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City Corporations Election and BNP March 28, 2015

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City-1Government has declared elections at Dhaka and Chittagong cities. 29th March 2015 is the last day of submission of nomination papers for the candidates.

The declaration was made out of the blue.Demand for election in the capital was long been ignored and Government had split the Dhaka city into two parts and imposed 2 administrators years back. The sudden turn of the situation is thought to divert the attention of the public and parties from the opposition movement.

The aspirants started declaring their names. From  AL platform there are Anisul Hoque, Khokan-son of ex-Mayor Hanif, Hazi Selim. From the non-AL, non-BNP candidates Mahmudur Rahman Mann (in Jail) and Mahi B. Chowdhuury declared their candidacy. BNP officially yet not cleared its stand. But pro-BNP politicians are ready to contest if party takes  decision in favor of election.

Many questions the integrity of the election under such a government who manipulated January 5 General Election.

Still we, ordinary citizens, feel that participating in the city corporation election is the best option for BNP at present. It will bring BNP to normal politics, give the opportunity to organize meetings and processions and to bring people to its contact.

If the election is fair, there is chance of BNP winning the elections if their candidates are competent enough and if the election is not fair then  also people will be on their side.

An ordinary citizen

Opposition Programs fade away March 25, 2015

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fades away-1The blockade and hartals of the Opposition are faded away due to prolong use. Though the Opposition is declaring people are not participating in the program.

It is becoming impossible for the people to stay away from streets and from the work. 90% of them are daily earner. So it has gone beyond their patience’s limit and they come out ignoring the fear of being burned by petrol bombs or being otherwise injured.

The arson activities were not  also people friendly, rather people were victims of the  activities.
BNP, the main opposition must think to come out of the situation by innovating new programs.

An ordinary citizen

Opposition trapped into criminalism March 12, 2015

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The governmentpetrol bombs -1t strategy left for BNP little options to pursue to achieve their target of  getting a non-partisan government to have a neutral election. They were prevented from organizing any meeting, procession etc and their activists had to take up cocktails, petrol bombs as a means to disrupt the public life and to maintain their declared blockade and hartals.

Life is threatened for ordinary people and they fell victim to arson attacks. They were burned, killed, injured and crippled. The movement of opposition lost the character of a democratic one. But the leaders of opposition remain stick to the program. The ultimate goal of them also is to gain state power. For them end justifies the means. But the logic is not true for people.

An ordinary citizen

One-sided show March 6, 2015

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one-sided-1AL is singularly active in organizing processions , holding large gatherings,  street meetings, human chain almost daily  in the capital over the last 2 months. BNP is totally out of the scene. They were denied to hold public meeting on the 5th January, from then they are not seen on the streets. The other components of 20 party  also didn’t get any opportunity to show their presence. Lately Nagarik Okkya hold one or two sit-in program in the capital, not with any massive presence. Bir Bikkram Kader Siddiqui is on sit-in program for more than a month. His program was disrupted, dias was dismantled, supporters were prohibited, some were arrested also.

With the increasing presence of a single party in the political field in expense of other’s right, democracy is rapidly loosing its existence.

An ordinary citizen

 

 

Press and Freedom March 3, 2015

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press fredom-2Editors’ Council in Bangladesh issued an statement expressing concern over the state of freedom in Bangladesh.[1] Later the Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu criticized the statement and refuted its content. The difference is also surfaced from within.[1]
Bangladesh put to 146th position in World Press Freedom Index 2015 recently published.[1]

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A mass referendum could solve the political conflict in Bangladesh March 3, 2015

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Referendum-1A mass referendum  that could solve the conflict and political uncertainty in Bangladesh. But there is virtually no chance of holding one in near future as the right of  mass referendum has been abolished from the constitution of Bangladesh when it had been amended last time by the present ruling party.

Where a conflict could be solved in a day, that is lingering for days and weeks resulting in disruption of normal life, deaths of  more than hundred people, injuries and disabilities of thousands, dislocations of traffic, arrest of economic development.

There lies the difference between a developed and underdeveloped country, civilized and an uncivilized society.

An ordinary citizen

Dialogue or No Dialogue February 20, 2015

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Dialogue-1On the background of deadly political conflicts[1][2], when the Opposition is in relentless blockade and sporadic hartals and Government forces are relying on state powers and engaging law enforcers to shoot the law breakers on sight, eminent citizens of the country took an initiative for a dialogue[1][2][3][4] between the opposing forces. They formed a committee with ex-CEC as head and mostly some ex-advisers of the past caretaker governments as the members of the committee[1]. They have sent a letter to PM and BNP Chairperson and asked them to initiate a dialogue and they also declared of preparing a democracy charter to be signed and  followed by all political parties.
After a day of silence, the Government Ministers started to reject the offer[1] and label the initiative as a conspiracy of 1/11 masterminds, an attempt to embarrass the government, a dialogue impossible with the killer opposition who are burning people alive[1][2].But BNP, the main opposition, welcome the dialogue. They expressed their willingness to participate in an election under a non-partisan government.[1][2][3]
Ban ki-Moon UN Chief also in a letter asked both the Prime Minister and Khaleda Zia to sit in a dialogue to solve the current political crisis.[1][2][3] The Government Ministers termed the letter of the UN Chief as a common reaction.[1][2][3]
A EU representative team recently met PM and Khaleda, expressed their concern over the situation and asked for stopping the violence and sit for a solution.
US also urged for dialogue.[1]
But a positive response from the Government is still waiting.[1][2]
People is looking for a peaceful solution of the conflict.[1][2][3][4][3][5]

An ordinary citizen

World Press on Bangladesh Crisis February 19, 2015

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New York Times- Bangladesh on the Brink
The Economist -Why Bangladesh polics is broken
The Economist-Showdown in Bangladesh
Crisisgroup.org-Mapping Bangladesh Political Crisis
South Asia Citizens Web: Bangladesh Politico: Understanding the 2015 political crisis in Bangladesh
Tony Blair Foundation- Foundation-Deadlock & Displacement in Bangladesh
En.haberler.com Bangladesh Crisis ‘Fast Approaching Point Of No Return’

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Viber and no viber February 12, 2015

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Viber -1When I was about to call my nephew at Perth, Australia we had to hear that Viber connection is disabled in Bangladesh.  It was 18.01.2015. Later informed that the Viber along with Tango, WhatsApp  were blocked due to security reasons on request from the Intelligence Departments. Then it was disclosed in the net that the measures were taken so that Tareq Zia, son of Khaleda and Senior Vice President of BNP couldn’t contact the BNP activists in Bangladesh and couldn’t encourage the arson.

We were thinking that Government may shut down the other means of communication with outside.

But on 22/1/2015, BTCR re-establishes the connection of viber. But this time it was not disclosed why the connection was re-established.

 

An ordinary citizen

 

All the spokesmen February 12, 2015

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contrast of color -1The country is passing through a tense and conflicting phase of politics. So the parties need their own spokesmen to express the party stand on different issues and events.
Al has in the line Hanif, Kamrul,Hasan, Suranjit, Ashraful Islam, Amu. Selim, Maya. BNP had Fakhrul, Rizvi, Selina Rahman and now  has Salauddin.
Most of the spokesmen are not formally designated. They have taken the responsibility on themselves. Many of them only love to talk to the media or try to please their bosses, sometimes repeating others, sometimes creating more confusion, creating more hatred to others or frustration for the people.

Where some spokesmen are enjoying full freedom of speech and movement, the others are restricted, even the free press is not free to give them shelter, hospital is not their comfort place, to be arrested is there destiny. Some are on the run, they hide their location , move in the dark, afraid to speak out in loud voices, depend on only print outs.

Contrast is the color of politics now.

An ordinary citizen

How to contain the opposition (2) February 4, 2015

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hypocracy-1 Bangladesh would be a model for other countries in future how to contain the opposition in a democratic setup. The steps are

Give no permission to opposition for meetings and rallies
lock the party office
arrest the spokesman
Confine the Chief in her office
Lock the gate
Beef up security
Cut off power
hurl bombs to create panic
threat to cut off food supply
attack the advisers
arrest the party leaders
arrest the advisers
implicate the leaders and Chief in arson and murder cases
level the opposition as criminals
Don’t give them any political space
treat them as terrorists
treat the situation as a law and order one
deploy special forces to maintain law and order
order to fire opposition activists on site
restrict the media
close some of them
Say no to any dialogue
No political compromise
Portray yourself as champion of democracy
Talk always in the spirit of liberation and freedom
threat those who promote any form of dialogue
shun any alternative to solve the situation

An ordinary citizen

How to contain opposition February 4, 2015

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BNP-1 It is noteworthy to observe the tactics Government has adopted to contain the opposition.

News links: [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]

Just a record of history.

An ordinary citizen

Bullets and Blockade January 23, 2015

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Bullets-1The Social Welfare Minister Syed Mohsin Ali  has said that the opposition activists will be shoot at sight if they go on doing arson and sabotage. He disclosed that Government has taken a decision like this.[1] He is not alone,; the same threat was expressed by other ministers, BGB Chief and Rab Boss.[1] BNP and Human Right Activists expressed their concern over the statements.[1]

Blockade-1Opposition blockade program is being continued for over 2 weeks  throughout the country with disruption of transport system, partial halt to the business and investment and increasing misery of people.

We have heard of battle between bullets and ballot. In Bangladesh it transforms into battle between Bullets and blockage.

An ordinary citizen

Bangladesh at a Crossroads January 20, 2015

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Bangladesh is at a crossroads. Countrywide blockade of opposition  is continuing from 5th of January. The Government is also  trying its best to suppress the opposition. But there is no sign of compromise. People are uncertain about the future.

Opinion: [1][2][3][4][5][6][6]

An ordinary citizen

Tablig- A Simplistic View of Islam January 16, 2015

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Tablig-12nd Phase of Annual Iztima of Tablig is going on at Tongi beside Turag river. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims from different parts of the country and also abroad come to attend this gathering of pious Muslims. It is considered as the second largest gathering of Muslims after Hajj.

Tablig-2Tablig is a simplistic view of Islam. The concept originated in British India and gradually spread to the neighboring countries and now many distant countries have its followers.

Tablig-3Tablig preaches  basic principles of Islam that shapes one’s personal life.It has no political view and it doesn’t touch economic policies of Islam.
It carefully keeps away itself from contemporary politics. That’s why it is liked by all. Both the PM and Opposition leaders participated in it’s ‘Akheri Munajat’
Except its numerical vastness, it has little social, political or economic impact.

An ordinary citizen

A visit to Delhi January 15, 2015

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This was my maiden visit to India.
I intended to attend the National Conference on Pediatric Critical Care (NCPCC) held on 8-9th November 2014 with a Pre-conference Simulation Workshop on 6th and a CME on 7th November 2014. We stayed more 2 days for sight seeing. On the way back we halted at Kolkatta for a day.

Dr. Fahim was with me. He is working as Asstt. Registrar in our Pediatric ICU. We flew by Regent Airlines to Kolkatta on 5th November, the airtime took an hour , stayed for hours in Kolkatta airport and then boarded AIR INDIA for Delhi. After 2 hours we reached Delhi Indira International Airport. From there we availed taxi service to reach our Hotel-Asia International at Janapad lane from Ashok Road.
The next morning I prefer to travel by Metro Train. A hotel attendant accompanied me to my destination at BLK Superspecialty Hospital.The Simulation Program was a day long event-different critical care procedures and management of critical cases were exercised.20141108_104040
The CME program the next day was held in RML Hospital.National and international experts discussed different critical care issues.
The main conference organised at Hotel Le Meridien. Delegates from different states and abroad attended the conference, discussed in depth and share their experiences.Total environment was different, food was good and there was hours for banquet.

On 10th, we went out to see different sights and we covered Kutub Minar, Lotus Temple, Rajghat-the grave of Mahatma Gandhi and some other great leaders, Humayun tomb, Isha Khan Tomb, Jame Masjid.20141110_105811

On 11th, we visited the National Gallery of Modern Arts, Red Fort and All India Medical Institutes.
Then we went to Airport and caught our plane-AIR INDIA to reach Kolkata at 10 PM. We lodged into a hotel at Merquis Road, took the taste of Bangla dish in a nearby Restaurant. On 12th we roamed the city by a private taxi, saw from Lake City to Ganga Barrage.
We visited the Victoria Museum and The Tara Mondol. We also did a little shopping from New Market.
The next morning, we reached Chittagong by Regent Airplane.
The journey was nice. We have been impressed by the advancement India has made in the field of Medicine, the neatness and beauty of Delhi city, the way the old heritages are maintained, the taxi service of Kolkata and above all the strength of Democracy in India.

An ordinary citizen

David Bergman and 50 citizens January 7, 2015

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Economist journalist was summoned by the International Crime Tribunal of Bangladesh for his alleged reporting against the court in the international weekly. He was given punishment in the form of Tk 5000 and 7 days jail if failed to pay.[1][2] The judgment was criticized by the human rights groups and international journalists.
From Bangladesh also 50 eminent citizens expressed their concern over the measure.[1] That is the mistake they have done. Tribunal asked the editor of the newspaper that published the news and also directed the editor to submit the address of the citizens who dare to sign the statement.

An ordinary citizen

Politics and Lies January 7, 2015

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As the political conflicts in Bangladesh is at its height – party-men are speaking at random to defend their acts right or wrong.
As an ordinary citizen I also sometimes feel baffled as to determine the truth. On this point, I like the assess the opinion my readers on some of the statements:




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Democracy of January 5 January 5, 2015

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Khaleda Zia-2One year is passing since the last General Election on January 5 was held which was boycotted by BNP and other major political parties. In commemoration of the day, BNP declared the day ‘democracy killing day’ and Government declared it ‘Democracy victory day. To observe the day BNP seek permission to hold a public gathering in the capital which they were denied.The Government also declared large public meeting and small gatherings at 16 more places of the city. In the meantime, BNP party office at Naya Pantan is also locked and BNP spokes person Rizvi Ahmed has been taken off from the office. When BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia went to her Gulshan office last evening,she is confined in her office since then.Party leaders and workers are prohibited from entering the office in general.Police are arresting opposition leaders in different parts of the country.Police imposed Rule 144 in the capital.[1][2] Khaleda asks her partymen to defy ban.[1] Transport services from outside to the capital are virtually closed down in fear of precipitating violence in the capital.

Political analysts are worried about the consequences of the present situation in the country.[1][2]

An ordinary citizen

Bangladesh in ‘democracy deficit’ January 3, 2015

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A BRAC University study shows Bangladesh in ‘democracy deficit’.[1]

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