A death, and a (momentary) return to civility

j@shadakalo

j@shadakalo

Thousands of people gather in the Baitul Mukarram Mosque to pay homage to Dr. M A Wazed Miah, 66, an eminent nuclear scientist and the husband of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Photo by: Iqbal Ahmed, Drik News
Thousands of people gather in the Baitul Mukarram Mosque to pay homage to Dr. M A Wazed Miah, 66, an eminent nuclear scientist and the husband of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Photo by: Iqbal Ahmed, Drik News

Dr. Wazed Miah, husband of the prime minister of Bangladesh, passed away earlier today. Our condolences to Sheikh Hasina, and their son and daughter.

But in his death, Dr. Miah contributed to one of the rarest things in Bangladeshi politics: a civil gesture by Khaleda Zia.

Khaleda Zia is under siege by the present government: it is trying to have her evicted from a house, proceeding with various corruption cases against her and her sons. and in general making her life difficult.

But for at least half an hour. the politics was postponed. Khaleda Zia and her entourage visited Sheikh Hasina’s residence, and expressed their condolences in person. Witnesses reported that Khaleda Zia hugged Sheikh Hasina, who was crying at that time.

This is a very nice gesture on the part of Khaleda Zia. Politics has become personal in Bangladesh, and the result is a lot of mud-slinging from both sides. Perhaps tomorrow it will be business as usual. But for a brief period of time, we caught a glimpse of what is possible.

We congratulate and thank Khaleda Zia for rising above politics.

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J @ Shada Kalo [http://shadakalo.blogspot.com] writes using a pseudonym and is best known for exposing government, military, corporate foul plays through whistle-blowing investigative reports.


2 Responses to “A death, and a (momentary) return to civility”

  1. Engr Khondkar Abdus Saleque( Sufi)

    It was definitely a great gesture of KZ to physically console Hasina on her great loss and embrace her despite of harsh treatment by the government at this stage. Politics is only a part of life.Humanity , human values are n much above political vengeance. God knows when and where again these two feuding ladies will sit side by side again. The country is sharply divided everywhere. In a fair game there can be two parties.If the game is failry played the victors can alawys welcome winners. V But if both praties like to win only by fair means or foul ,then no body may win in the long run.

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