April 21, 1977. It's past midnight. Abu Sadat Mohammad Sayem is deep asleep in his bedroom at Bangabhaban. A sudden sound of boots. Sound of screaming. President Justice Sayem woke up and heard a loud noise. Some soldiers broke the door of his bedroom. The President was still unable to fully get out of bed. Armed military men surrounded the president pointing stun guns at him under the leadership of Ziaur Rahman. Justice Sayem trembles with fear. Such a situation was beyond the imagination of that old man. Zia was holding a paper. In a threatening tone, he said, "Sign Hair." The president was a little embarrassed. He asked in a frightened tone, what is it? Zia replied 'You are sick. You are resigning from the post of President due to illness.' Gathering some courage, he said, 'I had a health check-up last week. I am completely healthy.' Zia now aims the stun gun at his chest and in a stern voice he says, 'sign'. Abu Sadat Mohammad Sayem had no other option. He has to give up either his life or the presidency. With trembling hands, he picked up the pen and paper and signed. Zia then pushed Justice Sayem away and snatched the paper. Minutes later Zia, the army chief, a military hero, declared himself president. The account of Zia's capture of the Bangabhaban at midnight appears in the book titled 'At Bangabhaban: Last Face' written by Abu Sadat Muhammad Sayem himself. The book is not available in the market now. It has a Bengali translation. But that's censored. The Bengali translation does not contain the story of Zia's capture of Bangabhaban. The original English book was banned by the BNP after coming to power in 1991. This is one of many scandalous incidents that happened around Bangabhavan after independence. Bangladesh's presidential fortune is not very cheerful. Most presidents did not complete their terms. Two presidents were killed in military coups.
Those who became president in Bangladesh can be divided into two categories. A type of president who is under a presidential system of government. They were very powerful. Three of them were directly elected by the people. However, all three votes were controversial and farcical. Another type of president is those under parliamentary democracy. Now Bangladesh is a parliamentary democracy. The power of the President is now largely formal. But still, he is the guardian of the state. This highest post of the country is important for many reasons. Bangladesh will welcome a new president this year. The countdown to the presidential election has begun. Bangabhaban waits for whom?
We may get the answer to this question very soon. But the past history of our presidency is full of bitterness. There have been conspiracies to destroy democracy in various ways in Bangabhaban. Therefore, the selection of new residents of Bangabhaban is important for many reasons.
During the Great Liberation War of 1971, the Mujib Nagar Government was formed on 17 April. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu was declared President in the 'Mujib Nagar Government'. Bangabandhu was then in Pakistan prison. Tajuddin Ahmed made Bangabandhu the President and became the Prime Minister himself for strategic reasons. After the victory in the liberation war, the father of the nation returned home on January 10. Without delay, he introduced parliamentary democracy in the light of the spirit of the liberation war. Bangabandhu left the post of President and took oath as Prime Minister. Justice Abu Sayeed Chowdhury was elected as the new president on January 12. Abu Sayeed Chowdhury was the president for almost two years. Then on 24 December 1973 Mohammadullah became the President. On January 25, 1975, a presidential system of government was introduced in Bangladesh. Mohammadullah left the post of president and became a minister. After the terrible tragedy on August 15, 1975, Mohammadullah became the vice president under murderer Mostaq. Mohammadullah is undoubtedly one of those whose names are notable in making joke of the most honorable post of presidency. How does a person become a minister or vice president after being in the highest constitutional position? When all these impersonal, greedy people enter Bangabhaban, it poses a danger to politics and the country.
After January 25, 1975, a new system of government was introduced in the country. All political parties are brought under one umbrella. Bangabandhu took oath as President. But after only 202 days, the country's founding father was brutally killed by the anti-independence forces. Within three and a half years of victory, the scandalous chapter of killing the president with his whole family was written in Bangladesh. The Supreme Court termed the presidential chapter of murderer Mostaq as unconstitutional. So, I am not willing to recognize the 83-day tenure of the murderer Mostaq as president. After Mostaq, Justice Sayem became the President on November 6, 1975. I started my writing with his story. Army chief Zia declared himself president by removing Sayem at gunpoint. In my opinion, it was treason. Because his becoming president while serving in the army was a serious constitutional crime. But in a cruel irony of fate, the very weapon that brought Zia to power also brought his tragic end. Zia was brutally killed in a military coup in Chittagong on 30 May 1981. Vice President Justice Sattar became Acting President. But according to the constitution, he was ineligible for the presidential election. Constitution was amended to make Justice Sattar eligible for election. On November 15, 1981, the presidential election was held through direct voting. Justice Sattar won the election by defeating Awami League nominated candidate Dr. Kamal Hossain. But widespread allegations of vote rigging and fraud arose against Justice Sattar and the BNP. Bangabhaban has been affected again. On March 24, 1982, a military coup took place in Bangladesh. Justice Sattar was deposed. Ershad Putul made a puppet president by seizing power. Justice Ahsan Uddin Chowdhury was made President. But the real power was Ershad. Ershad followed in Zia's footsteps at every step of his illegal dictatorship. On December 10, 1983, Ershad deposed Ahsan Uddin Chowdhury and declared himself the president. This military dictator served as president for about seven years. However, he remained in power for nearly nine years as the chief martial law administrator and usurper of illegal powers. A short-term caretaker government was then formed under the leadership of Justice Sahabuddin. It was the result of the mass anti-dictatorship movement. Justice Sahabuddin served as the head of the non-partisan, neutral caretaker government or acting president for about a year. BNP came to power in the 1991 elections. The two major parties agreed to re-establish parliamentary democracy in the country. The bloody chapter of the presidential system of government came to an end. In a parliamentary democracy, the powers of the President are severely curtailed. BNP made the post of President dishonorable. Late Dr. Akbar Ali Khan in an article entitled 'Bangabhabane Bantuk: Is the executive moving towards an elected dictatorship?' of his book 'Obak Bangladesh: Bichitro Cholona Jale Rajniti' has presented the actual story in a very skillful manner. I am presenting some of it for the readers to consider it relevant:
"At the end of 1991, I was transferred from the post of Economic Counselor to the Bangladesh Embassy in the United States and appointed as Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Finance. Two or three days after joining the finance department, Finance Minister Saifur Rahman called me. He expressed his opinion about various irregularities of a managing director of a bank and suggested filing a file recommending his removal and appointment of senior deputy managing director in his place. I returned to the office and after discussing with the officers of the concerned department I was satisfied that there was much truth in the Minister's allegations. I request the Joint Secretary to immediately prepare the file as directed by the Minister. The file arrived on my desk within a few hours. A summary of the document is submitted to the president for approval. It may be recalled that the files regarding changes in the bank's managing directors had to be submitted to the President in the President-ruled system. But after the fall of Ershad, the constitution was amended and a cabinet-ruled government was constitutionally introduced. Although the constitution was amended, the rules of procedure were not amended. The Rules of Procedure prior to the amendment of the Constitution stipulated that the appointment of Managing Directors would require the approval of the President. As there was still inconsistency between the Constitution and the Rules of Procedure, the Cabinet Division's direction was sought as to whether the President's permission was required in this case. The Cabinet Department in consultation with the Ministry of Law said that till the time the rules of procedure are not amended, the permission of the President should be taken in this case. The joint secretary showed me the document. I was satisfied and forwarded the summary prepared for the President to the finance minister.
The next day when the minister came to the office, his personal assistant informed me that I should meet the minister immediately. As soon as I went to the minister's room, the finance minister asked me, why did I present the summary to the president? Am I not aware of the cabinet-ruled state system that has been introduced in the country? In that context, he asked in English that, do I think Batku sitting in Bangabhaban is really running the country? After saying that it was done on the advice of the Ministry of Law, his anger turned on the Ministry of Law. He abused the Law Secretary over the telephone and told me that the document could not be sent to the President. I said you write that the summary should be presented to the Prime Minister. He wrote and accordingly, the document again returned to him and action was taken with his and the Prime Minister's permission.
The solution of the departmental work was fine, but a big suspicion arose in my mind. The relationship between the finance minister and the President was not good at that time. The then president was short. But by using the word Batku (short), the finance minister was not only mocking his shortness, but also implied the political philosophy of the finance minister. He believed that the role of the President was secondary in a cabinet-led state system. If the members of the cabinet are as powerful as giants, then the power of the President is like dwarf." (Book: 'Obak Bangladesh: Bichitro Cholona Jale Rajniti; Page 165-166)
Abdur Rahman Biswas was a local-level razaka in 1971. Through this, BNP made the highest constitutional post of the country dishonorable. But despite that, Abdur Rahman Biswas completed his term. He is the first president in Bangladesh to hand over power peacefully after completing his term. The Awami League government led by Sheikh Hasina came to power after 21 years in the 1996 elections. Sheikh Hasina tried to make parliamentary democracy work. The prime minister's question and answer session was launched in the parliament. She took initiative to make the parliamentary committees effective. Sheikh Hasina also made the highest constitutional post dignified. Retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and former Chief Justice of the Caretaker Government, Sahabuddin Ahmed was elected as the guardian of the state. Sheikh Hasina wanted him to be neutral. Wanted to be accepted by all. Sheikh Hasina started the custom of honoring the President. Meeting the President after visiting foreign countries. Sheikh Hasina introduced the practice of going to Bangabhaban to inform him of various situations. She replaced the 'Batku President' as 'His Excellency'. Power is not a big deal for her. She took the honor of the President into unique heights. Sheikh Hasina set an extraordinary example of giving recognition to the constitution and constitutional positions. But in return she was betrayed. Justice Sahabuddin as President took a stand against Awami League. He questioned the government by making various irrelevant statements. One of the reasons for Awami League's disaster in the 2001 elections was Justice Sahabuddin's controversial role. Justice Sahabuddin is a prime example of what happens when a so-called impartial person is brought to the highest post. In October 2001, the BNP won a huge victory. BNP chose the party's founding leader Professor Dr. Badruddeza Chowdhury as president, because BNP wanted a 'Batku' as president. BNP did not accept an acceptable, truly guardian president. Professor Chowdhury became untouchable and that is why the ruling BNP took the initiative to cut him off. After his resignation, BNP took 77 days to find another 'Batku' person for the post of President. Until then Speaker Barrister Zamir Uddin Sarkar served as Acting President. Professor Iajuddin Ahmed of Dhaka University became the new 'Batku' discovered by BNP. BNP leaders used to call him 'Yes Uddin' and he was like joke for the BNP leaders. He too had become an impersonal, clownish figure during the crisis. Being obedient, 'Yes Uddin' pushed the whole country into deep crisis. The main reason why the unelected government sat on the chest of Bangladesh for two long years was the lack of political wisdom of Dr. Iajuddin Ahmed. It was the second Batku president that has done the worst damage to BNP. In 2009, Awami League formed the government for the second time under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina. This time, Sheikh Hasina chose Zillur Rahman, the guardian of the party, an idealist leader without deviation in politics. However, Zillur Rahman became a guardian of the nation due to his political wisdom and foresight in the crisis of 1-11. He earned the trust, confidence and respect of all. He died as President. The whole country was shocked by his death. As a President he was truly the head of the family called the State. After his death, Awami League chose Abdul Hamid as its president. A grassroots-born politician who speaks in common people's language. In simple words, he can climb the high walls of Bangabhaban and blend into the crowd. An idealistic but very simple man. His stay at Bangabhaban for nearly 10 years in two terms is now coming to an end.
I did this brief review of the Presidents since independence out of fear. Democracy is threatened whenever the wrong people enter the Bangabhaban. Undemocratic rulers have degraded the highest office by inducting loyalists into the Bangabhaban. We don't want a shameless president like Mohammadullah. I also reject those who oppucy the Bangabhaban with arms and plays the tune of patriotism. Just as we don't want a nameless 'Batku' to be the president, we also don't want a civilized ex-bureaucrat to controvert the 'Bangabhaban' with the power of extreme neutrality. The President is the first citizen of the state. A politician. An ideal person with whom people will relate and think of as one of their own. Awami League has such a person. 'Democracy' will be secured if he is given the ticket of Bangabhaban. If the key of Bangabhaban is in the hands of the wrong person, 'democracy' will go into exile again. Hard times are coming ahead. Selecting the resident of Bangabhaban is now very important.
Sachin Datta, a judge of the Delhi High Court, made the following statement on Monday (22nd May), 'The freedom of expression does not grant a license to anyone to character assassination through the publication of information. Freedom of expression does not include the freedom to attack or spread false propaganda.' This statement by Judge Datta is significant in the context of the controversial issue of the documentary titled 'India: The Modi Question.' He has summoned the BBC in a case related to this matter.
On January 17th, the BBC aired a controversial documentary in India on "Gujarat Violence", which directly implicated Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The documentary was highly biased and one-sided. The Indian government did not lodge any protest against the BBC. Instead, they issued a directive to remove the contentious documentary in strong terms. Facebook and YouTube swiftly removed the controversial documentary, considering it to be a provocative piece of content. However, the Indian government remained unsatisfied. The Income Tax Department conducted campaigns at BBC's Delhi and Mumbai offices within a month (February 14th). Lastly, on May 22nd, the Delhi High Court issued a summons against the individuals associated with the BBC on charges of spreading "hate and animosity" through the dissemination of the "disgusting and defamatory" documentary. This case represents a significant milestone in curbing the spread of hate and animosity in the field of information dissemination.
Approximately two years ago, a similar incident occurred concerning Bangladesh. On February 1, 2021, a fabricated, vindictive and untrue documentary was published by Al Jazeera regarding Bangladesh. The documentary under the title 'All the Prime Minister's Men' is forcibly linked to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. After the release of the documentary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh sent a strongly worded protest letter to Al Jazeera. However, the Qatari-based television channel did not pay any attention to the protest letter. After the release of the documentary, various circles are using the documentary as a tool for propaganda against the government. Fragmented sections of that document are still being circulated in Facebook, YouTube, and other social media platforms. BTRC, the Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications have not even taken any initiative to remove this hateful, violent documentary from social media. India has done everything possible to protect the dignity of the institution of the 'Prime Minister' to protect the interests of the country. We have witnessed their tireless efforts. But our officials watched the joke. India has succeeded, but Bangladesh has not. Why? Those conspiring within the government whisper, "India is a much larger country. Can we compete with them considering their huge population?" Hearing this, it seems that they live on a distant planet. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh appears to be quite conscious of the dignity of his country, as evident from his recent statements. Despite being aware that the United States can "turn the tide" of power in Bangladesh, the Prime Minister is openly criticizing the most powerful nation in the world. This criticism is not against a nation, but rather for the sake of the country's own interests and dignity. Are the individuals holding various positions in the government not courageous and steadfast enough? They cannot afford to be because they are the conspirators themselves.
While India has reined in arbitrariness in the name of expression, summoning influential media outlets of international repute like the BBC, Bangladesh's Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, kneeling down and greeting Facebook. On May 11, Jasad's scientific revolutionary held a meeting with the employees of Facebook. He praised the people of Facebook and treated them like sons-in-law. However, he has not taken any initiative to stop the offensive, hateful, and character-assassinating content against the state. According to published reports, Facebook has stated that it will not open an office in Bangladesh. It has also stated that content monitoring is not feasible. Posts and Telecommunications Minister is quite delighted even with these objections of Facebook in Bangladesh. "Facebook is currently holding up to 40 percent of requests," he said.
Bangladesh has become a hub of rumors primarily due to Facebook and YouTube. Not just rumors, social media has now become the main vehicle for spreading hatred against the state and government. The state and the government are constantly being vilified through social media. Social media platforms are fueling distortion and divisive celebrations in relation to Bangladesh. Today, Bangladesh is facing a terrible information terror and nasty attack by some cyber terrorists from the USA, Canada, France, and Paris in the name of Tarek Zia, the fugitive BNP leader in London. At first glance, these may appear to be anti-government propaganda. However, the way all this filth and obscene content is spreading through social media, it is polluting and becoming odorous throughout Bangladesh. Yet, the government and its relevant agencies are not taking any initiatives to stop these continuous indecent broadcasts. There is no headache. So, is there any secret communication between the cyber terrorists and government officials? This question arises because Sheikh Hasina, who is transforming under the attacks of cyber terrorists, and those who are working for the development of Bangladesh, are the only targets of the cyber terrorists. There is no voice against the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications through social media. A few days ago, I saw the announcement of a report against a state minister. But then no more reports. It was announced for a few days that a report was coming against a person who became the owner of several banks during the Awami League period. But the report did not come. I noticed a similar incident involving some influential businessmen suddenly becoming close to the government. Upon further investigation, it is revealed that there is a terrifying conspiracy behind it, aiming for complete destruction. The Awami League has been responsible for governing the country for the past 14 years. During this time, many businessmen have become incredibly wealthy. Nameless people have also become owners of thousands of crores of taka. Those who were not around during the bad times of Awami League are now standing around the power like femicles. All these infiltrators, sudden perpetrators of unlimited corruption, are smuggling billions of dollars abroad. They are contacting London to secure their looted assets in the future. Cyber terrorists are blackmailing them. As soon as the announcement is made to publish news against them, they are establishing contact with their associates abroad. They are shutting down all those news that expose their looted assets. Not only are they providing financial support, but they are also leaking highly sensitive information about the government to cyber terrorists. On the other hand, those hardworking entrepreneurs who have contributed to the country's development with their sweat and intellect are not falling into the trap of cyber terrorists. The lovers of the country, businessmen, and industrialists do not accept defeat from these vile manipulators. So, they have now become targets as well. Relentless distorted propaganda is now underway. The BTRC, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications seems to be merely a spectacle. Those who were against Bangabandhu and the Liberation War in Ganakantho are now ministers in the current government. It is their responsibility to oversee the welfare of social media. At that time, they themselves used to spread false propaganda against Bangabandhu and his family on Ganakantho. And now social media gives way to ugly propaganda against Sheikh Hasina and her loyalists. They are conspirators. The Prime Minister's visits to Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom were important in terms of diplomacy and economy. An ancient state minister took a selfie with several other ministers and companions on the plane. It seems like they are going on a picnic. They shared the photo themselves on social media. Did they willingly provide cyber terrorists with weapons? Did he intentionally hand over weapons to cyber terrorists? Taking a photo of someone without their consent and sharing it on social media is inappropriate, unethical, and even more so is removing it from his ID after sharing it on social media. Not only this state minister, many such people are going as the Prime Minister's travel companions, they keep in touch with the anti-independence forces. They serve as a major source of information for cyber terrorists. They disseminate these photos and information with distorted colors and angles on Facebook and YouTube from abroad. Through social media, they engage in relentless defamation against the Prime Minister and the people she trusts, which is a punishable offense in any country. If anyone within the country participates in even a fraction of these activities, it falls under the jurisdiction of the Digital Security Act. But what if someone does it from abroad? The highest court in Bangladesh has ordered multiple times to block certain types of content. However, the BTRC (Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission) and the relevant ministry have stated that they have no control over Facebook and YouTube. I sometimes get confused. Who do the government-appointed ministers and officials actually represent? The government or the cyber terrorists? According to the laws of Bangladesh, Tarique Zia, a convicted fugitive, is prohibited from making any statements in public. But every day, this fugitive individual comes live and ridicules the state, the liberation war, and the government. He is organizing meetings, and spreading slander against the Prime Minister. Those who are not taking any action to stop such propaganda are disrespecting the court. Due to the influence of a rotten scientific socialist minister in the government, the BTRC (Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission) and the opposition party BNP-Jamaat have now taken control of social media. The embassies of Bangladesh abroad are also sitting with arms folded against cyber terrorists. Till date, I have not heard that the embassy of Bangladesh in the United States, United Kingdom, France, or Canada has requested the government of that country to take action regarding their activity. Far from filing a case against them, the embassies did not even protest against the filth. Just a few days ago, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a list of 22 names to various embassies. However, the embassies have shown no interest in the matter. Destruction is taking place within the government itself. Facebook has more than 50 million users in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a huge market for Facebook and YouTube. It is very easy to bring them under the law. What is happening in Bangladesh now is similar to what happened in India and other countries. There have been allegations of racism, violent propaganda, and incitement of hatred spreading on Facebook and YouTube in various countries. Since its establishment in 2004, Facebook has faced numerous lawsuits in different countries. In almost all cases, Facebook has surrendered. Facebook is an American company. According to US law, if any defamatory information is published, it can be sued. If you lose a financial compensation case, you have to pay a huge amount of compensation. There was also a debate about who would pay the compensation for the case. But in a New York damages case, the court said Facebook could not avoid its liability. Facebook will have to pay compensation. The company has reportedly paid close to $8 billion in damages in the United States alone. The country that has been vocal against fake information, personal attacks, racism, hate crimes on Facebook, Facebook has been flexible towards them. Facebook has not voluntarily set up office in any country in the world. Did not pay taxes by self-motivation. Facebook has surrendered to the countries that strongly demanded Facebook to comply with their laws and regulations. In Brazil, a person posted a photo of a pregnant woman on Facebook. The woman filed a complaint against the individual for violating her personal privacy. The Brazilian court ordered Facebook to remove the photo as per the complaint. However, Facebook rejected the court's decision. Consequently, the court directed the government to instruct Facebook to suspend its activities if it failed to comply with the court's order. The government instructed Facebook to establish its own office in Brazil within one month. Within 21 days, Facebook set up its office in Brazil and they removed that photo too. A U.S. Senator referred to a Mexican minister as a drug trafficker in his statement. A Mexican citizen who immigrated to the United States gave a status on Facebook with this statement. The minister takes legal action, and the Mexican government takes a strong stance. Finally, the issue is resolved, and Facebook establishes an office in Mexico. Previously, a comment was made referring to Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, as a hub for sex business. The Thai government immediately banned Facebook. Within two days, Facebook seeks forgiveness and pledges to establish its own office in Thailand within three months. There are many similar examples. When Facebook or YouTube operates in a country, they must adhere to the laws of that country. Accountability is essential to ensure a response. As long as they do not come under accountability, they are out of touch. Facebook is a business organization. It earns billions of dollars annually from Bangladesh. Previously, they did not pay any VAT or taxes. Due to the initiative of the Prime Minister's ICT Advisor and the appropriate steps taken by the NBR, now Facebook is paying some VAT and taxes in Bangladesh. However, there are still allegations of a significant amount of tax evasion against the organization. In Bangladesh, a Digital Security Act is in place, but it is as ineffective as a paper tiger. It only causes harassment to the opposition, and it fails to control cyber terrorists. To control cyber terrorists, a data protection law is necessary. It exists in all developed countries. Recently, the largest democratic country in the world, India, is in the process of enacting the ‘Guidelines on Ethics in Digital Media Code’ as a law. The country's Minister of Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, has stated, ‘This policy aims to make social media more accountable and responsible within its jurisdiction.’ According to these guidelines, any complaint related to cybersecurity must be addressed by Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter within 72 hours. Any objectionable content of this nature must be removed within 24 hours. ‘This policy of the Indian government has been welcomed,’ said Ajit Mohan, the Managing Director of Facebook in India. He expressed respect for India's law and stated, ‘There is no alternative to complying with it.’ While in India, the tech giants are being brought under scrutiny, the situation in Bangladesh is different, with their relevant ministries remaining silent. I have been hearing for a long time that the Ministry of ICT is working on the Data Protection Act. But it's not happening. Minister of State for ICT focuses on profitable projects. What are the benefits of making a law? Recently, the government has taken the initiative to create guidelines called "Regulation for Digital, Social Media, and OTT Platforms 2021" and sought opinions from stakeholders. Facebook has provided their opinion on this matter. The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is examining 45 opinions regarding the policy. Of these, 33 opinions are from Meta or Facebook. Those who do not have an office in Bangladesh, who are beyond the jurisdiction of the country's law, do they have the right to express their opinions? Why is there so much reluctance in the government, ministers and authorities in bringing Facebook, YouTube under the purview of the law? Is this for the sake of propaganda against the government and the state? Instead of opposing movements, they are confusing the people through the false propaganda of social media. Embarrassing the government.
The outcry of some demons on social media have unsettled the people of the country. If Sheikh Hasina declares firmly that she will not buy anything from the country that imposes sanctions, why can't the ministers muster the courage to say that they will not allow anyone to do business in Bangladesh if they don't have offices here, including Facebook and YouTube? Why do the ministers feel embarrassed to send such a warning message to Facebook and Google? Or do they have some other hidden agenda?
Sometimes I really like BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. He often reveals the truth unintentionally or his face says it all. For example, last Saturday (13th May) during a gathering in Paltan, he said, "A storm is coming. Strong waves are approaching Bangladesh. Today, not only a natural storm but also a political storm is coming. When Mirza Fakhrul was cheering "A storm is coming," the people of the country were anxious, worried, and fearful. Coastal residents were leaving their houses to settle in shelters. The Meteorological Department had issued a Level 10 warning. Storms, cyclones, and tornadoes are not happy occasions. They bring destruction, death, fear, tears, and suffering. But the BNP Secretary General seemed to be thrilled by this catastrophe. A political party that believes in people's rights can never wish for people's misery. But Mirza Fakhrul expressed anticipation of people's suffering through this political storm. The people of this country are not unfamiliar with natural disasters such as Sidor, Aila, and Mokha, as well as political storms in the name of terrorism, violence, arson, and unconstitutional rule.
Political storms can be of two types. One type is temporary and short-lived, like the political tornadoes in 2014 and 2015. During these unfortunate events, violence broke out, homes were destroyed, and educational institutions were set on fire. People lost their lives in the chaos. However, these storms did not last long. The other type is a long-lasting political storm, like the one in 2007 known as "One-Eleven." This turmoil engulfed Bangladesh for two years. So, did the BNP General Secretary indicate bringing another one-eleven? The BNP has been relentlessly striving to bring about another "One-Eleven" in the country for the past few months. They want to create a situation similar to the previous turmoil and overthrow the Awami League government. Visible indications of an impending unelected government can also be observed in Bangladesh's politics. Recently, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made some explosive remarks in an interview with BBC. During her visit to the United Kingdom, she granted an exclusive interview to BBC journalist Yalda Hakim. In that interview, Sheikh Hasina stated, "Perhaps the United States does not want to see me in power, hence they have imposed sanctions on the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), the special security force in Bangladesh." This statement by the Prime Minister is significant and indicative. The strain in the relationship between the United States and Bangladesh has now become evident. After concluding the visits to the three countries, a press conference was held at Ganabhaban (Prime Minister's residence) on Monday (15th May). In that press conference, without mentioning the name of the United States, she announced that we will not buy anything from countries that put sanctions on us. It is evident that Sheikh Hasina has indirectly indicated the United States with this statement. During the press conference, the Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police stated that the ambassadors of four countries will no longer receive additional protocol or security privileges. In the evening, the Foreign Minister made a similar announcement. The nature and process of the decision were confusing. Without understanding or comprehending, it started creating chaos. The BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) criticized this decision by the government. In protest, the BNP also announced a demonstration program. You don't need to be a researcher to understand the secret of BNP's unconditional love for the US. Once some communists in Bangladesh were pro-Moscow, while others were pro-China. At that time, there was a popular joke in Bangladesh politics. The joke was as follows: "If it rains in Moscow, the communists in Bangladesh hold umbrellas." When Ziaur Rahman came to power, he started the canal-building program. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs used to invite diplomats from various countries to attend this event. Some diplomats, under the guise of courtesy, participated in this event. One such event was attended by the then ambassador of the Soviet Union to Bangladesh. That’s it. The next day, the leaders of the Communist Party went down to cut the canal with spades around their waists, starting a humorous trend in politics. Even the Communist Party workers were surprised. Later, the leaders explained that they participated in the canal-building program due to tactical reasons. It was their way of protesting against the oppression faced by the banned leaders and workers of the Communist Party. BNP's reaction to withdrawing the Protocol or Escot is an expression of blind adherence to politics. What is actually the case? Many countries have embassies in Bangladesh. The ambassadors of all these embassies do not receive the same level of security and facilities. Some ambassadors of certain countries receive privileges like kings. When ambassadors from a few countries used to visit here and there, their security measures would increase in the name of the protocol. Not only the secretaries but even the ministers do not receive such protocol. The government has now stopped providing additional security to some such countries. All the measures that should be taken to ensure the security of an ambassador or an embassy are taken according to the Vienna Convention of 1961. This is a natural and normal step by the government. However, a minister and the police commissioner organized a press conference in a way that made it seem like a terrifying incident had occurred and BNP saw an opportunity. Without further ado, they started lamenting about it as if the whole security system of ambassadors, including the United States, had been withdrawn. Is the BNP desperate to gain the trust of the US Embassy when the government is in open tension with the US? Because in Bangladesh, all unconstitutional powers were replaced by the direct or indirect influence of the United States. However, the BNP seems to have forgotten that during their rule, a serious attack was carried out in Sylhet on High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury of the United Kingdom. Amnesia has now become prominently visible within the BNP. They not only forget the failure to ensure the security of foreign diplomats but also overlook their own failures. Load shedding, Hawa Bhaban corruption, the rise of terrorists and militants like Bangla Bhai, the incidents of 10-truck arms smuggling, the grenade attack on August 21, the syndicate in the market—everything has been erased from the memory of BNP leaders. Or perhaps they deliberately choose to forget all these. If they were to remember what the BNP did from 2001 to 2006, no BNP leader would have the audacity to speak with such confidence. They wouldn't have been able to hold their heads up in shame. The list of BNP leaders' forgetfulness includes the incident of One-Eleven. For this reason, they are again trying to bring such an unelected government to power. BNP leaders may think that if such a government comes, it will push the Awami League aside, and the BNP will enjoy the comfort. But the situation is not like that. Unelected government is the adversary of politics, an obstacle to the economy, and an enemy of the general public. Let me clarify a bit with some "nostalgic" memories. In 2007, under the leadership of Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed, the unelected government seized power and attacked politics first by arresting politicians in a biased manner. It was the beginning of a dirty game to prove the dishonesty of politicians. Powerful media was used to assassinate the character of politicians. Political leaders were arrested and brutally tortured without charge. The books "Kaaragar-e Kemon Chilam" by BNP's late leader Barrister Moudud Ahmed and "Karagar-e Lekha Onusmriti, Je Katha Bola Hoini" by Awami League's General Secretary Obaidul Quader leave a chilling impact on anyone who reads them. If the leaders of the Awami League and BNP were arrested, they would be taken to torture cells. They would be subjected to merciless torture. BNP was then a departing party from power, and Awami League was the opposition party. But the army-backed caretaker government did not spare the Awami League leaders either. Rather, Awami League President Sheikh Hasina was arrested before Begum Zia. So, if the BNP thinks that a civil government will come and pamper them like a son-in-law, they are living in a fool’s paradise. If a caretaker government comes, politics will be expelled from Bangladesh. Democracy will be buried. The economy will be destroyed. Dr. Fakhruddin's caretaker government did not just arrest political leaders. They were looking for some spineless servants in politics. The 1-11 government tried to implement the blueprint of breaking up the two main political parties with these servants. The caretaker government of the Eleventh Government had tried to implement the dark desire of dividing the two main political parties by formulating the minus formula to remove the two popular leaders from politics unconstitutionally to strengthen their power. Interestingly, those who fought for that army-backed government then, those who were hated as reformists then, and those who tarnished politics - are now the most vocal in their demand for a caretaker government. Many of those who were oppressed in BNP during 1-11 are now cornered. Reformists are now in the driving seat of BNP. Greedy leaders who used to sit at the feet of army intelligence during One-Eleven are now the ones who clamor the most to throw out the government. So, are they on a mission to complete the unfinished agenda of one-eleven? What is one-eleven? In my opinion, turning Bangladesh into a dependent and puppet state of the West is the main concept of One-Eleven. If we analyze the rule Fakhruddin-Moin U Ahmed, it becomes evident that there was an attempt to make the country dependent on foreign powers at that time. The driving force of the country's economy is the private sector. At that time, a sinister game began against the entrepreneurs of the private sector. Large industrialists were immediately arrested right from the beginning. The alleged list of top corrupt individuals was both alarming and a clear disregard for the law. This list marked the beginning of unchecked extortion in the country. Without considering the country's laws, businesses began to face extortion in various forms. Industrial establishments were subjected to arbitrary arrests, and they faced threats of hefty financial demands. Many people, out of fear for their dignity, handed over their hard-earned money to national extortionists. Some fled the country, crying in despair at the merciless destruction from afar. Someone stopped business and waited for dawn. During the time of One-Eleven national terrorism resulted in an extortion of 10 trillion takas from private accounts. The highest court of the country declared this fund collection illegal. However, despite the directives of the highest court, the businessmen and industrialists have not yet recovered the money. Agriculture is a major pillar of Bangladesh's economy. Our agriculture also suffered greatly under the storm of a caretaker government. Due to the high cost of fertilizer and shortage, irrigation stopped due to lack of electricity, our farmers were in serious crisis. Frustrated with the unjust situation, they protest by throwing potatoes on the streets. When farmers are struggling to survive, the current Defense Minister hosts a lavish potato festival at a five-star hotel. Educational institutions turned into prisons. The entire nation was humiliated by tying ropes around teachers' waists. The common people confront a dire situation. In the grip of an oppressive condition, the entire country is pushed into a state of terror. On February 5, 2007, a message from the American diplomat reaches Washington, stating, "Since the new government took over, 43,000 people have been arrested by a joint force consisting of the police, paramilitary forces, and the army." (Source: One-Eleven Bangladesh 2007-2008, Page: 197). The lower courts were controlled by the military-backed government. Even when the High Court granted bail, human rights activists like Dr. Kamal Hussain protested against it. Those who complain about human rights in Bangladesh today did not protest it that day but rather supported it. The United States did not impose any sanctions on Bangladesh at that time. Rather, they expressed their approval. Apart from a few enlightened politicians and intellectuals, no one supported that military-backed government. So, does the BNP want to bring back that situation to the country?
A cyclone or natural disaster provides some indications before its impact. Similarly, the advent of a political storm can be understood through certain events. In Bangladesh, another political storm is looming, and the first sign of a political catastrophe is political instability. There is currently uncertainty and instability regarding the upcoming national parliamentary elections in Bangladesh. BNP has declared to bring a heated situation in politics. If the BNP resorts to violence, protests, and arson attacks, it will accelerate the catastrophe. The failure of the ruling party is also a major reason behind the creation of such a situation. Within them, some groups secretly welcome such disasters. The Awami League has been in power for more than 14 years. However, at this time, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is solely responsible for all responsibilities. No one else seems to have any role. A large part of the ministers is incompetent. Some are deeply involved in corruption. A state minister gave an explosive interview to some media a few days ago. There he spoke candidly about ministerial syndicates, corruption and failure. Unrest within the government is becoming evident. Within the government, there are opportunists and sycophants who are not providing accurate information to the Prime Minister. The conspirators who are undermining the administration are gradually being exposed. The ruling Awami League leaders and workers are suffering from complacency. Awami League is in thought that Sheikh Hasina will bring them to power again. The condition of the party is miserable. The extent to can be understood only by looking at Gazipur and Barisal City Corporation. All these are the pre-indicators of an unelected government. The undisputed mastermind of the unelected government is civil society. They are actually agents of the Western powers. They do everything according to the orders of their Lord. Now, without any obstacles, they have taken the field. The power-hungry civils is doing everything to destabilize the government. They are being supported by the most powerful state in the world. Those who have no concern for Bangladesh anymore. They want to corner the government on the issues like democracy, human rights, etc. They are conspiring against the government. The psychological warfare of the United States with the government is now evident. It is also an indication of an unelected government taking power. It was these diplomats who played a major role in bringing about One-Eleven.
However, to strike a one-eleven the country's armed forces need to be deployed. Every time an undemocratic regime has come to the country in the past, a certain misguided faction of the military played a role. The armed forces of Bangladesh are now more professional and globally recognized than ever before. They represent the sovereignty of the country from a neutral standpoint. Due to the absence of such confusion, they have not intervened in the past 14 years. That is why there is doubt that such a disaster might not hit Bangladesh. Another reason for hope is the courage, determination, and political foresight of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. She possesses the political wisdom and expertise necessary to handle such crises effectively. As a result of her leadership, Bangladesh was freed from the turmoil of One-Eleven. It was because of her, the political cyclones of 2014 and 2015 did not last long.
The sky is dense with clouds. Just as nature becomes turbulent before the arrival of the monsoon, the situation in Bangladesh is also similar now. Will Sheikh Hasina be able to handle it? In the end Mokha did not hit Bangladesh. It changed its course. Crossing over the border of Saint Martin it hit Myanmar. Bangladesh is saved from major disaster. Will political storms also change their course in the same way?
the morning of April 4th, I woke up to some sad news. There was a fire in the
Bangabazar area. At first, I didn't realize the severity of the fire, but I was
shocked to see the flames on television. By midday, around 5000 shops in
one of the biggest wholesale markets were burnt to ashes. Thousands of
businessmen were left devastated. Investigation into the cause of the fire has
begun, but there is still debate on whether it was an accident or an act of
sabotage. Nevertheless, several investigation committees have been formed to
look into the matter. But can be said in advance what the investigation
committee will report. The blame game will begin. People will get annoyed and
will feel helpless. Many residents of Dhaka city consider it to be a 'death
pit'. That number will rise. Anyone can get into an accident at any time in
this city. It seems like there are no guardians in this unsafe, deathly city.
It can be said until now that 2023 is the year of civil emergencies and
accidents. There are incidents of explosions and fire one after another. The
citizens' anxiety and agitation are increasing. Insecure, frightened people are
losing faith in the government and becoming angry. After each explosion and
fire incident, questions arise in people's minds about what the government is
doing. Political parties opposed to the government are now speaking out,
claiming that the government has failed to provide safety to the public. And
some officials sitting inside the government are satisfied with trivial
accomplishments and are covering up the crisis, saying that there are no signs
of destruction or danger. So, Bangladesh is now a country of accidents. In this
country every week some buildings, big markets are on fire. This is what some
people want to prove? Are these fires and explosions to destroy public
confidence in the government and create anger? After Science Laboratory,
Siddikbazar, if anyone calls the Bangbazar fire incident a mere accident, then I
suspect that he is also involved in this conspiracy. This destruction is part
of the multi-dimensional conspiracy taking place in Bangladesh regarding the
election. If the government cannot find the root cause of these incidents, then
even more horrific events may occur in the future. This is an excellent weapon
to weaken and embarrass the government. It makes it easy for people to form
negative opinions about the government. It is one of the easiest ways to impose
the idea of government failure among the public. This is why the BNP-Jamaat
alliance chose the path of arson and terrorism in 2013-2015. They attempted to
establish a reign of terror through petrol bombs, bus fires, and terrorism. It
created a sense of fear among the people, and the people lost their trust in
the government. The problem is that if a political party destroys peace and
stability in the name of its political agenda, then the responsibility falls
directly on the shoulders of the activists. From 2013 to 2015, the BNP was
responsible for arson and violence against people, causing frustration among
the population. Their protests were rejected by the public, and as a result,
that violent political agenda has become extinct. Not just the BNP and
Jamaat-e-Islami, but all political parties now avoid violent political programs.
Violence, terror, and arson have departed from the strategy of the political movement;
But has it now returned in the form of accidents and sabotage? Opposing parties
in political campaigns are often discredited when they resort to violence and
aggression. In addition, sudden explosions and fires raise questions about the
government's competence and accountability. Therefore, it must be investigated
whether there are any efforts underway to weaken the government through these
incidents. Because the weaker the government is before the election, the more
difficult it becomes to hold the election. Which in open the door for an
unelected and unconstitutional government to come to power.
Fire not only rages in the Bangabazar but also in the commodity market. People's uproar over the prices of goods during fasting is often heard. The government has no control over the market. Some irresponsible statements by some ministers are about to shatter people's patience. One minister said, "Now the price of commodities is under control. The price of goods is at a tolerable level." After listening to that statement, I was just out of words. It again proves that most of the ministers who became ministers in 2019 are mostly incompetent and irresponsible. On the same day the minister announced his unprecedented discovery of the tolerable level of commodity prices, the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics reported that the inflation rate in March was close to 10 (9.33). And another minister made a fuss about this inflation. As the inflation rate did not increase by 10 percent, he expressed gratitude to the creator. If the creator controls inflation, then what is the government's job? What is the need of so many ministers-bureaucrats? The uncontrolled rise in commodity prices is as horrific as the fire in the Bangabazar market. The difference is that the fire in Bangabazar is visible, but the fire in the market for commodities cannot be seen with the naked eye. Especially those in power can pretend not to see this fire. The fire in Bangabazar was extinguished by the fire brigade with water. But how would you control the fire of commodity price? The fire in Bangabazar was limited to a specific area. However, the fire in the commodity market is uncontrollable. This fire has spread from the lower class to the middle class and is now affecting the upper class as well. The situation of commodity prices is not only due to global conditions, there is corruption, the greed of some businessmen, and the existence of syndicates. Some government institutions are conducting campaigns in the market, but these campaigns are poorly coordinated and ineffective, resulting in no visible positive impact in the market. But the worst thing is the tendency of some in the government to cover up the truth and reality. Recognizing the fact that the prices of goods are beyond the reach of the common man, it was important to determine what to do. This was not done. Many small positive actions could have been taken. For example, since the beginning of Ramadan this time the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock has sold meat, chicken, eggs, and milk at affordable prices. This initiative has been widely appreciated in Dhaka city. Daily necessities such as rice, lentils, and oil have been sold at low prices through TCB. If the Ministry of Agriculture took some initiative, then vegetables and fruits could be sold at reasonable prices. During the pandemic, a project called 'Farmers' Market' was praised, where farmers sold their agricultural products directly. The prices of these products were low and the quality was also good. The 'Farmers' Market' was widely popular among the people. But this time the Ministry of Agriculture has not taken any innovative steps of this kind. But why? Sadly, there is no explanation to it.
Concerned coordinated efforts could control the inferno of the commodity market, but it has not been possible. The responsibility for the fire in the commodity market directly falls on the government's shoulder. The common people are not interested in what is happening in the world. They are also not enthusiastic to compare Bangladesh with the commodity price situation of the world. The common people just want to survive on their income. It is the responsibility of the government to address this issue. A few irresponsible incompetent ministers, sycophantic bureaucrats and opportunistic businessmen in the government have made the commodity price situation intolerable. Some of them are not even providing accurate information and are giving false information to the prime minister. As a result, a distance is being created between the government and the people. Commodity prices have been made a tool in the conspiracy about the upcoming elections. This issue has been changed from 'national' to 'international'. Here too, the government could not show enough competence and maturity to control the situation. A section of civil society wants to use commodity prices as a weapon against the government. In 1974, artificial famine and commodity prices were used as tools against the Bangabandhu government. It was while implementing that blueprint that Basanti drama was arranged. This time also some newspapers are trying to stage the same drama. And the government stepped into the trap of that civil controlled newspaper. However, I think using that newspaper, it is actually a conspiracy of civil society. The government fell into that trap and has suffered more losses in the incident than benefits. That newspaper is now getting almost 'hero' status nationally and internationally despite misreporting and committing crimes. Just as a snake will bite if you step on its tail, only time will tell whether the government has put itself in danger by stepping on the tail of civil servants. But now it can be said that some pro-civilian officials who are lurking inside the government are embarrassing and cornering the government. The newspaper should be sorry and ashamed for misreporting, slandering freedom, child abuse. But instead of that the publication of this false, inflammatory information is now being branded as 'fearless journalism'. They have caught the attention of the international world through this. They have been able to successfully promote in the world that the media of Bangladesh is being harassed due to reports on hunger, scarcity, commodity prices. In other words, the government of Bangladesh does not allow the media to report about scarcity, hunger. If someone dares to speak out against such things, they are labeled as 'traitors.' They are targeted by harsh and controversial laws such as the Digital Security Act and at the end of this propaganda, the discussion of 'elections' arises. Eventually, it is said that the government is cracking down on opposition voices to maintain power. They are not allowing the media to express their opinions. They are misusing the controversial laws. The government is becoming a criminal without doing anything and on the other hand and despite committing crimes, the mouthpieces of the civil society has become the conscience of the nation, patriots. The course of events following an irresponsible, deliberately inflammatory media report on March 26 has seen a clear backsliding by the government. Trapped. Bewildered. I have some questions about this. The government has said that the newspaper has committed the crime of child abuse. So why did the digital security law case against them instead of child abuse case? Several influential ministers of the government have claimed that the newspaper has compromised the independence. They have attempted to create another Basanti Drama, which is treason. So, why has this issue been debated and criticized under the Digital Security Act, instead of being treated as a case of treason? Why did law enforcement officers go to the journalist's house to arrest him in the middle of the night in this case? Would the Mahabharata have been deemed impure if they had waited till morning. I think there is a powerful group within the government that is conspiring from within. They are creating conspiracies within the government. The same thing can be seen in the case of Dr. Muhammad Yunus. His financial investigation and the cases of worker exploitation are not making any progress. This is also like stepping into the tail of the snake. Dr. Yunus is engaging in international diplomacy over this matter. The government is not able to properly deal with the propaganda of Dr. Yunus. These events will have an impact before the next elections and a glimpse of that was seen in the incident centered on the civil controlled newspaper. The newspaper and its editor were made 'courageous fighters' in a planned manner. This is not the first time. Civils’ mouthpiece Bengali and English newspapers have been made 'national heroes' several times under the patronage of some government circles. A journalist of this newspaper was caught stealing in the secretariat. At that time, it was right to release her on her bond. But instead of doing that, she was detained for a few hours and the 'thief' was made a 'hero'. Even though she committed the crime of theft, the international media called the journalist brave and persecuted for receiving a "medal." The editor of a civil-controlled English newspaper went on a talk show and confessed to the crime that, he got the information from DGFI and disclosed it without verifying it. In the context of that false, baseless information, Awami League leader Sheikh Hasina was arrested. Any editor who makes such a confession quits the profession or goes into voluntary exile. Lose the moral rights of journalism. But the over-enthusiastic Awami clumsy people did such a childish act after that incident that the ‘Agent editor of intelligence agencies' rose from the gutter and sat on his seat. These events may seem isolated. It may seem that the government and the Awami League lack judgment, intelligence and skill. But actually, it is planned and part of the blueprint for rigging election. Agents of civil society and neo-Moshtakas in the government are doing this knowingly. The agents and conspirators must be identified. The prime minister made an official announcement about the newspapers she does not read. The newspapers who are the proponents of minus formula. Some minister-leaders of the Awami League government and the party becomes very proud and satisfied by writing columns in those newspapers. Conspirators can be identified only by making a list of who advertises there and attends their events. I believe that such incidents are being done to bring the mouthpieces of the civils both nationally and internationally under the footlights. After these incidents, two newspapers got a license to spread propaganda against the government and the country. Dr. Yunus also joined the anti-government campaign in Bangladesh. They realized that there was no one to catch them. The way their foreign coaches made noise after this incident, both the government and the people understood where their roots are. Before the election, cannons and other weapons were prepared to be used against the government. It is already known that several other cannons have been secretly prepared, which will be used in the propaganda of the upcoming election. Evidence of which has already been found. On April 4, when Bangabazar was burning, a virtual meeting of Kushilab of one-eleven and pro-BNP civil servants was held. Under the initiative of Sujon, a virtual roundtable discussion was held on "Competitive Elections, Constitutional Framework, and the Future of Democracy in Bangladesh". In that meeting, civil society declared a public position in favor of caretaker government system. The round table questioned the validity of the Fifteenth Amendment of the Constitution. The atmosphere of the entire round table was that there should be no elections in the country until the demand of a non-partisan neutral caretaker government is achieved. This roundtable discussion has made one thing clear – it is the civil society's master plan to derail the election by raising the demands of the caretaker government. The BNP is just a proxy. They are just supporting characters. The real players on the field are the Civils. They were fielded by their Western masters. The noteworthy point is that the western region, Sushil, and BNP are now united. Western countries are not officially backing the caretaker government's demands. They say that the next election should be participatory, free, fair and impartial. They have informed the government and Election Commission that if BNP does not participate in the election, then the election will not be accepted. Civils say that the current government does not want to conduct fair and impartial elections. This government does not allow freedom of expression. The misuse of the Digital Security Act is taking place. There is the issue of the ‘disappearance’ drama. Therefore, a neutral atmosphere must be created before the election. Some of them are even giving 'Fatwas' to the effect that there is no harm even if the election is delayed for two years. And just like parrots, BNP is saying what the civils and their western lords have taught them. They are saying that they will not participate in the election without an impartial caretaker government. That’s it. After saying this, they are having iftar party in five-star hotels while strolling around with carefree attitudes. In my opinion they are just a 'cog' in the blueprint of the conspiracy. Or a puppet in a puppet show. They are happy to dance in whatever way they are being pulled, as the BNP's sole aim is to remove the Awami League from power, not to sit in power themselves. Civils and their followers want to raise their voices for fair elections to ensure uncertainty in the upcoming elections. To achieve this, the government needs to be weakened, unpopular, and vulnerable. The government must be separated from the people. That is why there is a fire in Bangabazar, a fire in the commodity market. This is why there is a suicidal tendency within the government. As the time of election is approaching, the government is getting trapped in the web of conspiracy. The flames of the conspiracy are burning within the government to destroy democracy. "Democracy" will burn to ashes like Bangabazar if there is no election. Will 'democracy' be saved from this fire?
On the night of March 27, one of my editor friends called
and informed on the phone that the American President Joe Biden had written a
letter to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. This letter was sent on the occasion
of the great Independence Day of Bangladesh on March 26. The editor said,
"For various reasons, this letter is important at this time." That's
all. I read the details of the letter from the American President in various
online newspapers to find out what was important in the letter. Before I could
find out what was important in the letter a pro-BNP teacher and intellectual
called and said, see Biden’s letter. They have given an ultimatum for fair
election. This time it won’t be like 2014 and 2018. And what is the praise of
the leader. Read well. Then he kind of burst out in laughter and said,
"Now even America is on our side. What will happen to the BNP?" I
remember saying this with a smile in the high-pitched breeze. I hung up the
phone reminding him that it is better not to laugh so loudly during the month
of Ramadan. There was only one letter from the US president but this same
letter pleased both Awami League and BNP. Both sides think that the message of
this letter is in their favor. What a charisma. Both Awami League and BNP
consider this letter as their victory. This is like the secret of the Mona
Lisa's smile from 500 years ago. Leonardo da Vinci began painting this famous
painting in 1503 and 1504. He began working on this artwork at the request of a
wealthy Florentine merchant. The businessman wanted a portrait of his wife,
Lisa Del Gherardini. At the time of the naming, 'Mona' was used as a term of
address for women. Now, just like using Miss or Mrs., 'Mona Lisa' is the naming
convention used with the addition of Lisa. It is believed that Leonardo worked
on the painting for more than ten years. The 'Mona Lisa' by Leonardo da Vinci
is globally renowned and one of the reasons for its attractiveness is the
mysterious 'smile'. Using the perspective and the work of chiaroscuro, Vinci
created a unique smile that creates a type of optical illusion. Whenever the
viewer looks directly at the Mona Lisa, the face appears to be smiling.
However, when the viewer's gaze is fixed on the smile, it becomes invisible.
There are two different interpretations of the Mona Lisa's smile. Some believe
it to be a happy smile while others believe it to be a sad one. This debate has
been ongoing for 500 years. Biden's letter has also created a mystery. The
message and purpose of this letter creates a mystery. What was the meaning of
this letter? The debate will continue for a long time. At least until the next
First of all, the question that arose in my mind is why letters in this age? Joe Biden could have called the Prime Minister on Independence Day. The White House could have issued a statement congratulating Bangladesh on Independence Day. White House officials regularly issue such statements on behalf of US presidents. Just a few days ago, on Victory Day (December 16), a statement of congratulations was issued by the US President on behalf of the United States. Governments and heads of state of different countries also send greeting cards or souvenirs on such occasions. But why did Biden write a letter instead? In political science, "authentication" or "documentation" is a widely used word. Documenting or keeping records for the future is a political strategy. Does the White House want to use it as a reference in the future? Is it for this purpose, their wishes have been sent in the form of a written letter? The United States wants to authenticate it for whatever reason or for whoever it is written for. My second question is about protocol. The President usually sends greetings, condolences, or other messages to the counterparty. If a formal greeting message is sent on Bangladesh's Independence Day, it will be sent to the President. However, President Biden sent a letter to the Prime Minister. There is a logical reason for this. Since the American President is the head of government while in Bangladesh, the Prime Minister holds executive power. Therefore, it is natural for the country's head of government to receive a message from the American President on important issues. That is why this letter is important. It is not just a casual greeting but an important message. That is why Mr. Biden sent the letter to the Prime Minister, not the President.
I have another delusion regarding the letter issue. On March 21, Biden sent a congratulatory message to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, which was sent to the Prime Minister through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Generally, when important people around the world send congratulatory messages or make phone calls, the Prime Minister's office or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces and publicizes it. The phone call of former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Prime Minister was also announced from the Prime Minister's office. On various days, telephone calls from the Prime Minister of India or the Prime Minister of Pakistan, greetings are officially announced by the Prime Minister's Office. Again, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs gives official information about the greetings of the UN Secretary General or the communication of international personalities. But no one from the Bangladesh government has released any information about Joe Biden's letter on March 21. Neither the Prime Minister's Office, nor the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The US president is the most powerful person in the world. He has sent a letter to the Prime Minister; this is very important news. Does the Ministry of External Affairs think this is an unimportant matter, so there is no need to report it to the media? Or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is uncomfortable with this letter and that’s why they didn't want to publicize it? Apparently, the US Embassy waited until March 27. Since Biden's letter was on March 26, the US embassy did not delay after the occasion. They released the entire letter to the media. Although it may seem unimportant to the bureaucrats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but it seems very important to the US diplomats in Baridhara. More importantly, the message given to the Prime Minister through the letter, the US wants to convey that message to the people as well. For this, the letter was published by the US Embassy in the media.
Another question regarding this letter is why was it sent on March 21 instead of March 26? Bangladesh Independence Day is on March 26th. It is said that this letter is to convey greetings on Independence Day. So why was this greeting letter sent five days earlier? I have tried to find a reason for this. On March 20, the United States released a report on human rights. The next day, Biden sent this letter. Bangladesh was criticized in the human rights report. The government was accused of several issues in an unfair and irrational manner. The 2018 election was also questioned in that report. Then came the letter from the American president. Is this letter a supplementary? The greeting for Independence Day is just an excuse? In fact, in light of the Human Rights Report, Joe Biden informed the Prime Minister in brief about American expectations. That's what this letter is for. There are more reasons for this idea. On March 21, the day after this letter, the US ambassador invited Awami League leaders to lunch on March 22. Dressed in suit coats, six leaders led by the Awami League General Secretary met for lunch. There, the US ambassador spoke about the upcoming elections. He reiterated the hope and desire of the US that the election be free, fair and impartial. So, is Biden's letter a type of pressure? To officially inform the government of the intention of the United States regarding the upcoming elections and Independence Day has only been chosen as a day to express the United States' desire or opinion.
Now we can try to find the meaning of this letter. Before looking into the meaning of the letter and its purpose, let's see what the letter contains. In the letter written by Biden, it is said, ‘On behalf of the United States, I wish you and the people of Bangladesh a happy Independence Day. The Bangladeshi people understand deeply the value of freedom and independence as they fought courageously in 1971 to choose their own fate and to speak their own language.’ The letter further states, ‘As Bangladesh approaches its next election, I am reminded of the deep value both of our nations’ people place on democracy, equality, respect for human rights, and free and fair elections.’ Biden's letter applauded Bangladesh's demonstrated commitment as the largest contributor to peacekeeping operations. The letter said, ‘We applaud Bangladesh’s demonstrated commitment to protecting the most vulnerable as the largest contributor to peacekeeping operations. We thank Bangladesh for cohosting the Global Action Plan ministerial that significantly elevated the political commitment to end the global pandemic.’ The letter praised the provision of shelter to Rohingya refugees. At the end of the letter, referring to the diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and the United States, the US President wrote, ‘In over 50 years of diplomatic relations, the United States and Bangladesh have achieved a lot together — advancing economic development, strengthening people-to-people ties, addressing global health and climate issues, partnering on the humanitarian response to Rohingya refugees, and committing to a prosperous, secure, democratic, and independent Bangladesh. On this day of celebration, please accept my sincere wishes to you and the people of Bangladesh. Joy Bangla!’
The letter from the American President is divided into three parts. Firstly, the desire of the United States for the people of Bangladesh, human rights and democracy has been discussed. In particular, the expectation that the next national parliament elections should be free, fair and impartial is openly stated in the letter of the US President. But whether it is an expectation or a command is as mysterious as the Mona Lisa's smile.
Secondly, Bangladesh's importance and success on the global stage have been highlighted in the letter. Bangladesh's leadership and various issues have been praised in the international community, including its peacekeeping mission and humanity towards the Rohingyas.
Thirdly, the 50-year diplomatic relationship between Bangladesh and the United States has been discussed in the letter.
However, above all, two issues of the letter have become the topic of discussion in Bangladesh politics. One is, 'Free and fair next election' and at the end of the letter 'Joy Bangla'. BNP leaders and supporters believe that the United States is very serious about this election. They want to see the upcoming elections of Bangladesh free and fair at any cost and it is not possible without the participation of BNP. There is enough logic behind such statements of BNP leaders and activists. For two years, the United States has been constantly talking about elections. The US position regarding the 2018 elections is now clear. The latest human rights report by the United States has mentioned flaws about this election. The incumbent US President expressed the ultimate desire of the US regarding the upcoming election. In a democratic system, elections are a competitive process. Participation of multiple political parties is essential in this process. The Election Commission conducts this battle of votes or acts as a referee. Therefore, free, fair and impartial elections depend on the active and responsible behavior of all parties. BNP says that they will not participate in the next elections without a non-partisan caretaker government. If they stay away from the next election due to this demand, then that is their political decision. As a political party they can take such decision. But the question is, if the BNP and some parties boycott the election, will that election be acceptable? Similarly, if the Awami League and its allies declare that they will not participate in the election under a caretaker government, then how will the election be held? If the Awami League or BNP do not participate, will keeping the people away from exercising their voting rights be a democratic decision? If the election is held excluding the parties that are not willing to participate in the election and if it is free and fair and the people are able to vote for their preferred candidates peacefully and unhindered, wouldn't that election be acceptable? It is crucial that the answers to these questions are clarified. It is also necessary to know the US explanation in this regard. Otherwise, anyone can take democracy hostage and that effort is now clearly visible. Competition plays a major role in making elections fair and free. Awami League's main rival in terms of votes in Bangladesh is certainly BNP. Therefore, if BNP does not participate in the elections, then obviously the mood and attraction of the elections will decrease a lot. Many voters will lose motivation to vote after realizing what the outcome of the election is going to be. In such a situation it is easy to question the election. The BNP has relied on this easy tactic for more than sixteen years of being out of power. They believe that if they boycott the upcoming elections, it will not be internationally acceptable, and there will be uncertainty even before the elections. So, is there any way to prevent this from happening in the upcoming elections? Is the United States supporting them from behind? Is this why the US President hinted in a letter that the election would not be recognized if all parties did not participate? If the BNP continues to boycott, it will pave the way for unelected government and unconstitutional process to seize power. The countries, including the United States, which are talking about fair elections, should talk to the BNP about this. If the US really wants free, fair and impartial elections in Bangladesh, then it should take the initiative to bring BNP to the elections. What kind of provisions exist in the current constitution and election laws in Bangladesh? Where are the boundaries of the election commission? It is important to figure out how to keep the administration neutral in elections. The United States can also talk to the Election Commission about this. However, I think there is another motive behind putting the responsibility of fair elections on the ruling party alone without doing any of those things. Behind statements like the upcoming election in Bangladesh must be free, fair and participatory it is necessary to investigate whether there is actually a conspiracy to bring unconstitutional forces to power by thwarting the election.
What is the real intention behind the US Embassy's insistence on fair elections in the upcoming election? Is it to ensure a fair election or to restore a lost dominance in this region? Because the United States has become important again in Bangladesh by raising the voice of fair elections. To maintain this importance, the election issue was also mentioned in the Independence Day greetings. And at the end of the letter, the phrase "Joy Bangla" was used to create a sense of mystery, like Mona Lisa's smile. To prove that the United States is not targeting the Awami League, they are not trying to oust Awami League and they have no agenda in Bangladesh, the emotion 'Joy Bangla' has been used as a shield. This letter is nothing but an expression of desire to manifest American hegemony.
While India has reined in arbitrariness in the name of expression, summoning influential media outlets of international repute like the BBC, Bangladesh's Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, kneeling down and greeting Facebook. On May 11, Jasad's scientific revolutionary held a meeting with the employees of Facebook. He praised the people of Facebook and treated them like sons-in-law. However, he has not taken any initiative to stop the offensive, hateful, and character-assassinating content against the state. According to published reports, Facebook has stated that it will not open an office in Bangladesh. It has also stated that content monitoring is not feasible. Posts and Telecommunications Minister is quite delighted even with these objections of Facebook in Bangladesh. "Facebook is currently holding up to 40 percent of requests," he said.
Political storms can be of two types. One type is temporary and short-lived, like the political tornadoes in 2014 and 2015. During these unfortunate events, violence broke out, homes were destroyed, and educational institutions were set on fire. People lost their lives in the chaos. However, these storms did not last long. The other type is a long-lasting political storm, like the one in 2007 known as "One-Eleven." This turmoil engulfed Bangladesh for two years. So, did the BNP General Secretary indicate bringing another one-eleven? The BNP has been relentlessly striving to bring about another "One-Eleven" in the country for the past few months.
‘Starving Pakistan is burning in the flames of politics.’ This headline of Anandabazar newspaper tells everything about the current situation of the state of Pakistan. Pakistan exemplifies the outcome of a failed, terrorist state. The corrupt politicians, through their wicked politics, lead the country towards a dangerous catastrophe. The late leader of the Pakistan People's Party and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto once said in an interview with BBC, 'The fate of Pakistan's politics is not determined by its people, but by the military and the West.' Pakistan's military, whom they favor, places them on the throne.
There are incidents of explosions and fire one after another. The citizens' anxiety and agitation are increasing. Insecure, frightened people are losing faith in the government and becoming angry. After each explosion and fire incident, questions arise in people's minds about what the government is doing. Political parties opposed to the government are now speaking out, claiming that the government has failed to provide safety to the public. And some officials sitting inside the government are satisfied with trivial accomplishments and are covering up the crisis, saying that there are no signs of destruction or danger. So, Bangladesh is now a country of accidents. In this country every week some buildings, big markets are on fire. This is what some people want to prove? Are these fires and explosions to destroy public confidence in the government and create anger? After Science Laboratory, Siddikbazar, if anyone calls the Bangbazar fire incident a mere accident, then I suspect that he is also involved in this conspiracy. This destruction is part of the multi-dimensional conspiracy taking place in Bangladesh regarding the election. If the government cannot find the root cause of these incidents, then even more horrific events may occur in the future. This is an excellent weapon to weaken and embarrass the government.
First of all, the question that arose in my mind is why letters in this age? Joe Biden could have called the Prime Minister on Independence Day. The White House could have issued a statement congratulating Bangladesh on Independence Day. White House officials regularly issue such statements on behalf of US presidents. Just a few days ago, on Victory Day (December 16), a statement of congratulations was issued by the US President on behalf of the United States. Governments and heads of state of different countries also send greeting cards or souvenirs on such occasions. But why did Biden write a letter instead? In political science, "authentication" or "documentation" is a widely used word. Documenting or keeping records for the future is a political strategy. Does the White House want to use it as a reference in the future? Is it for this purpose, their wishes have been sent in the form of a written letter? The United States wants to authenticate it for whatever reason or for whoever it is written for.