Culture of conspiracy and vengeance

Maskwaith Ahsan

Maskwaith Ahsan

The writer is an Online Journalist and Offline Media Educator.

It’s been 39 years since Bangladesh won its independence, but we are still grappling with the malaise of a desperate political culture aimed at power and wealth. Known to be a brave and patriotic nation, we poured our blood and sweat for freedom and a flag.

1971 – a red letter year in the history of this world – witnessed the emancipation of a nation from the shackles of colonial hegemony. We thought that was enough; that years of struggle was over. The thousand-year-old Bengali culture had all the emotion, warmth and zeal to ensure happiness for the bereaved families of our freedom fighters and the loving people living in the valley of poverty and pathos.

1971 is perhaps the only year in the history of Bangladesh when the nation was able to demonstrate the strength of its unity. Our great leader Bangobandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman walked on the same fiery path taken by Gandhiji, Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro by living up to his dream of freedom. He refused to acknowledge death threats, believing that his beloved people could never turn into enemies.

Our father of the nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman even refused to entertain the idea that his countrymen could fall victim to western conspiracies and kill their very symbol of freedom. Occidental theories of colonialism also marked other precious lives of our national leaders who were part of the 1971 war of freedom.

Thus started the divide and rule of Bangladesh; a gross division of political philosophy gave vent to a series of killings, coups and counter-coups. All this while, the masterminds sitting across the Atlantic were cooking up delicious recipes for a unipolar world of McDonalds.

The moment  a General (Ziaur Rahman) started looking for friends in an alternative world order, western game theorists to upped the stakes by alluring a few ambitious natives into removing  him from the game board.

The imperial designs of divide and rule were so imprinted onto our system that they diffused all patriotic attempts to unite the country along the path of equity and self-sufficient development. Our freedom and economic sovereignty were made vulnerable to continued foreign intervention. The traitors were, sadly, none other than our very own.

With the bank of patriotism and politics badly pilfered by western imperialists, radical Islamists saw an opportunity to take over whatever else was left. In the name of counter-hegemony they stealthily geared up to forward their agenda. The western forces and Islamist radicals joined forces with each other to brand Bangladesh a politically failed state.

an eye for an eye

Shortly before and after the liberation war, our countrymen used to pray for the release of patriotic political leaders imprisoned by Pakistan, but now our masses can be seen and heard cursing policy-makers, politicians and exploiters for abusing democracy to make their fortunes. Elections are now nothing more than a civil war of vote to earn a blank cheque from the silent majority.

Bangladesh is a one-dollar-a-day-per-capita-income country, where parties are only concerned with political tribesmanship; no one cares about the social mortality rate of mother and child, and the healthcare degradation of those living in grey poverty. In our 39years we could not envision the importance of development bound politics; election manifestoes prepared by partisan, outdated intellectuals could not carry out the commitment to nation-building; all attempts to institutionalize democracy could not withstand the onslaught of political chaos; and the arena has been left wide open to the shouting and screaming power mongers who roar like wrestlers demanding an eye for an eye.

I wonder if democracy ever meant people’s rule, if it ever meant respecting each other’s opinion or representing people to change their fate. It is, perhaps, utopian to imagine our political leaders reconciling for the sake of living up to their commitment to the nation.

This could be a pseudo observation on my part that I have never seen Republicans and Democrats fighting on the streets of Washington. The only clash I did witness on a street in Vienna was between expatriate Awami League and BNP followers. The Austrian police asked me the reason for the clash. I could not answer, I didn’t have any.

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3 Responses to “Culture of conspiracy and vengeance”

  1. Khondkar A Saleque

    Great write up.Bangladesh could defintely find its place in the world community as the true emmerging tiger of the east if we could prevail over petty politics of vengeance. Bangabandhu never believed in that.He had the heart to declare general amnesty for poor razakars and other relatively less agressive forces who opposed libaration war.But at the sametime collaborators act was passed in parliament and main criminals of war were under trial.But unfotunate murder of Bangabandhu triggered collapse in moral values.Power was taken over with guns.Unconstitutional state hed General Ziaur declared ‘Iwill kae politics difficult for politicians”.Political party was formed with people of different faith and belive-right, left ,top and bottom using state resources.War criminal , anitiliberation force, killers of Bangabandhu and zail killers started setting roots.The b nation started backpedalling from values of glorious liberation war to confrontation and killings.Hundreds of freedom fighers were killed since Augyst 1975.But war criminals and anti liberation force grew like obnoxious weeds.They amassed g huge money and muscles.Freedom fighters and proliberation force becmae subdivided and were used as pawn for opportunists to grab power.
    Now that Government of Bangabandhu daughter has initiated actions to try war criminals multi dimensional conspiracy has started.
    Nation must remain alert and united against all evil forces. This opportunity will not come again. We know this government is also making some mistakes, failing to create comfort for citizens in some areas.But remember there is no alternative to this pro liberation government.We must not return to ages of devil darkness and horror again.

  2. zahin

    wow..what a quote…But remember there is no alternative to this pro liberation government.We must not return to ages of devil darkness and horror again…!!!

    This speaks of a die hard activist who dares to term anyone who is not Al supporter as antiliberation force.Its an attempt to terrify the general citizen of country to come under the umbrella of one party rule.Its a Bush like statment ‘either you are with us or you are our enemy.’ Sorry Mr khaleque, you are grossly wrong.
    Do you think, all other parties of Bangladeshr are antiliberation force ?
    They all are Rajakars ? You are insulting a nation here.Anyway if it brings any personal benefit to you, if by showing your these posts to higher bosses in the power, please go ahead. Make some money.

  3. আকাশ চৌধুরী

    well,anyone refuses to toe the awami party line ought to be labelled as a collaborator or rajakar. remember the weekly holiday banner headline article ’65 million collaborators?’ the fact of the matter is, the conscience of muktijudho has long been dead and buried. especially the 4th amendment was the last nail into the coffin of the muktijudher chetona. now everything see and/or hear about muktijuddho is nothing more than mere political point scoring ploy. i really am to say that this is gullible article has been written in the (very poor) narrative of the political party in power.

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