[Zulfikar Ali, USA]
I just came across a news article in DNINDIA which forced me to write something. Here is the excerpt that I want to quote.
“The general is here to get the Indian political establishment to advise Sheikh Hasina of the Awami League and Khaleda Zia of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party not to take part in the national elections scheduled for later this year.”
It is a good thing when two neighboring countries military chiefs visits and discusses national security but it gets controversial when an army Chief visits a certain nation to lobby against two ex-prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheik Hasina and Khaleda Zia. As an unelected government official, it is unconstitutional for an Army chief to visit foreign nations and discuss internal politics. He doesn’t have people’s mandate to host such a dialog.
This is a just recent example of how Bangladesh government is running under the shadow of military dictator. We must have election in Bangladesh as soon as possible and give people back their basic human rights. And General Moeen must stop interfering in the national politics while serving as a Chief of Army Staff. Otherwise Bangladesh Army will get controversial because of one man’s wish to be a King illegally.
This article by Bhaskar Roy interestingly encourages General Moeen U’s activities and actually calls him the “leader of his country“. Article ends with,
“There is a lot to be done in the Indo-Bangladesh relations. It is for Dhaka to grab the opportunity. Gen. Moeen U. Ahmed should return from India as an encouraged leader of his country.”
I don’t recall General Moeen U Ahmed being elected in any election to be called “leader of his country”. He is a military personal and a government servant. I am ok calling him “Leader of Bangladesh Army” for his current position, but not “Leader of the country”. India, as being the largest democracy in the world, should not encourage military dictatorship in the region for its own shake. What’s your thought on this?
Zulfikar Ali [http://www.bangladeshpolitics.org] is one of the young analysts of the politics of Bangladesh living in USA. He uses to write as a Guest Blogger for E-Bangladesh.