The Cost of Current Political Chaos in Bangladesh
4 Pages Posted: 1 Jan 2014
Date Written: January 1, 2014
Bangladesh is a moderate Muslim country. It has emerged as a role model for many least developed countries in peaceful co-existence of diverse religious, cultural and ethnic groups. Inter-religious ties and amity are strong and peaceful in Bangladesh. The independence of Bangladesh in 1971 is more significant than that of many other countries of South Asia. We did not achieve our independence through table talks. We had to shed huge blood to achieve our victory in the battlefield to gain independence.
All sections of people including farmers, fishermen, businessmen, government service holders, students, teachers, military personnel, civil servants, political leaders, many other professionals and common men, irrespective of gender, fought against the Pakistani junta and finally achieved victory. Everybody had stakes in the 1971 liberation war. Political leaders were in the political field, civil servants and diplomats were engaged in policy-making and diplomacy to get foreign support. The military was in the battlefield to train the freedom fighters and fight the alien forces. Therefore, the whole nation is respectful to freedom fighters and recall every moment of the liberation war from 26th March to 16th December every year.
Our freedom struggle was not to achieve political independence only but also to build poverty and discrimination-free and prosperous Bangladesh where everybody will find no religious, cultural, racial and ethnic discrimination.
But after 42 years of independence what are we observing today? Politicisation of the liberation war, personal greediness to remain or to be in power, misinterpretation and misuse of law, rigid stance of political parties in the absence of compromising tendency, mutual respect and respect to opposition parties' non-conformist views have led us to a horrible socio-economic situation. Sufferings of general people reached a terrible stage where security of life and livelihood of general people is terribly ignored.
Keywords: Cost of political chaos in Bangladesh, Economic Loss of Bangladesh
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