Saturday, June 28, 2008

Yellow Journalism challenges democracy

Jaundice tainted journalism serenades Manna, Ershad, Moeen and so on
A mirror image of decadent journalism…..

Monday, May 19, 2008

Dr Yunus: The liability of our pride

Report of Norwegian Newspaper Aftenposten on Grameen Phone
exploitation of workers
Grameen Phone, the milk-cow of Dr. Yunus, is in fact bilking it’s poor workers. The documentary, made by Danish journalist Tom Heinemann and to be aired on Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) Thursday evening, reveals shocking working conditions at the firms supplying Grameen Phone. Employees were shown working with hazardous chemicals and heavy metals virtually without any safety protection. This recent finding of labour scandal of Grameen Phone and Telenor consortium has cast a shadow on already controversial image of Dr Yunus.

Nobel Prize, particularly in peace has often been tainted with political intrigues which can be likened, in the context of Bangladesh, with the action plan of DUDAK. DUDAK is using it’s anti-graft campaign as a strategy to achieve it’s goal to decouple politics from public. Nobel Peace Prize, often seems to have a political agenda behind it’s peaceful façade. It gets mired in further controversies when an economist, instead of getting recognition for his giant contribution in economics, gets a peace prize.

Henry Kissinger has been indicted for war crime and bloody political conspiracies in Vietnam, Cyprus, Cambodia, Chile, East Pakistan and Bangladesh. He was the architect of ‘Operation Condor’ which unleashed killing, execution, disappearance and torture of hundreds of thousands of left political activists and intellectuals throughout Latin America in 70s. He received Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. Menachem Begin, in 1945 had dead or alive bounty of ₤10,000 on his head by British Imperial Administration in Palestine, won Nobel Peace Prize in 1978 with Anwar Sadat of Egypt for Camp David Peace treaty. The peace treaty has ever been collecting dust in the shelf of White House. Nobel Prize in Peace, literally, gave him the license of heinous crime to invade Lebanon and to slaughter hundreds of thousands of men, women and children in Sabra and Shatila refugee camps.

These are the few examples to expose the nobility and novelty of the Peace Prize. Dr. Yunus has joined the hall of fame of the global capitalist elites for turning poverty into a lucrative commodity for capital. To unmask his other face, take a snapshot of his recent choreography on our political stage when the curtain dropped to a mysterious end. But truly that is not the end. He is still lurking in the murky water of our post one-eleven politics. Remember, when DU campus exploded against present regime and then military sledge hammer came down ruthlessly on the teachers and students of DU, in frugally worded single sentence, our guardian angel expressed his reaction – ‘everything is going fine.’ During his recent visit to USA, Dr Yunus gave a keynote speech in front of the august audience of Commonwealth Club of California. Next day, he was speaking to a selected gathering of glamour-struck, myopic gold-fish Bangali community in USA. Please listen to these two speeches, if you can, which will help you diagnose the diabolic bipolarity of our Nobel Laureate Dr. Yunus.

Sunday, May 4, 2008


Recent comment of Sheikh Hasina on whitening black money by Dr. Kamal has created few ripples in the frigid political lake of Bangladesh. Public perception has, long ago, dumped Dr. Kamal as a politician. But we, the educated class, the sour milk of Civil Society, could not discover his duplicity until the nation was struck by the one-eleven conspiracy.

In fact in every critical juncture of our nation, his role has been largely obscured in mystery and often in conflict with his projected image. In 60s, as a rookie politician, he was parachuted into Awami League politics by an alliance of national and international interest groups to derail the forward march of Bangalee nationalism saturated with socialism and secularism. His role in 1971, 1975 and most recent pre and post one-eleven political contradictions bare his true political fangs. His latest joint venture political ploy, with prolific partners like Badruddoza, Sirajul Alam Khan, Ershad, Yunus and the civil-military bureaucracy, stokes public fear of lethal future of our democracy. He is the team lead to design and develop a greenhouse democracy which will be grown in the garrison and harvested by the army Generals. In this new role he had emerged as a ‘political cannibal’ by spearheading conspiracy of eliminating Awami League from political landscape of Bangladesh.

He is undoubtedly a much respected professional figure which gave him leverage to earn huge fortune. A list of his national and international corporate clientele would not only manifest his professional acumen, but also would help one map his political clout in international arena. Evading tax is corporate culture and Dr. Kamals are paid heftily to give this culture legitimacy. While he himself became a tax dodger, Badruddoza, his political partner, found no foul play in it. It is statistically true that Dr. Kamal is a merely a mole with respect to Giasuddins.

As opposed to his ever flourishing legal career, his political career in democracy has reached nadir. Geriatric reality, negligible public support and craving for throne; either one or all of these factors have persuaded him to ride on the Trojan horse to gallop to power.

Bangabandhu used to confide in Dr. Kamal. So did Bangabandhu in Mushtaque as well, while distancing himself from Tajuddin. Due to those political lapses of Bangabandhu, misfortune not only struck him and his family, it devoured the whole nation. The saddest reality is, the architects of our national calamities, like Dr Kamal, can be likened to mythical Chameleon, who can escape every national crisis unscathed and emerge from each crisis in new color and vigour.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Motia Chowdhury: ‘Banga Kanya’, The Daughter of Bangladesh

A nation, developed, developing or underdeveloped, can boast a few patriots of Motia’s calibre. For Bangladesh, it is only Motia, a loner and the brightest in her orbit which is unparallel. She is humble and serene like the nature of Bangladesh, yet so feisty like a monsoon river on the street of protests. When patriotism and honesty were traded for comfort and wealth by the once valiant heroes of our political past, they gradually lost their moral shelter and repugnantly transformed into a herd of rats, bats and mules. But to Motia, virtues and reasons are the irreversible concept of life. That concept lures her to the street, gives her strength to barricade the goliath of evils for the protection of her kinfolk. Every starved person of her country is her kin. Therefore when she stands in the line for rice and waits for hours oblivious of scorching sun and weariness of recent ailment, she reflects one of the millions, famished. Will the children fall asleep hungry tonight – that is her only agony now. She is Motia, the ‘Agni Kanya’ evolved through age and experience to become ‘Banga Kanya’, the daughter of Bangladesh.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Bangla Academy Literary Award for Riton and His Waltz with the Wolf

Lutfur Rahman Riton received Bangla Academy Award 2007 on juvenile literature. This award earned him kudos and criticism as well. The timing of give and take of this award churned a cloud of suspicion in many minds including mine, more apolitical less literary and a long time admirer of Riton. A recent poetry of Riton, a posthumous tribute to the greatest pen-warrior Wahidul Huq, helped me see Riton at a much higher ground, much beyond his limericks and spoofs. His sudden arrival in Canada couple of years ago, as a political exile, had created a huge inertia of excitement among his fans and local Bangalee literary hubs. That also has decimated in a relatively short time, and his initial presence at the centre of every arty and literary podium has now reduced to living room sizzling adda. His life in Ottawa gliding on odd jobs was not uncommon for a starter in Canada, but certainly a huge plunge from his immediate velvety past as a diplomat. His diplomatic assignment in Japan is found as critically inappropriate but hefty dividend of his earlier political investments, thanks to Awami League’s brief respite from street to the power.

However, the timing of Riton,s open letter to General Moeen U published on June 22, 2007 in ‘Weekly 2000’ with a shrill of appreciation for the General left many of his fans and comrades like me flabbergasted. Particularly, when the time, tune and the turf have been too hostile for an aficionado of democracy to waltz with the wolf. .In his open letter to the General, Riton articulated his total alliance, punctuated by a feeble request to stop liaisons with war criminals, with the mesmerising ambitions of the General on political reforms and corruption cleansing. Riton’s emotional aberration went further in cajoling the General to pay him eighty dollar that he spent on overseas calls for his abortive attempt to contact the General for a live chat and to whisper his love for his agendas. General did not falter to seize the opportunity and precisely after a month on July 22, 2007, in an interview, in a befitting response to his new found ‘beau politico’, he assured him bounty much more than mere eighty dollar.

Riton often used to complain about a bus ticket to Toronto that his pedestrian life in Ottawa could not afford him. Last month, all of a sudden, he found a magic carpet to fly him in luxury to Bangladesh. Public radar got the blips from Dhaka of a floral reception and goose step honour on red carpet and a ceremonial handover of a ‘lifetime ladder’. The first step of the telescopic ladder took him to the podium of Bangla Academy. A prestige envelope with a point One Million Taka cheque was the first consignment of humble payback from the General in response to a meagre demand of Dollar Eighty. And a certificate, which Riton undisputedly deserves but not from this Bangla Academy, was an untimely harvest of his life long cultivation.

Thursday, March 6, 2008


MARCH 7, 1971

Saturday, March 1, 2008

A clarion call to save a Freedom Fighter

Please save a Freedom Fighter of 1971. His name is Abdul Jalil. He is clinging to his life in a hospital prison cell. His kidney is not functioning. His heart is failing. His blood is not having enough haemoglobin to keep him alive. He is in the prison without any trial. It is not fair. It is not human. Please do something before the life of this freedom fighter comes to an end. A freedom fighter, who directly fought for this country, does not deserve a death in the prison cell without proper treatment, in utter negligence and humiliation. I feel so helpless, so much frustrated that I myself do not know how to request or demand the release of Abdul Jalil to the present Government. I am asking your conscience, please keep your intellectual discussions and debates aside for a while, please think for a moment about Abdul Jalil, who fought for the freedom of our country, how can he spend his last days of life with honour and respect that he deserves and can die as a freeman in his country. Please mobilize and use your every resource you have to save Abdul Jalil, it is an imperative to every Bangalee now.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Enemy of our Democracy

It is heartening that we can now call a spade a spade. We have finally found the appropriate synonym ‘cocoon of terror’ for Dhaka Cantonment and Bangladesh Army could never be defined better than a ‘killing machine’. It is further encouraging; Bangalees have started drawing strategy about how to put this demonic genie back into the bottle and for good. Ultimately truth triumphs fear.

To clip the wing of this vulture we can take lesson from Venezuela. In 2002, millions of unarmed slum dwellers, supporters of civilian President Hugo Chavez, thwarted a well orchestrated army coup by laying barricade around the cantonment of Caracas, not allowing a single army individual or their transport rolling in to or out of the cantonment. This is the recent glorious example of victory of unarmed people against the military and their perpetual mighty mentor USA. It was only possible as the civil government was steadfast in developing awareness and mobilising public support against agents of external and internal enemies of democracy.

In Bangladesh, future political government must come out of their past jittery, ambiguity and falsehood and confront head on with this power-hungry beast and sole enemy of democracy. If you notice, while referring to the heinous crime of August 75 committed by the Bangladesh Army, even AL and pro-democracy intellectuals as well always elude the fact by chorusing that it was the work of few derailed elements in the army. It is true, army sometimes participates in helping calamity stricken people, but it is superficial and mostly photogenic for propaganda, often exaggerated out of proportion even by our politicians and intelligentsia. This chronic symptom of timidity and hypocrisy help these narcissist morons gain strength to incessantly conspire and sabotage democracy under any artificially enlarged or false pretext.

Enough is enough. Time has come; we must turn around and fearlessly announce the facts about this army to the public, their ceaseless effort to undermine our democracy, political institutions, spirit of 71. We must expose to public the highly secret statistics of financial corruption of army. We must not fail to explain public that Tareq, Babar, Falu of BNP were merely the pawns and left-over scavengers of this army’s ill-gotten booties and bounties and as such gratefully unrolled red carpet for the pirates to cake-walk to power.

We must unequivocally stipulate in our constitution the provision of trying army individuals in the civil court and of highest punishment for sedition against democracy and illegal meddling in politics. Our progressive politicians and intellectuals (not YAK-Yunus, Amu, Kamal type) must start thinking of reshaping our army commensurate to our actual need and replacing our army’s infatuation for Paki spirit and ambitions with unflinching loyalty to our heritage and history. We must make a civil-counter-intelligence system in place with legal and logistic capability of penetrating deep into military intelligence to pre-empt any furtive move against civil rule. Every extrajudicial target-practicing by the army on human beings must be brought to justice. Instead of keeping this huge force as unproductive and perilously national burden, we must continuously engage them to build our national infrastructure and other vital national constructions. This action will bring them close to the people and to the soil. An equivalency of perks and benefits must be established between army and civil ranks.

We must develop solidarity with fledging democracies of Latin America and Africa and launch an international drive to adopt a UN resolution to declare military grabbing of civil power as a war crime tantamount to declaring war against own civilians and can be tried in international war tribunal . You might as well guess in advance, who will oppose this UN move for protecting nascent democracy of nations – ironically none other than the self-appointed chieftain of global democracy, USA. But that should not stop the march of people and democracy.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

One-Eleven Anniversary Check list

Deluge of despair inundates landscape of hopes

Promises/ Hopes – 01/11/07
Angst/ Despair – 01/11/08

Winch back derailed democracy
Generals in uniform define democracy. Center of state power has already been shifted to Cantonment. Army takeover is matter of time

A free and fair election in shortest possible time
No optimism of any election in 2008 or one without intervention of military

A perfect voter list
In progress but at a much slower pace than expected

Jihad against corruption
Conviction of Hasina on corruption charges is imminent.
End of publication of Janakantha is imminent.
No trial for Khaleda-Tareq as yet.
Saeed Eskander, brother of Khaleda and co-brother of General Masud, and his family have left country in broad day light.
Khoka, Mannan, ZI Khan, Saifur, Nizami, Mujahedi, Rezakul are not corrupt.
Brother of General MoeenU is the MD of army owned Trust Bank
Fakhruddin is having undisclosed properties and assets abroad.
Nasim, Zalil, Obaidul, Atikullah, Mahiuddins are the icons of corruption.
DUDAK (allegedly under total control of ISI) is using corruption as tool to eliminate secular, pro-71 politics and overall depoliticising the country and making inroad for military rule.

Restoration of Law and Order
Extra judicial killing in Government custody and in nefarious ‘crossfire’ by army/ RAB has been intensified. Coercing and torturing detainees are regularly practised while all the legal rights of individuals are cancelled under emergency rule.
Venerable teachers and students of the Universities are convicted for rally but no charge against Islamic fundamentalists for the rally.
Government overrides HC and SC order and keeps Babul in detention against law

Independent judiciary
Judiciary has been declared independent after ensuring total allegiance to the present quasi-military government. It still remains a Kangaroo court

Independent public media
Government has not only retracted from their commitment, under emergency act, they have clamped down censorship on privately owned electronic media and newspaper. The illegal detention of Atiqullah and Babul is to demoralize free press and publications.

Independent Election Commission
Election Commission has not been made independent as yet; it was a fundamental commitment of the Government though. EC is virtually a rubber stamp of the Generals. Their snail-speed progress compounded with new controversial decision of redefining constituency map declared by the army representative in the EC has given public enough reason to be sceptical about the roadmap to election 2008.

Public Perception:

  • A free and fair election in 2008 is a forlorn dream. Web of terms and conditions of EC will make it impossible for political parties to participate in the election. As the only alternative, either, army will stage an election theatre with the help of BNP-Jamaat-YAK (Yunus-Amu-Kamal) clique and form a military government with civilian façade. Or, army will directly take over state power. In any event, USA will support army move as a step towards building democracy in Bangladesh.

  • The life of Sheikh Hasina is at great risk in the prison and the highly probable tragedy will be, as usual, labelled as the work of a few so called wayward soldiers. With Sheikh Hasina, will disappear secular, progressive, pro-liberation politics and Bangladesh will be a perpetual virtual Pakistan.

  • After myriad of sacrifices and arduous journey on the blood soaked path, democracy may come back to Bangladesh in a decade or so. Politicians may also get back to the power. Ascending the throne, instead of fighting and eliminating permanently the root cause of repeated failure of democracy, politicians will be busy forgiving and pampering this menacing liability of nation (military) again as our politicians never learn from their mistakes.