FIRST, POLITICS OF SLAYING MUST STOP
Mohammad Ali Sattar
Let us perish the habit of dragging the past to justify the current stalemate. Looking back for the lost pages of history to rediscover a milestone is okay, that serves as a guide to future. After 1971, we have nothing much to look back on. We have no golden eras that make us proud. We did not have a memorable coronation of a king nor can we boast of a benevolent ruler who brought bouquets for the nation. The Nobel winner and the conqueror of the Everest are the ones that we often try to recall, but these get blurred in clouds of mistrust, disbelief, and vengeful atmosphere that we live in.
Adding to the misery of the wounded politics, a new pedigree of killing instrument has emerged- petrol bombs -roasting or maiming humans in a flash. One possibly would not be able to answer the perennial question as to who started the politics of flames. Who is the mastermind of this barbaric idea of throwing missile’s into the crowded vehicles killing or roasting the commuters alive or maim them to live painful lives? It really does not matter whose time (the party in power) it started.
It matters little if Awami League men, BNP activists, or Jamaat supporters started this act of violence. Because since it got off, all activists of all the parties have used it. The mode of operation changed, tactics and technologies developed to make it more painful and effective. So, we are in the grip of ‘towering inferno’. Every day the flames are soaring higher. We are in fear of being roasted alive and in fright of being nabbed or shot by the law enforcers without rhyme or reason.
Why are we doing this? Why, as a society we are proving ourselves as one that is devoid of any good sense and patience. People completely blacked out of their human cerebral can only commit these acts of merciless violence.
We are doing this for gaining superiority. One party is out to prove that it is stronger than its opponents are. But who are the opponents? Politically speaking, we have parties with almost same agendas and principles and similar programs with identical workers committing exactly same acts of violence. So, why do we have to fight our own selves – because of power. One fights to get the reins and the other fires to hold on to the coveted throne.
The concept of ‘peoples’ welfare’; has long taken a back seat in our politics. People are brazenly used to serve the leaders purpose. This, the hapless people mostly do not realize and give in to false promises and ready financial offers.
The parliament is now mostly busy in bashing the opponents who are not even in the house. We expect more aristocratic and constitutional proceedings in the house. The House, which is so impressive, imposing and an expensive affair, deserves better acts and words in it.
Party leaders can see what is happening out in the streets and inside the houses. They are aware of all that is happening in the corridors of power. They are the ones making things to occur. Many political leaders have their relations well tied up. They are close relatives by tying knots of their children in each other’s family. ‘Biyai and Biyan’ are the sweetest of relations in Bengali culture.
Marriages of convenience are old practice. We are not saddened to see a minister’s son married to a MPs daughter. The lavishness of the ceremonies leaves us awe struck. Many pass their times discussing the glamour and glitters of the evening, the diamonds and inestimable dresses that the bride and lady guests adorn. They talk about those gun- trotting powerful men in the crowd and the expensive carte du jour.
This is one side of the coin. The other side is dark, dangerous, of blood and vengeance. The same people, when they are out in the political platforms, are at each other’s throat for power and wealth.
We shall have to create an ambiance of friendly dialogues to resolve issues in good character. We must acclimatize with the habit of appreciating each other. For this, we ought to find the positives in our adversaries.
Let us not make things any harder. The leaders and their supporters must know that it is easy to make friends than formulate plans to fight the foe.
Dialogue is the means to end all conflicts. It is the only means to narrow the gaps that we created. The straightforward message to our leaders is, we are all from same political fraternity. We have a matching agenda. We have similar modus operandi. Our workers are from the same clan, so why this bloodletting?
Politics of slaying is the concern of the day. Once the bloodletting stops, a tranquil atmosphere will settle. For now, even if the political parties do not agree on everything, they must be in accord to stop butchering each other and innocent people.
Therefore, the first agenda now should be to stop the bloodletting. Then we move on to the next stage. That is, about constitutional politics, democracy and polls.
Mohammad Ali Sattar is Editor at Global News Network (GNN), Sports Times, and a DT columnist
FEBRUARY 01, 2015