Without any specific motive that cannot be the lead news of any national newspaper. Why their thoughts should be so much highlighted in a newspaper? Do they do politics? Are they any sort of representative of Bangladesh government? Why do people of Bangladesh have to read such news?
Much has been talked about the recent visit by the Secretary of United States of America Hillary Clinton. Hillary pushed the ruling and main opposition party to reach a solution on next general election in Bangladesh that is to be held in 2014. She also cautioned the government not to hamper Grameen Bank’s activity; though one should remember that the Secretary did not advocate reappointing her family friend Dr. Muhammad Yunus as the managing Director of the bank- the post that he left after a long ‘drama’ between the central bank of Bangladesh and him.
Hillary met with the prime minister, opposition leader and some other civil society members of Bangladesh. And in the very next day the leading Bangla daily Prothom Alo did not bother to amplify its shameless bias to motivated journalism. The lead headline of the daily on the 7th May read “Dr. Yunus & Abed favors election under caretaker government”. Well there has been debate on the government system that is to run the next election in Bangladesh. It was the caretaker governments that run the country during last three national elections in Bangladesh. Last year the Awami League abolished the system by 15th amendment of constitution. Since then the opposition, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), has been demanding the reinstate the caretaker government system. BNP has given the government an ultimatum of 90 days to return to the caretaker system that will end on 10th June.
Secretary Clinton did not urge for the reinstatement, at least in public, she pushed for dialogue between the rivals.
The news treatment of Prothom Alo made us confused as well as frightened. After seeing this type of disorder in news treatment it very simple to raise a question in everyone’s mind and that is “Does the Prothom Alo has any vision to promote someone or to frighten the government to ensure the share of the power of the government or to capture it?”
We have already seen that the Prothom Alo has made a parallel government within the existing governing structure through promoting a group of civil society members of the country because of what it is the most vital pressure group for the existing government. That is why the Prothom Alo should be more careful and responsible to its news treatment. You might recall the well spread concept among the people Bangaldesh that Mr. Matiur Rahman, the editor of the Prothom Alo, was one of the key player of implementing ‘Minus two’ formula after 1/11.
Clinton invited Dr. Mohammad Yunus, the founder of the Grameen Bank, to morning tea before the cameras at the U.S. ambassador’s residence; a day after her meet with Bangladesh’s bickering political leaders- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the opposition leader Khaleda zia. Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of BRAC (Another Bangladesh-based non-government organization) was also invited at that meeting.
Undoubtedly Mr. Yunus and Mr. Abed are very significant personality for our country. Their meeting with Clinton is also very significant. They have talked about micro credit, women empowerment as well as the present condition politics of Bangladesh. Dr. Mohammad Yunus has told at the meeting that the caretaker government is must for the next election. Without any specific motive that cannot be the lead news of any national newspaper. Why their thoughts should be so much highlighted in a newspaper? Do they do politics? Are they any sort of representative of Bangladesh government? Why do people of Bangladesh have to read such news?
It was for the first time that Prof Yunus met Hillary after he was ousted from Grameen Bank which he set up three decades ago. Yunus, a personal friend of the Clintons, was ousted from the bank last year by the Bangladesh’s central bank because he was well past the retirement age of 60. Yunus’ allies said the ouster was political and pointed to Hasina’s anger at his 2007 effort to form a political party backed by the army when the country was under a state of emergency and Hasina and Khaleda were behind bars. Yunus had tried to form a political party in 2007. It also widely perceived that Mr. Yunus lobby is responsible for the suspension of World Bank funding in the Padma Bridge project.
Secretary Clinton met two famous NGO owners; unfortunately they failed to focus on their own business, rather both the businessmen jumped into political issue. And that is Bangladesh!