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Talk Show, Ministers & Code of Conduct October 27, 2012

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, POLITICS.
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I missed that talk show. But the next day it became not only talk of the town but also talk of the country. The show was on RTV on before the midnight on 22/10/2012 and was conducted by Rubayet Hussain. The guests were among others Shahjahan Khan, Minister for Shipping and Barrister Rafiqul Islam, an Ex-Minister from BNP. But the talk show rather than an intellectual debate turned into a quarrel. But even then it crossed the gentleman’s limit and one of the speakers lost his temper and used abusive words that one never heard in talks before. The talk show host compelled to stop the show which was telecasting live.

The incident creates a nauseating condition among the viewers. There was something wrong in the process. The talk show may be a wrong exercise as the Prime Minister herself blamed the show as a means to cut throat of the government.

One thing is clear that talk show is not for all. Specially it is not a good platform for the politicians. Talk shows are designed for more tolerant and logical approach. The parliament would better suit the politicians. People also like to see them in the parliament but that is conspicuously absent for long time.

It is also difficult for the talk show moderator to regulate events in hard hands. He has no power like that of speaker. He can only be careful not to call the offender for the second and to be careful for his next guests.

The channels should also develop code of conduct for the guests so that this art of intellectual exercise can continue unabated.

An ordinary citizen

Surunjit Sengupta resigned -Fall of a Stalwart April 19, 2012

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Surunjit Sengupta, the new appointed Railway Minister has resigned over an incident of carrying illegal money of 70 lacs to the minister’s house by his APS accompanied by a DGM and a security officer. Initially he tried to ignore the incident but as the facts were coming out, Suranjit preferred to quit the ministry taking the responsibility but at the same time claming his innocence in the matter.
People appreciated his move and thought that his resignation would create a glorious example in our political history as such resignation is an unseen phenomenon in our political horizon.

Suranjit Sengupta created an idealistic image for himself in his long political career. He was elected as an MP in every general election once he started contesting in his constituency for the post in the seventies. He started his politics in leftist front, then hanged over to secular political stream of AL.

Suranjit in his farewell conference with the press from the Ministry said that he was leaving the job for fair inquiry of the incident so that his position doesn’t interfere with the process of justice. He boldly expressed that he was quitting the job to uphold democracy and he was also leaving politics only to come back if proved innocent.

People was feeling sympathy for this great politician of the soil.

But only a day later he was reappointed as a Minister without a portfolio by the Prime Minister and Suranjit didn’t refused to join to uphold his old ideals.
At the same time it was disclosed that his son was given a telecommunication licence that required Tk. 5 crore as initial fee and will require more Tk.400 crore to start the full function of the company. ACC (Anti Corruption Commission) started inquiry into the source of money from where his son accumulated the wealth. The inquiry is still continuing.
Inquiry is also continuing for the primary event. News disclosed that the money were the excess from the bribes taken for the appointment for the employees in the railway department.

But nobody expect a fall of a stalwart like Suranjit Sengupta.

An ordinary citizen

Acknowledgment: the cartoon is from Bengal Newz