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20 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 19 January, 2019 11:58:58 PM
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Post-election reality and concerns

Sheikh Hasina has proved herself as an honest and able administrator. If she gets an honest party and cabinet members behind her, she will do wonders
Abdul Gaffar Choudhury

The world is now a big jigsaw puzzle. Once almighty Britain is now an old lion without any claws. The Great Britain has become a little island again. Its current Prime Minister has lost her grip on her party and the parliament, and merely survived narrowly a no confidence motion. The US President Donald Trump is busy fighting his own government. France is going through continuous trouble, in other words, a form of civil war. Prime Minister Modi of India is losing his absolute power and the opposition is growing rapidly; BJP has already been defeated in five states. In the Middle East, the so-called Islamic Caliphate is still in operation. The house of Saud has been accused of murder of a journalist named Jamal Khashoggi, and the Saud family are not in unity. They may follow the collapse of the Shah of Iran. In Africa, the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, is under terrorist attack. South Africa, which was united under Nelson Mandela’s leadership, is not in a stable condition now. Zimbabwe is also following suit.

In South-East Asia, China is in loggerhead with the US, forming part of a larger trade war globally. Some prominent economic observers predicted that if there is no settlement of this trade war, the world will face a catastrophic depression very soon, far dangerous than the depression of 30s. The depression of 30s had produced fascism in Europe, and the consequent war lasted seven years. The entire world was devastated by then. Violence is everywhere now. No one can predict when world capitalism will be freed from present turmoil. With such an existing background picture of the world situation, one might say that a tiny and developing country in South Asia, Bangladesh, is now in slightly better position than it was in the past. Bangladesh has survived turmoil after turmoil and has been transformed from a bottomless basket case to an enviable economic position.

This change of scenario in Bangladesh was possible under present Hasina government. Sheikh Hasina has won a general election recently. It was feared that during the election, Bangladesh could face a bloody civil war, but it did not happen, and the election was held peacefully. Though some opposition leaders and few foreign observers said that the election was not above malpractice,but compared to the recently held elections in many other countries, the election of Bangladesh was considered to have credibility. Sheikh Hasina has fought successfully against hunger, poverty and terrorism, but could not combat big corruption. PM Sheikh Hasina has said, while being sworn in for the fourth time, that her present government’s target will be to annihilate corruption from administration and the country. It is a challenging task.

A communist country like China is still fighting against big corruption, which had spread into their administration. Every month, there are a number of party officials facing death penalty for corruption there. Bangladesh was a colony of foreign powers for a long time and corruption has spread, over long course of time, into every corner of the society. Under the patronage of civil and military autocracy, a vicious new rich class has emerged, and their influence is now on every aspect of social life including politics and economy. It is a very hard task for a democratic government to root out this demon. It is only possible for a government with good people, who are determined to fight the enemy of the society and to establish good governance. Awami League has a government now full of new faces and thirty-six old ministers are no longer in the cabinet. Some people say that total exclusion of ex ministers from the cabinet will deprive the new cabinet from their experience.

The new ministers need to gather experience, learn quickly and earn the capability to establish good governance. This time, the nation needs a corruption free society and the establishment of rule of law. If this new government can fulfil the aspirations of the people and free them from social oppression by the new rich class, then the opposition blaming the method of election can be challenged. This will deter the campaign of the defeated forces of last election and establish the full credibility of this government. A parliament without opposition cannot provide a healthy democracy in the country. Unfortunately, this parliament lacks a strong opposition. Since the number of the members of other parties are far less in the parliament, they should unite regardless of their party loyalties and BNP should also join them. Then a credible opposition may emerge in the parliament.This will make the parliament stronger and more active, and a check and balance, which is essential in democracy, will prevail.

Sheikh Hasina has proved herself as an honest and able administrator. If she gets an honest party and cabinet members behind her, she will do wonders. She promised to eradicate corruption in Bangladesh during her current tenure as Prime Minister. To fulfil this, the fight against corruption should be initiated from her party and the party should be re-organised. Next comes the purification of the administration. If Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore and Mahathir Bin Mohamad of Malaysia can single-handedly establish good governance with iron hands, then why can’t Sheikh Hasina do the same in Bangladesh, especially when it has been proved that she is stronger than them?

    Friday, 18 January 2019. London.

 

 

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