Professor John F Nash said, “The best result will come if everyone in the group does what is best for him and for the group.” This is the best way to achieve the desired goal of a society and at the same time of a country. Bangladesh achieved democracy. But it is really a farce to us that we have achieved it before learning the depth of its meaning. Our long struggle for democracy has put Bangladesh into Huntington’s “Third Wave” of current world – wide democratization since 1991. The ongoing process of democratization has rekindled the hopes and aspirations of the common people of Bangladesh. Following the formation of the parliamentary form of government in 1991, Bangladesh anchored the journey to democracy and now people are prone to see democracy flourishing everywhere in the state organs and institutions.
However, the path of democracy seems to follow a zigzag direction of development that proceed amidst both challenges and opportunities that lead some observers to view that the experiment of democracy and democratization in Bangladesh clearly suffering from contradictory realities. Despite the fact that a number of factors seem to positively work for the slow and steady growth of democracy bearing brilliant prospects for democratic consolidation in our country, there are strong negative elements that also pose threats to achieving sustainable democracy.
A key element of any democracy is a strong logical, rational, insightful opposition party. The existence of the opposition party announces the presence of democracy. From the beginning of the democracy in Bangladesh we did not see a responsible opposition bench which could fight for the people. Rather it has uttered mere ridiculous rhetorics. After 1/11, the people of Bangladesh thought that the traditional political melodrama will stop. But they thought wrong. The main opposition party BNP is staging the same drama in each matinee show!
AL lead grand alliance has passed two years already. The prime minister delivered a speech to the nation elucidating the achievement of her government. The chairman of the opposition bench also delivered a speech to the nation refuting the prime minister. The opposition leader gave her comments on the prime minister’s speech at a crowded press conference at her Gulshan office in the city which the main opposition BNP called Khaleda Zia’s address to the nation. It is debatable if the people have given the opposition leader the right to address the nation. The opposition leader can only give her reactions or remarks on an issue by holding a press conference or at a public rally. There is no provision for the opposition leader to address the nation. The recent comments on the stock market crash given by BNP leaders are misleading. They are claiming that this crash is fabricated. They are also anticipating that money is being flooded to India. A person who knows the even the ABC of finance and economics will laugh at it.
The population of Bangladesh is large. It is not easy to ensure peaceful life for all. But it is easy to misguide these people. Economic and political theories collapse when the population size becomes larger. Then evil plan works out. But this is suicidal for any nation if insiders manipulate its citizen.