We must call to stop building Tipaimukh dam to protect Bangladesh from being a Desert!!!

Ti[aimukh Dam

Tipaimukh Dam. It is clear that it will put it's adverse effect on Surma and Kushiara as well as other rivers of Bangladesh too.

The Indians are going ahead with the construction of the massive Tipaimukh barrage-this events collectively impinge on us in more than one ways but the one which directly affects our very ability to survive is the issue of water-sharing of some 53 common rivers between India and Bangladesh. By constructing Tipaimukh and other barrages, India is depriving us of life-giving waters, drastically reducing our ability to survive and therefore this is the issue needing immediate and continued public attention and the subject of this commentary. India has resumed construction of the Tipaimukh barrage on the Barack river just a kilometer north of Jakiganj in Sylhet; the construction work was stalled in March 2007 in the face of protests within and outside India. The barrage when completed in 2012 is supposed to provide 1500 megawatts of hydel power to the Indian state of Assam but in return its going to bring about a major disaster for Bangladesh, practically contributing to drying up of 350 km long Surma and 110 km long Kushiara rivers which water most of the north-eastern regions of Bangladesh. The Tipaimukh barrage is going to seriously affect not only agriculture in large portions of Bangladesh, particularly in winter, but is also going to bring about negative ecological, climatic and environmental changes of vast areas in both Bangladesh and India.

Indian government is constructing the dam without consultation with Bangladesh government, which is violation of International River Law. Three crores people of the northern and eastern parts of the country would be vulnerable seriously when the construction of the dam would be completed by 2012.

It’s not just this one Indian barrage that is a source of considerable concern and trepidation in Bangladesh; in 1976 India put into operation the Farraka Barrage which more or less destroyed the Ganges-Brahamaputra Basin, most of which lies in the deltaic plains of Bangladesh and in 1990 India also constructed a barrage along the Teesta river thereby virtually making ineffective much of the Teesta barrage project constructed down-stream in Bangladesh to support irrigation and agriculture in the north-west region of the country. What is even more worrying is that India has evolved plans to divert waters, from the north of the country to its drought-prone southern and eastern states, of some 53 river which flow from India to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh shares a common border with India in the west, north and east and with Myanmar in the southeast. These borders cut across 57 rivers which discharge through Bangladesh into the Bay of Bengal in the south. The upstream courses of these rivers traverse India, China, Nepal and Bhutan. Trans-boundary flows, which enter Bangladesh from remote catchments extending short distance to thousands of kilometers upstream, are the important source of water resources.

Bangladesh gets 7 to 8 percent of its total water from the Barak in India’s northeastern states. Millions of people are dependent on hundreds of water bodies, fed by the Barak, in the Sylhet region for fishing and agricultural activities.

Environmentalists in Bangladesh have held many talks on the adverse impact of the proposed dam. They say the dam would dry up the river and the water bodies in the downstream, leaving millions jobless and upsetting the ecological balance.

Among the trans-boundary rivers, the ones most affected by Indian barrages and their related systems of canals, reservoirs and irrigation schemes are Ganges, Brahmaputra, Meghna and Teesta. Although the Indian and Bangladeshi governments have a water sharing agreement for the Ganges, there are none for the other 53 rivers that cross the border. With the Tipaimukh barrage now underway, India seems to be going ahead with its mega-project of diverting river waters from its north to its south and east, thereby putting Bangladesh’s very survival at stake.India is taking unilateral decisions about matters which affect Bangladesh’s core interests and if these cannot be resolved bilaterally, Bangladesh must look at options of going to multilateral forums such as the UN to get its right not only recognized but also implemented. International laws dealing with water-sharing of common rivers and sources are ambiguous, unclear and contentious and so, Bangladesh ought to vigorously pursue these matters, perhaps even garner international support for a change in those laws dealing with water-sharing – this international dimension is a crucial factor affecting the management of the trans-boundary river systems. There is thus, no scope for Bangladesh to be deflected from this core issue of water-sharing notwithstanding Indian deceitful and diversionary insistence and propaganda on “terrorists and transit”.

The Indian high commissioner has admitted that a dam will be built on the proposed Tipaimukh hydropower project over the cross-boundary river Barak but said it will not harm Bangladesh.  (But I don’t know how? You will put a barrage in the river and it will not affect the nature???)

The Tipaimukh hydropower project was not like the Farakka irrigation project. A little amount of water will be diverted to produce hydroelectricity and the water will be released soon, Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty said.  (So he agreed that Farakka Barrage is a problem for Bangladesh. And saying that Tipaimukh will not be like that! But how Bangladesh would beleive it? India previously said many thing abouthis Farakka Barrage. But ultimately Bangladesh is suffering from it. So how will we beleive that you are talking truth? And one barrage must put it’s adverse effect on nature. And the position of the Barrage clearly indicates that Bangladesh will offcourse suffer with this project. It will be a destructive project for Bangladesh. We must protest it now!)

Bangladesh should not be wary of the project, he told.

He said bilateral discussions have long been on-going on the project. Indian government has invited Bangladesh to see the dam site and its design, Chakravarty said. A Bangladeshi organisation, International Farakka Committee, demanded suspension of  ‘construction of Tipaimukh barrage’ and rightful share of the Indian river Ganges.

The organisation called upon the United Nations to form a regional river commission involving China, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

Government of Bangladesh and people of Bangladesh must be aware of this project from now and must have to protest. It will come as a destructive project for Bangladesh. bangladesh will become desert if the project is completed. India is using their power to complete this destructive project. They are trying to giving wrong ideas to Bangladesh as they given at the time of constructing Farakka Barrage. They are doing the same thing here. We all now that how Bangladesh is suffering because of this Farakka Project. How our Bangladesh is affected by the Farakka Barrage. We don’t want to see more destruction in bangladeshi economy and nature. We must protest. And it is the time. Bangladeshis must be aware of this from now and this is the only way to safe our beautiful country Bangladesh.

Writing With a Broken Heart : This Time The ‘Politics’

The Article Originally Pulished on http://comilla.wordpress.com/
I am republishing it here without any editing.

একজন বাংলাদেশী, যে তার দেশকে ভালোবাসে, যে তার দেশের সেনানীদের বিশ্বের সর্বশ্রেষ্ঠজ্ঞান করে, যে দেশকে আক্রান্ত হতে দেখলে নিজেদের ভেতর মতাদর্শের বিভাজনকে গৌণ মনে করে, দেশের সবাইকে ঐক্যবদ্ধ হতে দেখবার জন্য ছটফট করে, তার মন ভেঙ্গে দেয়ার জন্যে পিলখানার ঘটনাটি যথেষ্ট ছিল। স্বাধীন বাংলাদেশে দেশের সেনাবাহিনীর উপর এত বড় আঘাত আর হয়নি। ঘটনাটি যেদিন ঘটে সেদিন কেউই বুঝে উঠতে পারেননি যে আসলে কি হয়েছে কিংবা এই অবস্থায় কি মনোভাব প্রদর্শন করা প্রয়োজন। যখন পিলখানার ভেতরে ও আশেপাশে পাওয়া যেতে থাকল দেশের গর্বের সন্তানদের ক্ষতবিক্ষত দেহ, তখন আর কারওরই বুঝতে বাকি থাকেনি যে এ কোন বিদ্রোহ, অসন্তোষ ও ক্ষোভের ফল হতে পারেনা। এ দেশের নিরাপত্তা বুহ্যের উপর এক আচমকা ও নৃশংস আঘাত, যা বাংলাদেশের শত্রুরা ঘটিয়েছে। বাংলাদেশের ক্ষতি হলে যাদের লাভ হয়, বাংলাদেশ এগিয়ে গেলে যাদের ক্ষতি হয়, তারাই এই কান্ড ঘটিয়েছে। এই ঘটনার ধারক বাহক যারা, তারা এই দেশের কেউ হতে পারে না, খোঁজ নিলে জানা যাবে কাগজে কলমে তারা হয়তো এদেশেরই মানুষ, কিংবা নয়, কিন্ত তারা বাংলাদেশের ঘৃণ্যতম শত্রু। এখন পর্যন্ত দৃশ্যমান ঘটনাগুলো পিলখানার ভেতর ঘটলেও ধারণা করা কঠিন নয় যে পরিকল্পনা ছিল দেশের আরও ক্ষতি করার। দেশের সেনাবাহিনীতে চূড়ান্ত ক্ষোভের সঞ্চার করে সেখান থেকে প্রতিক্রিয়া আসতে পারে এমনটা আশা করা স্বাভাবিক, এমনটা ঘটতেই পারত। সেক্ষেত্রে দেশকে ইতমধ্যেই যে পরিমাণ দূর্বল করা হয়েছে, দেশ তার থেকে আরও অনেক বেশি দূর্বল হয়ে পড়ত। পরম করুণাময়ের কাছে অশেষ কৃতজ্ঞতা জ্ঞাপন করছি যে তা অবশেষে ঘটেনি। আবেগ ও ক্ষোভের বশে তাৎক্ষণাৎ প্রতিক্রিয়া প্রদর্শনের চেয়ে ধৈর্য্য ও দক্ষতার সাথে পরিস্থিতি সামাল দেয়াকেই আমাদের সশস্ত্র বাহিনী সঠিক মনে করেছে। এতে সেনাবাহিনীর প্রতি দেশের মানুষের শ্রদ্ধা বেড়েছে, সেনাবাহিনীর অধিনায়কদের প্রতি শ্রদ্ধা ও আস্থা বেড়েছে। আমরা আশা করি নিয়মতান্ত্রিক ভাবে ধাপে ধাপে এগিয়ে আমাদের সেনাবাহিনী দেশের উপর এই নৃশংস আক্রমনের নেপথ্য খুঁজে বের করবেন, এই ঘটনার দায়ীদের বিচারের সামনে উপস্থিত করবেন ও দেশের শত্রুদের নিধন করবেন।

আমাদের দেশে রাজনীতির সাথে জড়িত ব্যাক্তিবর্গ দেশের স্বার্থকে পাশ কাটিয়ে যখন একান্তই নিজ রাজনৈতিক উদ্দেশ্যকে সামনে রেখে নানা পদক্ষেপ গ্রহণ করেন, তখন তাকে আমরা বলি রাজনীতির নোংরা খেলা, কিংবা ডার্টি গেম। পিলখানায় সার সার পড়ে থাকা অফিসারদের মৃতদেহ গুলো দেখে মনে ভেঙ্গে গিয়েছিল। কিন্তু তারপরও সংশ্লিষ্ট সবার বিশেষ করে সশস্ত্র বাহিনীর অশ্রুসজল অথচ ধীরস্থির অবস্থান দেখে একটু একটু করে মনোবল ফিরে পাচ্ছিলাম। এই বোধটা জাগ্রত হতে শুরু করেছিল যে ঠিক সময় আমরা ঠিকই একতা ও মনোবল ফিরে পাই। কিন্তু এই প্রক্রিয়ায় বাধ সাধছে দেশের রাজনীতি। আজ সংসদ অধিবেশনে জনপ্রতিনিধিদের বক্তব্যদানের ধরণ দেখে নিরাশ না হয়ে উপায় ছিলনা। আমি পুরো অধিবেশনটির সম্প্রচার দেখিনি। কিন্তু একদেড় ঘন্টা যাই দেখেছি, তাতে পারষ্পরিক দোষারোপ ছাড়া কিছুই ছিলনা। বিশেষ করে এই ক্রন্দনরত হৃদয়ে সবচেয়ে শক্তিশালী আঘাতটা বোধ হয় করলেন আমাদের স্বয়ং প্রধানমন্ত্রী। শুনেছি ওয়াশিংটন পোস্ট, টেলিগ্রাফ, গার্ডিয়ান নাকি গত কয়েকদিনের ঘটনায় মাননীয় প্রধানমন্ত্রীর ভূমিকার ভূয়সী প্রশংসা করেছে। পরম করুণাময়ের কাছে প্রার্থনা করি ঐ পত্রিকার সংবাদদাতারা যেন সংসদে প্রধানমন্ত্রীর আজকের ভাষণটির ব্যাপারে জানতে না পারেন। কারণ আজকের ভাষণ খুবই নগ্ন সাক্ষ্য বহন করে যে আমাদের রাজনীতি তার গতানুগতিক আচরণ থেকে বেরুতে পারে নাই, পারে তো নাইই বরং এই সংকটের সময়ও তার কুৎসিত দিক বেরিয়ে এল। মাননীয় প্রধানমন্ত্রীর বক্তব্য থেকে আমরা জানতে পারলাম বিরোধী দলীয় নেত্রী বেগম খালেদা জিয়া নাকি পরোক্ষ ভাবে ঐ অফিসারদের হত্যাকান্ডে জড়িত ছিলেন। সাংগঠনিক ভাবে বিরোধী দল অর্থাৎ বিএনপি নাকি এই নির্মম হত্যাকান্ডে মদদ জুগিয়েচছে। শুধু তাই নয়, হত্যাকারীদের পালিয়ে যেতে সাহায্য করেছে এই বিএনপিই। গোয়েন্দা মারফত প্রধানমন্ত্রী নিশ্চিত হয়েছেন যে ঘটনার আগের দুরাত বেগম জিয়া তাঁর বাসায় ছিলেননা, এবং আমাদের মাননীন প্রধানমন্ত্রী সন্দেহ প্রকাশ করেছেন যে সেই দুরাত বেগম জিয়া অফিসারদের হত্যা করার ষড়যন্ত্রে ব্যায় করে থাকতে পারেন। প্রধানমন্ত্রী সংসদের কোন প্রমাণ প্রদর্শন না করলেও বলেছেন বিরোধী দলের এগুলো অস্বীকার করার কোন উপায় নাই। এই প্রত্যেকটি কথা প্রধানমন্ত্রী আজ সংসদ অধিবেশন চলাকালীন সময়ে দ্ব্যার্থ কন্ঠে বলে গেলেন।

মাননীয় প্রধানমন্ত্রী শেখ হাসিনা যিনি বাংলাদেশের ইতিহাসে নির্বাচনে সবচেয়ে বড় বিজয় নিয়ে ক্ষমতায় আরোহণ করেছেন, এই পরিস্থিতে সংসদের দাঁড়িয়ে তাঁর এই বক্তব্যদানের কি উদ্দেশ্য থাকতে পারে? উদ্দেশ্য আপাতদৃষ্টিতে একটাই হতে পারে যে এধরণের সরাসরি অভিযোগের একটি কড়া জবাব দেয়ার জন্য বিএনপি ছটফট করতে থাকবে। বিএনপির এর জবাবে হয়তো এরকমই সারশূণ্য একটি বক্তব্য দিবে, কে জানে বিএনপির বক্তব্য এর চেয়েও সারশূণ্য হতে পারে। তার জবাবে রাজনৈতিক প্রতিপক্ষ আওয়ামী লীগ আরেকটি কড়া জবাব দিবে। এই নিয়ে পরষ্পরকে দোষারোপের প্রক্রিয়া চলতে থাকবে। আর এর মাঝে বিভ্রান্ত হবে দেশের সব মানুষ। শুনেছি স্বরাষ্ট্রমন্ত্রীকে প্রধান করে নাকি তদন্ত কমিটি গঠন করা হয়েছে। স্বরাষ্ট্রমন্ত্রী যত বড় রাজনীতিকই হোননা কেন, তিনি দেশের ক্যাবিনেটের মেম্বার। সেই ক্যাবিনেটের নেতা হলেন স্বয়ং প্রধানমন্ত্রী। তদন্তর কোন কুলকিনারা কেউ জেনে উঠবার আগেই প্রধানমন্ত্রীর কাছ থেকে যদি এসব কথা শুনতে হয়, তবে সেই প্রধানমন্ত্রীর অধস্তন স্বরাষ্ট্রমন্ত্রীর নেতৃত্বে সম্পাদিত তদন্তের ফলাফল কি হবে, তা কি আমরা আগে থেকে ধারণা করতে পারিনা?

দেশের উপর এত বড় একটা আঘাত এল। তাতেও যদি আমরা শিক্ষিত না হই, তাতেও যদি আমরা গতানুগতিকের একটুও বাইরে কিছু করতে বা ভাবতে না পারি, তবে কি সামনে এগুনো সম্ভব? ২০০৭ সালের শুরু থেকে যখন ঢালাও ভাবে দেশের রাজনীতিকদের উপর আক্রমণ আসছিল, তখন রাজনীতির পক্ষে কথা বলে বলে আমরা মুখের ফেনা তুলেছি। তখন রাজনীতিকে কেউ গালমন্দ করলে সেই গালমন্দ নিজের গায়ে নিয়েছি এবং তার উপযুক্ত জবাব দিতে চেয়েছি। দুবছর পর আজ দেশের উপর এত বড় আঘাত হানা হল। এই সংকটের মুহুর্তে যদি দেখি ঐক্যের পথে, এগুনোর পথে বাধা হয়ে দাড়াচ্ছে সেই রাজনীতি, তবে এর উপর মানুষের শ্রদ্ধা থাকা কি সম্ভব? এর উপর মানুষ কেন আস্থা রাখবে? যখন কেউ বলেছে রাজনীতিবিদরাই দেশের এই হাল করেছেন, তখন তার জবাব দিয়েছি এই বলে যে দেশের প্রতিটি মানুষই রাজনীতিবিদ, রাজনীতিকে গালি দিলে নিজেকেও গালি দেয়া হয়। তো আমরা এ কোন রাজনীতির পক্ষে কথা বলেছিলাম? এতকিছুর পরও মানসিকতার বদল হয় না কেন? দায়িত্মবান পদের থেকে দায়িত্মহীন বক্তব্য দানের অবসান কবে হবে?

ETV Exclusive: BDR Mutiny in Dhaka Inside Story.

This is the video after Army was entered the Pillkhana to find the Missing Army Officials and showed on Ekushey TV that day as an exclusive.

For The People Eyeing The Road to A Free Fair Election.

The Post was originally published on Xanthis Blog on 31st October, 2008. Here it is reposted without editing.

The present undemocratic, unelected and constitutionally proscribed government has virtualized a barometer that they use as a probability scale for the upcoming general election in December. They say this scale to be strictly showing that there will be a free and fair election in December this year. Every time an issue stands up that causes confusion over the election, they are to become stronger in their voices that “there is no confusion over election, politicians shouldn’t spread confusions”. Yesterday New Age editor Nurul Kabir has added some satire over the reality, that even the advisers, the fellow cabinet members when they are reached by him in some social gatherings, express their own confusions over the election when their conversation turns to a little more personal to nearer ones.

[Nurul Kabir told in Channel One’s Nirbachito Khobor:
বর্তমান সরকারের যারা উপদেষ্টা রয়েছেন, এখানে সেখানে তাদের সাথে যখন আমাদের কথা হয়, কানে কানে জিজ্ঞেস করলে তারাই তো বলেন, কি জানি ভাই ইলেকশান হবে কি না জানিনা]

Highest ranked people of the government among those who can be reached by the press but do not enjoy the power of the policy-maker, actually have no reasons to be believed as the reflectors of the real scene that his going on inside the present regime.

The truth is getting brighter as the election is closing in, that is they are only the civilian cream of a military backed government, is the velvet covers of an unwanted iron hand, should be designated as nothing more than errand men. As far as they are not allowed at the policy-making end of this regime, it’s expected that many of their speeches will have contradiction to the reality, as they themselves are not told the full story. So, it won’t be our bad if we underline the Appellate Division’s rejection of Hasina’s bail appeal two days after the unofficial spokesperson of this undemocratic regime Hossain Zillur Rahman told that there remains no legal blockade that could bar Sheikh Hasina and Begum Zia from the general election. People, who immensely look for a free fair election but never have come to believe this regime’s fable of a free and fair election in December this year, may remain impassive after the Appellate Division has made Hossain Zillur looking like a fool. But people, who have been nourishing their utmost optimism over a free and fair election by the end of this year, now should rethink a few things those they should have been taking under consideration from long before.

What can be a more unpalatable misfortune than a nation having this much uncertainty over an election that is very much up ahead? How somebody can have the right to blame others, who themselves tomorrow states the election will surely take place and the other day say there remains uncertainty? Don’t we find a free and fair election was never certain if we look back?

There are a lot of reasons to not get convinced that a free and fair election will take place by the end of this year. There have been many times where this regime has gone through the other way than what they told. There have been many times the words given by this regime has been proved to be fake and for sake of buying time by convincing the people. I have previously written these same very sentences many times in many posts. I like to show some reasons behind this of my opinions. Readers are requested to keep patience while going through my reasons given here.

Naked partialities in arbitrary arrests of politicians. Arbitrary arrests of politicians and shameless partiality to protect leaders those had belief on this regime more than a priest has on Christ. Do you think Sadek Hossain Khoka, Mannan Bhuiyan, Tofael Ahmed all are saints thrown from the heaven?

Patronage for establishing traitors’ factions in both the parties. The line between traitors and loyalists in BNP is now too clear because the October 29 hijack attempt was too noisy. On the other hand the attempt over Awami League has been a semi-success completely under disguise and still in action. Do you think Tofael-Amu-Suranjit-Razzaq quadro even does care about what Zillur Rahman thinks and wants? Don’t you know Sheikh Hasina had wanted names of those went to Heathrow to receive Amu? Don’t you know Sheikh Hasina sat him at the waiting room for hours and finally hasn’t seen him?

Double role about dynastical appointments. One of the major issues of this regime’s overthrowing the democracy was, removing political dynasties and family favouritism. BNP’s reformist Enam A. Chowdhury, kingpins of Oriental Bank scandal Selim A. Chowdhury and Masud A. Chowdhury, Foreign Adviser Iftekhar A. Chowdhury all are brothers having same parents. D. Fakhruddin Ahmed is their sisters’ husband while Hassan Mashhud Chowdhury is a cousin. Nazim Qamran Chowdhury, the husband of ex-adviser Geeti Ara Safia Chowdhury, who is charged in a graft charge, is another cousin who has never been sued. All these men and women from a single Sylheti Chowdhury family, can you show me a more depraved example than this ever took place in Bangladesh? Note it, the Oriental Bank misappropriation was done when D. Fakhruddin was the Governor of Bangladesh Bank.

Spiteful biasing of the anti-graft drive. The ACC anti-graft drive, more than a jihad to abolish corruption, has been a tool of political repression and keeping some officials under the thumb. GATCO graft case, which pulled almost all of the senior BNP 2001 cabinet members to the court, had two important names as suspects of grafts. They are D. Sadat Hussain and Maniklal Samaddar. These two have been cleared by the ACC investigation. D. Sadat, the overnight shushil, is now the Public Service Commission chairman and Manik Lal Samaddar has been named as the special assistant to Fakhruddin, equivalent to a minister. Anti-graft mujahidin, eh?

Minus Two Formula. There is no reason to forget the hide & seek game with Sheikh Hasina and unofficial house arrest of Khaleda Zia. There is no reason to forget the Home Ministry resolution that described how a threat Sheikh Hasina is to the national security and tranquility. Continuous attempts to send Begum Zia abroad for physical treatment and her constant denial are also not to be forgone.

• Severe mistreatment and brutalities with politicians. No other government after the end of cold war has been this brutal to politicians like the present undemocratic and unelected 1/11 government has been. The death of BNP leader Qaiyum Khan, who being a heart patient was not visited by a doctor for single time in his eleven month detention, was also kept unreachable to his family. He was allegedly tortured to death. We also have noted the vicious mistreatment and brutality with Chittagong’s popular mayor Mahiuddin Ahmed, who was barred from a court-ordered release, ultimately couldn’t get to his dying teenage daughter who died after her long fight with cancer. Who will answer the tears of Mahiuddin which he couldn’t resist while seated at Shah Amanat Airport departure lounge?  Brutal torture on Tareq Rahman, who is still uncertain about recovering ever in his life, has been left with two of the vertebral bones shattered due to estimated fall from a respectable altitude. Which of the mentioned brutalities above was has been felt necessary for a fair election? A government that has no respect for politicians, can they be relied for a free and fair election?

Election Commission’s complete loss of reliability. Can’t we remember how impudently the Chief Election Commission backed the unscrupulous treachery inside a political party? The CEC on September 1, 2007 told,

“জনাব মান্নান ভূঁইয়ার বহিস্কারাদেশটা অবৈধ ছিল, এটা শুধু আমিই মনে করি না, কমিশনের সবাই মনে করেন। এসব বিবেচনা করেই হাফিজুদ্দিন আহমেদকে চিঠি পাঠানো হয়েছে। আরে বিএনপির তো সংবিধানই ঠিক নাই। যাইহোক, এসব রাজনীতির কথা, এখানে এগুলো বলে লাভ নাই। কেচো খুড়তে সাপ বেরিয়ে আসবে।“

Is this a statement from a man who is supposed to be neutral? A strong reason of unreliability lies in that statement from the Chief Election Commissioner. Now it’s your decision that whether he and his team are credible for a free and fair election.

Obscure treatment with Sheikh Hasina. If I am not wrong Sheikh Hasina was supposed to return home a week after the Eid-ul-Fitr. Now, there are happening a lot of talks invisibly so that all the realities cannot be explicable clearly. But having only some weeks before the election, Sheikh Hasina is still being obscurely barred to return home. Her party leaders ain’t seen sound to have her back to action. These are not at least signs of sincerity for a free fair election. This is also a reference to the second point.

Indefinite enforcement of emergency rules and denial to withdraw. Whereas the whole nation wants withdrawal of emergency rules, whereas both of the major parties wants the withdrawal without a delay, whereas one of the initial moral backers of this regime, the European Union wants the lift of these rules, the government is suspiciously and illegitimately wary to lift this tool of repression. A regime, who doesn’t feel comfortable to rule without having rights of people and freedom of all barred by the emergency rules, is difficult to rely for prosperous moves.

Repression and biasing over media. We shouldn’t be forgetting the events of August 17-21, 2007. We shouldn’t be forgetting the repression of the media, when no TV channels were allowed to broadcast their scheduled news shows. There was a mail to BDNews24 admin which asked him to not dare to be on air until further notification. We have also noted the fax from a special agency after Begum Zia’s release which mentioned phony information of Tareq’s leaving for abroad. Closure of CSB News in name of anti-graft drive and putting control over late night Ekushey Television political show are also to be remembered. Dirty role of Prothom Alo and Daily Star all over the 1/11 tenure and ACC’s complete overlooking the graft charges of Transcom boss Latifur Rahman is another addition. A government having true and honest sincerity towards an election; Are they usual to have necessity of such acts?

Impudent partiality. Playing blind about Ali Hasan Mujahid has been too noisy. Complete surrender to Islamic organizations has been too naked. Ali Hasan Mujahid’s meeting with Chief Adviser under an issued arrest warrant has abolished the total neutrality of the present government. It’s not like they have been neutral in all other cases than Mujahid’s one, but their sacred treatment of Ali Hasan Mujahid has been a shameless showdown and it came clear that, they are not to be relied as neutral.

After having all these points in knowledge, can we be so bum to count days for a free and fair election? Under this government?

Another Unpalatable Humor.

Orininally posted by Xanthis on 5th August, 2008. I am just reposting it here.

It’s obviously not our fault that we expect sensible speeches from responsible men. But it’s our fate that we get completely insensible speeches. Our Chief Election Commissioner A.T.M Shamsul Huda has several times given us opportunities to get concerned with his poor sense of humor. We actually gave up all reasons to take CEC Huda seriously when he was presenting logics to name Maj. Hafizuddin as General Secretary of BNP with restless mumbling. But now he has reached into a position that now we can build up a chronology of CEC Huda’s poor humorous speeches. Our most honorable CEC has said,

“The state of emergency will ensure more security on the polling day for voters.”

I suggest there is something better that will make CEC feeling safer about the voters. There are lots of police personnels on duty due to the election. Now, the CEC should arrange all of them to remain armed for all the time and carry sufficient amount of ammunitions. Then, check-posts should be installed on each approachable street to poling centers, where police will halt every man & woman trying to pass by. Everyone will have to show their voter ID cards and other necessary documents to prove self to be the voter. Now, if someone fails to show such papers Police will have right to shoot them at the very next moment right on the spot. The system can be made full proof by shooting children and under 18 youngsters immediately after having in sight, because they surely will fail to provide necessary papers and this kind of worthlesses have no right to share oxygen and other resources of Bangladesh. Only those will survive from check posts to the poling centers who will have papers. There are several attractive advantages of this procedure,

  • No unauthorized guys will roam around some hundred kilometers of poling centers.
  • Completion of voter ID cards project with unquestioned perfection. (as people without papers will be killed, this means only ID cards holders will survive, that is a 100% Bangladeshi will have voter ID cards… wow!)
  • Utmost security of voters, candidates, losers, winners officers etc. in the circumstance
  • “The Bull is Dead!” – ultimate victory in the acid test, or the “Spanish Bull Fight” (that’s how CEC named his journey to the acid test)

What do you think? Isn’t it a better procedure to ensure voters’ safety? This idea will not only keep voters safe but also will preserve the purity and perfection of the election from all possible nuisances to be created by bloody politicians. This is a far more appreciable idea than state of emergency, eh?

Who on this earth has ever heard of such a ridiculous idea of ordering state of emergency to ensure voters’ safety?

Nobody else but Bangladeshi people, have heard yesterday.

After reading this article of New Age written by Capt. Hussain Imam, another thing has appeared in my mind. In that article named , writer has mentioned about ‘unpalatable humors’ of almost all important personalities of Bangladesh, apart from the present Chief Election Commissioner. Who knows? May be the CEC has read that article, found his name nowhere, gone frustrated, thought all over the night that what can be the shaky speech that he would give, found the speech and jumped shouting “eureka! eureka!” The speech that he found is the one mentioned earlier.

After reading this post, readers definitely are thinking that how a post has been published with this much of stupid talks.

Explanation over this is, if the CEC can do, why not a blogger?