First of all I'd like to concede that I did indulge in Deshi Style
of political discussion and that is not a fruitful of way of
discussion at all. This is not to sound like an excuse but my main
complaints arose from two things, 1) the constant `labeling' of Sk.
Hasina only that her actions are harmful for our nation. 2) that
we cannot or should not discuss about the problem of fundamentalism
in the present day context.
Yes, I stand accused of (and truly so) bringing old/deshi style
comparison of Khaleda Zia's old records (I mean it not in any
arrogant way). But I also see an alarming trend of sweeping issues
under the cover and muffling the opposition voices in the name of
long term national interest and accusing them of treasons. Sometimes
I feel this taking time off from voicing opinions `in-the-name-of-
national-interest' is too broad of a rain-check we are handing over.
I hope I'm wrong, but I suspect jamaat and the other islamists are
taking the advantage of the relative proximity to the power and the
silent sympathy factor that's sweeping the Muslim majority nations
of the world these days.
Talking about issues, have we tried to understand what would be the
consequences if we don't communicate our concerns about
fundamentalist parties gaining power in the absence of any political
discussions. And if the fundamentalists do come to power by scoring
in an empty field, can we think of - how much foreign investment or
award will we generate from the western nations?? Alochoks, the fear
is real. After the Bali incident, the FDI in Indonesia took a direct
hit on its nose. On the other hand Malaysia announced that it will
start monitoring the radical imams by putting video cameras in the
suspected mosques. Now who do you think has more credibility in the
civilized world? These concerns, I hope, are not taken
as `pontifications' about fundamentalism.
I am no fan of any of the current political leadership of Bangladesh
either. Just like you, I disagree with Sk. Hasina citing not so
believable Time, WSJ etc. articles. I also complain constantly about
the near-sightedness of our current leadership. To my strong belief,
Bangladesh is still one of the most uniquely liberal and progressive
muslim-majority nations in the world. By no way it is a `hotbed' of
fundamentalist-terrorist activities. But I won't take it as a
guarantee that we will remain that way forever without us fully
tackling the issue of rising fundamentalism around us. I am a proud
Bangladeshi, proud of our heritage and proud of our liberal tolerant
society. We have to be proactive to keep our long standing tradition
of being a liberal, tolerant society and not succumb to the
Wahabbi / Advani versions of religions.
Sometime I feel we only complain / finger point about one-side only.
We don't see the danger of the other side. This is where I might
have misunderstood Alochok Emanur's verbiage as a one-sided Sk.
Hasina bashing. He has been kind enough to point out the flaw of the
discussion style that I employed. Thank you. I hope, with my mistake-
laden way, I have tried to call your attention to this other side of
P.S. About the common knowledge the middle-east connections, I would
like to point to the first part of my comment where I have
conveniently put a disclaimer about this comment being a comment
based on common knowledge :)). Nevertheless, I do admit that it is
terribly hard in Bangladesh to find the exact details behind these
assertions (especially for ones who are out of the country for a
In response to : http://groups.yahoo.com/group/alochona/message/5988
[M:JJ] Alochoks should take note of Alochok Yousuf's comments. An important process for all of us including moderation is to evolve the way in which we discuss things. Moving away from "complaining and finger pointing" will allow us to actually achieve an outcome from our discussions. More often than not the reconciliation or understanding of differing viewpoints is lost due to the inability to get past recrimination. Our thanks to Alochok Yousuf for setting the example and in doing so, the standard for all Alochona discussions.