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Challenging the ‘Politics of Fundamentalism’ in Bangladesh February 26, 2010

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In connection with the death of Faroque Hussain, a final year Math student of Rajshahi University in the dead of night of 8th February 2010, clashes erupted between BCL and Shibir activists, police raided the halls and many were injured in the clashes. 600 Shibir activists were sued and dozens were arrested. State Minister of Home and IG of Police visited RU and worded stern action against the culprits.

Later more students, some Jamaat leaders and a syndicate member and a teacher were arrested in this connection.

MPs discussed the event in the parliament and expressed their concern on the issue.
A murder of a university student also took place in Chittagong and several Shibir activists were arrested.

Police started combing operation to arrest shibir activists throughout the country. List of Shibir Presidents and Secretaries of each unit was prepared to arrest them.

Series of clashes between BCL and Shibir followed in different institutions and universities including BUET, Khulna, Meherpur, Dhaka,Chittagong. Sylhet, Bogra and so on.

Hizbut Tahrir, another Fundamental Islamic youth organization has been banned earlier because of aggressive agitations of the organization. Many activists of the organization were arrested then and sporadic arrest of the activist of the organization is still going on.

Police also fought a clash 2 days back with the followers of Hefazat-e-Islam while they were trying to organize processions and meeting in Chittagong.

Minister of Law Barrister Shafiq Ahmed asserted that all the processes for trial of war criminals are advancing properly. Dipu Moni, foreign Minister also told that AL Govt is obligated to the people of Bangladesh to try the killers of 1971 as it was in their election manifesto and people have given them mandate to do that.

One of the aims of the Government is to restore the 1972 constitution and to introduce secular democracy in the country.

Is the Government preparing for the trial by crashing the student movement of Jamaat-e- Islami to avert any untoward incident after the judgment and for that this widespread arrests? That would be not unlawful if the arrestees are connected to criminal activities in relation to the killings. But Government must be careful not to push the activists to go underground and to adopt all-out militancy to achieve their objectives.

The ordinary citizen thinks that the best way to contain militancy is to keep ways to express one ideal democratically. Bangladeshi people have shown in the last election that they dislike extreme religious parties and the Government is in firm position to face them politically.

The ordinary citizen is not sure whether the government is encouraged to adopt the military means to crush these organizations on the success of the party to virtually disbanded JSD student wing at that time.

One of the important tools for the success of the Government in its mission would be to strengthen and discipline its student front where the Government is yet to be successful.

An ordinary citizen


1. John Ryan Recabar - February 27, 2010

it’s interesting how fundamentalism can still exist in a pluralist society such as Bangladesh’s.

2. The Peoples - May 14, 2010

Bangladesh is known as democratic country
But as per article ( section ) 70 of Bangladesh Constitution , only key person or party chief. can take decision none the else

Second one is very age old or left over colonial laws and judicial system for ruling the people.
Due to which billions of hard earned cash money of common people are spend in conducting these pending suits or litigation in the court which may not be settled even in life time nor have any certainty of any specific results

Now the question- who are direct beneficiaries ?

Contesting parties are compelled to spend money in addition to valuable times of their active life, year after year


If not why such colonial laws and legal system are not changes ?

Peoples are in opinion that Bangladesh can not face the advancement of Science and Technology like other Asian Countries nearby Bangladesh

Even Bangladesh will not be able to dream the face of digital world with existing colonial laws and legal system .

But it is good for providing money to a group of people involved in conducting present legal process / system who have no rule in productive activities to change the face of poverty of the country .

Third point which is most significant and important are the lack of accountability in every stage of life for people or Government Personal / Officials

It will be wise to reform / replace the concerned ministry with expert of political sciences / social welfare and expert from relevant subjects of science and technology. like medicine , engineering , agricultural sciences , business and commerce etc ?

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