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Where lies the weakness of the caretaker government? October 12, 2008

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With the change in the political scenario in Bangladesh and government becoming more lenient towards corruption and corrupted politicians and giving more importance towards an election with the participation of politicians of all feathers, many people become frustrated. They questioned the objectives of the caretaker government and many concluded that the government is to some extent already a failure.

The ordinary citizen also ponders over the situation and tries and still trying to understand the underlying cause of the shift of the political situation in Bangladesh.

He assessed that the expectation of the people was too high to the caretaker government after 1/11. There is little to blame the common people. The expectation was actually created by the caretaker government itself and their sponsors by their projections of their objectives and their initial steps.

But the changed scenario actually exposes the inner weakness of the caretaker government. The caretaker government is virtually a group of heterogeneous people, who are not bounded by the common ideology and where the the attitudes and ideas develop differently and their approach to solve a problem also differ (compare Barrister Moinul & Hussain Zillur Rahman) in the same tenure of the government.

Some may cite the support of the military for the caretaker government. The Chief Adviser of the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh in his speech in UN in September 2007 cited Bangladesh is a country of civil-military cooperation in the governance which may be an example to be followed by the developing countries.

But it is found the role of the military was more indirect, from distant and was not uniform in this fusion. People could feel the presence of the military but could not held them responsible for the failure of the government if any.The indirect relation of the military gives the government more acceptability but less strength and as the days are coming to the end for the caretaker government, the shadow of the military is more fading.

So, the caretaker government by its nature proves to be a weak government which is not empowered by the constitution to do any major changes other than holding a free and fair election.

At the end of its declared tenure, let us hope that atleast a free and fair election the nation would be able to see.

An ordinary citizen

Post script:

The caretaker government is also thinking of safe exit. The compromise in its strategy may be a way to find more acceptability to the political parties and to avoid the repurcation which might fall on them if the next elected government remain displeased with the way the caretaker government behave with the political parties.

The approach of this civil-military government fusion initially was more military in nature, but at the end it is more civil in character.

The time proves that it would have been better if the government be more civil from the beginning. It would take less time for them to hold an election free and fair then.

Some may argue that though the effort to try the corrupts nosedived, the CTG has made reforms in many constitutional bodies and the election commission has made a voter list with national ID card with the help of military which is a historical achievment for Bangladesh. The constituional reforms would have no value if the next parliament does not endorse them, that means that the CTG has no constitutional right to make all these reforms and taking 2 years to make an electronic database of the voters as the only reason to lenghen the tenure of the CTG would not be acceptable to people. Regarding the separation of judiciary, people have profound doubt about its independence and efficiency.

The other agenda of the goverment to make a change in the political culture of the political parties also couldn’t progress. The attempt is still going on by the election commission to introduce registration of the political parties and PRO, the credit if it succeed against the opposition from BNP and JI will go to the EC. Government would get the credit if it could make the parties to come to consensus in relation some political behaviour after the election. So far government could make little progress though they are trying to make the two top leaders of AL and BNP to sit together for dialogue.


1. xanthis - October 13, 2008

The initial public support for this regime is nothing but a result of people’s going apolitical or less interest about politics or you can say having hatred of Bangladesh politics. Acts of our politicians from both BNP and AL and their indefinite craze to get to the throne motivated nation wide violence, which motivated people to distrust the politics of Bangladesh. This confused state of mind of Bangladeshi people has been completely exploited to create the initial moral ground or public image of the present government. The childish acts of our politicians have given birth of a group of people who started to believe that Bangladesh was on its way to a failed state and they ultimately appreciated the arrival of anybody other than politicians. Now it has been made very clear to the people that a worse democratic government is far better than a saint undemocratic government. We can consider ourselves that how much hatred Bangladeshi people now have of the present regime whereas they have been only 20 months old, where democratic governments, may be containing Jainal Hazari, Shamim Osman or Falu, Pintu, but made it to stay for their scheduled 5 years. Growing population of apoliticals is a dangerous thing I guess. People of a country never should remain miles away of politics. People’s staying out of politics massively, or their being completely apolitical, or their distrust on politics, are the best things to encourage somebody to instigate a coup d’etat to ‘save the nation from corrupts and lumpens’. Its the responsibility of both ourselves and our fellow politicians to not create an opportunity for someone having this such motive of ‘saving us’ by ousting the democracy, the rule of law and rights of people.

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3. robin - October 24, 2008

I agree with xanthis. It is the ploititians who should be blame for the disaster we facing. We have to take the burden for many more years and come back to our glory.

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