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The New Ministers January 12, 2014

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cabinet-1The new ministers sworn in. Sk. Hasina sworn as prime minister for the 3rd term. 49 ministers also sworn in. 29 as full ministers, 17 as state ministers and 2 deputy ministers. The new cabinet includes new faces and discarded some old faces. Some of the most criticized ministers are not in the cabinet. (more…)

Post Election Reactions, Observations and Analysis January 6, 2014

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PM expressed her satisfaction on the voting and orders stern action against violence.
Opposition leader Khaleda said government lost moral and constitutional basis to stay in power.

An ordinary citizen
Follow up:
Polls disappointing say UK, USA, Canada, Commonwealth
Bangladesh polls a constitutional requirement: India
Ban asks Bangladesh political parties to resume dialogue
US calls for fresh elections in Bangladesh
Low turnout, poor reflection of voters’ will-Germany, France on Bangladesh polls

EU for transparency,inclusive polls
US senate stresses for credible election-Daily Star/Indian Express
Sheikh Hasina plans to hang on to office after an electoral farce
/Daily Star
US senate writes Hasina, Khaleda for new polls
No real winners in Bangladesh-The Hindu
Backing Bangladesh -The Hindu(India)

A farce for festoons: Outlook (India)
হায়রে নির্বাচন! হায়রে দেশ!-আসিফ নজরুল | জানুয়ারি ০৬, ২০১৪ -Prothom Alo
সংসদ নির্বাচন ২০১৪

যা হলো তা মুখ রক্ষার নির্বাচন-বদিউল আলম মজুমদার | জানুয়ারি ০৬, ২০১৪ |Prothom Alo

PM proposed for an All Party Election-Time Government October 22, 2013

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all-govtPM proposed in her nation-wide televised speech an All Party Election-Time Government in Bangladesh. She urged the opposition to submit the names from their members of parliament. But she didn’t mention who would be chief of the government and the proportion of the members from different opposition parties in the government. (more…)

Dr. Yunus was proposed for World Bank President but he refused March 23, 2012

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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sk. Hasina proposes Dr. Yunus name for the the post of World president in a meeting with the envoy of EU. The proposal caught everybody off guard as nobody thought of Hasina would propose Dr. Yunus for the post.
So far Sk. Hasina kept no stone upturned to malign the image of Dr. Yunus in a serices of acts. The last action of her was removal of Dr. Yunus from the post of Chairman of Grameen Bank after 30 years of service to the bank that he had founded.
Dr. Yunus took the proposal as the change of heart of the Prime Minister.
But he refused to be president of the World Bank, rather he is more concern with the state of the Grameen Bank and wants to serve Grameen Bank longer period.
Will Prime Minister pay hid to the intention of Dr. Yunus ?

The Need for Statesmanship-Rehman Sobhan March 15, 2011

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Rehman Sobhan, the Chairman of Centre for Policy Dialogue, a think tank for Bangladesh policy issues has presented a discourse that published in the Daily Star on the present complicacies related to Grameen and Dr. Yunus and has outlined a way out from the present situation for the consideration of the Prime Minister herself.
The article is worth reading. It is one of the finest on the issue. Following is the concluding part of the article:

From confrontation to statesmanship

‘The spokespersons for the government, in their recent public pronouncements, have stated that the government has no political quarrel with Yunus. All they wanted to do was to preserve the rule of law. I would like to take these declarations on behalf of the government at their face value. If, indeed, the only issue was the rule of law then the principal deviation from the law, as cited in the Bangladesh Bank order, was the failure of the Grameen Bank to seek prior approval of the Bangladesh Bank in their reappointment of Yunus as managing director in 1999. The Bangladesh Bank raised this issue in its Annual Audit Report of Grameen Bank, which gave a full reply to the queries in the Report.

If the Grameen Bank’s reply was at all problematic for Bangladesh Bank or the GoB, the Bangladesh Bank could easily have sent further notices to the Grameen Bank to formally correct such a legal anomaly. The Bangladesh Bank, during the tenure of three democratic governments, two caretaker governments and four governors who held office from 1999 to 2011, sent no further notices to Grameen Bank. This sustained silence by the Bangladesh Bank was quite reasonably interpreted by Grameen Bank as the acceptance of their response to Bangladesh Bank’s audit report and the validation of the Board’s decision on their continuation of Yunus’s appointment as managing director.

Even today, there was nothing to prevent the Governor of the Bangladesh Bank from sending such a notice to Grameen Bank before seeking to remove Yunus from office. Grameen Bank could have explained its actions and/or it could have sought an approval for the continuance of the appointment of Yunus. The Bangladesh Bank could then have accorded its approval if it thought that Prof. Yunus was running the bank efficiently, based on positive reports of the Bangladesh Bank audits of Grameen Bank over the last 12 years. Why such a sensible step was not taken needs explanation. We are, consequently, witnessing these legal encounters which do not greatly enhance the credibility of our institutions of governance nor are they likely to resolve this needless crisis.

So where do we go from here? Given the historic role of Yunus to the development of Grameen Bank, the confidence he generates among its investors and the corporate asset value of his name, such observations as indicated by the finance minister or the Local Government Minister, Ashraful Islam or even by Yunus himself, of providing Yunus with an “honourable exit” from the Bank, appear to overlook the central issue, which is the well being of the Grameen Bank and the livelihood of its millions of members. About the last thing anyone with the best interests of the Bank and its 8 million members in mind, would want is the “exit,” graceful or otherwise, of Yunus from Grameen Bank.

Any precipitate move to oust its founder could shake the confidence of its members in the Bank and expose it not just to a withdrawal of their savings but even a default on their debts. Such a run on Grameen Bank could have a contagion effect which could jeopardise the financial stability of other micro-finance institutions across the country. The relevant issue to be resolved is, therefore, not Yunus’s exit but the terms and conditions which should govern his continuing role in Grameen Bank until he chooses to withdraw from any institutional involvements.

Under the prevailing circumstances what may be a sensible way forward? Prof. Yunus has already suggested such a path. At the age of 70 Yunus still has the energy and creativity of a young man. Even if he were to withdraw completely from Grameen Bank, he chairs a variety of Grameen branded institutions dedicated to serve the resource poor. He can mobilise millions of dollars from both international development agencies as well as Fortune 500 companies to partner any of these or further ventures he sets up. A person of his energy, reputation and fund raising capacity should, thus, be irrevocably bound to the Grameen Bank with hoops of steel and age should not be seen as a bar to his involvement.

Indeed, in Bangladesh as in many countries, age is no disqualification to discharging responsibility. Bangladesh’s finance minister is 78 years old. Our planning minister is nearly 80 years old. Several of the ministers or ministerial level appointees serving the prime minister as advisors have either crossed or are approaching 70. The prime minister as well as the leader of the opposition have led their respective parties for 3 decades, longer than Yunus’s tenure as Managing Director of Grameen Bank.

All these public figures should have long been retired if the attorney general’s declaration in court, that 60 was a universal retirement age, would have been recognised. Fortunately, all the above figures appear to be in the prime of life, enjoy the confidence of their party and government and appear quite capable of carrying on as long as they are willing to do so. To, therefore, apply some arbitrary age limit to the active engagement of Yunus with an organisation he has created from nothing, is neither fair nor good business.

In point of fact, Yunus himself, has declared that he is no longer interested in managing the day to day affairs of an organisation as large as Grameen Bank. He has repeatedly stated he wants to step down and hand over the position of CEO to a professionally competent person, selected through a fair search procedure, who can command the confidence of the millions of members who own the Bank.

In order not to shake the confidence of the members in the continuity of the organisation and to retain the presence of their most valuable capital asset with the Bank, ideally Prof. Yunus should be invited to assume the Chairmanship of the Board of Grameen Bank. In this capacity his presence will perpetuate the global reach of the Bank and retain its access to the policymakers of Bangladesh and the world as well as to the financial community. This would greatly reassure the Bank’s 8 million members that their most prized asset remains engaged with the organisation which embodies their livelihood and life’s savings. Any reluctance to accept such a logical and constructive solution to this gratuitously destructive confrontation would indicate to the world that other variables, unrelated to the interests of Grameen Bank, are in play.

The person who should initiate this constructive conclusion to this regrettable and damaging episode in our history should be none other than the prime minister, who could hardly be insensitive to the concerns of the millions of women who own Grameen Bank or to the political consequences of their alienation. Nor could she be unaware of the domestic political and diplomatic capital so painfully accumulated by her, which is being squandered over an issue which is quite peripheral to her immediate political agenda.

The time has come for the prime minister to re-evaluate the politically costly advise being fed to her. She has already demonstrated her maturity and statesmanship in her decision to resile from her government’s unwise decision, based again on poor advice, to take over Arial Beel. She should now decide to put this unsavoury as well as destructive episode over Grameen Bank behind her and move on.

This may be done through an invitation to Prof. Yunus to meet with her and the finance minister, where all the misgivings she may have accumulated about Grameen Bank and Prof. Yunus should be discussed in a spirit of constructive engagement. The prime minister should then personally invite Prof. Yunus to assume the Chair of the Board of Grameen Bank and for them to open a new chapter in the relations between the state and Grameen Bank. Under such a dispensation the search for a managing director of international stature should be initiated.

Within such a spirit of reconciliation, the prime minister should perceive Yunus not as her adversary, which he obviously cannot be as she is the democratically elected leader of the country, but as an asset in the building of a din bodol where poverty and injustice can be banished from Bangladesh. The measure of a leader is the ability to transform her perceived adversary into an ally. The measure of a statesman is a leader who can join hands with her adversary in building a better tomorrow for the generations to come.’

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Release of Hasina: new turn in political drama of Bangladesh June 12, 2008

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Sk Hasina has been released on paroll for 2 months hours back on the ground to have treatment for her illness in USA and Canada. He has already flied off to USA to be recieved at Boston by her son Sajib Wajed.[DS] [PA]

AL enthusiasts thronged at different spots to have a look of their leader. Members of central Committee sat with Sk Hasina to determine the political course of AL.Chief Adviser Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed had a talk over telephone with hasina [PA] and some advisers also met with Sk Hasina after the meeting.

AL decided to participate in the dialogue and the election.[PA]

Dr. Hussain Zillur Rahman, the adviser responsible for the dialogue in reply to a question said that the government is trying to look at the issue with more human attitude and to make a co-ordination between the law and humainity and is trying to get back the confidence of all in the process to progress to an effective democracy.

The move is new turn in the political drama as few days back, the release of Hasia and/or Khaleda was uncertain.

The release will have a cooling effect on the political arena [DS]but how long it will continue will depend on the future course of action of opposing forces.

An ordinary citizen

Post script:

Dr. Kamal Hussain reacted sharply to the developments and said that the government must not be soft on corruptionists.[DS].
Ferdous Ahmed Quereshi of Progressive Democratic Party also condemned the act as a compromise on the part of the government. Khondoker Delwar of BNP said the release of Hasina is an outcome of underhand conspiracy of the AL with the Government. Hussain Zilklur Rahman, Adviser of the CTG said to the criticism that the Government is determined to have a free and fair election by 2008. He added that it is not necessary for the government to reply to all the questions.
Some parties also reacted to Dr. Kamal’s remark saying that they didn’t expect such a remark from a ‘guardian’ of the nation.[DS]

The ordinary citizen is feeling confused with the new developments. The politics in Bangladesh is real drama but who is conducting the present episode? It is true that people are not in the role of the main character and it is not clear who is going to be villain.

Prothom Alo, the leading Bangla daily flushed the main headline today with a sign of exclamation that ‘the penalized individuals will also able to compete in the election this time’.[PA]
Daily Star welcomes the review of the Emergency power rules[DS]

Dr. Kamal Hussain later accepted that that release of Hasina was done according to the law.

A journalist expressed his frustaion in staight language i n Prothom Alo[…]

Dr. Hussain Zillur Rahman is hopeful of making a balance between the legal complexity and humane attitude.

A fairy tale of a queen and her sickness March 12, 2008

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She is like a queen. People adore her. Not long before, she reigned the country for 5 years. People were more or less happy during her reign. At least there was no scarcity of food and other essentials during her period. But as the time changes, she lost her throne. But she didn’t loss her patience. She kept continuing her fighting. But when there was glimpses of win, a catastrophe falls on the country. Everything changed. Some new people took over the charge of the country. (more…)

High court scraps case against Hasina but the battle is not yet over February 6, 2008

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High Court gave judgment on 6 th February 2008 against the trial of the extortion case filed by Azam J Chy under Emergency Power Rules.

HC declared that Bangladesh Constitution didn’t allow EPRs to deal with the cases which occurred earlier before the promulgation of Emergency Power Ordinance.

Amicus Curiae, who gave their opinion earlier in favour of scraping, expressed satisfaction in the judgment. Acting President of AL Zillur Rahman said that the judgment shows that Hasina is innocent. Lawyers of Sk Hasina opined that it is not win of Sk Hasina only, it is the win of law.

The Law Adviser when asked said that as it is a corruption case ACC will look after the matter.

In the mean time, Government appeal against the judgment in the Supreme Court.

Analyst says the battle is not yet over and fate of 150 cases depends on the ultimate verdict by the Supreme Court on the appeal.


Someone also argued whether the verdict is in contradiction to an earlier verdict by the High Court?

An ordinary citizen

Case against Hasina & legality of judging under Emergency Power Rules February 2, 2008

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Legality of trying under Emergency power rule will be judged in the extortion case filed by Ajam J Chowdhury against Sk Selim and in which Hasina was implicated. The case may be lengthened and may ultimately require the verdict from the Supreme Court.

In the mean time, the amicus curiae, six legal experts appointed by the High Court opined that there is no scope to try Hasina’s extortion case under EPR.

The Attorney General has said that the fate of hundreds of other cases depends on the judgment of this case.

Observers also noticed that with the judgment in hanging barring corrupt politicians from polls will be uncertain.

An ordinary citizen