Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Revisiting Bangladesh's 1/11

Bangladesh's English Daily New Age published a Ekushey special, featuring some interesting analyses of the 1/11 events. Here are some salient features of the special edition, in case you have missed those.

New Age Editor Nurul Kabir thinks the real homage to the Ekushey martyrs could only be paid by resisting in parliament the undemocratic aspiration of a small but powerful military-civil coterie who secured its arbitrary social, political and economic actions through 1/11.

Eminent educationist Professor Serajul Islam Chowdhury said in an interview the donors – the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and such other organisations – would have been happier to see civil society leaders run the country instead of the political leaders.

AL presidium member and lawmaker Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir came down heavily on CTG's illegal actions and said the Anti-Corruption Commission assumed every accused as guilty even before their trial.

Eminent lawyer Barrister Rafiqul Huq feels Parliament should condemn emergency regime.

Moudud Ahmed, BNP standing committee member observed the issue of proclaiming the emergency by abusing the existing provisions of the constitution has to be resolved to save democracy in future.

Farhad Mazhar, a leading intellectual viewed 1/11 as result of the workings of a trinity: the international donors, a parasitic middle class, also called civil society, and the military, endorsed by media.

And finally, M Asafuddowla, former secretary and former editor of the Bangladesh Today, lamblasted the Bangladesh military saying Bangladesh has always been under military's control.

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