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An Experiment on Civil-Military Fusion of Government and the exit of General Moeen U Ahmed July 5, 2009

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Incidents before 1/11 in 2006 in Bangladesh created an envorement for the military to come into the political scenario of Bangladesh. On the day, as stated, 3 chiefs of Army, Navy and Airforce met with the President and persued him to dissolve the First Caretaker Government and to form a second one at the same stretch headed by Dr. Fakruddin Ali Ahmed. The second Caretaker Government stayed almost two years in power on the plea to complete a fair voter list and to organise a free and fair general election.

Focusing on the the philosophy of the new Government, Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed on his visit to UN in a speech i the General Assembly on 27th September, 2007 said, ‘‘Bangladesh represents an effective model of civil-military cooperation in crisis prevention.’ He also said, ‘our experience in crisis management could be relevant for many crisis torn,nascent democracies’.

After the completion of 2 years in office and after retirement of the General Moeen U Ahmed who masterminded the coup in disguise, it is time to review the success of the declaration of that experiment.

It seems that the Caretaker Government immediately after 1/11 created optimism among the common people by nulifying the controversial election of 22nd January of 2007 and creating hopes of a corruption free Bangladesh.

But the steps they had taken thereafter against the politicians and political parties were in excess, non-pragmatic and biased. At times, it seems that the Caretaker Government had some objectives beyond thier declared ones.

They also took up more agandas than they could handle. Only in their second year after the resuffle of the cabinet that they came to the sense that their prime duty was to arrange a fair and free election.

The only recongnised work they have done is the completion of almost perfect Voter list of the country. But many will not accept the time taken for the voter list to justify their staying for long two years.

Most of the legal experts termed the overstaying of the Caretaker government as unconstitutional. The then Government also didn’t seek any verdict from the Supreme Court on the controversy.

Among other things, the Caretaker Government also tried to make the constiutional bodies independent and competent. Throughout their tenure they have made more than 100 ordinances but very few of them are retified by the present elected Government through the parliament.

Through enevitability of the elelction and formation of the parliament, it is now proved that it the elected government that is all constitutional and legal and the other form of government is only acceptable as far as it is defined in the constitution.

We, the common people, only accepting the existance of the Caretaker Government as an unavoidable necessity in the political history of Bangladesh but that dosen’t in any way justify the success of Civil-Military fusion of Government and no country in the world should take the instance as worthy to follow.

To the eye of the ordinary citizen/s, 1/11 will remain more as a failure of the politicians of Bangladesh than success of anything else.

And the transition to democracy through the election of 29/12/08 will be looked upon as a success of the power of people of Bangladesh and their urge for democracy that no other power of the country dared to deny.

General Moeen U Ahmed has been retired and to me, probably, he has attemted a job more than his calibre, only he was rescued to an honourable end to him and to the country by his good friends on the civil end of the administration.

Here, I, as an ordinary citizen, like to deeply acknowledge the contribution of Adviser of the Caretaker Government Dr. Hussian Zillur Rahman and his team who sincerely facilitated the transition of the country to democray through their sincere and relentless effort.

An ordinary citizen


1. imran chowdhury - September 4, 2009

yeah , we know where you are coming from. it will never change, no matter whatever measures are taken, the perspectives and perception ought to change first of all.

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