Tuesday, June 17, 2008

End Result of 1/11

By now, it's palpable that Hasina and Khaleda - both belligerent Begums would no longer remain behind the bars. They have already threatened CTG with a mass movement and keeping in mind their yet overwhelmingly prevailing supporters or activists who are poised to get to streets at the slightest chance available leading to unrest and havoc countrywide as was manifested before thanks to DU August incidence, CTG has now deviated from its hard line.

Although some of the corrupt people have already been convicted by court and sentenced and they are lamenting in jail cells, most of the big guns are still far from being proved guilty because of lack of sufficient compelling evidences. It has been speculated that they would be free soon on bail through an amendment of Emergency Act.

It's obvious by now that the attempt of CTG to conjure up a dominant third force in the political arena has failed miserably. At present the best CTG can do is to conduct election within their pledged time frame and handover power to the elected government. As there's no third force as powerful as BNP or AL, it's certain that either BNP or AL would assume power. So we are back to square one! We have fallen in a loop: Khaleda, Hasina, Khaleda, Hasina, Khaleda, Hasina.... (in between there may be some unelected governments)

I can vividly recall the backdrop of the so-called and much talked about 1/11. BNP-led 4 party alliance was resolved for getting to power by hook or by crook, trying to stage a farcical election on January 22 2007, ignoring the participation of main opposition party AL. Nazmul Huda, an influential individual in BNP, minister of the last regime, even made a statement in a conference with Khaleda present in person there, "our prime minister is now on leave, taking rest for a while. She will again lead the nation soon after the upcoming election". Such kind of fawning the flatterers were! On the contrary, AL was dogged in its determination to foil BNP's nicely sketched see-through conspiracy. Both party was greedy for power - grab it! By any means! No time to look at the greater interest of Bangladesh! Time of election! Another chance to plunder the rest of resources this country is left with after unbridled corruption of last regime!

Dhaka University (DU) had been closed for a couple of months due to political unrest and violence at campus. It was an unbearable situation. With no significant work to do apart from doing tuition, I had to pass that couple of months just worrying what was going to happen. No clue! The future seemed bizarrely bleak. A civil war was looming large. What a horrible scenario!

And then army-backed caretaker government rose to the occasion. I was greatly taken aback at the news of opening DU on Saturday, just after newly formed CTG assumed office on Friday! It seemed that everyone in Bangladesh except the crooked politicians heaved a sigh of relief. High hopes flooded everywhere. We were looking forward to better days this time around. CTG would rein corruption in because it would punish the corrupt politicians and bureaucrats. As was expected, CTG made a flying start with Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) putting top corrupt suspects in jails. This war on corruption culminated with the arrest of Khaleda with her two sweet sons and Hasina. Yes! This time these two would be taught a good lesson for their misdeeds, if not by themselves then by their cronies obviously with the connivance of the head of party.

Alas! How fool people like me are! Corruption and dishonesty with the help of apathy among commoners have found its root to such a deep level that corrupt people can now hope to regain their power.

It's a fiasco on the part of CTG. Of course, they tried but failed because of poor plan. Their effort has degenerated into a breath-taking drama, raising hopes among the common people and disappointing them in the long run.

It's almost the same bunch of people who plundered our country in their past regimes and we're going to have them again after election.

One possibility that the army can come out to the forefront and military rule may prevail in the future, can't be ruled out outright. It's true we have seen ugly face of democracy, but it's also true that we have seen uglier face of military rule - murder of Sheikh Mujib by the hands of some military officers, terrible tenure of Ershad.

In either way, the end result of 1/11 is a big zero!