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29 March, 2020 12:38:34 PM
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Corona and the release of Khaleda Zia

In the present situation if BNP wants to recover their popularity they should forget political differences with Awami League and come together to save the nation
ABDUL GAFFAR CHOUDHURY
Corona and the release of Khaleda Zia

At last Khaleda Zia is freed. Some BNP leaders may try to take credit that government had to accept their demand for their leader’s release. This is not true. What they could not achieve by threats and other methods corona virus has done that for them only by its presence in Bangladesh. My assumption is that our Supreme Court has given the bail, considering the spread of corona virus in the country dangerously. If Khaleda becomes the victim of the virus (we pray that she would not) that would create a big problem. Now she is bailed out for 6 months and it is her responsibility to protect herself from the deadly virus.BNP leaders should be thankful to corona because what they could not achieve for more than two years, corona virushas done it by helping Begum Zia come out from jail. The whole world is affected by corona and Bangladeshis no exception. Our country is passing through a national disaster, which is also an international disaster. This bailing out of Khaleda Zia is good for both the party in power and party in opposition.
I said if after coming out of jail Khaleda gets attacked by corona (God forbid) it will be her and her family’s responsibility. If she fell ill in the jail then BNPwould characteristically accuse the government saying that government has conspired to make her ill. One good thing is that now instead of accusing the government they will get time and opportunity to help the people in their fight with corona, if they wish. On the other hand, this release will also bring praise for government’s humanitarian gesture, which may reduce the gap between Awami League and BNP to fight jointly against the COVID-19. If BNP is a wise political party they will take this opportunity. If Awami League wants to prove their goodwill and political common sense they must invite BNP to resist the disease with joint action. In the past, in a national disaster in many countries political parties with different opinions and even enmity joined together to fight a common enemy.
In the present situation if BNP wants to recover their popularity they should forget political differences with Awami League and come together to save the nation. Awami League also has got a chance to prove their good will to BNP and should invite BNP and all other political parties to unite to combat the enemy of the humanity. This is a time when nobody, no party, should consider their political agenda. Their only goal is now to save the nation and serve the humanity. If in this disastrous time our political parties, especially Awami League and BNP cannot suspend their political activity and join hands in social service then neither history nor the nation will forgive them. The Secretary General of the United Nations has asked the great powers to stop wars (perhaps, referring to America’s Middle-eastern war) and to join hands to fight COVID-19. To comply with United Nations’ advice all political parties in different countries should stop their political quarrels and unite against the enemy of the mankind. This corona has not brought peril for one country or for one nation. It has brought a total disaster for the entire human civilization.

If this civilization is destroyed what good the political parties will bring for their country and their nation, which would have already been destroyed?In the past we have seen in our country also that in the face of national disaster political parties came together and worked hand in hand. In undivided Bengal under the British rule when there was a great famine the-then political parties like Congress, Muslim League, Communist party and others, joined hands to serve the people, forgetting their acrimony. Of course they demanded that the government save people from famine but they also collected food and daily essentials for the people and distributed those among the destitute. Government had established center for distributing free food, but that was supplemented by similar food-centers by other political parties. In 1969, ten lakh people died in a cyclone along the coastal area of the-then East Pakistan. Bangabandhu and other political leaders demanded immediate relief from the government. But they did not sit idle themselves, they collected food and medicine. Bangabandhu himself visited the affected areas and distributed food and medicineamong the destitute.

I can cite many more examples from the past when political parties in times of disaster suspended their political activities and engaged in serving the humanity. In the time of epidemics like cholera and pox political parties formed their own voluntary groups and served the affected people with doctor, medicine and other reliefs. After the independence of Bangladesh it seems that political parties have forgotten their duty to the distressed people and put all the blame on the government alone. In 1974, when Mujibgovernment was in power, America created a famine in Bangladesh to dislodge the government. Later on, they themselves admitted their guilt in their magazine Foreign Relations. But the-then opposition leaders (BNP was not born then) like Bhashani NAP and pro-Chinese communists were blaming the government for this famine and magnified the number of deaths. During the crisis they did not establish a single ‘Longorkhana’ (free food-center) nor took any attempt to help the people. Their only politics was to blame the government, not to help the people. It was estimated one lakh people died of the famine. But a the-then pro-Chinese communist leader, Haider Akbar Khan Rono claimed that four lakhs people died and Sheikh Mujib alone was responsible for these deaths.

During Hasina’s prime minster-ship a few years ago a country wide flood affected the whole country including the capital city Dhaka. BBC predicted that 2 lakhs people will die from starvation from this deluge.  SheikhHasina called upon the people to unite and help each other. With peoples’ united effort not a single person died from starvation or illness. The world praised Sheikh Hasina for her leadership and courage. Still in the present crisis our opposition parties and the so-called civil society are engaged in criticizing government, complaining about its inability to confront corona, remaining themselves inactive. This time, the affected people need courage and advice. Problem is there is no preventive of this disease yet. There is only one course for people — to lock themselves at home and live in complete isolation. Humanity lives and prospers in society and association. But this disease is a great attack against society and association. The virus has also attacked the people from the highest social strata like Prince Charles and a health minister in the UK. If the number of these deaths increase daily, people will be compelled to live in isolation and there will be no movement, communication or physical contact and if it continues the whole human society will break down and civilization will face extinction.

In this grave dangerous situation the entire humanity should unite against this. In this crisis people do not need relief goods.They need courage, advice, and the regular supply of food, medicine and other essentials. With united effort humanity may survive this great disaster. In Bangladesh people should be advised how to remain in isolation.Foodand other essentials should be available when shops and pharmacies are closed. We do not know when this crisis will end. One expert says that the after effect of this pandemic will bring more devastation than a nuclear attack. Human society will take a new shape. Rules and customs of the society will change greatly, so will human relationship. The economic depression which will follow this crisis will be more dangerous than the virus attack. It would surpass the 30s depression. This crisis will force the enemy countries to stop hostility and help each other. Already America has sought Chinese help to face this calamity.

China has sent masks and testing kits to Bangladesh alsoand India is not asking why Bangladeshaccepted help from China, because they also need the same help from China.  For the time being this corona will stop the spread of the new cold war started by America. Israel may stop their daily attack on Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia may halt their enmity. There will be hugeshortage of food and other essentials in developing countries and society may regroup in an unknown way. These are the experts’ warnings and if world leaders do not pay attention to this then the whole world will suffer. Bangladesh is a small country but it is not isolated from the globe or the global situation. Corona virus has proved that also. Our political leaders and the members of the so-called civil society should realize this, stop their blame game and join the government to combat this enemy of humanity. Government should also ask for their cooperation and stand solidly by the side of the people, give people hope and courage and create awareness about the disease. At the moment these are the only preventives for this deadly enemy.

London, Thursday 26 March, 2020

JG

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