in the city's Nayapalton.


.

Entertainment »

Why Shraddha Kapoor likes Chhichhore


Shraddha Kapoor commences the shoot of her upcoming film Chhichhore.  Shraddha took to her twitter handle on Wednesday morning and announced, “Time to get back in to it! Excited to start a new journey. Day 1 for me on #Chhichhore?? @NGEMovies @niteshtiwari22 @itsSSR.” Earlier, The first look poster of Chhichhore ...

Entertainment »

Jaya Ahsan coming with Beauty Circus


Entertainment Report :Jaya Ahsan has already proved herself as an actress not only in Bangladesh but also in Kolkata. Now she is one of the busiest actors in Indian Bangla cinema whose commitment to her craft has taken her places including a circus. Jaya’s latest Bangladeshi film Debi, which also ...

Entertainment »

Bijori takes break on her birthday


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Bijori Barkatullah was one of the popular TV actresses of her generation. She is not only an actress but also a dance artiste, model and host. Today is her birthday. She takes break on her birthday. Before birthday she also worked. Bijori informed that yesterday she took ...

Sports »

Rooney excited to see what `fearless` England are capable of


AFP, Burton-On-Trent :Wayne Rooney will make his final farewell as England's greatest ever goalscorer in a friendly against the United States on Thursday, but is excited at what a young squad can achieve under "fearless" coach Gareth Southgate in the years to come.Rooney, 33, made the last of his 119 ...

Sports »

Shoulder injury rules Jason Holder out of Bangladesh tour


Agency :Windies suffered a big blow as captain Jason Holder was ruled out of the Bangladesh tour with a shoulder injury. Holder is said to have suffered the injury during the recent tour of India, and will need at least four weeks to recover from the setback."Jason has a partial ...

Editorial »

Time for fixing banking irregularities


THE Bangladesh Bank's role as the custodian of the production and distribution of money and credit in the economy has been eroded by the finance ministry in the past decade. It's not a common people's remark. Rather, it came from a Director of the central bank while addressing a meeting ...

 
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