‘Today the people of Bengal want liberation. They want to live. They want to get rights. The history of 23 years is the history of painting the highways with the blood of the people of Bengal. In his historic speech on March 7, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the ‘Poet of Politics’, spoke about the democratic liberation of the people of Bengal. Not only that; After 9 months of war, Bangabandhu made ‘democracy’ one of the four principles of the constitution bought for 3 million lives. The struggle of Bengalis for the establishment of democracy is long. Although the journey of democracy started after going through many ups and downs, proper democratic politics has not developed in five decades. Experts are blaming the lack of goodwill of political organizations for this. Researchers say that more needs to be done to institutionalize democracy and protect democratic values.
According to analysts, Bengalis have always been pro-democracy. The people of the country dream of democracy as a precondition for economic and freedom of thought. But the journey to democracy has never been more enjoyable. Repeatedly it has been interrupted. The victory of the dream of millions of people was achieved in 1971 through the self-sacrifice and heroism of millions of heroes of the nation. The dream of independent, sovereign self-respect with democratic, political and economic rights began. But with the assassination of Bangabandhu on 15 August 1975, Kuchkrimahal stopped that journey. Democracy also fell on deaf ears with humanity.
Political analyst and historian Professor. Syed Anwar Hossain told Bhorer Kagoj, “I call democracy in Bangladesh ‘demosclerosis’.” In chlorosis, the blood in the arteries dries up. Although it looks good, blood does not flow through the arteries. So is democracy in Bangladesh. Another example can be given Ñ Qazi is like a cow, it is in the book, not in the barn. This historian said that the journey of democracy started on the right path. The journey of democracy began in the light of Bangabandhu’s constitution; But after seventy-five, democracy has lost its right path.
According to experts, even though the dream of independence has come true, the dream of sustainable democracy is still elusive. As a result, the structure of democracy has been created in Bangladesh, but the vibrancy of life in the structure has not started yet. In order to make democracy meaningful, the awareness of the people is as essential as the strong commitment of the political leaders. When asked, Mujahidul Islam Selim, President of the Communist Party of Bangladesh, told Bhorer Kagoj that the thoughts of democracy have remained. We have not returned to the line of liberation war but we have remained in the line of Pakistani. Still thinking communal, still brokering America. As a result, democracy has not been strengthened.
According to those concerned, parliamentary democracy cannot be institutionalized without a well-organized mass-based party for the government and the opposition. For four decades, no charismatic public leader has been created except Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia. But there is no alternative to democracy in the progress of the country. On the other hand, there is no alternative to sustainable democracy in sustainable development. Sustainable development and democracy complement each other. Democratic environment is needed in the interest of development. Domestic and foreign investment will be ensured only if democracy, development, human rights and rule of law are established. The wheel of development will be accelerated. If you want to know the political analyst Professor. Mesbah Kamal told Bhorer Kagoj that there is no practice of democracy in political parties. How will they practice state democracy?
Awami League General Secretary, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has called upon the opposition to play a responsible role from their respective positions to protect the democratic values of the stakeholders and take it forward irrespective of party affiliation. He said democracy is not just for the ruling party. Democracy with the government and the opposition. The responsible role of the opposition in the advancement of democracy is undeniable.
According to experts, the BNP, the main opposition party in Bangladesh, is constitutionally undemocratic and has no reflection of the values of democracy in its political-organizational field. The main challenge is to bring democracy back to the BNP, which is currently plagued by internal strife. In this regard, BNP Vice Chairman Mohammad Shahjahan told Bhorer Kagoj that restoring democratic rights is the biggest challenge. There is no democracy in the country. He thinks that the main task of politics is to save the nation from corruption and mischief.
According to those concerned, the country’s democracy is moving forward through various adversities. Under the leadership of Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina, the democracy of the country is now established on a strong foundation. Work is underway to implement the Awami League’s election manifesto titled ‘Bangladesh on the Progress of Prosperity’ in the 2018 elections.
Awami League presidium member Colonel (retd) Farooq Khan told Bhorer Kagoj that the people of this country did not know democracy 50 years ago and could not understand it during Pakistan period. The concept of democracy was first understood by Bangabandhu through the exercise of the right to vote in 1970. At present there is development because there is democracy. People have to go to the polls every 5 years. “We have come a long way, but we have a long way to go,” he said. Democracy requires a strong opposition. When the opposition parties constructively criticize the government, then the government will be forced to develop democracy. In order to make democracy meaningful, its benefits must be conveyed to the common man. Sustainable development must be ensured. When a country sets goals, it also faces some challenges. Ability needed to meet this challenge. Known as a role model for development in the global economy, Bangladesh is now a developing country. The Awami League is committed to fulfilling the dream of a developed Bangladesh by 2041 by advancing development while upholding democracy.
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