Bangladesh - A failure of politics ?

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    The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party did all of us something of a favour on Thursday. It moved away, ever so slightly, from its 12-hour hartal and permitted the shutdown to come to an end after eleven hours. Now, that is not quite part of the tradition of political agitation in Bangladesh.
    We have systematically been led to believe -- and indeed have been convinced over the years -- that there is either a full scale hartal of six or twelve hours, depending on how strongly the party calling it feels about the situation, or there is no hartal at all. But now the BNP has let us in on the thought that hartals can on certain occasions be shortened, even if only for an hour. You could say that a certain liberalisation has come into the hartal tradition. Perhaps this unprecedented act will in course of time become a precedent for other parties to follow in the times before us.
    On a deeper analysis, though, we as a people -- and this despite the diversity of our individual and collective political beliefs -- are properly mystified by the reasons trotted out to explain this slicing away of an hour from what had been scheduled to be a 12-hour shutdown across the country. There was the matter of a diplomatic reception organised by an influential foreign mission in Bangladesh. And then there was the excitement of a cultural programme where a prominent visitor from abroad was expected to fly in and regale us with his ghazals.


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    Bangladesh as a nation has to mature.

    Right now, the attitude of the political parties is rather quixotic.

    The people also are very versatile and do not apparently stick to one profession.

    I met on another forum a self acclaimed Barrister, who is a one book wonder and now a cloth merchant or something!!
     
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    Much has been said on both sides of the border about the Agreements signed between India and Bangladesh.

    This article clarifies some of the 'sore' points as perceived by Bangladesh.

    It is of interest to know that Khaleda Zia, of the BNP, a party that is not so well inclined towards India, seems to have matured with political age.

    It is now for both sides to warm up this breaking of ice and move towards greater understanding,
     
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    Since history the smaller satellite states are made as a fight between two big players around . bangladesh by its own policies have made it this way , they need to realize what best suits them.

    what suits for mr x might be cancerous for mr y . bangladesh has to rise for that the general people has to rise about these political gameplays.
     
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    And here is the bellyaching of an ex Bangladeshi bureaucrat.

    It is interesting to note that poor bureaucrat is blind as a bat.

    He claims that Bangladesh got nothing out of MMS' visit.

    Maybe his forte is not economics or land survey. If he could count, he would realise the great concessions India has done by lifting trade tariffs especially on goods that are traditionally the backbone of Bangladesh economy.

    He also forgets that in the land exchange of enclaves, the territorial gain by Bangladesh is more than that of India. More enclaves have gone Bangladesh's way.

    If Transit to Nepal and Bhutan is minimal in volumes of trade, is India to boost Bangladesh's trade by manufacturing goods for them? Indeed, it for Bangladesh to prove to Nepal and Bhutan to be lucrative for trade. India can only be a facilitator by allowing transit.

    Has India been reciprocated by Bangladesh for transit to the NE of India? No!

    One could enumerate more concessions given by India, but then it is fashionable for some the world over to feel that they are being deprived and it is their birthright that their empty bowls be made brimming full without anything in return.

    What some Bangladeshis fail to realise is that Bangladesh is not quite material in India's strategic or economic well being, while on the other hand, for Bangladesh, India is!!
     
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    The frustration of the Islamists who are basically those who supported Pakistan in the Liberation, Razaakar and those Biharis who Pakistan refused to repatriate. Also, there are the Born Again Muslims fed and clothed by the Saudi coffer.

    They have aligned with the Opposition BNP, led by Khaleda Zia and hence the BNP is identified with these mullah morass of the worst variety wherein the find no qualms to be treacherous to the nation that feeds, clothes and educates them.

    Unless these mullah inspired marauders are harnessed and put in their place, Bangladesh will go the Pakistan way.

    As it is corruption and nepotism is the signature of Bangladeshi politics. The addition of the Islamist weirdo adds a new dimension that spirals the Bangladeshi politics into a unholy swamp of chaos and confusion that will only destabilise the country and halts its economic progress.
     
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