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There was and always will be conspiracy against Sheikh Hasina, but…

Publish: 03:14 PM, 06 Aug, 2022


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One of the great qualities of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is that she speaks clearly. She speaks frankly what she believes. She also uttered something clear in an event on Wednesday. Sheikh Hasina said, 'The conspiracy to oust me is being strengthened.' She said, 'There was a conspiracy before 2014 election and also before 2018 election. As the next elections is approaching, again...'. Conspiracies against Sheikh Hasina are not new. She survives by fighting against the conspiracy. And she has come so far. Various groups have conspired against Sheikh Hasina at different times. Sometimes the anti-independence forces, sometimes the international community, sometimes an influential part of the Awami League were involved in various conspiracies against Sheikh Hasina. These conspiracies were not ultimately successful due to various reasons. Rather, in some cases, these conspiracies have strengthened Sheikh Hasina. Made her popular.

 

One thing about our Prime Minister is worth noting. She does not expect anything from anyone. August 15, 1975 taught her a strange reality. When a man is free from 'expectations', he does not get frustrated, betrayal, negligence doesn't hurt him anymore. Let's say you give someone some money. If you lend it to him there will be an expectation of getting the money back. You will be waiting. We will be upset if there is a delay or if you do not get the money back at all. You will be disappointed. Sometimes you will be angry. But if you just give the money outright, you are free from any expectation of return. No deception, disappointment will affect you. You did a favor to your friend. But if you do it out of a desire to exchange something, you may have problems. You will have expectations to get something in return. If suddenly you are in crisis, then will think about that friend you helped before and expect him to help you back in your time of crisis. But your friend does not come forward. You will be more upset for the behavior of that friend than for your problems. 'Expectation' is a deadly disease. People suffer when rejection and betrayal come against expectations. His ability to work decreases. Loses the meaning of life. Sheikh Hasina may have uprooted the word 'Expectation' from her heart after August 15, 1975. If she makes someone a minister or secretary, she never expects that minister or secretary to do anything for Sheikh Hasina in return. Rather, Sheikh Hasina has learned from '75 that the person she brought to the footlights can be the biggest traitor. Sheikh Hasina does not expect anything from Awami League leaders (whom she has brought forward). A person without desire for attainment and expectation is unburdened, neat and persistent in goals. She works endlessly to achieve her goals. When a man can separate himself from thinking about what he will get in return, he can conquer the impossible. Sheikh Hasina is such a person. Fear especially fear of death constricts, confuses and scares people. Cowardly people think twice before taking any action. But when a man conquers the fear of death he becomes invincible. Like the father of the nation. He said in his speech, 'I am a Bengali, I am a human being, I am a Muslim. Muslims die once, not twice.' Bangabandhu was able to establish independent Bangladesh, because he despised death. August 1975 did not take away her parents and relatives from Sheikh Hasina. It also took away her fears and transformed her into a fearless woman. As a result, Sheikh Hasina, who is not afraid of death, is uniquely brave and fearless. She can easily face any difficult situation. Be a Himalayan of courage and stand up against adverse situations. When a man is outspoken, free from material attainments and expectations, and courageous, he becomes an invincible superman of great power. If there is a desire for human well-being, welfare and good in that person, then it is impossible to suppress it. That is why Sheikh Hasina is irresistible. This society is the battle field between humanity and monsters. This world is the battlefield of good and evil. The eternal conflict between good and evil is the history of the world. When you stand for humanity, vow good deeds, embrace goodness, the 'demon' will attack you. Will want to defeat you. Will conspire against you. That's the rule. Therefore, it cannot be that Sheikh Hasina's good thoughts will not have an opponent. The better Sheikh Hasina does, the angrier the demons will be. The more welfare Sheikh Hasina does to people, the more ferocious the demons will be. The more Sheikh Hasina succeeds in her goals, the more terrifying the demons will be. This is normal. It is through these conflicts that the society, the state and the country move forward. Sheikh Hasina's life and politics flow in the same direction. Demons have been conspiring since '75. The shape and color of the conspiracy has changed with time. The conspiracies are getting worse day by day. When Sheikh Hasina took charge of Awami League in 1981, there was a conspiracy against her. The aim of that conspiracy was to prevent her from coming to the country. She was intimidated. But Sheikh Hasina came to the country stained with her father's blood by fighting against that conspiracy. Sheikh Hasina could have been killed during her homecoming in 1981. There was also a plan to arrest her and keep her away from politics. But Sheikh Hasina has conquered the fear of death. Her courage and the tumult of the crowd swept away the conspiracy.

 

Even after her return home, there was a conspiracy against her. This time in Awami League itself. When Sheikh Hasina took charge of the Awami League, there were the soldiers of Bangabandhu's ideals as well as the misguided cowards of the murderous Moshtaq. They were rather powerful. After taking charge of the party, Sheikh Hasina has been obstructed repeatedly. She has been insulted and humiliated. The 'uncles' made Sheikh Hasina's life miserable. Anyone else would have left politics. Just think, can you sit down and talk to your father's murderer? Bangabandhu gave a new identity to an unknown young lawyer. Bangabandhu's generosity earned him 'international' fame. And it was that uncle who started the conspiracy. Fortunately, the emotion called 'expectation' was uprooted by Sheikh Hasina. Otherwise she would have gone crazy with the treachery of the new Moshtaqs. By cornering conspirators within the party, Sheikh Hasina has to move forward on the path of fulfilling Bangabandhu's dream. At one time the "evils" understood that it is not so easy to suppress Sheikh Hasina. The conspiracy then became more sinister. A group wanted to execute another '75. Their main goal was to remove Sheikh Hasina. There has been one assassination attempt after another. Sheikh Hasina miraculously survived many times. Sheikh Hasina's survival on August 21, 2004 is the biggest proof that God can do anything if he wants.

 

Earlier, Sheikh Hasina came to power in 1996 and made her goals clear. She wants to build the golden Bengal of Bangabandhu's dream. That she will not make a single concession to this end became clear in her governance of the country from 1996 to 2001. If Bangladesh becomes Bangabandhu's golden Bengal, then Bangladesh will be a self-reliant, a self-respecting country. Will stand on its own feet. But what about foreign masters then? They will not be able to guardian on this country. Will not be able to take the country’s gas at the price of water. Will not be able to do military check-in in St. Martin. Now the international conspiracy against Sheikh Hasina has started. At that time, the greedy eyes of those in Bangladesh understood that Sheikh Hasina will not harm the country's interests to stay in power. She cannot be forced to be 'supremely loyal'. She will not bow to the lust of power. So, the drama started again. In the 2001 election, there was a palace conspiracy. Civilians, bureaucrats and international influential circles of this country joined the ‘Remove Sheikh Hasina’ mission. Not only did the BNP win, but with a two-thirds majority they were given the license to do whatever they wanted. The Zia family was intoxicated by the corruption festival. Everyone started the festival of corruption by singing “Olotpalot kore de ma lutepute khai” On the other hand, BNP's power partner Jamaat started implementing the blueprint of Islamic Revolution. Bangla Bhai, Sheikh Abdur Rahman appeared on stage. Militants announced that 'Bangla will become Afghanistan' by carrying out simultaneous bomb attacks across the country. Sheikh Hasina's only wealth was the people. Working man, farmers. Their collective sighs turned into roars of protest. This time too, the conspirators failed. They knew that if there is an election, Sheikh Hasina's victory is inevitable. So the civils and their international masters provoked BNP by showing them the greed for power. Through the closed door meeting of Mannan-Jalil, the stage was set to hand over the keys of the country to the civil servants. Finally, the Civils dressed up as groom and entered Bangabhaban. Westerners were able to put their 'own' people in power. Now Bangladesh can be made 'Khobla'. But that sheikh's daughter, very disobedient, says what she thinks openly. Common people also trusts her. That was a pain for the civils. So they gathered and started their research again. This time they discovered the 'minus formula'. For so long, the conspiracies against Sheikh Hasina were of different types. Sometimes Bangabandhu's killers conspired, the killer of '71 joined hands with them. The "uncles" of Awami League have conspired, and the western masters have joined hands. But the conspiracy against Sheikh Hasina in 2007 was all-pervasive and collective. All opponents united to oust Sheikh Hasina. Even a significant section of the Awami League was cast in a more despicable and ugly role than in August 1975. Ordinary people were with Sheikh Hasina. Sheikh Hasina defeated the conspirators of One-Eleven with the love of common people and her own courage, determination and political acumen. One-eleven brought a revolutionary change in Sheikh Hasina's political thinking. She understood that no evil force can defeat her if the people are with her. Basically, in 2008, Sheikh Hasina began to transform from a statesman to a philosophical politician. This conversion process is still ongoing. Everything except the people is unnecessary to her now. That is why she has kept the ministers as puppets for the showcase. She has no expectations from Awami League leaders either. Sheikh Hasina tries to understand the desire of the people. The implementation of that desire is the main moto of her politics. The thoughts of the scholars, the criticism of the media is all worthless here. The people of this country do not trust anyone except Sheikh Hasina.

 

The late Dr. Humayun Azad interviewed Gyantapas Abdur Razzaq on December 2, 1984. In that interview, Gyantapas said, “…The common people of our country, rickshaw pullers, slum dwellers, stood a little straighter during Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's time. Felt a little stronger. It is not that they have fallen into a very bad financial condition or they were in a very good financial condition at that time. But I understand very clearly that a large number of people now feel very helpless. They never felt so helpless before. The more people in society realize that they are important to society, that they are also essential to society, the better. Gandhi or Jinnah were leaders of the people, not part of the people. But during Mujib's time people started to feel that Sheikh Mujib was part of them.” Sheikh Hasina has also brought back that feeling among the people. The people of this country think that Sheikh Hasina is part of them. That is why she is strong. Very powerful. Because there is no greater power than the power of the people. That's why the fair and neat people of the upper class of the society don't like her. Wants to overthrow her. We know those who want to oust Sheikh Hasina. Sheikh Hasina knows it too. That is why she conveyed the message to the people. Because she knows that in crisis these slum dwellers, rickshaw pullers, fishermen, farmers, workers will protect her by becoming a human wall.

 

Sheikh Hasina saw '75, saw '81, saw '91. He came back from the brink in 2001 and 2007. Sheikh Hasina knows that these bureaucrats will change color in crisis. Or surrender helplessly. Sheikh Hasina knows that Awami League collapses in crisis. Cannot build a united resistance. In every crisis, some new Moshtaqs are born. Sheikh Hasina knows that many of those whom she has given a chance to prosper will not recognize her. That is why she gave the message of conspiracy to her real warriors. Because the people know that Sheikh Hasina is theirs. As was Bangabandhu. It is the people who remove the darkness of crisis all the time. It is the initiative of common people that the darkness of economic crisis is disappearing. Remittance warriors sent $2.1 billion in one month. Export income increased by 15 percent. Farmers are producing crops intensively. The conspiracies that started with the economic crisis have gradually lost ground. But there will be more conspiracies ahead. The people will stop that conspiracy. Because they know that without Sheikh Hasina, they will become disenfranchised again. Without Sheikh Hasina, they will be powerless. Sheikh Hasina and Bangladesh are now same name. Without Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh will cease to exist.



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Flatterers are the Mostaq of current era

Publish: 02:54 PM, 14 Aug, 2022


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August 8 was Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib's 92nd birth anniversary. On this occasion, Awami League and the government held several programs. The main program was organized by the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs. In the Chief Guest's speech, the Prime Minister made several commemorates about Bangabandhu and Bangamata. A commemorate was very relevant and significant. The memoir goes like this: People around tried to mislead Bangabandhu. The people of our country probably have a character. If there is someone in the government, those who are around him, they try to make the overall situation of the country very beautiful. At that time Bangmata was in contact with Awami League leaders and workers from all over the country. So my mother knew what was happening in the country. Mother said to father, the price of rice is increasing. Father went to office and looked into the matter. One in the office said, the rice price ok, it’s not that much. Father came home and said to my mother, “I asked them to inquiry, they said it’s not that much.’ Then mother said to father, they did not give you correct information. I am giving you money, tell the person who said it to buy me 40kg of rice. She really gave the money. But rice is not available at that price. Then my mother said to father that they always try to confuse you. Be careful about this.” The event is significant. There are multifaceted explanations for this phenomenon. First, those around the head of government are misleading. Wants to show that everything is fine. Conceals real information. As a result of this flattery, the head of state and the government suffers. The outcome is zero. Second, it is essential that the person who governs the government has its own source of information. So he gets the true and correct news. Then there is no chance for him to get confused. Thirdly, it is very important to have a selfless person at the head of the government. Thirdly, it is very important to have some selfless person to the head of the government. He or those who will think of his (head of government) welfare and the welfare of the country. Will not seek self-interest in everything.

 

The head of government knows that those around him also want to make the situation very beautiful. Conceal the truth. The group which flattered and misinformed Bangabandhu in 1975 is still active. Let us consider the current situation of the country. The Minister of State for Power and Energy called the journalists and lamented. He spoke as if the country is a sinking ship and he is the savior. He said, the price of oil in the world market has increased abnormally. For this reason, the price of fuel oil has been increased to a tolerable level. That’s good. I am personally against the subsidy culture. Unbridled subsidy in everything is a major obstacle to the development of a state. If the price of oil increases in the international market, then it is logical to increase the price. But where was the Minister of State for so long? When the prices in the world market were increasing by leaps and bounds. Why didn't he increase the price when it reached 170 dollars per barrel? What was he waiting for at that time? Why did he make this decision when the price of oil is falling now, and it is expected to fall further in the future? To embarrass the government? The speech of the Minister of State for Power is incoherent, random. He said, "If the price of oil had not increased, we would have gone bankrupt." The Minister of State for Power said, 'We are increasing the price because we want to escape from my bankruptcy. My funds are running out.' Really worrying. One of the functions of a government is to understand the situation and plan for the future. The war began in February. Why is the Minister of State lamenting about it in August? That means he failed to grasp the reality of the situation. He failed to perform his duties on time. The state minister says, BPC would have gone bankrupt. But the economic survey of Bangladesh says otherwise. According to the government's calculations, the accumulated profit of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation till last May is 48 thousand crores. BPC is the richest bank customer in the country. So which one is true? While people were discussing on this question, BPC held a press conference on the calculation of money last Wednesday. Looking at the BPC account, I remembered a story of Mulla Nasiruddin. Mulla bought 1 kg of meat from the market and gave it to his wife to cook it. He said, I will come back and eat. In between, the wife's relatives came to visit. Mulla's wife cooked the meat and feed her relatives. When Mulla came back and sat down to eat, he saw no meat. Surprised, Mulla asked his wife where the meat was. Mulla's wife said, the cat has eaten the meat. Mulla Nasruddin caught the cat. He weighed the cat with a stick and the weight of the cat was also 1 kg. Mulla asked his wife if this is meat then where is the cat and if it is a cat then where is the meat. BPC's profit has been used on development. Like Mulla, we also want to ask, where is the profit of BPC and if the money was used in development then where is that development? In fact, not the state minister, but former and current bureaucrats together decided to increase the price of fuel oil. And they made this decision at a time when the price of oil in the world market is decreasing. That means it is being done to discredit the government. The flatterers must have told the head of government that there was no option but to increase the price. Prices have been increased to bearable levels. Who will tell the head of government that everything is on fire as a result of such a huge price increase? In the meantime, the flatterers are not sitting around. People are not suffering; people still walk around wearing clothes; no one is hungry. Some of the ministers themselves have gone crazy while talking about these things.

 

After winning the 2018 elections, the Prime Minister adopted a zero-tolerance policy against corruption. The Prime Minister rushed to the Ministry of Public Administration. She said, "Salaries have been increased so corruption will not be tolerated." But did the flatterers listen to the Prime Minister? According to Swiss Bank's report last June, Tk 3 thousand crores were smuggled from Bangladesh in one year. The amount of money of Bangladeshis in Swiss bank is more than Tk 8 thousand crore. Swiss Ambassador to Bangladesh Nathalie Chuard said on Wednesday, "Bangladesh did not ask for the information of any specific person regarding the money deposited in the Swiss bank." I was a little surprised by the statement of the Swiss ambassador. There is a volatility going on in the dollar crisis. The price of dollar in the open market is Tk 120. The finance minister has announced a 'general amnesty' to repatriate the smuggled money. A speech of Foreign Minister Dr. Abdul Momen a year ago cleared my thoughts. He said, "Bureaucrats have more houses and assets abroad. We thought that only politicians had houses in Canada, the United States. But we found that bureaucrats are the majority here." That's why there is no initiative to recover the smuggled money. And now there is a special discount to bring that money back. Big arrangements to honor the money launderers. Chanakya's Arthashastra is about 2 thousand years old. Even two years ago, the words of bureaucrats appeared in Chanakya's writings. Chanakya wrote, 'If there is poison or honey on the tip of the tongue, it is impossible not to lick it, just as it is impossible to deal with government funds and not taste even one bit of the government's wealth. Just as it is impossible to know when a fish drinks water, it is impossible to determine when the responsible public servants embezzle funds. 'Chanakya wrote, 'Government servants become rich in two ways. Either they cheat the government, or they oppress the people.' By defrauding the government, they built wealth in Begumpara, New York, London. Now the people are being oppressed by increasing the price of fuel oil, increasing the price of goods without restraint, and encouraging arbitrariness in housing. I am sure there is no one to tell the Prime Minister that the people are in dire straits due to the rise in fuel prices. There is not a Bangamata who will tell the Prime Minister that the people of the country are in trouble, there is fire in the rice market, anarchy in public transport and the middle class are disoriented. There is no one who will say, 1hour load shedding is now 6 hours. Who will say, they are not giving you the correct information. They are actually flattering. They try to make everything look good and withhold information.

 

Bangladesh has asked the IMF for a $4.5 billion loan. Bangladesh can ask for a loan. It is not like Bangladesh has never asked for a loan before. But this time there is a little more fuss about the loan. What is the reason? "People around". The former governor of Bangladesh Bank showed the foreign exchange reserves of Bangladesh is over 40 billion. Now it is slightly below 40 billion. It is normal for the reserve to be more or less. But the IMF delegation came and said that there is a discrepancy in the reserve. It is like the cow is in the book but not in the cowshed. The former governor was a bureaucrat. He knew well how to cover up a crisis with information. The current governor is also a bureaucrat. He came and said, 'The economy is in crisis. We are trying to get through.' The government will deal with the economic crisis. Bangladesh Bank will fix the banking management. Will stop defaulting loans. Prevent money laundering. I do not understand when the governor of Bangladesh Bank got the responsibility of finance minister. A group of bureaucrats say everything is fine. The other party says there is crisis. Both are flattery. Both are embarrassing the government. After the visit of the IMF, bureaucrats and flatterers are restless. IMF, World Bank, ADB, JICA are all now being approached for loans. So how much is our reserve? The confusion has spread to such an extent that no information about the reserve is credible anymore. At least not to people. The mutual trust of the people of Bangladesh is already low. In the 1980s, Professor Razia Akhtar Banu showed in a study that the mutual trust of the people of Bangladesh is very low. In his study, only 4.5 percent of the population in rural areas trust each other. In urban areas, the mutual trust rate is 2.5 percent. Only two leaders were able to gain the trust of the people of Bangladesh. People around Bangabandhu tried to isolate him from the people. They used to hide the truth and give false information. Which came out in the speech of the Prime Minister on August 8. Now the same group is trying to mislead the Prime Minister as well. Trying to disconnect the Prime Minister from the people. Those who flattered and concealed information at that time were the killers of 1975, Mostaq and his accomplices. Now those who are hiding the truth by flattering, not giving the real information to the head of government, artificially trying to make everything look normal, are the new Mostaqs. What is the point of saying everything is all right, our economy is great? And if everything is so great then why asking for an IMF loan? The two are contradictory. IMF is the moneylender of this era. In this regard, I cannot but mention some parts of Dr. Akbar Ali Khan's article "Economics of Mulla Nasruddin". Dr Akbar Ali Khan wrote, 'When Mulla died seven hundred years ago, no one imagined the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund. Even in the city of Washington, where the headquarters of both companies are located, there was no city. It is doubtful whether there was any settlement at all. But Mulla has not seen the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund but has seen many moneylenders. It is possible to understand the rules of these two institutions only if you know the behavior of moneylenders. I remember a story of Mulla in this context. It is said that Mulla Nasruddin was very fond of elephant. So, he went to the moneylender to collect the money to buy the elephant. Mulla said to the moneylender, lend me some money. The moneylender said, why? Mulla replied, I want to buy an elephant. Moneylender asked, if you don't have money, how can you raise elephants? Mulla regretfully said, "I came to you for money, not for advice."

 

Ask the finance minister of any developing country and you will hear Mulla's regret. A few days ago, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund went to Moscow to discuss with the Russian Prime Minister. After the discussion, reporters asked Prime Minister Primakov of Russia for his response. Primakov told reporters that he expected the Managing Director of the Monetary Fund to come with briefcase filled with dollars; But in fact he brought his briefcase full of condition papers. IMF loan conditions are the worst nightmare of finance ministers of least developed countries.' (Source: Economics of altruism; Akbar Ali Khan; page-40)

 

It is a perennial hobby of bureaucrats to approach the IMF, the World Bank. As a result, political authority is reduced. Ministers can be made puppets. It is a bureaucratic machination to control the ruling party by demonizing the IMF in everything. When we are giving the idea of moneylenders, the country's economy is definitely not in normal rhythm. That’s normal. There may be bad times. But it is not a matter of concealment. It is important to tell the truth to the people. As the father of the nation used to speak openly. He used to tell people the truth. In a speech in Rajshahi on May 9, 1972, Bangabandhu said, 'Whatever anyone says, I want to make it clear that I cannot deceive you... I cannot give you anything for three years...' The Prime Minister also in her speech expressed the crisis in the reality of the world. She spoke about the sufferings of the common people. And others are flattering and trying to make the overall situation look good. People should be informed about the real situation. If the country is developed, the cost of living will increase. The luxury of day and night air conditioning with state subsidies need to be stopped. Indiscriminate wastage of state resources gas should be stopped. These truths must be spoken boldly. But there is a terrible trend going on to make everything right with false misleading and contradictory statements. The predecessors of those doing this for flattery tried to mislead Bangabandhu too.

 

I was talking to a tested leader of Awami League about the incident that the Prime Minister told about Bangabandhu and Bangamata. He said that earlier employees (bureaucrat) had minimum integrity. That is why he did not buy rice with the money given by Bangamata. Do you know what the current employees would have done? I found his words very interesting. So, I asked with great enthusiasm, what? The Awami League leader said with a smile, "The bureaucrats would have bought rice from their own pockets, return some money to Bangamata and say to Bangabandhu, Sir, I have told the price of rice a little higher. In fact, the price of rice is even lower." I was speechless after listening to him. He said, the bureaucrats of that time not only misled Bangabandhu, they also misled Bangamata. Officials and flatterers surrounded Bangamata too in a way that she doesn't get to know the price of rice.

 

Apart from that, the grassroots of Awami League used to love Bangabandhu, loved the country, loved the people. Now grassroots only loves themselves. The leaders and workers of that time dared to speak about the truth about rice price to Bangamata. Today's hybrids will say 'no man is and never will be without food.' Artery of true is now useless. 



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Bangladesh in trouble, happiness knows no bound

Publish: 05:21 PM, 30 Jul, 2022


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‘Hey brother, how’s the country? I heard Bangladesh Bank is empty? You will see that there will be no electricity from the next month. Ha ha....’ I went to an office for some urgent work. This is how the office manager welcomed me. His eyes were sparkling with joy. Before I could answer any questions he said, would you like to have tea? Now there is austerity. Drink tea without sugar. He laughed like a gust of wind. The gentleman is a businessman. He flourished after the Awami League came to power. He also has some good connections with Awami League's hybrid ministers. Now he is joking about the crisis of the country. He has become a critic of Awami League. He has become a critic of Awami League. Not only this businessman, some people of the country and the media now seem to lose themselves in happiness. There is dollar crisis in the country. The price of dollar is increasing at a rapid pace. Oh what a joy. They giving wisdom to the nation in talk shows. There is also load-shedding in the country. And everyone is an energy expert in the country right now. Everyone is a scholar. I am seeing pages of reports in the newspaper about the looting in the name of capacity charge. The honorable guests are tired of explaining the government's wrong policies in the energy sector on television talk shows. Some of these civils in white-clothes appear in front of the nation constantly. Their sudden presence to the media has created quite a surprise. It is as if they are playing the role of astrologer. Something bad always happens when our civil servants are frequently visible. Some scholars said that Bangladesh will go bankrupt if the Padma Bridge is self-financed. On July 21, the overjoyed narrator, Economist, embarked on a virtual conversation on the status and trends of the 20 largest projects. He was almost saying, 'Mega or big project debt repayment pressure is coming to the economy in the near future. The grace period for repayment of foreign loans in some major development projects is nearing the end. Repayment of these loans will begin between 2024 and 2026. As the repayment period draws closer, it becomes a cause of concern for the economy. According to him, the situation will get complicated in the next two to three years. This is a matter of concern. A matter of great worry. But why he was saying the words cheerfully? Is it good news that Bangladesh will be in crisis? Another economist is struggling to say three cheers with the fact that foreign exchange reserves have fallen below $40 billion. Commenting that the situation in Bangladesh is similar to Sri Lanka, he could not hide the smile on his face. In the past one week, some newspapers in Bangladesh have been spreading fear. 

"There is no good index except for exports", "Consumption increasing, purchase orders decreasing", "Dollar prices increasing due to the crisis", "The economic crisis is not ending soon", "5 million new people will fall below the poverty line in Bangladesh" etc headlines are terrible bad news for people like us. Our eyes go blurred when we hear such news. Our hands and feet get cold. You can ignore the news in the newspaper. But how can you ignore the predictions of the scholars? On July 24, several of One-Eleven's advisory boards came together under the umbrella of the CPD. They sang chorus of woes in unison over the country's economic woes. Among them, finance advisers of one-eleven government lamented over inflation for a while. But he easily forgot that the country was in dire economic crisis under his leadership in 2007 and 2008. Another was the energy advisor to that government. During his tenure there was 12 to 14 hours’ load shedding. He could not provide the minimum solution to the power crisis in two years. However, on that day, he warned the government in a bookish fashion. Another adviser, disillusioned by the rice crisis in 2008 said, "It's easy to sit on the other side of the chair and criticize. But it is difficult to solve the crisis sitting on the chair." He also came up with the theory of 'Iron Triangle' and received applause. In this tale of crisis, a news came out in a newspaper that there is rationing of oil at the petrol pump. Oil is not being given to motorcycles costing more than 400 Tk. Octane is not being given to private cars above 3 thousand Tk. The news is very cleverly presented. You will be horrified to read a piece of news. "However last part of the news said that, petrol-octane is being sold normally at other pumps." A petrol pump may limit or stop the sale of oil for various reasons. But what is the meaning of spreading panic by serving it as national news? The chairman of BPC had to hold a press conference to respond to this irresponsible news. In Bangladesh, many are eagerly waiting to see the country in a position like Sri Lanka. Some television channels licensed during the Awami League period are waiting for the live telecast of that scene. 

This does not mean that there is no crisis in this country. There is no fear in the economy. Yes, of course there is. These crises and fears are intensifying. People are suffering from load shedding every day. Due to the increase in commodity prices, public life is disorientated. The dollar market in unbridled. The dollar crisis is troubling traders. All in all, Bangladesh is suffering. But is it only Bangladesh who is in crisis and struggling? Is inflation only in Bangladesh? Is only Bangladesh facing a shortage in foreign reserve? Is the price of dollar rising in Bangladesh only? No. This is a global crisis. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted a global recession in its July 26 "World Economic Outlook" report. According to the report, the global economic progress has been darkened by the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war after the Corona epidemic. If you read that report a little deeper, it can be seen that the condition of Bangladesh is relatively good despite the troubled situation of the world economy. The report details how global conditions have worsened in countries like the US, Europe, UK, Canada, China and India. The IMF estimates global growth at 3.2 percent this year. Bangladesh's growth has been estimated at 6.4. Bangladesh will do better than China (3.3), Canada (3.4), UK (3.2), Europe (2.6) and USA (2.3) in terms of growth rate. Next year, Bangladesh will surpass India in terms of growth. If Bangladesh practices austerity as a precaution in the global crisis, the why is so much fuss? If some load shedding has to be done for global instability, does it mean the end of everything? Does Bangladesh fail only if there is an abnormal rise in commodity prices for the world market? 

In the current crisis, the biggest fear is being spread about the foreign exchange reserves. The Prime Minister assured the nation last Wednesday, "With the current reserves, food can be imported for the next 6 to 9 months." During the tenure of the current government, the foreign exchange reserves have gone to a position to be proud of. Reserves are a symbol of a country's economic strength and capacity. Bangladesh's reserves were over 40 billion dollars for two years. It recently fell below $40 billion. Some are portraying this foreign exchange reserves below $40 billion as a danger sign. Is that so? Not at all. In economics, it is said that, if a country’s reserve can cover three months of expenses then the country is in comfortable position. With the current reserves, Bangladesh can meet its import expenditure for the next five months. Moreover, there is a downward trend in the reserves of all countries in the world. China has the largest foreign exchange reserves in the world. In the last seven months, China's reserves have fallen from $3,250 billion to $3,050 billion. Japan's reserves fell from $1,400 billion to $1,300 billion. Switzerland's reserves fell from $950 billion to $840 billion. India's reserves are now the lowest in the last 20 years. Last January, India's reserves were $600 billion. Now it is 572 billion dollars. Pakistan's reserves are below 15 billion dollars. With which the country will not be able to meet the expenses of three months. This is why it is said that Pakistan is going to be the next Sri Lanka. However, despite having three times the foreign exchange reserves of Pakistan, some people are bursting with joy that Bangladesh will become Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's reserves are now below $2 billion. 

There has been a moaning over dollar all week. On the last working day, the dollar was sold at Tk.112 in the open market. It's unusual. There is another reason behind this. The dollar has been on an upward trend for the past few months. That is why many consider it a profitable investment. Some are buying dollars with cash in hopes of higher profits. This is a bad trend in the economy. But due to the ongoing economic crisis, the local currency has been depreciating against the dollar for some time. Recently, John Hopkins University economist Steve Hunkey conducted a study on currencies losing value against the dollar. This study shows that the currency is depreciating in every country. According to Steve Hankey, the biggest price drop was the Venezuelan currency, the Bolivar. In the last 30 months, the price of this coin has fallen by almost 100 percent. Zimbabwe dollar is now 950 against 1 dollar. The third drop was the Lebanese pound. 1 US dollar gives you 1510 Lebanese pounds. In the last 30 months, the value of the Lebanese currency has fallen by almost 93 percent. The Syrian pound is now 4010 against the dollar. In the last 30 months, developed country Turkey is also facing a huge economic crisis. Their currency, the lira, has depreciated by nearly 67 percent. Now 17.80 lira is available against 1 dollar. 1 dollar is worth 229 Pakistani rupees. The Indian rupee is also setting new records in its depreciation. 

Last Monday, the Indian rupee touched its lowest level against the dollar. Now 1 dollar is available for 80 rupees. Indian economists say prices will continue to decline. For the first time, the euro, the currency of the European Union, has fallen below the dollar. This decline is predicted to continue. The value of the British pound has fallen by 13 percent in the last 30 months. Is Bangladesh out of the world situation? There is no way to deny that Bangladesh could have been in better situation. Huge amount of money was smuggled abroad. There has been looting festival in some banks. The Supreme Court of the country said, "The biggest crimes are now taking place in the banking sector." Corruption within the government is not being controlled. The government is taking measures to stop these. But maybe that’s not enough. But this crisis has created an opportunity. In personal life also we see that when a man is in financial crisis he curbs his unnecessary expenditure. Eliminates bad habits. This crisis has also created an area to stop wastage in Bangladesh. It has given an opportunity to be tough against corruption. Urged to increase surveillance to stop money laundering. The government must now be thinking; how rational it is to pay capacity payments or rent the power plants while keeping them in place. According to the calculations of the Ministry of Electricity and Water, the government has given about 17 thousand crores to 90 public and private power plants from last July to March. The average power plant rent is about Tk 1,865 crore per month. It remains to be seen what the government does about the situation. But just think about the terrible power crisis the country was in from 2001 to 2008. At that time Quick Rentals was the immediate solution. One doesn't have to be a scholar to understand that the government will get out of quick rental by launching big power generation projects in the future. If projects like Rooppur nuclear project and Rampal shines, there will be no need for quick rental. Awami League's 2008 election manifesto shows that Awami League adopted three strategies to solve the electricity crisis. Short term, medium term and long term. It was this government that freed the nation from 16 to 20 hours of load shedding. Germany is now going back to coal-fired power generation for fuel and electricity. When the Rampal coal-based power plant was announced in Bangladesh, it was these pundits who mourned. Some mourned in the streets siting that the Sundarbans would be destroyed. But now they are saying, we need to emphasize on coal, gas based power generation. Earlier they said, generating electricity with coal will endanger the environment. Now they are saying why they buried the coal underground. What will the government do? A major criticism against the government in the field of energy is its reluctance to extract gas. Few days ago, I saw a former energy advisor saying, 'oil and gas has not been explored within the country as a primary product. It takes 500 crores to dig five gas wells. The government did not want to take the risk in case enough gas is not found. No one could show the political courage to take this risk.' Even after this when someone questions Sheikh Hasina’s Political courage, I only feel sorry for them. Questioning Sheikh Hasina's political courage after the construction of Padma Bridge is ridiculous. It was these scholars who in 2014 strongly criticized the drilling of gas well at one's pleasure. He said, 'Exploring gas without due diligence is a form of corruption.' Having been an energy consultant for two years, how many wells did he dig by taking bold steps? 

A state, a society, a family can suddenly fall into crisis. In such situation true well-wishers stands by side. Give honest advice. But those who are jealous and selfish clap their hands at the other’s pain. Waits for their doom. And laughs at others' suffering. 

The current situation in Bangladesh is the reality of a global crisis. At this time, I see that some people have become opportunist. They are desperate to panic the people by exaggerating the crisis. Dozens intellectuals have been criticizing the government for the past month. Trying to prove the government a failure. Making jokes about the mistakes of the government. But not one of them tells the government what to do. When the government took austerity measures, they said more steps had to be taken. What step? There is no answer to this question. BNP leaders have also been disturbed by the rallying music sung by the civils. The lullaby taught by civilizes are now on the lips of BNP leaders. A desperate attempt to present the current austerity as a government crisis is becoming increasingly visible. If Bangladesh really falls into crisis, they will not feel sorry for this country. Instead, they will celebrate. All the intellectuals say that the crisis will occur in 2023 or 2024. 2023-24 is the election year of Bangladesh. So is this panic festival to keep the government cornered before the election? Do the liberals want to sit in the parliament again by putting a gun on the neck of the BNP and unsettling the people?


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It is important to bring the qualified in front in times of crisis

Publish: 01:32 PM, 23 Jul, 2022


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Load shedding has been announced across the country after a long era. 1 hour in Dhaka. 2 hours outside Dhaka, somewhere even 3-4 hours. In Dhaka too, there have been complaints that the area-based schedule of load shedding is not being followed. Somewhere there is load shedding for 2-3 hours. People cannot accept load shedding in a country that was under 100% electricity for quite a long time. The appearance of the crisis in the economy is no longer a secret. Bangladesh is facing the highest inflation in nine years. A country's inflation rate exceeding 7 percent is a bad news. It makes life miserable for people with limited income. On July 19, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics released the updated inflation data. It shows that the inflation rate in the country is 7.56 percent. There is no good news in foreign exchange reserves either. After two years, the reserves have fallen below $40 billion. If expatriate income does not increase and import spending is not reined in, the crisis will only get worse. The Prime Minister herself has acknowledged the crisis. He said, "The Russia-Ukraine war has caused suffering for the common people." That's why Sheikh Hasina requested everyone to be frugal.

 

Just as unwanted and unexpected crises come in the life of individuals, so too a state can be in crisis. Oftentimes the person has no responsibility for the crisis in their life, they are suddenly faced with a harsh reality without any input of their own. In 2020-21 we have seen many such incidents around us. Many lost their jobs and fell into indescribable misery. In the current crisis in Bangladesh the role of the government is very little. This crisis is not created by the government or the people. Bangladesh is a victim of global situation. The world is now in turmoil due to the US and Western sanctions against Russia. Because of which Bangladesh is faced with such brutal reality. In such a situation, it is the government's responsibility to take the people's side. To assure Respect for citizens, express sympathy. To empathize with their suffering. It is important to present the reality openly to the people. The current government has been in charge of running the country for more than 13 years. Leaders and workers of the party in power for a long time, members of parliament, ministers - all need to be modest, humble and restrained in this situation. So that the people can feel that the government is with them on this and they are trying.

 

It is not possible for any government to deal with such a situation alone. In this global unrest I have observed one positive thing in the government. The government has not been shy about acknowledging the reality. Rather, they have taken some practical steps from the beginning. They have not kept the people in dark. Rather, the real situation has been highlighted to the people. But nobody seemed sincere except Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in being restrained and modest in the crisis. Rather, in some cases, the responsible persons are interested in spreading fear among the citizens by threatening them. Some people are creating irrelevant controversy. What’s the point of talking about when to turn on and turn off the AC in the mosque? People are already in discomfort at this time. Is it really that necessary to talk about these things? The instruction to close the shops by 8 pm has been given before Eid. No one disagreed with this. Even in many developed countries of the world, shops are not kept open after noon. It is the responsibility of the law enforcement agencies and the concerned authorities to see if anyone keeps the shops open after 8 pm. Why does the Minister of State for Electricity need to shout about this? Was that really necessary? Amid the power crisis, the state minister is threatening to disconnect power. Why? Now is not the time to intimidate people. Nor can it be the culture of a democratic government. However, some people of Awami League who have been in power for a long time have now become boxers or wrestlers. When the people are depressed due to economic and power crisis, some MPs become busy showing off their expertise in wrestling. They beat each other in discussion. Someone is beating the principal; someone is beating another elected public representative! They are disoriented by the influence of power. In this situation of the country, they should stand by the people as public representatives. Reassure the people. But they are doing the exact opposite. As a result, the reputation of the Awami League and the government is getting ruined. It is not just a few parliamentarians who are behaving irresponsibly. Except for a handful of ministers, most of the cabinet members have already proved themselves incompetent. They have no role to play in this crisis. Some are avoiding to take responsibilities. Apart from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, how many trusted people are there in this cabinet? These ministers pour praise on Prime Minister sheikh Hasina. But how many obey the Prime Minister? How many respect ordinary people like Sheikh Hasina? On the contrary, some people are making the people angry with their words and actions. The political image of this government is pale except for the prime minister. It is very important to bring forward the political structure of the government in this difficult time. It is very important to bring qualified people in charge. Awami League is the people's party. People are the life force of the party. There are many people in this party with whom the people still have deep spiritual ties. Awami League leaders and workers at different levels have stood by the people during Corona. Many on their own initiative have delivered food to people in need. Awami League, Chhatra League, Jubo League leaders and activists have cut the paddy to help the farmers. In this flood, Awami League leaders and activists have stood by the flood victims with utmost compassion. This Awami League is very different from Lathial MP or ministers who talk incoherently. Compare the members of the cabinet and the Awami League leaders who are outside the cabinet, excluding Sheikh Hasina. What a huge difference. Are there any leaders in the government like Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Begum Matia Chowdhury? Ok, let’s not talk about these senior national leaders. How many leaders like Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, Bahauddin Nashim or Mirza Azam who are always connected with the people in the field are in the current cabinet? Most of the members of this cabinet cannot read people's mind. As can Sheikh Hasina. A large part of this cabinet cannot speak the language of the people as their own. As the Prime Minister can. Sheikh Hasina formed the government for the second time in 2009. At that time, she did not include many heavyweight leaders in the cabinet for logical reasons. Despite that, there were nationally known political figures like Begum Matia Chowdhury, late Syed Ashraful Islam, Abdul Latif Siddiqui, Abul Mal Abdul Muhith in that cabinet. Burned-out politicians like Nurul Islam Nahid or Jahangir Kabir Nanak gave that cabinet a political face. Awami League came to power for the second consecutive time in 2014. This time the prime minister brought back the heavies in the cabinet. Not only from Awami League, but also from 14 parties, prominent political personalities like Rashed Khan Menon, Hasanul Haque Inu got a place in the cabinet. By winning the 2018 election, the Awami League president brought a surprise to the cabinet. Tajul Islam got an important ministry like local government as a minister for the first time.  Dr. Abdul Momen got the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after becoming the member of the parliament for the first time. It must be admitted that Sheikh Hasina wanted to give opportunities to newcomers. Perhaps she also wanted to separate the government and the party. But many did not consider ministry as a valuable opportunity to serve the nation. Some have considered it as 'Aladdin's lamp'. Many have thought it was a job of comfort. They did not understand the meaning of the opportunity given by the party chief. Some of them are so unintelligent that they don't even realize their incompetence. People get confused whether to laugh or cry, when a minister claims to be successful after endless incompetence and failure in dealing with Corona. Even when the minister talks about his helplessness over commodity prices, he still values his chair more than the party, the country and the leader. When the Malaysian labor market is trapped in syndicates, why doesn't the minister feel the need to resign? There are many such example. These incompetent ministers have now become a burden to the government, they have shown their incompetence to the maximum. Luckily, Sheikh Hasina was there. Who watches over everything. Basically Sheikh Hasina has handled everything alone for the last three and a half years. She dealt with the situation herself without removing the minister who failed in Corona. She also had to take the initiative to control the market. From the rescuing the playground to the Padma Bridge, Bangladesh is in its current position because of Sheikh Hasina's continuous monitoring.

 

We know that Sheikh Hasina is a visionary, prudent, courageous and philosophical statesman. But she needs comrades, loyal followers. Just as a Messi or Neymar cannot always win the game alone, this also applies to running the government. Some dedicated colleagues, comrades are needed. Those who will work to implement Sheikh Hasina's thoughts. Those who will understand her political thought, philosophy. When the ministers could not keep pace with the prime minister, the bureaucrats began to fill the void. The head of government has to rely on the bureaucrats due to the Covid situation. At that time, she had no other options to deal with the situation. But bureaucrats do nothing but their own interests. All their work has a price. In return for the work they have done during the Corona period, they have taken over almost all the state institutions. From the Election Commission to the Human Rights Commission, from the Anti-Corruption Commission to the Information Commission - all state institutions are now in the hands of the bureaucracy. It was the Awami League that set the precedent of appointing creative economists and scholars to the post of Bangladesh Bank governor. After 21 years in 1996, Sheikh Hasina appointed a creative banker like Lutfar Rahman Sarkar as the Governor of Bangladesh Bank with the responsibility of managing the country. After the end of his tenure a wise personality like Dr. Farasuddin was made the Governor. Dr. Farasuddin was a bureaucrat, but he is better known as a traditional economist than as a former bureaucrat. In 2009, Sheikh Hasina appointed an exceptional scholar like Dr. Atiur Rahman, the 'economist of the poor', as governor of Bangladesh Bank. This institution is now in the hands of the bureaucrats. More specifically, Bangladesh Bank is now the post-retirement address of Finance Secretaries. But in the current situation, more than a newly retired bureaucrat, there is a need for economists with brilliant innovative thinking like Dr. Atiur Rahman, Dr. Abul Barkat. The newly appointed governor is undoubtedly an efficient administrative officer. But while staying in the document for a long time, he may also look for the solution of the current crisis in the document. Bureaucrats do not or cannot solve any problem in the long term. They ignore creativity and want to work on a routine. A powerful bureaucrat advanced his career by inventing a 'quick rental' solution to the power crisis. Now that quick rental is a thorn in the neck for the government.

 

This is how bureaucrats do not think about the future. They want to prove themselves 'efficient' by solving the problem immediately. Just as the government has to break the shackles of bureaucracy to deal with the current situation, it is also important to bring the government back to the political stream. The question may arise; will the crisis be solved by making senior heavyweights or popular leaders as ministers? The crisis was not created in the country. How will changing the minister bring solution? The most necessary thing to do now is give courage to the people. Eliminate their uncertainty. After successive recommendations by the bureaucracy 'no reason to panic' statement will not bring relief to the people. Sheikh Hasina's message must be conveyed to the people. There are many such qualified leaders in Awami League. They have flaws, there are also past slips. But in this crisis they will be the worthy partners. People will trust this. The nation will be unburdened by the unworthy. About a year ago, Corona, economic crisis, peasant revolt has downward the popularity of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Meanwhile, on July 9, 2021, he reshuffled the cabinet by sacking 12 ministers. It is a widely used democratic strategy. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has also done this in different terms. Even before the 2014 elections, she inducted heavyweight leaders in the election cabinet. She did not hesitate to change the office of a tried leader like Syed Ashraf during difficult times. The Prime Minister was praised for removing Colonel (Retd) Farooq Khan from the Ministry of Commerce. There are many such examples in Sheikh Hasina's 18 years of running the country. This crisis is a global reality. Now the Awami League have to stand next to the victims with compassion and love, as they stand by the people in all crises. It is now time's demand to bring forward the qualified people in this crisis.



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The conspiracy is still going on

Publish: 04:13 PM, 16 Jul, 2022


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July 16, 2007. Heavy rain of monsoon. All the sorrows of nature have come down as rain. The joint forces entered Sudha Sadan at 6 in the morning amid heavy rain. At 7:32 in the morning, members of the joint forces arrested Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and brought her out of Sudha Sadan. Earlier, there was a war like situation around Sudha Sadan. 2 thousand police, RAB and other forces surrounded Sudha Sadan. About 30 members of joint forces including police and RAB entered Sudha Sadan. Sheikh Hasina was steadfast and fearless at this time. She prayed her Fajr in the morning. Bangabandhu girl wearing a white saree faces the joint forces and wants to know why she is being arrested? Is there military rule imposed in the country? Joint force officers said that on June 13, businessman Azam J Chowdhury filed an extortion case against her at Gulshan police station. Sheikh Hasina is being arrested in that case. Sheikh Hasina did not get upset at all and spoke to her son Sajeeb Wazed Joy, who is staying in the United States. Talked to younger sister Sheikh Rehana staying in UK. Spoke to Awami League Leader Advocate Sahara Khatun on legal issues. Sheikh Hasina also spoke to the then legal advisor Barrister Moinul Hossain during her arrest. Fearless, courageous Sheikh Hasina got into the car brought to arrest her. After that Awami League president had a long battle with civil controlled unelected government. By winning that battle, Sheikh Hasina brought democracy back in the country. The military-backed unelected government was eventually forced to hand over power to an elected government with a free, fair and impartial election because of Sheikh Hasina.

One-Eleven was created in the context of bad governance, corruption and looting of BNP. The BNP-Jamaat alliance won an absolute majority in the October 2001 elections. After that, Tarique Zia started implementing one blueprint after another to perpetuate the power from the first day. Immediately after the election, violence began against Awami League leaders and workers and minorities across the country. Their houses were burned, killed. 1 October 2001 to 10 October 2001 was a hellish festival of terror in Bangladesh. After that, the caretaker government system was made partisan from Hawa Bhavan. The constitution was amended so that former leader of BNP, Justice KM Hasan, became the head of the caretaker government. One and a half million fake voters were created. The Election Commission was turned into a joke. Moin U Ahmed was made the army chief, leaving seven men behind to keep the army on their side. On August 21, 2004, a grenade attack was carried out to make Awami League leaderless. All arrangements were made to ensure that BNP remained in power forever. Under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina, Awami League at that time chose the path of movement to restore people's right to vote. The Awami League and BNP-Jamaat's stand-off made the streets violent. People's lives were plunged into a state of uncertainty and fear. At that time civil society, international circles and anti-democratic evil forces took the opportunity. BNP's stand on elections was firm. Civilians implement the blueprint to take over the country's power in the zealous mentality of staying in power at any cost. A military-backed caretaker government took power on January 11, 2007. There was a heated political situation across the country due to BNP's one-sided election efforts. The countrymen were angry with the activities of Dr. Yazuddin. In such a situation, the people of the country welcomed the army-backed government. People were relieved. But soon the true intentions of the One-Eleven government became clear. Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmad government's main objective was not a free, fair and impartial election but depoliticization. Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed's government started a campaign against politicians immediately after taking office. To prove that politicians are corrupt, became the main agenda of one-eleven government. Along with this, started the campaign against the businessmen. In the name of these operations, started defaming and blackmailing them. Proving that the civilized are saints and all the others are thieves and corrupts became the main target of Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed's government. one-eleven did not happen all of a sudden. It was a perfect execution of a long-standing plan by a section of the civil society. Influential countries including the United States were also associated with it. The main planner of One-Eleven was Dr. Muhammad Yunus. A trusted confidant of the Western countries. Arrangements were also made to give him the Nobel Prize so that Dr. Yunus is accepted in the country and abroad. Initiatives were also taken to form a political party with him. But the civil servants quickly realize that they will never be able to compete with politicians in a political battle. Because in the end, people of the country will put their trust in the politicians. The One-Eleven government therefore wanted to dominate a country without politics. And that's why all their attention was on the so-called cleansing campaign, not the election. Some greedy politicians were also involved in the One-Eleven scheme. In the hope of prosperity, they also started licking the feet of the civils. The 'political reform' formula of civils came from corrupt, cowardly politicians of Awami League and BNP. It was proposed to 'minus' the two leaders in this political reform formula. The editor of two influential Bengali and English newspapers was the inventor of the 'minus formula'. Everything was going according to plan. But only one person got in the way. Sheikh Hasina. She was the first to understand the true purpose of One-Eleven. For this reason, she reminded the work of caretaker government. On January 23, 2007, Sheikh Hasina demanded early elections and transfer of power to an elected government. Because of this, she was criticized by some of the Awami League leaders. Several heavyweight leaders protested such statements by the Awami League president. Everyone knows who opposed the Awami League president that day. Who wanted to undermine Sheikh Hasina by talking about democratization in the party. I don't want to embarrass them by pronouncing their name. Sheikh Hasina has come to where she is today by fighting against the tide. Civilians understood that Sheikh Hasina is the only obstacle to their long-term stay in power. Their lord and the international mentors also knew that if Sheikh Hasina is not removed, their plan will be implemented. This is why the initiative to remove Sheikh Hasina from politics began. Sheikh Hasina left the country for the United States on March 15, 2007 to see her son and daughter. Before her foreign journey, she was met by US Ambassador-in-Charge Geeta Pasi and India's High Commissioner in Dhaka, Pinak Ranjan Chakraborty. Awami League President said that she will return to the country within a month. She was supposed to return home on April 23. But on April 18, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued a ban on the Awami League president's return to the country. It was the most abhorrent interference with the human rights of a citizen. Under no circumstances can a citizen be barred from returning to his country. On April 18, 2007, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued a surprise press note banning Sheikh Hasina from returning to the country. The press note said, "Her return to the country poses a risk to the country's law and order, stability, public security and economic activities." But Sheikh Hasina is always brave. She survives by fighting against the odds. Awami League president announced to return to Dhaka on April 23 despite the government's ban. She came to London on April 19. This was the first challenge to the civil government. In this incident, the public opinion of the entire country went in favor of the Awami League president. New polarization also took place in the international arena. The government of Moin U Ahmed and Dr Fakhruddin was forced to retreat on April 26 in the face of intense criticism. The ban was lifted. Finally, Bangabandhu daughter won her first victory against the caretaker government. The presence of millions of people at the airport gave Sheikh Hasina new strength, courage. But civil servants are still adamant on the minus formula. Awami League president became their only target. They understood that no plan can be implemented when there is Sheikh Hasina. That's why they adopted a new plan. One after another cases were filed against Sheikh Hasina. It was understood that the sole aim of the caretaker government was to arrest Sheikh Hasina. Awami League president also understood that there was a conspiracy against her. That is why she continued to give the necessary messages to the people. Sheikh Hasina stood against arbitrary arrests, defamation of political leadership. She continued to demand the transfer of power to the people through quick elections. In such a context, Sheikh Hasina was arrested on this day of 2007. At that time, she was a symbol of democracy and freedom. By arresting her, the unelected government actually arrested democracy itself.

Sheikh Hasina fought alone with four strong opponents in one-eleven. The first opponent was a section of the civil society of this country. Those whose desire to sit in power is almost a permanent disease. They always want unelected rule. They have a strong dislike for democracy. In all the illegal, undemocratic military regimes in the country, they have earned rent as 'advisors'. In one-eleventh these civilists wanted to perpetuate power. That is why they wanted to remove Sheikh Hasina from politics. On July 16 they struck the final blow. Not only in One-Eleven, Sheikh Hasina has fought against corrupt civil servants and misogynists in her long political career. She is still fighting it.

Sheikh Hasina's second opponent in the one-eleventh was the international influential circle. Those who want to see Bangladesh as a loyal state. They want Bangladesh to rise and fall on their words. Accept their authority. This ruling class wanted to establish a permanent regime over Bangladesh with their pet civils. The father of the nation fought against these international tyrants. Now her daughter is continuing that fight. The fight to make Bangladesh independent and self-reliant is actually a fight against Western domination.

Sheikh Hasina's third opponent in 2007 was some confused leaders of her party. It is undeniable that the entire grassroots, field workers were united in favor of the party president. But many important leaders of Awami League took a position against Sheikh Hasina due to greed or misguidance. They actually took stand against politics.

Sheikh Hasina's fourth opponent was the influential media. Those who were constantly engaged in lies against Sheikh Hasina, against politics. They played a major role in the arrest of Sheikh Hasina. They nurture depoliticization in their heart.

Today if we look back 15 years then the question may arise; Is the July 16 fight over? Awami League is in power for three consecutive terms. Even after that, the conspiracy has stopped? Is Sheikh Hasina safe? Risk free? To answer this question, it is important to look around today. The fight that Sheikh Hasina fought against the four opponents to bring democracy back during the one-eleven period is still going on. Civilians of one-eleven are more active than ever. Every day they complain about different things. Seeing their concerns about democracy makes one feel sick. Good governance, human rights, elections, freedom of media, digital security law, civil society is spending a lot of sleepless nights on these issues. Questioning the development and progress of the country is the only job of civil society.

Western countries including the United States were active in the one-eleven. Now there is no protection in the role of the United States. The United States has taken a strategy to put Bangladesh under pressure as much as possible. European countries have also joined it. There is no end to their worries about Bangladesh. But do they see the condition of their own state? The Prime Minister has also publicly criticized US policy. The US and its allies are as active as one-eleven.

It is true that one-eleven gave absolute popularity to Sheikh Hasina in Awami League. Her fight against depoliticization in the one-eleven made her an undisputed leader in the party and in the country. Even after that how can I be sure that there is no new Mushtaq in the party. Awami League's new Mushtaqs may appear passive but can become dangerous at any time.

More active than one-eleven is now the mass media in favor of the minus formula. Sometimes they talk about Bangladesh becoming Sri Lanka, sometimes they scream about load shedding. A new mission to mislead the public with dire predictions about the economy is now visible.

Most importantly, after Sheikh Hasina's arrest in 2007, some dedicated people stood up. Some people like late Zillur Rahman, Begum Matia Chowdhury, late Sayed Ashraful Islam, Syed Modasser Ali, late Sahara Khatun stood beside Sheikh Hasina. Can you find people who stand up now? One-eleven is actually a symbol. The arrest of Sheikh Hasina on July 16 exposed the face of the unelected government. The power of One-Eleven was then defeated. But the war is not over. Now the power of One-Eleven is being reactivated. The conspiracy is still going on. 



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“The boat rocks, the waves swell; Helmsman Attention!”

Publish: 03:56 PM, 09 Jul, 2022


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Tomorrow is the holy Eid-ul-Azha. After the inauguration of the Padma Bridge, I hoped that this time Eid would be in a very festive mood. But for several reasons the festive atmosphere is grimy and colorless. Bangladesh has suddenly entered the era of load shedding. In the last 10 years, people have forgotten about load shedding. During the BNP-Jamaat alliance, electricity was a rare thing to find. Most of the time the country was plunged into darkness. There was load shedding for 12 to 20 hours all over the country. When the Awami League came to power in 2009, it gave priority to the power sector. One of the biggest achievements of the Awami League in the last 13 years is the increase in power generation. The Awami League has not only increased power generation, it has ensured power for all. During the BNP-Jamaat coalition government, where only 40 percent of the people in the country had access to electricity, now about 100 percent of the people are covered by electricity. Fridges, TVs, air conditioners are no longer a luxury due to the economic development of the people. It has become an essential part of every human life. People have become accustomed to uninterrupted electricity. At this time people just cannot accept the hassle of new load shedding. The government is explaining the reasons for load shedding. The Prime Minister herself has requested for acceptance of load shedding, citing rising prices of fuel, especially gas, in the world market. But all the achievements of the last 13 years in the power sector seem to have vanished in a few days. No one is interested in discussing what happened before. People are worried, anxious and dissatisfied with the current crisis. The power outage has created problems not only in the homes but also in the industries and agriculture. Industrialists are not getting enough gas and as a result, their production is being disrupted. If there is no uninterrupted irrigation system in agriculture, there will be serious problems in food production. A sense of fear seems to be accumulating.

 

The crisis in the economy of Bangladesh has been emerging since the Russia-Ukraine war. People's lives have become miserable due to the unbridled rise in commodity prices. Meanwhile, the power crisis is complicating the situation. Expatriate income is one of the major pillars of our economy. As seen in the last financial year, the expatriate income has decreased by about 15 percent. However, the flow of remittances before Eid has increased. Expatriates have sent more than Tk 5,000 crore in five days before Eid. But that’s not enough. Before every Eid, the expatriates send extra money to their relatives. If it does not come consistently, the pressure on our reserves will increase. The government has started the new financial year through austerity policy. Earlier, government officials and employees were banned from traveling abroad. In the new financial year, various expenses like car purchase, training etc. have been cut. It is no secret that the pressure of the government is increasing in the field of economy. The question is, how long will this pressure last? How deep will the economic crisis be? How deep will the economic crisis be? After Corona, low-income people have already reached the brink of crisis. Now the economic crisis has plunged the middle class into darkness. The main reason why the Awami League government has been in charge of running the country for 13 consecutive years is the economy. Despite various limitations in the political field, various debates about the election, the common people have trust in this government. The main reason for this is that the Awami League government has taken the economy forward continuously for 13 years. Employment has increased in the country. People's income has increased. Awami League has made people dream without limit. As a result, the current crisis has made the people restless. The man who used to earn Tk 10,000 a month 10 years ago now has a monthly income of Tk 1 lakh. But no matter what the crisis is, if his income drops to Tk 50,000 or Tk 60,000 he will surely be upset. With the economic development, greed and corruption have increased in the society. An awful horrible addiction to getting rich by any means has crept into some people. They are making the society sicker by engaging in various deceptions. Corruption in online shopping, arbitrariness, stories of PK Haldar's looting of crores of rupees, money laundering abroad, the mountain of Bangladeshis' money in Swiss banks - the image of the dirty economy of the sick society. The morality of the society is being ruined due to corrupt ambitions. That is why there are horrible images in the academies. Putting a shoelace around the teacher's neck, killing the teacher - has exposed the unfortunate look of the campus. People are terrified, anxious. The Awami League government has not come under such totalitarian pressure in 13 years. Situation has become hostile for this government. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been running the country for 13 years. In fact, she is handling everything alone. Stopping corruption from tackling floods. She has to take care of everything from agricultural production to workers' wages. The situation in the country today is such that the Prime Minister has to intervene in the smallest issues like eviction of children's playgrounds. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is there so people are still a bit optimistic. Again, people cannot trust most of the ministers and MPs of the Awami League government. People are tired of trying to find the answer to the question why they are in charge.

 

There is no reason to deny that the world is in turmoil. The Russia-Ukraine war after the Corona epidemic has plunged the world into a state of uncertainty. In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been forced to step down in the face of an economic crisis. The United States has probably become one of the most insecure countries in the world. Innocent lives are being shot there almost every day. Even the children are not left out. Joe Biden's popularity is at an all-time low. When the United States last got such a non-appealing president can be a great topic of research. India is also facing many crises. The rupee has hit a record low against the dollar. Extremist Hindutva has tarnished the image of secular India. Nupur Sharma alone has cracked India's longstanding relationship with the Middle East. There is a fear of famine all over Europe. Economists say Europe is in the worst situation in the Russia-Ukraine war. Many are fearing that the situation will surpass Great Depression of the 1970s. Political instability is growing in the country due to the economic crisis. Bangladesh is also not out of this heated global unrest. But ordinary people don’t care about all this. They don’t want to understand the situation. They want to live in happiness and peace. They want their income to increase, affordable commodity prices, comfortable social environment, safe education of the child, accident-free travel etc. People can't be reassured for long about the Russia-Ukraine war. This Awami League government under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina has handled the global recession of 2008. Even in the global Covid crisis the economy of the country has moved forward. Why can't they do it now? This is because of the limitless incompetence and corruption of the ministers and those in charge. Reliance on bureaucracy. The failure of the Awami League as a party and some more realities. If we talk a little about the power crisis, we will find the source of failure. It is true that the Awami League government has increased power generation but has not emphasized on energy security. They were more focused on solving immediate problem but not on becoming self-sufficient. In the field of power and energy, the government has deviated from the thoughts and ideals of Bangabandhu.

 

On 9 August 1975, the Father of the Nation bought five gas fields owned by the world-renowned Shale Oil Company and shares of Titas Gas Company for 4.50 million pounds. This was a milestone in the energy security of Bangladesh. The Awami League government has taken a stand on the opposite pole of Bangabandhu's strategy in the field of energy. In the last 10 years, the government has not focused on exploring new gas fields and modernizing existing wells. They were totally dependent on LNG imports. This is a purely bureaucratic persuasion. The bureaucrats have persuaded the government to take this risky decision in the lure of the commission trade in gas imports. The father of the nation realized that a country like Bangladesh will not be able to fulfil the demand for gas by importing. But the bureaucrats ignored it. One of the tendencies of the bureaucracy is not to go deep into any problem. They only seek for immediate solution to a crisis. The same has happened with power generation. In this case, the Prime Minister's order was not obeyed. Now that the unbridled rise of LNG in the world market, imports have gone beyond affordability. The government is being questioned by the people before the election.

 

Not only the electricity, the incompetence and failure of the Commerce Ministry behind the rise in commodity prices has tarnished the achievements of the government. If he had heard what he said, he might have felt ashamed of himself. In very few cases, the ministers are showing efficiency in running the ministry. Instead, they have left all the decision to the Prime Minister. The work of the ministers is confined to speeches and cutting ribbons. The Awami League is in power for three consecutive terms. The Awami League has never formed such a dull cabinet like this time. Ministers are taking turns making controversial statements. The government has no political appearance. The Awami League leaders think that the country is being run by bureaucrats. Bureaucrats don't think about the future. They don’t care about popularity. Heavyweight popular leaders are sitting on the sidelines watching the drama. Elections don’t have a place in their plans. They only think about today and the present. Their only goal is their own interests. Leaving the country in the hands of bureaucrats, the Awami League is fighting among itself. Many are now at a safe distance, having secured their financial future. Due to being in power for 13 years, many Awami League leaders, pseudo have started thinking people as servants. When you grow up, you have to be generous. You have to be humble. Some Awami League leaders have forgotten this. Common people are upset and frustrated of their arrogant behavior. The Awami League has distanced itself from other political parties, especially the like-minded parties. There is a growing tendency to disregard and ignore various political parties. As a result, the Awami League is alone as a political party. Those who are dedicated to the team are cornered. Some have moved away in despair. In this situation, the most popular party of the country is gradually becoming depopulated. The Awami League is now largely dependent on the administration to deal with political opponents. Will the workers of bad times come on the field again in time of crisis? If yes, then why? These questions are among the leaders and workers of Awami League.

 

In the international arena too, Bangladesh's successful diplomacy has come to a standstill in the last three years. Instead of the language of diplomacy, a foreign minister is constantly making statements in the informal colloquial language of the neighborhood. When did Bangladesh get such an 'undiplomatic' foreign minister? Western countries, including the United States, are vocal about the upcoming elections. Diplomats from 14 countries went to the Election Commission simultaneously. They made it very clear that they want the next election to be participatory. They want free, fair and neutral elections. The United States recently said in a report, "The next election is very important for Bangladesh. This election will determine whether Bangladesh will move towards greater democracy or an authoritarian system of government.'' In contrast, Bangladesh's policies and strategies are vague and unclear.

 

All in all, just a year and a half before the election, the Awami League is in a very rough situation. And it is becoming worse gradually. The power sector is the biggest proof that 13 years of achievements have been lost in an instant. The Awami League was proud of their contribution in power sector. Now this electricity seems to be the thorn in the neck. We are going back to the situation of 2001-2008. It is pointless talking about the condition of the power sector during the BNP-Jamaat alliance government. People will not find solace in the pillar story either. People want a solution to today's crisis. This country has achieved a lot in 13 years. Padma Bridge, Karnafuli Tunnel, Metro Rail development have become big advertisements. Per capita income has increased. The average life expectancy has increased. Literacy rate has increased. But people will not be overwhelmed by these achievements, if the load shedding does not stop. If the commodity prices are not controlled. If the teenage gangs are not suppressed. The arrogance, corruption, money laundering and social degradation of those in power are making people restless. The people of Bangladesh have goldfish memory. They forget past very easily, very quickly. The pain of being without electricity for 10 hours is forgotten. Tareq Zia's Hawa Bhaban has been forgotten. The August 21 grenade attack is forgotten. Banglar Bhai is forgotten. 10 truckloads of weapons are forgotten. Purnima-Fahima's rape is forgotten. Entering the mosque and killing is not remembered either. They forgot the BNP-Jamaat violence across the country. People live with the present, not the past. People make decisions in the current reality. So the Awami League government has to solve the ongoing crises. And this crisis has now become a challenge for this government. Seeing the current state of the third term Awami League government, the song of the rebellious poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, “Helmsman Attention!” comes to mind. A verse of this song is, “The boat rocks, the waves swell; Helmsman Attention!”

 

But there is only one place for our hope. Sheikh Hasina. She solves all crises with her talent and foresight. Where there is darkness of utter uncertainty, she shines the light of possibility. The countrymen still believe that she will overcome all the current difficulties. That is why people are waiting for another magic of Sheikh Hasina in spite of anger, sorrow and frustration. Sheikh Hasina is the only Helmsman of Bangladesh. Surely she will cross the surging waves of this crisis and take us safely to the golden port.



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