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It is time to redefine student politics in Bangladesh April 19, 2009

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, POLITICS, University.

JU BCL factions trade gunfire

The latest event in the continuous violence in the campuses is the closure of Barisal Medical College for kidnapping of a student due to intra-party conflicts of BCL. The college was closed sine die and the political activities of BCL has been suspended for 3 months. Few weeks back  a student of Dhaka Medical College was killed by his fellows of the same student front. 

Hasina orders the Law and Order authorities to take stern action against the disturbing students who are responsible for violence in the campuses.

Hasina also declined earlier to meet with the feuding student leaders of Dhaka University and withdrawn her name form the patrons of the student organisation.

We appreciate the moves so far taken by the Prme Minister but these moves didn’t prove enough to quell the tension in the academic institutions.

It is time to rethink about the student politics in Bangladesh. The government and university authorities fail miserably to deliver the responsibility of maintaining the peaceful academic atmosphere in the campuses and to continue the academic exercises unhindered.

Banning student politics is not the answer. A debate is needed to be created among the citizens how to contain violence in the campus and a dialogue is needed to develop among different political groups for coming to a consensus regarding the form of student politics in the country and a thorough discussion of the issue is needed to be made in the parliament to define the form of student politics in Bangladesh.

Current student unrest not only disturbing the academic environment of the institutions and depriving our future generation to nourish their  potential, it is also jeopardising the possibility of Bangladesh to develop into a mid-income country by 2021. The environment of research is also affected in the universities by the nasty student politics.

We must rethink about the objective of student politics of our country. There is no burden on the student of liberatating  the country  and there is no burden on the students to establish democracy in our country. Now the burdent on the students is to develop themselves as the worthy citizens and leaders for the  future of Bangladesh.

The character that the present student politics takes up not only is worrying for the present but it is more worrying for the future thinking that what type of leadership is waiting for us in the future.

The present political leadership of both government and opposition  is also at stake to develop future leadership for the country who will be decent, honest, committed to democracy and peoples’ welfare . But what are we seeing? The picture is in absolute contradiction to our expectation.

To comeout of this quagmire, the student politics must be dissociated from the mainstream politics, must be dissociated from  business interests, mainly confined to the benefits of the students and only regular students would be allowed to do politics in the campus.
A line is needed to be drawn between the campus politics and politics outside the campus.

Student politics is also associated with the teachers politics. To clean the student politics teachers politics is also need to be reoriented. The teachers should dissociated themselves  from mainstream politics in the campus and should not use the students to keep their influence in the campus intact.

For all this, a consensus is important  among the academicians, political groups, citizens, guardians and students.

Time is running out.

An ordinary citizen

Overcoming student agitation-ABSM Jahur

uncertain future of half-literate generation- ABM Musa in Prothom Alo

Rajshahi University violence: student politics should be banned/restricted March 14, 2009

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A massive clash between the students of Shibir and Bangladesh Chattra League had taken place yesterday in Rajshahi University with the death of a student leader of Shibir and injury of hundred of students on both sides.

The clash erupted few days back and Shibir viirtually took over the control of the residential halls ousting the BCL cadres from the university. Police raided the halls and arrested more than 50 cadres of Shibir from the hall on the thursday night.

The authority closes the university sine a die and asked the students both male and female to leave their dormatories. To avoid further clash, the Rajashahi Govt College and the Rajshahi Medical College are also closed down.

People are worried with the development of power struggle among the studdent factions. With the coming of the political government into power, the equillibrium in the universities has been disturbed. The pro-government party with the support of the law enforcing agencies, as our tradition goes, is trying to establish their supremany in the campus.

In the process, students are killed or injured, teachers are harrassed, administrators are threatened, parents feel woried, classes are closed, dormatories vacated, session become jammed, adademic exercise stopped and nation lags behind.

During last Caretaker Government, discussion was ripe
whether the student politics should be banned or not, consensus developed about not to totally ban the student politics but to modify its pattern. Election Commission was in favour of banning the student wing of the political party in the campus as a precondition of registration of the political parties. But EC had to compromise on the point on the insistance of the major political parties.

We feel that if the student politics continue in this fashion, then our academic atmosphere will be more jeopardised.

All the political parties should ponder over the matter and come to a consensus. It is sure the advantage the pro-government faction is enjoying now, will be faded with time and we in no way could come out of the vicious cycle.

To fulfull the vision 2021, we need our student politics to be moulded accordingly to fulfill the dream.

An ordinary citizen

Student politics and rise of violence in campus February 20, 2009

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Suddenly violence increases in the campuses. The latest incident of the series occurred in the JU campus. Two factions of Students League clashed with each other with rods, sticks and arms. People shocked with the development. The same sort of incident occurred in JU one month back for which the activities of the party was suspended one month back. The incident is not an isolated one, violence occurred in CU and other institutions also.

Why these violence? The motivation behind the violence is to capture the halls, control the campus, dominate the tender bidding, dictate the donations etc.

It is not student politics. It is a form of student terrorism. Nobody like to see the students to be indulged in such activities, neither their parents nor the citizens.

Prime Minister Hasina on the following day declared in the anniversary of SL in the Paltan Maidan that no violence in the campus will be tolerated.

Throughout the tenure of the Caretaker Government debate continued on student politics. There were attempt to absolutely close the student politics. But more were in favour of continuing student politics without being a part of the mainstream political party. EC also took attempt to make the concept accepted by the political parties as a part of registration of the political parties.

It is not a matter of imposition by the Election Commission how the student wing would behave, rather it is a matter of consensus among the political parties, the university authorities, guardians in general and nation as a whole to determine how the students will exert their political right maintaining the discipline and keeping the academic activities intact in the campus.

What is going on in the campus is not student politics. The government should ponder over the matter, the parliament should debate, citizens should participate to determine the ultimate form of student politics that would support us to achieve the target of vision 2021.

An ordinary citizen

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