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11 August, 2018 00:00 00 AM

A long uncertain journey into insecurity

The children have left a lasting lesson for us. The people have to correct themselves first
Sakib Hasan
A long uncertain journey into insecurity

Security is unquestionably the most valuable asset so far as human life is concerned which comes even before the typical basic necessities like food, clothing, shelter and the others. When security in human life is threatened, all threads making the fabric of life are severed beyond recovery. It is unquestionably security that makes all the differences between life and death. The episodes and the incidents brewing up for a week mainly in the capital were leading the nation towards an uncertain destination.

A minister’s ignoring gesture in smile and an accompanying comment while reacting towards death of two fellow students added insult to the injury in turn inflamed students’ already fiery sentiment to the limit. Though the countless deaths caused by road accidents were tolerably borne by the people, the slightest mockery with life of a high profile responsible person stunned the students beyond tolerance which is why they took to streets straightway.

When the order and discipline in all possible segments of life turn topsy-turvy, the pent-up frustration and despair of the peace-loving gentle citizenry, resulting from restriction and regimentation, desperately try to find an emotional outlet to stay balanced psychologically. When people get no justice in genuinely logical contexts time and again, it is quite natural that they will react. It sounds quite farcical to blame the external instigations or involvements once we take into cognizance the initial ground reality or the embryo of this spontaneous students’ protest. They have grown through an environment crammed with irregularities, anomalies, partisan processes, deep divisions in politics and many other negative manifestations. These exceptionally intelligent and overly sensitive students of IT era have seen these evil symptoms over the years without remedy.

The angry teenage generation of students rushed to the streets not to protest against just a single surface incident of road accident. The profoundest urge that prompted them to turn their chest is rooted in the embryo of discontent which when awakens them to the realization that their immediate future life has been plunged into the chasm of bottomless insecurity and uncertainty, it was only then that their unfathomable panic hitherto kept dormant readily translated into a resounding voice of protest and at the same time a demand for secure and certain life. It will be sheer foolishness to deny the impact of technology in shaping the mental make-up, mindset and maturity of the teenage students of this generation. They are far too more conscious about their life and career than older generations because of the incredible blessings of science and technology.

In fact, we have totally failed to ensure a safe life for our children. Each and every one of us has to share this liability of failure in ensuring a secure future for our promising youngsters. They have seen with their own eyes our recurrent failures in building a care-free and smooth future for them. They have also seen how their dreams are being shattered and snatched away by a hostile squally wind. So, it is naturally their turn to act and show their elders how to become change-makers. Yes, our young champions of indomitable positive life have exposed all ills and ugly realities behind the apparent smooth surface of the hackneyed society working unseen over the decades. They have projected before us some practical instances in which we clearly see how the high profile celebrities of varied professions and trades have made irregular and illegal practices their own way of life.

Our young students, the unstoppable champions of positive Bangladesh, have already returned to their classrooms and studies. However, they have left for us a lasting lesson. This great lesson is that we especially the people with onerous responsibilities have to correct ourselves first. They have also given us with an unwritten time-limit for self-correction and self-purification. Their return is not just a retreat. Instead, through their patriotic comeback to their classes they have left an alarming message that they will stream down onto the streets if and when necessary once we fail to effect necessary reforms and repairs to the ailing state machinery.

These adolescent students constitute the last ray of hope for us since they are yet to sell their humanity and patriotic sentiments. This fresh new generation can surely build positive Bangladesh that we all visualize for. The untapped infinite potentialities and possibilities of this fiery generation once realized will surely help build a positive Bangladesh free from exploitations and discriminations in all its manifestations. However, it will be virtually an ignominious defeat for us, the nearly lost generation, if we fail to secure a warranty of safe life for them. Unfortunately, the ground realities of the present Bangladesh holds out the least hope for the older generation to make the dream of positive Bangladesh come true given the polar division in mainstream political opinions.

Time and again the nasty politics of confrontations and contradictions have thwarted our all warmest endeavors for development and welfare for all. Over the four decades since independence, we have seen, to our utter dismay, that only a minority section of people under different banners have enjoyed all political and economic dividends by rotation and that the greater majority of the population have been deprived of their deserved rewards and recognitions.

Until and unless we forge national unity and consensus, we are hardly able to ensure overall national development and progress. Bangladesh lacks national unity on the basis of minimum common national issues. Fortunately, although born and brought up in a deeply divisive and malicious political environment, our teenage students have practically proved their reinforced-concrete unity for universal common concerns through their flooding road congregations.       

The writer, Assistant

Professor of English in

Bogra Cantonment Public School & College, is a contributor to

The Independent.




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