Inside Politics

Are people trusted party workers entering politics?


It is said that generally, a highly educated person can read six thousand medium-sized books in a lifetime, but Mao Se Tung is an exception. He has read eleven thousand books. He is not just interested in bringing about a revolution in post-feudal society; for many, he is still relevant due to his intellectual dominance. Regarding Mao Se Tung's relationship with the party and society, his trusted comrade Chen Chang-Feng once told him, "We need workers capable of doing all kinds of work. Such workers who are trusted by the party and the people."

Bangladesh has crossed the golden jubilee of its independence. Currently, there is no shortage of any kind in Bangladesh, especially in terms of political parties. Various misconceptions have arisen in the public mind due to the leadership activities of these parties. Many believe that over the past 50 years, mainstream politics has transformed into the center of corruption.

Currently, even though there is no shortage of leaders in the mainstream political parties, trusted workers are still in short supply. Whether it's the Awami League or the BNP not being closely connected to the general public, conflicts within the Chhatra League, or the absence of Chhatra Dal’s movements on the streets, but present with forces during committee formation, suggests that the scarcity of trusted workers remains a concern, according to political analysts.

Mugdha Saha, who pursued his undergraduate and postgraduate studies from a Private university, candidly told Bangla Insider that he doesn't understand what is happening in politics in the country right now. He mentioned that the leaders are involved in politics for the people but are rarely seen in their constituencies unless it's election time. He also mentioned that within their own party, leaders tend to form groups. They give important committee positions like president and general secretary to their preferred individuals and distance themselves from those who ask questions or seek accountability. They keep such individuals at bay. Those who engage in flattery and are agreeable to typecasting are the ones favored in current politics. Saha concluded by saying that if you don't have a supporting pillar behind you, you won't be able to achieve much in politics. Becoming an MP or a minister is a distant dream and thinking of leading the party is a sin. Therefore, he questions for whose dream they writing their name in the political parties.

Most educated and intelligent young people, like Saha, are no longer interested in entering politics. Some don't want to engage in politics because they believe it can jeopardize their education and career prospects. Moreover, the current political environment is not conducive. As a result, educated and smart young individuals are more interested in indulging in fun activities, exchanging explicit sexual stories, engaging in arguments and conflicts, hurling insults at each other, watching sports if they are sports enthusiasts, and sharing opinions on social media. However, they rarely discuss political, social, or national issues. Some of them might discuss foreign politics, but they steer clear of domestic politics due to the toxic atmosphere in educated circles. The avoidance of mainstream politics by the educated segment of the population is seen as a triumph for unhealthy political practices, according to analysts.

Political and social analysts are saying that educated young individuals need to understand that not all political parties, leaders, or workers are corrupt. There are good people involved in politics too. If educated youth refrain from entering politics, the vacuum will be filled by less desirable individuals, which is already happening. Nature abhors a vacuum. By not participating, educated youth are indirectly contributing to the decline in mainstream political parties. The larger parties have been negatively affected due to the absence of committed and honest workers. The heavyweights in these parties, who lack dedication to the people and the country, have caused this deterioration.

However, there are some educated young people who have deviated from the right path. There are individuals who prioritize personal interests. Therefore, we need to carefully choose from among them. Some of them lack individuality, personal judgment, and are devoted to the party line. Yet, compared to the overall educated population, their numbers are low. Hence, it is essential for educated youth to bring about change because their hands hold the future of the nation. If recruitment in politics is dominated by dishonest and untrustworthy individuals, the consequences could be dire, according to analysts.