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04th-May-2016

Demand for arresting killers is easy, saving lives is not

By MAINUL HOSEIN

India's assurance from time to time to be at the side of Bangladesh government is understandable, but our people expect constructive help from India in building people to people relationship. Other countries including the USA and UK have been expressing concern at the rise of brutal killing one after another in the country. The US Secretary of State John Kerry phoned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina offering help to catch the killers. But the main urgency is not  for catching the killers of the dead ones - it is the need of good governance for saving lives of those still alive.The real tension lies in the design to ignore the people and uproot  democracy by bureaucratic authoritarianism. The election politics has ceased to be effective for getting people's government or changing government. One-house parliament has assumed the power of impeaching judges of the Supreme Court. Opposition in the parliament is farcically part of the government. These are the stepping-stones being laid for the goal of authoritarianism. Such a goal is confrontational politics and violent response is not surprising.The hopeful side is the government is still tolerating suggestions not of its liking. The police are not rushing to arrest under wrong pressure whenever a sensational murder takes place. If the police do not behave with a sense of responsibly it is the easiest thing for them to arrest a person. Whether the arrested person is innocent or not will take a long time to know. In free Bangladesh safety and amity among us should have been the easiest thing to maintain after the Pakistan's occupation army; which caused extensive brutalities was defeated to leave our soil.But soon Bangladesh turned into a hotbed of power struggle. Intolerance for democracy became evident in Awami League now in power. This is the party that led the liberation war for democracy. Democracy is now dying seemingly under its leadership, causing crisis of governance and anger among the people. BNP failed to grow as a democratic party for defending democracy. So no political solution to save democracy is possible at party level.Bangabandhu was anxious to maintain the unity among the people forged behind the liberation struggle. But after his death the nation was divided introducing a non-issue but a sensitive one, like pro-liberation and anti-liberation elements among our people.Anybody with foresight will see how suicidal it is to encourage disunity by the few against the many. This is like declaring war against our own people.It is unbelievable that a nation of over sixteen crores will remain helpless and there will be no outburst of reaction.They are puzzled to find the Indian government assuring our government every now and then that India is at its side when the people need help to establish good governance. Indian government has not been heard to talk about our people's safety or the chaos of disunity and hatred making life dangerously unsafe for all. It will also be a failure of India, if the liberation of Bangladesh ends up as a fight against democracy. The rest of the world is worried by the bloodshed going on unhindered in the country. The government on its part is relying not on their own leadership but on police power to do their politics. There is chaos not only outside but also within the government.The government's party men are among the most corrupt and the most unruly ones. For the intimate relationship we have with India, its government is fully aware of the internal situation in Bangladesh. The killers are doing their ghastly work of killing people defying the government's ability to protect people's life and property. The political atmosphere is rife with frustration for extremists to exploit. It is a surprise to many that although India is the closest ally of our government yet it is not being helpful either to our people or the government for organising a peaceful atmosphere in which there will be tolerance and not antagonism in our politics. So it continues as a puzzle what message the Indian government is passing on to the people of Bangladesh when it reminds them from time to time that India stands by Bangladesh government. The reality in Bangladesh should make any sensible man eager to help overcome the crisis. It should be known both to India and Bangladesh that it was the military and civilian bureaucracy that made the division of Pakistan unnecessarily such a human catastrophe, while denying political solution.