The Comilla City Corporation election was the first test of the new Election Commission. And the commission failed miserably in this test. Not only did they fail, the new EC's backbone was broken. Awami League candidate Arfanul Haque Rifat has won this election by a narrow margin. Twice-elected mayor Monirul Haque Sakku lost by less than 400 votes. Nizam Uddin Kaisar, another candidate expelled from the BNP, also got about 30,000 votes. There is no doubt that Sakku was defeated due to the split vote of the BNP. But the way the Awami League candidate won was unnecessary and undesirable. AQM Bahauddin, an influential senior leader of Comilla Awami League, has done a lot to make his favorite candidate win. Which has raised new questions about free, fair and neutral elections. He has handed over the weapons of criticism to the opposition. The Awami League did not win in the Comilla elections, the personal aspirations of an MP won. Awami League politics in Comilla had a long open division. The dispute between Afzal Khan and Bahauddin has caused great damage to the Awami League many times. Afzal Khan was the Awami League candidate in the first city election. At that time, an over enthusiastic group of Awami League almost publicly supported Monirul Haque Sakku. They embraced BNP's Sakku to defeat Afzal Khan. Anjum Sultana, daughter of Afzal Khan, was the Awami League candidate in the second city corporation election. The boat candidate fell victim of party dispute. In other words, to an influential person its own prestige and influence is more important than the interest of Awami League. This time 14 people wanted the nomination of Awami League. After the death of Afzal Khan, Bahauddin's influence increased in Comilla and in the Awami League. This time Arfanul Haque Rifat, Bahauddin's own man, was nominated. Bahauddin threw Sakku away as soon as Rifat was nominated and became desperate to win his man. In the end, the MP's own people have won, but the Awami League has lost. They have given an opportunity to question the upcoming election to win an unimportant local government election. The Awami League might have won this election even if the local MPs were away. And even if the Awami League lost, there would be no harm for the politics of the country.
The new election commission headed by Habibul Awal was formed through controversy. This is the first time that the Election Commission has been formed through that law. But the BNP, one of the main opposition parties in the country, did not take part in the process of forming the election commission. The BNP did not go to the President's dialogue. They did not submit names to the search committee. The BNP had said, "This election commission will be loyal and obedient to the government." The party tried to bring the demand for a non-partisan government back into the political arena by boycotting the formation of the Election Commission. So the Awal Commission sat in a kind of hot seat. Almost all the election commissions in Bangladesh had 'bachal (talkative)' disease. This time there was no exception. The Election Commission lost the confidence of people at the very beginning by saying all sorts of irrelevant, controversial and unwelcome remarks. He advised opposition political parties, such as Ukrainian President Zelensky, to fight back. Since then he has been talking and talking. Gaining the confidence of the BNP is the main reason for his exaggeration - no one is having any trouble understanding it. He has also guaranteed the nation that “this time there will no voting at night” to prove himself completely neutral. But people don't want to see the Election Commission talk, they want to see them work. People wants result not promises. The impartiality of a commission is proved by its work. The main function of the Election Commission is to organize a completely free, fair and impartial elections at different levels. The first test of this commission headed by Habibul Awal was the Comilla City Corporation election. The new CEO entered the battle to prove himself worthy and impartial. In this election, BNP was not on paper, they were in reality. For some time now, the BNP has been using the strategy of fielding independent candidates for local elections. BNP candidates have stood as independents in the Union Parishad elections. They have selected the symbols like mugs, clocks, vessels etc. instead of Dhaner Shish. BNP candidate Taimur Alam Khandaker also became an independent candidate in Narayanganj city election. In Comilla, however, there were not only one but two BNP candidates. Apart from former mayor Sakku, another BNP leader Nizam Uddin Kaiser has also participated in the election. Therefore, no matter what the BNP says, they will not go to the polls under this government; in reality, they are well on the election field in disguise.
Even during the Comilla City Corporation election, the BNP secretary general made various comments about the election system almost every day. The new electoral strategy of the BNP is no longer a secret. The party is now staging an expulsion drama to prove that they are away from the election. Taimur Alam Khandaker was first released in Narayanganj. After the defeat, he was shown a red card and expelled from the team. In Comilla, Sakku was also expelled for life. Kaiser was not left out either. But despite being expelled publicly, the BNP leaders and workers were divided and worked for their two candidates. In such a situation, the first focus of the new Chief Election Commissioner in the first test was to gain the confidence of the BNP. Habibul Awal has tried to please the BNP more than he wanted to make a neutral and impartial election in Comilla. Disaster strikes when a person goes beyond his responsibilities. At one stage of the election campaign, the CEC directed AQM Bahauddin, Member of Parliament for Comilla-6 constituency, to leave the area. BNP (independent) candidate Monirul Haque Sakku complained against the Awami League leader. According to the local government election code of conduct, ministers and members of parliament cannot participate in the election campaign on behalf of candidates. Whether this rule is good or bad can lead to a long theoretical debate. But the Awami League has been abiding by this rule in all elections for the last 13 years. Even in sensitive elections like Chittagong and Narayanganj city elections, Awami League ministers and MPs did not get involved. Habibul Awal may have thought that this famous leader of Comilla would leave the election area and come to Dhaka as soon as he gave a letter. Why the new CEC sent a letter asking a Member of Parliament to leave the area is also a great topic of discussion. Finding the answer to this question not that difficult. It was the trump card of Kazi Habibul Awal. If AQM Bahauddin had accepted this, the backbone of the new Election Commission would have been strong. Kazi Habibul Awal's image was growing in the national and international arena. The EC sent a notice to Bahar to leave the area, not in the interest of fair elections, but to make himself acceptable. But the Chief Election Commissioner probably did not know the suicidal history of the Awami League leaders. The number of such leaders of the Awami League is not less who harms the party to corner its opponents. Who quarrels and makes the party weak. They let the team’s achievement fade for their personal interest. The late BNP leader Colonel (retd) Akbar Hossain made an excellent comment about the politics of Awami League in Comilla. He said, "The BNP does not need workers to win If Bahar and Afzal are there."
The Awami League leaders have slandered or criticized the various leaders of their own party more than the BNP or any other party. Some say that Awami League does not need enemies, they themselves are enough to defeat them and it has been proven at various times. The murderous Mushtaq and his cronies were disgustingly involved in the conspiracy to assassinate the father of the nation, thinking only of their own interests. Abdur Razzak crippled the Awami League to assert his allegiance. Dr. Kamal did not think of the interests of the country or the Awami League. The Awami League was harmed by his personal interests. The main reason for the collapse of the Awami League in the 1991 elections was internal strife. In defeating Selina Hayat Ivy, one of the leaders almost defeated the Awami League in Narayanganj. The Awami League is being disputed in Chandpur over its own clash. The MP-leaders have hurt the Awami League many times to make their 'My Man' win, in the Union Parishad election. In Comilla, the Awami League has become weak due to that clash of two leaders. The local MP has taken a big risk. He has put the Awami League in trouble by becoming the ruler of Comilla. If he had left the area after receiving a letter from the Election Commission, his image and also Awami League’s image would have increased. This may have increased the votes of Awami League candidates. Ordinary people thought that Awami League was respectful of law. But Bahauddin disregarded the instructions of the Election Commission and proved that those in power care little about the Election Commission. The Election Commission in powerless. When Bahauddin did not give damn to the commission, the commission also retreated in fear. He said, what do we do if he does not leave. Wow, then why this drama? Why give a letter like this? This incident proved that the commission was incapable of exercising its powers.
In our opinion, the Comilla city election was complete mess. Bahauddin sent a message to his staff from the area, "I want to win my candidate at any cost." After the peaceful election, there was a fierce battle in the counting of votes. Then came the onslaught of violent government supporters. In the end, the Awami League candidate was declared the winner with 343 votes. All the achievements of the day around the election were shattered like house of cards. Was it really that important for Awami League candidate to win the mayor election in Comilla?
This election is taking place at a time when multi-faceted polarization is going on in Bangladesh with the forthcoming parliamentary elections. The United States is constantly advising on the election of Bangladesh. US Ambassador Peter D. Hass has repeatedly said, "I want to see free, fair and participatory elections in Bangladesh." Before the Comilla election, he ran to the Election Commission. The commission seems to have been blessed with the arrival of him. There, the US ambassador said, "Bangladesh's election should reflect public opinion. Let the person of the people's choice be elected. Not only the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union is already talking openly about the election in Bangladesh. They are saying this because the BNP in constantly poking them about the elections in Bangladesh. The BNP is claiming that free and fair elections are not possible under the present government and the Election Commission. Didn’t Comilla election give new life force to this demand of BNP? No one in the Awami League is happy after the sudden result of this election. They say the damage has been done. I asked an Awami League leader, then would it have been better if Awami League candidate Arfanul Haque Rifat had lost? The leader immediately said that even if none of these happened the Awami League candidate would have won. The Narayanganj city election was proof that the election could be won without questioning the EC. The Awami League candidate won that election through an impeccable electoral strategy. An election management team led by Awami League presidium member Jahangir Kabir Nanak was sent from Dhaka. The team that strictly stopped the Awami League clash in Narayanganj strictly. The united Awami League proved to be irresistible. In the words of that leader, I matched the Narayanganj election with the Comilla election. Not only in Narayanganj, Awami League has fielded teams centrally in different elections. That team is doing its work. But Where is the central team in Comilla? I called a few places and found out that the Awami League did not form a central team. But why? Because Bahauddin did not want it. He himself made the blueprint to control Comilla by taking all the responsibilities. He has implemented his wish by relying on Awami League. It was this leader who had a heated argument with the Awami League president about making Comilla a separate division a few days ago. He was trying to be a hero to the people of Comilla by inciting regionalism in that unsolicited debate. The Prime Minister showed extreme patience that day. Some have even applauded Bahar. But a senior leader like Bahauddin never once thought that without Sheikh Hasina, there would be nothing in Bangladesh. The Awami League has also lost its pride in the Comilla elections. This will raise questions about the eligibility of the Election Commission. Many are saying that how will the Election Commission handle 300 Members of Parliament in the National Election if they cannot handle a single Member of Parliament? Who is going to answer that question? The immature selfish leaders who only care about their own benefit?
It was in this Comilla where the murderer Mushtaq and the murderer Taher Uddin Tagore used to do politics. It was in Comilla where murderer Mushtaq questioned the election for personal gain. The National Parliament election on 7 March 1973. No one has any doubt about the victory of Awami League, but Awami League candidate Mushtaq was defeated in Comilla-9 constituency by a huge margin. He was losing to an independent candidate named Engineer Abdur Rashid. At that time the ballot box was brought to Dhaka by helicopter. The killer Mushtaq was declared as the winner. The consequences of using the party for personal gain are never wise and those who use the party for their own benefit are never beneficial to the party.
October 1, 2001. How many of us remember this day twenty-one years ago? On that day, a national parliamentary election was held in Bangladesh under the caretaker government. On July 13, 2001, a peaceful handover of power took place for the first time in the history of Bangladesh. After ruling the country for 5 years, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over power to the non-partisan caretaker government led by Latifur Rahman. The election was held on October 1. At around 10 o'clock at night, it is understood that the BNP-Jamaat alliance is going to get an absolute majority. But there is still much left of the dangerous surprise. All BNP-Jamaat cadres attacked on Awami League leaders and supporters at that night. Like 'Operation Search Light' in 1971, murder, rape, looting and arson started all over the country. A hellish festival. The cries of innocent people drowned out the jubilation of BNP-Jamaat just in a moment. The non-partisan neutral government-controlled law-enforcement force was like a lifeless statue. Today is that October 1, when Bangladesh saw the brutality of revenge and shivered with fear. Exterminate opponents like German Nazis - Bangladesh has seen a terrible form of wild savagery. On that day, a senior journalist was telling me – ‘this is the beginning of the downfall of BNP’. Minorities were killed in the elections from October 1 to October 10. Awami League's leaders and workers were 'eliminated' and the campaign to build Awami Free Bangladesh was carried out. There was no law in the country during those 10 days. The will of BNP leaders and workers was the law. Then on October 10, Begum Zia-led BNP-Jamaat coalition government took oath, taking Bangladesh into an uncertainty. How was Bangladesh from 2001 to 2006? How many people remember that 'Ayame Jahilia' period? In 2006, BNP made the then president Dr. Yazuddin the head of the caretaker government. In fact, the key to power was in the hands of Begum Zia. Originally: On January 11, 2001, the BNP-Jamaat misrule in this country came to an end, when the military-controlled caretaker government took power.
Since then, BNP has been out of power for more than 15 years. Out of power for 15 years is a bitter experience for a political party born in the womb of power. It’s like a fish out of water. The party, which had been out of power for a long time, had not broken up. That's a surprise too. Struggling to survive, the party has now called for the fall of the government. After bringing down the Awami League government, they announced the re-introduction of non-partisan neutral government system. The party leaders are directing the workers to participate in these programs with batons. Another leader is satisfied with it. He wants to level up. He advises workers to go to rallies with bigger batons. Police and administration have been given advance warning. A political party can offer such a program to come to power. It is a good strategy to organize and energize the workers before elections. But my surprise lies elsewhere. Listening to the BNP leaders, it seems that they are like angels. White man from heaven. When a political party approaches the people, they should be transparent and clear. A man is both good and bad, so is a political party. Self-criticizing, realizing the mistake and correcting them is the responsibility of any political party. BNP was in power for two terms. As a citizen, I expected that BNP would go to the people after admitting the mistakes they made in their terms. But listening to the BNP leaders, it seems that the people of Bangladesh were in heaven during their rule. But how was actually Bangladesh at that time?
On Wednesday, I saw the BNP Secretary General angry over the incident of beating the Chhatra Dal leaders. I saw him on television saying, "Chhatra Dal leaders and workers were beaten in medieval style on the campus of Dhaka University." Mirza Fakhrul said, "The government is attacking the opposition party in a fascist manner. BNP activists are being beaten and killed indiscriminately." First of all, it is not democratic etiquette to obstruct, beat or attack the peaceful program of the opposition party. Those who did it in Mirpur, Banani, Bhola, Munshiganj, did injustice. Awami League and the government did not benefit from it. The damage is done. But can the BNP leaders put their hands on heart and say that they did not do anything worse than this while they were in power. Will the BNP leaders take a look at the pages of the newspaper from October 1, 2001 to October 10?
In March 2002, Awami League leader Bahauddin Nashim was arrested from the airport. According to Amnesty International's report, “His hands and feet were tied during his imprisonment in police and army prisons in Dhaka. He was hung upside down against a ceiling fan with a bag covering his head. Every part of his body including buttocks, knees, hips, arms and genitals was hit with bottles filled with water. He was tortured in various ways for five days.” Not only Bahauddin Nashim. Personalities like Dr. Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir, Shahriar Kabir, Muntasir Mamoon were remanded by the police and brutally tortured. What will BNP leaders say about the selective killing of Awami League leaders across the country like Ahsanullah Master murder, Shah SM Kibria murder? I do not want to say anything again about the grenade attack of 21 August. But can BNP's 'saint' leaders say with their hands on heart that they are not responsible for the incident. It needs to be said that what some miscreants of BCL are doing is inexcusable. Few days ago, a leader of Awami League was saying, "All the achievements of the government are being destroyed by Chhatra League." From Eden College to Chittagong. From tendering to rape. There is no such complaint that is not against the Chhatra League. But when you criticize others, don't you look in the mirror a little? What did their student organization 'Chhatra Dal' do when the BNP-Jamaat alliance was in power? Let's reminisce a little. After the announcement of the October 2001 election results, all the educational institutions were taken over by the Chhatra Dal. On October 2, they occupied the halls of Dhaka and Jahangir Nagar University. On October 18, a leading daily of the country had the headline 'Top Terrorists and Cadres in the Halls of Dhaka University'. The incident that happened last Tuesday (September 27) in Dhaka University, the same incident happened twenty-one years ago, on October 13, 2001. When the BCL wanted to enter the campus, they were severely beaten. Many Chhatra League workers could not even give the exam. On November 3, Chhatra League workers were indiscriminately beaten in Chittagong. This is how the BNP-Jamaat's program to destroy the Chhatra League went on for five years. Chhatra League was not taken to stand in any educational institution in the country. Did any leader of BNP say, “We are saddened by the activities of Chhatra Dal during the time when BNP was in power. If we come to power again, the opposing student organization will not be attacked in this way.” Is the Chhatra Dal committee is better than the Chhatra League? After forming a huge committee of 302 people, 32 people were excluded. BNP leaders dropped them because of extortion, rape and drug dealing. Chhatra Dal workers themselves say that Chhatra Dal is a haven for non-students, murderers and drug addicts. So, what will these Chhatra Dal do if BNP comes to power?
One of the issues that BNP is protesting now is 'load shedding'. Common people have forgotten the past. The painful memory of suffering from electricity. But how did BNP leaders forget Kansat tragedy. Does the Khamba story not cause pain in the hearts of BNP leaders? If the BNP which gave 12 hours of load shedding now criticizes one or two hours of load shedding, then it must be understood that the party does not think about the people. Tarique Zia is the current acting chairman of BNP. He was the 'Shadow Prime Minister' from 2001 to 2006. The country ran on his words. At that time, he said, 'No government can ever provide uninterrupted electricity.' Can Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir say that they will provide uninterrupted electricity when they come to power? If they do, then won't Tarique Zia be called a liar?
The crocodile cries of the BNP leaders about the price of goods are also quite noticeable. It is true that, commodity prices are out of control due to the Russia-Ukraine war and the endless failure of the Ministry of Commerce to regulate the market. Some ministers' words have gone to such a level that they have forgotten what their responsibilities are. I saw a minister saying a few days ago, "I will consult with the Minister of Agriculture to decide whether eggs will be imported." Eggs are not under the jurisdiction of the Minister of Agriculture. Eggs are the subject of 'Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock'. But inspired by the minister's words, the agriculture minister continues to make exciting statements about eggs every day. Awami League leaders also admit that these incompetences have set the market on fire. But was the period of BNP the era of Shaista Khan? At that time Professor Abul Barkat’s research found that, “2 lakh 86 thousand crore rupees have been looted from the market by increasing the prices of daily necessities including rice, dal, oil, salt, sugar, diesel, kerosene.” The average per capita income of Bangladesh was less than half of what it is today. At that time, a kg of raw chili rose to Tk 160. All commodity prices nearly doubled in five years. Is it reasonable to abuse others without accepting responsibility for that failure? Can Mirza Fakhrul guarantee that the price of goods will decrease, If BNP comes to power again?
Sharodiya Durga Puja is at the door. Lately BNP Secretary General is very enthusiastic about minorities. But how was the minority community when BNP was in power? After BNP's resounding victory, the country's minority communities were subjected to the most ruthless brutality. How will the minorities of this country forget the rape of Shefali, Purnima, Krishna? Amnesty International expressed its concern in a report saying that "An unjust program of extermination of minorities is being implemented silently in Bangladesh." Durga Puja started a few days after the BNP-Jamaat alliance came to power. The headline of a daily was 'Autumn Durga Puja begins in somber atmosphere all over the country.' On October 21, there were reports in various dailies of the country about idol vandalism, extortion and looting in Miresarai and Sitakunda. During the rule of BNP-Jamaat coalition, Sharodiya Durga festival meant idol vandalism and panic. Does the BNP regrets? Has BNP ever apologized to the minority community?
Almost all BNP leaders are economists now. Almost all BNP leaders are economists now. They give enlightening speeches like a parrot about the country's reserves, economy, foreign debt etc. Few days later, I asked a BNP leader, how much was the reserve when BNP was in power? He looked at the sky for a while and said, I don't know. But I am sure BNP leader Rizvi knows everything. I was astonished. So I researched a bit and found out a different story. Before Awami League came to power in 2009, foreign exchange reserves never exceeded 10 billion dollars. From 2001 to 2006, the foreign exchange reserves were between 1 and 5 billion dollars. Within a year of coming to power, the finance minister held an emergency meeting with donors. In that meeting on November 6, 2003, the finance minister said that the economy is in serious crisis. Need urgent help. Development activities in three hill districts were suspended due to severe economic crisis. On November 9, Deputy Minister Moni Swapan Dewan said 'this decision is due to the economic recession'. In the 2003-2004 fiscal year, an eight-point budget was revised at the behest of donors. At that time, Saifur Rahman said, "If you take a loan, you have to listen to foreigners." From this, it can be easily understood where the economy has reached in the last era. Those who complain about $37 billion are just being ignorant. There has been corruption, money laundering in the last era. But there has also been immense development which has changed the image of Bangladesh.
BNP leaders often say, " Awami League has taken over everything during the tenure of this government." So, what was the occupation of Dhaka City Corporation when the BNP was in power, the occupation of the Liberation War Parliament by breaking the lock under the leadership of the Minister of Liberation War, removing the Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University in the dark and occupying the Vice-Chancellor's chair? BNP came to power and occupied all the suites of the parliament building. The then speaker, Abdul Hamid, said that his chair should also be guarded from the hands of the BNP occupiers. (07 October 2001, Daily Ittefaq).
BNP out of power for 16 years. Surely they are in pain. There is a strong appetite for power. But there must be self-realization with it. There should be remorse and repentance. First of all, BNP should apologize and repent for their past actions. But recently, the arrogance of the BNP leaders is evident. We can get an idea of what might happen if BNP comes to power again.
BNP Secretary General said 'Begum Zia will be Prime Minister if BNP comes to power. In her absence, Tarique Zia will take over.' He said in an interview, 'These two are strikers and finishers.' Then BNP will take over the Supreme Court when it comes to power. Last time they amended the constitution to make their former leader the Chief Justice. This time the member of the standing committee should be made the chief justice. Therefore, the law and the constitution must be changed. Even a fugitive, convict can become a prime minister, minister, member of parliament. BNP leaders are strongly against development. They often say the development balloon has gone flat. All is Awami pretense. Only corruption has happened. If BNP comes to power, then Padma bridge will be demolished. Metrorail, Karnaphali tunnel will be destroyed. All development marks including Rooppur nuclear project.
BNP leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said that there has been looting in the power sector. So all the power plants will be shut down. People will work during the day in the light of the sun, the wind of nature. And will shower in the moon light at night. The country will be blessed.
Listening to the talk of BNP leaders, it seems that the real problem is the name 'Bangladesh'. So if BNP comes to power, it will change the name of this country. The secretary general of the party said a few days ago, "Pakistan was better." If BNP comes to power, the slogan will be "Let's go back to Pakistan." If BNP comes to power, will Bangladesh become Pakistan again?
Tears rolled down my eyes when Krishna Rani Sarkar scored the third goal against Nepal. Couldn't contain my emotions. I guess many like me were overwhelmed with emotions on September 19. There are many doubts, uncertainty and disappointment in Bangladesh right now. Our cricket is stuck in the quicksand of failure. In the meantime, this extraordinary success of our girls is like a heavy rain in the desert. This is not just a SAFF win. I don't see it as just a tournament victory. This victory is a victory against fundamentalism, victory against evil. This victory is the victory of marginalized people. This victory is the victory of indomitable fighting Bengali women. 11 of them seem to have answered many questions. While some people are sleepless about what women should wear. When women are being harassed for their clothes; When teenage girls are choosing to commit suicide in depression; Even in this era, when the path of women is becoming inaccessible again; Sabina, Rupana Chakma, Maria Manda, Krishna Rani Sarkar were like a shinning diamond. It is like they lit a torch and showed the way to all the women of Bangladesh. On the day before the final, Sanjida Akhter wrote on her Facebook, ‘In the final, we will not play on the field as a footballer, eleven fighters will be on the field. Many in the team have come hare after losing their father, taking the last possessions of their mother, selling their sister's ornaments, some being the only support of the family. We are used to fight the battle of life.’ Everyone knows how these women's team have struggled to achieve this, thanks to our media. These women have achieved the impossible. By now we all know how they survived the game despite the formidable conditions. Story of Kalsindur Village, Sabina's Battle in Satkhira. Now we know the story of Moushumi's struggle in Ramjibon village of Pali Chara in Rangpur ignoring the bloodshot eyes of the conservatives. Contributions of ousted coaches like Mofiz Sir of Kalsindur, Coach Milan of Rangpur, Shantimoni Chakma of Rangamati and Birshen are also being discussed on social media. Golam Rabbani Choton raised them like a father, not shying away from the identity of ‘girls' coach’. Since September 19, I have been impressed by reading various articles and features about this in all media of the country. I am overwhelmed with emotion. But unfortunately, most of the media has implied the man behind the rise of women's football. Her name is not in the discussion. But without her, I doubt if our women could play football at all. She is Sheikh Hasina. Why are we so reluctant to take the name of the one who contributed the most to the development of women's football?
A few days ago, Kalsindur's daughter Maria Mandar said in an interview to the media, ‘We used to play football for fun. We would not have come this far if the Prime Minister had not started primary school football in her mother's name. At that time, I did not even know that I could earn money and go abroad by playing football. Now I know the value of football. Many people have money but not everyone goes abroad. How many people have the chance to meet the Prime Minister? We met him a few times. She gave us money and adored us.’ From Maria Manda's statement, the background of the rise of women's football in Bangladesh can be found. Her name is Sheikh Hasina. Under her patronage women have brought this honor to the country today. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has paved the way for our indomitable girls.
Our politicians have a peculiar disease. Finding his party's share in any achievement. Wants to take all the credit alone. Covers the happy memory in mud while trying to prove its their achievement. For example, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. On September 21, the women's team of Bangladesh returned home winning the SAFF Women's Championship. They were given a royal welcome in an 'open bus'. Meanwhile, Mirza Fakhrul suddenly discovered a new information. He said in a press conference at the BNP Chairperson's office on Wednesday, 'Saff Games women's football was launched by President Ziaur Rahman.' Fakhrul said, 'I saw Dana (Kamrun Nahar Dana) in the newspaper, who was once the head of the Women's Federation. He said, ‘The first tournament started during Begum Zia's government despite many hurdles.’ Readers note, if Zia (who died in 1981) started SAFF Women’s Football, then how did Begum Khaleda Zia, who became Prime Minister in 1991 or 2001, launch the first tournament? How come a politician give such gibberish speech. That is why common people consider their words as entertainment. Are our politicians increasingly turning into comedians? BNP Secretary General has recently been discussed for discovering various information. His Begum Zia laid the foundation stone of the Padma Bridge. Begum Zia was a freedom fighter, or Khaleda Zia's human rights medal - All of these creates a great deal of humor in politics. However, I believe that this information that, Zia is the father of SAFF Women's Football, will cross the borders of Bangladesh and enter the world's comedy store very soon. Because the Women's World Cup first started in 1991, 10 years after Zia's death. Only 12 countries participated in the first Women's World Cup held in China. Women from only three Asian countries participated in the World Cup. The countries are China, Japan and Chinese Taipei. Not only that, before 1986, FIFA, the governing body of football, did not allow women to speak in their meetings. When this is the history of women's football in the world, then Mirza Fakhrul's statement, 'Saff Games women's football was launched by President Ziaur Rahman', might make you confused whether you should laugh or cry. Originally: After the Women's World Cup in 1991, FIFA started the process of globalization of women's football. At one point, FIFA made women's football mandatory for its members. In this context, in 2003, the Bangladesh Football Federation was on the brink. The statement given by Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir quoting Kamrun Nahar Dana is also a kind of distortion of information. In 2003, a women's team called BFF XI was formed. A team from West Bengal of India was brought to play a friendly match. But BNP's main ally Jamaat and more fundamentalist organizations threatened against the game. They even surrounded the stadium. As a result, out of three matches, only one took place. The remaining two matches were abandoned as Begum Zia's government surrendered to fanatics and fundamentalists. This is a story that ended before it even begun. How will the government proceed with women's football? War criminals, the top two leaders of the fundamentalists were ministers then. Then women's football was boxed. Who knows how many Rupna Chakma, Shiuli, Shamsunnahar in the remote areas have given up football with heavy heart and just got married? If Fakhrul talks badly, then no one from the ruling party will behave badly, how is it possible? The Ministry of Sports welcomed the women's football team at the airport. Then the 'open bus' procession. But strange incident happened after they went to BFF. Pushing those away who brought victory, the state minister, secretary and BFF president took the seats. It seemed that these are the ones who just arrived from the Dasharath Rangasala
in Nepal. Sabina was standing in a corner, Choton was like an outside spectator. The press conference in BFF proved once again that some people lose their common sense when they are in power. These officials are not only clueless; they also have no discernment. Who will convince these ignorants that, this is the achievement of Bangladesh, not theirs, not any group’s.
Even Sheikh Hasina's worst enemies will admit that she is a sports enthusiast. Wherever Bangladesh has played, the Prime Minister's blessings have reached there. Even now while attending the United Nations General Session in New York, she kept the updates of our Sabina, Rupnas. In 2009, she came to power and took initiatives for improvement in sports as well as other fields. Bangladesh women's football era actually started from 2009. Even then, the fundamentalists were on the rise, there was a threat. But Sheikh Hasina did not condone these threats. On the other hand, in 2010, Bangladesh hosted the SAFF Women's Football Championship in Cox's Bazar. In that tournament, Bangladesh women's team defeated Bhutan by 2-0 goals and Sri Lanka by 9-0 goals. But lost to Nepal in the semi finals. Then since 2011, the Bangmata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Gold Cup was launched as a single and personal initiative of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. This nationwide tournament at the school level was actually the beginning of the awakening of women's football. Today's winners come from different parts of the country. Playing well, the indomitable girls of Bengal are showing one surprise after another. And in this awakening, our Prime Minister has provided immense support from behind. She has given financial support to Bangladesh girls whenever they win including AFC-15, SAFF U19. The Prime Minister gave Tk1 lakh to Tk15 lakh to each member of the women's team at various times. Many pundits say that financial donations are not good. Athletes stumble in it. I saw some people trying to say with the example of cricket that, ‘These girls will not pay attention to the game if they get money. But the Prime Minister knows very well that they are playing football by fighting hard against poverty. Without economic power, they will not be able to move forward.’ Economic freedom is a must for women's freedom. They got strength and courage because of the money given by the Prime Minister. Their family accepted their insistence. Not only monetary donations, Sheikh Hasina gave land to many women footballers like Rupana Chakma. Gave a house as a gift. Valued the daughter's wishes. But life doesn't run on gifts and donations alone. This requires financial assurance. Sabina, Swapna, Monika will be disappointed if they don't take sports as a profession. New Rupana, Shiuli, Masura will not be found. Bashundhara, the country's top industrial group, took an extraordinary initiative in this regard. The Bashundhara Women's Football Team was formed with the personal initiative and enthusiasm of the Chairman of the Bashundhara Group. All 8 of the first eleven of the women's team, who won by a clean sweep, play in the domestic league for Bashundhara Kings. Bashundhara Group has freed these women from the fear of uncertainty. Modern training and facilities have made them dream much greater. The contribution of this large industrial family to this awakening of women's football is immense. The Awami League government has given a structure to women's football since 2009. Gave a vision. School football to domestic leagues to national teams, this format is driving women's team forward. A girl now knows it's not just her hobby or addiction. This is her profession. There is both money and honor in this profession. If this trend continues, women's football in this country will go further.
But I don't want to confine this victory of Sabina, Krishna or Maria Manda to the joy of winning just a trophy. This victory has multidimensional significance.
See the players of Bangladesh Women's Team. It is like a piece of Bangladesh. People of all religions have come together here. Indigenous of the plain land, indigenous of the hill areas, Bengali all of them together made this team. Just like everyone together is this Bangladesh. These young souls, newly adolescent girls, have uprooted the differences of religion, race and caste. This is the Bangladesh that we dreamed of in 1971. Our slogan of independence was 'Hindu of Bengal, Buddhist of Bengal, Christian of Bengal, Muslim of Bengal.' We are all Bengalis. This team of Maria Manda, Krishna and Sabina is a perfect image of that slogan. When the giant claws of fanatical fundamentalists are out again. When our minority communities count hours in panic before the religious festival. Our women's football team is like a piece of yrad in this Bangladesh of harmony.
Another thing about Sabina's team impressed me. They are all marginalized communities. These indomitable girls have come from the villages of Bengal. From a very ordinary Bengali family. Some of their fathers are daily labourers, some are farmers, some are petty traders, some are masons. It was once again understood how invincible the power of this common man is. Just like the liberation war of 1971 was the collective victory of the mutts, laborers, workers, farmers. Their victory is also the same. These marginalized people are our strength. The remote towns of Kalsindur, Rangpur, Satkhira, Rangamati are our Bangladesh. These marginalized people are taking the country forward.
These girls swam against the tide. They have come this far by fighting against the odds. They have ignored the so-called order of society. They did not care about the mockery of people. Their aim was steadfast. These girls taught us all a great lesson especially women. Obstacles must be overcome. Victory has to be snatched by conquering adversity. With hard work and persistence, the goal will be achieved. This lesson was taught afresh by Krishna, Rupana, Sapna. Not to commit suicide in a little despair. Not to get frustrated with a little failure. Not to choose the path of self-harm on harsh reprimands or neglect. Rather, defeating them is the true meaning of life. Sanjeeda, Shiuli, Monika also left a message for the parents. My daughter wants to read; I will let her. My daughter wants to touch the sky; I will support her. My daughter wants to sing; I will let her. Will not tell her repeatedly, ‘You are a girl. You have to make a family. Must learn to cook for husband. Must clean husband's clothes and shoes. Whether you like it or not, you have to sleep with your husband. He must be kept happy. Your will is not important. You are a devoted soul for your husband. This is your destination.’ Parents who want to train their daughters in this way, want to make them a 'servant of husband' - Shiuli, Sathi, Ritu is the perfect answer. Let us be generous like the parents of Maria, Rupana, Monika. Give fulfillment to our girls' lives. This victory also gave this message to everyone.
I found a strange similarity with the life struggle of these girls with the life of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. It is as if they have decided to swim in the opposite direction and reach the golden port. Sheikh Hasina's life is also different. As they have blown the word impossible. Bangabandhu's daughter is like that. Just like they have not given up on neglect and deprivation. Same is the story of Sheikh Hasina. On Wednesday, I heard these girls repeatedly expressing their gratitude to the Prime Minister. All of them were called by the Prime Minister to Ganabhaban at different times. Adored them. Maybe she transmitted her courage and morale to these girls. This September is Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's birthday. 28 September. Before her birthday, the girls who became indomitable by her motivation gave a victory to Bangabandhu's daughter. As Sheikh Hasina dedicated all her achievements for the people of this country. The undefeated also dedicated their victory to the countrymen. The pilgrims of this light are walking on the path shown by Sheikh Hasina. And the destination of that path is Bangladesh for women's liberation.
The Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina went to India on a four-day visit at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A formal meeting was held between the Prime Ministers of the two countries on September 6. During the meeting, seven MoUs were signed between the two countries, including pledges for fuel and food aid. India has provided duty free transit facility to Bangladesh. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Bangladesh in 2020. At that time, he invited the Prime Minister of Bangladesh to visit India, as per custom. Before such a meeting, there are various meetings between the two countries at different stages regarding the agenda. The final form of these meetings is the meeting of the two leaders. There is nothing to give and take in these meetings. There are various unresolved issues regarding Bangladesh-India. Many of these have already been resolved. On many issues, discussions between the two countries are still continuing. Ganges water distribution, implementation of land boundary agreement, suppression of separatists, border killings, sea boundary disputes, determination of share of common river water etc. were the most important Bangladesh-India post 75 issues. Many of these unresolved issues have been resolved over the past decade. Still there are issues like border killing, Teesta water agreement. In this, border killings have come down a lot. The two countries have pledged to stop border killings in this visit as well. The Teesta water deal is stalled due to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's objection. But the relationship between the two neighboring states is never about give and take. A country's socio-economic development largely depends on its relations with its neighbors. It doesn't matter whether the neighbor is big or small. Mutual trust, confidence and cooperation between the two neighboring states is important for both countries. A good relationship between two countries can complement each other's development. Enmity with a neighbor never comforts a state. India is historical friend of Bangladesh. The relationship between the two countries is bound by blood ties. India's full cooperation in the liberation war against Pakistan in 1971 will be remembered forever. Those who cherish the spirit of liberation war in Bangladesh, never fail to express their gratitude to India for this. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 71 expressed deep respect for the unstinting cooperation of India and Mrs. Indira Gandhi. Besides, he was determined to build a self-respecting Bangladesh. Not loyal to India but the Father of the Nation wanted a respectful and dignified relationship. Accordingly, Bangabandhu prioritized the withdrawal of Indian troops immediately after independence. On February 6, 1972, the Father of the Nation visited India. It was during this visit that he requested Mrs. Gandhi to withdraw the troops. Indira Gandhi kept Bangabandhu's request. The withdrawal of the Indian Army was completed on March 15, before the Indian Prime Minister visited Bangladesh on March 17, 1972, on the birthday of the Father of the Nation. It was Bangabandhu who signed the historic alliance between Bangladesh and India. This historic agreement was signed on March 19, 1972 during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to Bangladesh, which is the foundation of the relationship between the two countries. On May 16, 1974, the Bangladesh-India border agreement was signed at the initiative of Bangabandhu. Through these agreements, the father of the nation took the 'independence' of Bangladesh to a new height. Bangabandhu laid the foundation for a relationship full of mutual respect and dignity between the two countries. Those who opposed the independence of Bangladesh in 71, started anti-India slogans in the hope of cheap popularity in Bangladesh after independence. In 1975, the evil forces that brutally killed the father of the nation with his own family spread hatred for India and spread the conspiracy to turn Bangladesh into Pakistan again. 'Anti-India' was a cheap political trend in the politics of post-75 Bangladesh. The opposite course of the liberation war was revived by the intimidation of 'Bharat Juju'. Opposition of India, opposition of Awami League and opposition of the spirit of the liberation war were gradually combined into one point in a planned manner. When Awami League comes to power, Bangladesh will become a state of India. If the Awami League comes to power, ululudhvani will be heard in the mosque. There will be no Azan in the mosque. etc. various statements were spread in Goebbels style. Zia, Ershad and Begum Zia have continuously tried to mislead the public with these cheap rumors. With these statements, fanatics, fundamentalists and anti-freedom forces have been given an opportunity to flourish.
From 1975 to 1996, the hottest issue in the politics of Bangladesh was 'India'. Even in the election campaign of 1996, Begum Zia said in a public meeting in Feni, 'If Awami League wins the election, Feni will be taken over by India (Source: Daily Ittefaq 30 May 1996). But India fear did not work in that election. Awami League came to power after 21 years. After receiving the responsibility of running the country, Sheikh Hasina was able to negotiate the water distribution agreement of the Ganges. The Hill Peace Treaty was another unique achievement of her. Bangladesh-India relations were moving on a normal path again. Meanwhile, India started a 'new diplomacy' towards neighboring countries. On the principle of ‘Not just relationship with one party’ India was keen to develop relations with all political parties in Bangladesh. It is from this interest that India increased its proximity with BNP and Jamaat. A high-level delegation of BNP visited India before the 2001 elections. BNP made a bunch of promises during that visit. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said these things directly in several of her speeches. She said that ‘India's intelligence agency 'R' had a meeting with BNP. In that meeting, 'R' agreed to cooperate with BNP in the election.’ A historic event happened in the 2001 election. A rare unity between India and Pakistan formed in favor of BNP. The head of Pakistan's intelligence agency admitted in a court deposition that the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI had given money to BNP in that election. But after the 2001 elections, India becomes disillusioned. Bangladesh-India border region became a sanctuary for Indian separatists with Pakistani help. After the 10-truck weapons incident, India realizes that 'nothing is more dangerous than a greedy, unfaithful friend.' BNP played an excellent Tata drama at that time. The then energy adviser screamed with joy that Tata was investing in Bangladesh. BNP leaders keep singing chorus, Tata is coming, Tata is coming. But suddenly the Tata song went off. The BNP-Jamaat coalition government has said, "there is no deal with Tata due to gas price issue." But India's influential magazine Frontline broke the bones in the market. They said in an exclusive report that, ‘An influential figure from the BNP government and his friend demanded a huge amount of bribe from Tata. There is no scope for such deviation in Tata's investment guidelines. That is why Tata withdrew from investment in Bangladesh.’ Which means, BNP has not considered the interests of the people of Bangladesh in its relations with India. For the sake of staying in power, they have spread hatred towards India. Also, they gave their all to India to come to power.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has been causing a lot of noise pollution since the beginning of the Prime Minister's visit to India. Mirza Fakhrul said, ‘Every time Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visits, she only gives but cannot bring anything.’ BNP Secretary General said 'I don't want to talk about the Prime Minister's visit to India. We have a bitter and disappointing experience behind us. Every time we hoped that maybe this time, she would come up with something. Every time I have seen, he has only given but could not bring anything.' Is friendship a give-and-take relationship? If a relationship is only about give and take, then that can be anything but friendship. BNP's Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi is tougher than Mirza Fakhrul. He said, ‘Sheikh Hasina has sold sovereignty to India.’ Ruhul Kabir Rizvi is an immense entertainment in the politics of Bangladesh. His words are so hilarious that its hard to take is seriously. Mirza Fakhrul is a wise person. He was a teacher before joining politics. He was an MP; he was a minister. So, his comment will worry us. The Father of the Nation gave Bangladesh-India relations a foundation of respect and equality. But what did the BNP-Jatiya Party and Fakhruddin-Moin U Ahmed government bring from India after 75? I tried to find out a little bit.
On 19 December 1977, Ziaur Rahman visited India for the first time after assuming power. A Ministry of External Affairs notification called the visit, ‘Developing the best relationship with the neighbor’. No deal was signed during the two-day visit. No agreement was signed. Zia met Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai at a tea party. There the Prime Minister of India presented a suit piece to Zia. "Anandbazar" of December 20 published an excellent indicative report about this. "Morarji gave Zia a suit piece as soon as he left his uniform." Zia was then the army chief, the chief martial law administrator and the president. The dashing politician Desai gave him a suit piece to convince him that, there is no Bilateral talks with a self-proclaimed president in uniform. Zia made two more visits to India during his reign. On January 21, 1980, Zia visited India to attend the UNIDO conference. Just 7 days before Zia's visit to India, Indira Gandhi made a royal comeback on January 14 through the vote revolution. She again became the Prime Minister of India with an absolute majority. At that time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh could not arrange a courtesy meeting with Mrs. Gandhi despite its best efforts. Zia's last visit to India was on 3 September 1980. Zia visited India to attend the Regional Commonwealth Conference. This time he was able to participate in a photo session with the Prime Minister of India. Zia did not utter a word about Ganges water, border killing etc.
After the death of Zia, the then army chief Hussain Mohammad Ershad seized power on March 24, 1982. Ershad came to power and tried to win India's heart. On October 6, 1982, Ershad accompanied Roshan Ershad on a tour to India. According to the news of "Times of India", Ershad presented the rationale for the imposition of martial law and his assumption of power to the Indian government. "Anandbazar" says that Ershad was gifted a pair of cows from India. The following year, Ershad again went to Delhi to attend the Non-Aligned Conference. This time he was able to have a meeting with Indira Gandhi. But Ershad could not even bring the unresolved issue of Bangladesh to the discussion table. Ershad went to India on November 3, 1984 to attend Indira Gandhi's funeral. Ershad's last visit to India was on July 16, 1986. This was Ershad's first and only state visit. In this meeting with Rajiv Gandhi, there was no discussion about the distribution of Ganges water or land boundary agreement.
Begum Zia came to power and went on a three-day visit to India on 25 May 1992. It was the state visit of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. In the private meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narasimha Rao, the main topic of discussion was to stop the entry of illegal Bangladeshis into India. After the meeting of Begum Zia with Narasimha Rao, pushin started from India. Begum Zia spoke to reporters at the airport after returning to Dhaka after a three-day visit. At that time a journalist asked if there was any discussion about the distribution of Ganges water. Begum Zia said, "I had forgotten about it." Anyway, the push in started after the Prime Minister's visit to India. India began deporting illegal infiltrators back to Bangladesh. The local media claimed that Begum Zia had given a bond in this regard during her visit. After Begum Zia came to power for the second term, on March 20, 2006, Begum Zia went to Delhi with a delegation of 96 members including 40 businessmen. Manmohan Singh's meeting with Begum Zia was full of bitterness. India expresses concern over the activities of Indian separatists in Bangladesh. The two Prime Ministers also discussed the persecution of minorities and emigration of Hindus. The Indian Prime Minister demanded Bangladesh's clear role in dealing with militancy and separatists in the interest of regional security. The meeting was so bitter that the two countries did not even issue a joint manifesto. A joint press release was pledged to work together on all issues, including security and trade. The BNP-Jamaat alliance led by Begum Zia left power creating a terrible political turmoil. In this context, one-eleven government led by Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed came to power. The main authority of this army-backed government was in the hands of the then army chief General Moin U Ahmed. In February 2008, General Moin U Ahmed went to India on a five-day visit at the invitation of the Indian Army Chief. During that visit, Bangladesh Army Chief had a courtesy call on Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He held an important meeting with Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee. General Moin U Ahmed returned with six horses after a 5-day tour.
Following the words of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, I tired found out the history of the visits of the heads of government of all periods to India. Apart from Father of the Nation Bangabandhu and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has anyone else been able to bring anything from India to the people of Bangladesh? In the first term, Sheikh Hasina signed an agreement on the distribution of Ganges water. In his second term, she implemented the land boundary agreement signed during Bangabandhu's time. The treaty was signed in 1974 but was not ratified by the Indian Parliament. Zia, Ershad, Begum Zia no one even tried to implement it. Due to Sheikh Hasina's successful diplomacy, the enclave's life in captivity ended. Sheikh Hasina settled the sea dispute. She took initiatives to stop border killings. This time she has collected the share of the Kushiara river water. Brought transit facilities. On the other hand, she adopted a zero tolerance policy towards separatists and restored trust and confidence between the two countries. The Prime Minister's visit was very important in the global context. Especially, when the world is speeding towards a Great Recession. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister went to India and brought assurance of food and fuel for the people of this country during the emergency. Those who don't understand how big of an achievement it is, are actually sinners of knowledge.
Shefali Rani Das. She slipped and fell while fetching water from the pond, when she was 23. The lower part of the left leg got infected due to poor treatment. Later her left leg was amputated above the knee. Shefali, the mother of two children of Charfashan, was living a crippled life with one leg. But after the election of October 1, 2001, the crippled Shefali was not spared. On October 2, the day after the parliamentary elections, terrorists attacked Shefali's village. While the other women fled across the water and mud, Shefali, on crutches, could not cross the waist-deep water. Instead of helping a helpless crippled woman, the terrorists capture her. Took away her honor. In October 2001, such incidents happened indiscriminately across Bangladesh. "We are not so sorry for the goods looted by the terrorists. But how can we forget the shame and humiliation of the attack on the dignity of those women." This is how a Hindu woman of Charannadaprasad village in Lord Hardinge Union of Lalmohan Upazila of Bhola spoke of her helplessness after the 2001 elections.
Today, when some quarters are complaining about human rights in Bangladesh, I am reminded of October 2001. In the meantime, a documentary called 'Aynaghar' is being widely circulated on social media. In the documentary, a Malaysian expatriate is like the hero of a Bollywood film. Blindfolded, he told me where and how he was taken by which road. Another almost unnatural ex-army officer recounted how he was ordered to kill various people during the time of Babur (Lutfuzzaman Babur). He also gave a confessional statement that he committed extrajudicial killings in Rajshahi, Chittagong. He swore that he did not kill anyone innocently. Wow. So Babar, the State Minister of Home Affairs of the BNP government, would have ordered the killing without court, law, or trial? After the Ayanaghar documentary, the BNP leaders started chanting the name 'Ayanaghar'. Civil society started condemning and criticizing. Human rights violations in Bangladesh are now a serious issue. How strange! After seeing all these drama question comes to mind, alas human rights: Whom do you belong? A deeper analysis of the reason for the outcry of some people after Michelle Bachelet's recommendation and the Ayanaghar shows that this campaign is aimed at achieving a specific goal. This campaign has targeted the army, the symbol of Bangladesh's independence and sovereignty. This campaign is against the state. Against the existence and sovereignty of Bangladesh. The campaign aims to question the armed forces, the symbol of our sovereignty.
In 2020 and 2021, similar foul play began against Elite Force RAB. In February 2021, Al Jazeera aired a controversial documentary called 'All the Prime Minister's Men'. In this controversial report, some fabricated allegations were presented against them. On December 10 that year (2021), the United States imposed a ban on RAB. Those who made 'All the Prime Minister's Men' are the ones who made the documentary Ayanaghar. Now their target is the army. The crocodile cry on the issue of human rights in Bangladesh began during the trial of war criminals. Since 1975, the anti-independence forces had flourished. In 2008, the Awami League announced war crimes trials in its election pledge. At the time, few believed that the war criminals would finally be brought to justice. But Sheikh Hasina does what she says. He also started the trial of war criminals with infinite courage. Haider Akbar Khan Rono, a senior leader of the Communist Party, told me, "If Sheikh Hasina had not been the Prime Minister, even if the Awami League had been in power, the war criminals would not have been prosecuted." However, when the war criminals were prosecuted, the wealthy group hired various international human rights organizations. Such as Human Rights Watch. They were the first to raise questions about Bangladesh's human rights in the international arena. Since then the issue of 'human rights' has become a profitable business. Organizations like HRC raise various complaints against Bangladesh in different countries. The United States wants to know various information from Bangladesh about missing persons and extrajudicial killings. The Bangladesh Embassy in the United States has not disclosed this information. The United States also sent several letters to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh. Wanted to know how true the allegations of human rights violations are. Wanted to know their information with a list of 76 people. The Ministry of External Affairs has played 'musical pillow' on this ever since. An inter-ministerial letter writing competition was held. But did not give United States the right answer. As a result, the US administration banned RAB on December 10.
The ambassador of Bangladesh in the United States woke up and said, “Is that so? I don’t know anything about this.” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, "This is very unfair." But by then, the damage was done. Those who conspired against RAB have succeeded. Now the conspiracy has started against the army. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said, "An independent commission must be formed to investigate allegations of human rights violations." She proposed setting up of an independent, impartial and transparent investigative agency to address serious allegations of disappearances, extrajudicial killings and torture. A week has passed and Bangladesh has not given any official response to the proposal. Why this mess? Why ignore this?
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights came to Bangladesh on the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On arrival, she held a meeting with three ministers. On August 15, the day of the biggest human rights violation in the history of Bangladesh, she met 20 people known as critics of the government in a five-star hotel. Before that meeting, "Netra News" published "Aynaghar". 20 invitees spoke in the tone of Aynaghar. Michel said openly during the farewell that she believed in their words. Usually in such cases, the government officials meet at the end. The government has an opportunity to respond to the complaints raised. But in Michelle's meeting, the government or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not took that opportunity. Why? Is it incompetence or part of the conspiracy?
I have something to say about the meeting of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights with alleged human rights activists on August 15. Why is such a meeting organized on the National Mourning Day? Did the meeting pay tribute to the father of the nation? A minute's silence was observed in memory of the martyrs of August 15? If the topic of human rights violations of 1975 does not come up in the discussion about human rights on the National Day of Mourning, then it must be understood that the meeting is purposeful and biased. There is a conspiracy behind that meeting. The ghosts of the August 15 killers have become peddlers of human rights.
Where was the human rights when the father of the nation was brutally killed with his family in 1975? Where was the human rights when the indemnity ordinance was issued stopping the trial of the murder of the father of the nation? From 1975 to 1996, disappearances and murders occurred constantly. Colonel Taher's murder, thousands of soldiers were killed in prison without trial. Where were our peddlers of human rights?
The rampage of the BNP-Jamaat alliance when came to power in 2001 can be seen from the newspapers of the time: Two Awami League workers killed by BNP terrorists in Feni and Sonagazi (Dainik Janakantha, 4 October 2001)
BNP cadres riot in Mirpur due to voting Nouka. (Dainik Shonbad, 4 October 2001)
Attack on Awami League leaders and activists in the capital. (Dainik Ittefaq, 5 October 2001)
BNP activists cut the limbs of Chhatra League leader in Madaripur (Dainik Prothom Alo, 11 October 2001).
A minority school girl was kidnapped and raped after breaking into her house in Sirajganj. (Dainik Prothom Alo, 12 October 2001)
Newspapers can be filled with such numerous titles. At that time, a scholar was asked, what do you say about this insult to humanity? In reply, he said, 'BNP should be given more time. Let’s forget about the political oppression, killing opponents, rape. But what do you call Operation Cleanheart from October 16, 2002 during the BNP-Jamaat coalition government? 58 people died in Operation Cleanheart. More than 20 thousand people were brutally tortured. After 86 days of this campaign, the 'Impunity' Ordinance was issued. Through this, from October 16, 2002 to January 9, 2003, all the killings and tortures of the joint forces were prevented and impunity was given. I didn't see anyone moaning about human rights then. I have not even heard of any recommendations to the UN. The US has not banned anyone either. August 21, 2004 is another scandalous day in the history of Bangladesh politics. On that day, the Awami League rally was attacked on Bangabandhu Avenue. Where were the flag bearers of our human rights? Is human rights only a weapon to be used against the Awami League?
Now there is a commotion about the disappearance of 76 people. The thriller 'Aynaghar' has been made about this disappearance. Looking at the mirror reminded me of the story of Judge Mea. After the August 21 grenade attack, the BNP-Jamaat coalition government discovered Judge Mia. He was made the mastermind behind the 21 August grenade attack. Now, just like Judge Mia, the returned from disappearance is being discovered. The army is being insulted by making false statements with them. It's the same game. Same trick.
Now I am shocked when BNP leaders talk about Aynaghar and disappearances. During the BNP-Jamaat alliance, extrajudicial killings and torture took place arbitrarily. What happened in Bangladesh from 2001 to 2006 would have been investigated and judged if it had been in another country. Unfortunately for us. These crimes against humanity have passed as 'political reality'. Now the main issue of civil society is human rights. Some days they raised the chorus that the economy is gone. But when their guardian World Bank and IMF said, there is no economic crisis in Bangladesh. Economy is right on the way, then they focus on human rights from economy. I was amazed at the breadth of knowledge of these learned scholars. They do not have knowledge in any subject! From egg to chicken. From corona to Madonna. Economy, environment, human rights. An environmental lawyer who went to practice human rights on the day of mourning at Michelle's invitation. How did she suddenly become a human rights expert? The narrating economist also gave his well-thought-out views on human rights. If you notice, it will be seen that only 20-25 civilized people in the country have been walking around with binoculars for 12 years to find the fault of the government in all matters. Those who said there will be no Padma Bridge, those who became astrologers saying that Bangladesh will not get LDC graduation, those who laughed that there will be an epidemic in Bangladesh during Corona, the economy is destroyed, those who clinked glasses of red and white wine saying cheers because Bangladesh is becoming Sri Lanka have now opened a human rights shop. Why? To oust Sheikh Hasina? But while defeating Sheikh Hasina, they have declared war against the country itself. Is the human rights situation in Bangladesh so dire? Recently Fox News of the United States conducted a survey on the citizens of that country. In the survey, 67 percent of American citizens said that the United States is an unsafe country. Additionally, Fox News conducted a survey in the wake of gun attacks. The FBI recently raided Donald Trump's Florida home. After that campaign, Joe Biden administration was labeled as human rights violator. United States is the leader of the world. If they violate human rights, no one can say anything. The human rights situation in Pakistan and India is terrible. Amnesty International said in a report, "There is no minimum human rights in Pakistan." But there is no ban on Pakistan! Pakistan was not asked to make an independent commission. The issue of human rights is now being inflated like a balloon to attack this government and Bangladesh. Their goals are very clear. Before the election they will make even more horrible unbelievable lies about the army. The final step of this conspiracy is to ban the Bangladeshi army in the UN peacekeeping mission. Michelle's press conference is proof that they have come a long way in this conspiracy. Various games have been started behind the scenes so that the next election does not take place. Sheikh Hasina has made some policy revolutions in Bangladesh. One of these is the addition of 7(a) to the Constitution. Through this article of the constitution, she has closed forever the way to seize power in unconstitutional ways. The Prime Minister has made another silent revolution by making the army an impartial, professional institution. She kept the army away from its tendency to become an instrument of politics by taking all measures to promote professional excellence. That is why the army now keeps itself away from the political affairs of the country. Here lies the anger and resentment of civil society. That's why there are various complaints every day in the western countries including the United States. As a result, the United States is now talking about democracy, participatory elections in Bangladesh every day. European countries have also followed the United States in the upcoming elections. After participating in the 2018 elections, the BNP has gone back to demanding a caretaker government.
The Jatiya Party under the leadership of GM Quader is now behaving like a stranger. In the end, if Jatiya Party agrees with BNP, they will not hold elections. Then again a one-sided election situation like 2014 will be created. At this time, if psychological pressure can be created on the army, then the way for the ascendancy of civil power will be created. I am sure the prime minister knows the ins and outs of the conspiracy of civil and anti-state evil forces. What will she do to counter the conspiracy? The Bangladeshi ambassador to the United States committed a kind of betrayal in the matter of banning RAB. Our foreign ministry has shown incompetence and failure. Here too there may be conspirators. The promising institution called National Human Rights Commission has become a den trash. It is also necessary to look into the conspiracy of the bureaucrats. Now there is a tendency to shelve the UN proposals. So initiatives must be taken now without any delay. There are many worthy people who believe in the spirit of liberation war. They have to be utilized. The battle has begun. Sheikh Hasina must win this battle. For the people of this country. For the existence of the state called 'Bangladesh'.
October 1, 2001. How many of us remember this day twenty-one years ago? On that day, a national parliamentary election was held in Bangladesh under the caretaker government. On July 13, 2001, a peaceful handover of power took place for the first time in the history of Bangladesh. After ruling the country for 5 years, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed over power to the non-partisan caretaker government
Tears rolled down my eyes when Krishna Rani Sarkar scored the third goal against Nepal. Couldn't contain my emotions. I guess many like me were overwhelmed with emotions on September 19. There are many doubts, uncertainty and disappointment in Bangladesh right now. Our cricket is stuck in the quicksand of failure. In the meantime, this extraordinary success of our girls is like a heavy rain in the desert. This is not just a SAFF win. I don't see it as just a tournament victory. This victory is a victory against fundamentalism, victory against evil. This victory is the victory of marginalized people. This victory is the victory of indomitable fighting Bengali women. 11 of them seem to have answered many questions.
The Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina went to India on a four-day visit at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A formal meeting was held between the Prime Ministers of the two countries on September 6. During the meeting, seven MoUs were signed between the two countries, including pledges for fuel and food aid. India has provided duty free transit facility to Bangladesh.
I was watching Asia Cup match between Bangladesh vs Afghanistan. Our batsmen were more busy coming and going than staying on the crease. I was upset. At this time, a friend called. He asked me, what are you doing? 'Watching the game' I said nonchalantly. My friend is famous for many innovative ideas. He said, do you know what is the real problem of the Bangladesh...
Shefali Rani Das. She slipped and fell while fetching water from the pond, when she was 23. The lower part of the left leg got infected due to poor treatment. Later her left leg was amputated above the knee. Shefali, the mother of two children of Charfashan, was living a crippled life with one leg. But after the election of October 1, 2001, the crippled Shefali was not spared.