A few days ago. Talk show ‘Amajanta’ is running on Jamuna TV. Former Minister of the ruling party Shahjahan Khan Saheb and Syed Moazzem Hossain (Alal) of the BNP have ended the negotiation war. The presenter brought a surprise towards the end of the talk show. He asked both of them, ‘One group of you sees nothing but the fault of the other party, all right. But everyone has some good work. Talk about rubbing salt in my wounds – d’oh!
Shah Jahan Khan replied, ‘Then you have to look through a microscope.’ That means nothing! Mr. Moazzem, however, went a little north. He said it was a good thing not to go back to Bakshal. Another good thing is not to get too close to the seventy-fourth law by tampering too much with the laws made by the last few governments. He also gave the idea that those in power do not have a good job. Suffice it to say that he did nothing worse!
I was once working in the Legislative Assembly building in the Canadian province of Manitoba. At that time, out of personal interest, I transcribed some archival videos of multicultural events in about 30 developing countries of the world. The programs are basically talk shows of members of government and opposition parties.
I saw in at least 90 percent of the videos, not 100 percent of the time, that the leaders are not lacking in praise when talking about the opposition. When he goes to an event, he stands on the stage and says, ‘You are lucky that Mr. Hardworking, dedicated and compassionate people like you (opposition) are with you. His party may not be in government, but do not hesitate to inform your good and bad government through him. Remember, we are partners. ‘
The way they address each other with mutual respect and esteem, it can be seen and heard that they are politicians of a democratic country. Where there is no such respect, there is no democracy. The equation is so simple. I have seen many more beauties of democracy in my work. I saw almost all the disaster management committees as all-party. Suppose a tornado destroys some homes in one area. Opposition support is high in the area. Inevitably, a disaster management committee was formed, headed by an opposition politician in the area. State institutions and officials also perform their duties impartially. Since there is no government, there is not the slightest change in the treatment of the opposition.
Neighboring India is taking thousands of lives every day. There is no place in the hospital. Mobile hospitals have been built on footpaths, mosques and temples. The oxygen crisis is at its peak. Mass funerals are going on in crematoriums and cemeteries in Delhi. Newspapers and TV all over the world are broadcasting those news all the time. But BJP chief minister Yogi Adityanath says all lies. There is no crisis of oxygen. On the contrary, he threatened to confiscate the property of those who say there is an oxygen crisis. Duterte of the Philippines was similarly angry. One million people were arrested last year for telling the truth and making minor changes to the lockdown rules. He did not limit the jail term. The strong mentality of this body shows that the rulers are stuck in the mire of undemocratic lower political culture, from which the chances of recovery are slim.
The tendency to ‘denial’ or denial is greater in lower political cultures. This bad habit does not stop at the opposition of political opponents, it spreads in all activities. It is time to deny the truth. Disasters may turn into catastrophes, but those in charge continue to deny it. This behavior has been seen in India, Brazil, the Philippines, Bangladesh, and even in Trump’s United States. They said fluently, they have great preparation. There is an adequate supply of vaccines, oxygen, ICUs and medicines. He has also shown the dream of future security by combining truth and falsehood. Raising doubts or questions in their statements is also risky due to various anti-people laws.
There is another similarity in all the countries mentioned. Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections. People of different parties are being persecuted even if they want to do something voluntarily. Many have been left in the lurch, fearing for their lives and being accused of politically motivated false accusations. I asked some activists of the main opposition party in Bangladesh, the BNP, why they are not jumping on the bandwagon. Whatever the excuse or reality, their answers are ‘fear of lawsuits’ and ‘unlimited risk’. Numerous cases in the name of employees. Then if there is a charge of sabotage or sabotage in the name of corona-assistance, he knows there will be no water.
What do we see when we look at the countries, provinces or states that have succeeded in controlling the global corona? Unity is the key to progress, not the mudslinging of the government and the opposition. Everyone is united, one soul, one religion in dealing with national disasters. Differences in religion cannot create divisions. Because, the universal truth is that even a temple cannot be saved if the city is burnt down.
We can draw an instructive conclusion from Corona’s power around the world. Where multi-party democracy is in operation, that is, wherever the government and the opposition work side by side, corona control is becoming easier. That example is no less in our regional context. Vietnam is successful. Liberal government in power in neighboring Indian state of Kerala. Covid-19 management is very well integrated there. Don’t control. Oxygen is not scarce. On the other hand, Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Bihar, Assam,