There are forty five dead bodies.

While we savor our ever intensifying patriotism over our keyboards in the heated (or chilled) environment of our bedroom,those forty-five dead bodies,already began to decompose, await post mortem.

We discuss humanism over the net.On this cyberworld, we confront Hindutva; we discover neo-Indian imperialism over Bangladesh.Those forty-five bodies, with vivid evidence of disease all over,each a text book of malnutrition,keep on rotting at the hot and humid mortuary floor of Gaibandha District Hospital.

We, on the pages of the web,resent US foreign policy,wage war against Islamism, fundamentalism.We discuss faulty global economic policies,we write up lengthy sophisticated articles on the current autocratic and religio-fundamentalist state of Bangladesh.Those 45 bodies; children; men—young and old;women—mothers, grandmothers and to be moms;lie naked on the floor of the dark and haunted GaibandhaDistrict Hospital morgue.Now more rotten, infested with maggot, insects. Waiting for Post mortem.

We struggle die hard for the causes of rationalism,we are hell-bent to fight any infringement in freedomof speech,we spend hundreds of web hours to ensure press freedom. And the children of those fathers among the forty-five dead, cry day and night, now in hunger, not in grief anymore.

On this net we are ever vigilant against any blasphemy against our sacred independence and we rally to uphold the spirit of our war of independence.The typical North-Bengal village where those forty five came from, gets poor and poorer.

And, Finally Those forty-five rotten bodies get the post-mortem done.

Cause of death.

Cause of death????????????????????????????????

Cause of death!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We needed post mortem to know the cause of death, Huh!

Will it show the real cause of those forty-five deaths?
Will post mortem reveal Poverty, The unforgiving curse?

We keep on humming on this net. From our suburban study-rooms, from our cubicle work stations. We remain the vanguards of everything noble about Bangladesh.

And yet another forty-five, the child, wife, husband of those already dead forty-five , desperate to relieve the hunger, runs into another stampede, the stampede to flee the curse called poverty.

The stampede grows bigger.


I wrote this on the eve of Eid ul Fitr 4 years earlier, December 6 2002. when 45 poor women, children and men were trampled to death during a Zakat incident.

What made me repost is that, these stampede continues.

Just yesterday another eight people died in a similar stampede at Mymenshing.

It is a shame that while we are obscenely focused on the so called dialogue between two political stooges, while hundreds of camera and microphone sorround them day and night, one single Madhabi returns to Kalpana Majumdar’s house only to die a slow protracted death.

And while we keep on bargaining about a temporary leader, six people, four of them boys and girls, working as house servants are slaughtered in Mirpur, near the heart of Dhaka. We are die hard in making sure our constitution is upheld and ensuring free and fair elections, these young men and women (Including a mother and son) gets slaughtered without any reason, and again, obscenely, nobody cares for their death. No one, no children’s rights activist, no human rights activist, no politician demand a probe in the brutal killing. Only six pairs of tear drops keep rolling down the cheeks of the mother of these six young men and women. They have none but their own fate to blame, they were born poor in Bangladesh. They are supposed to be slaughtered and trampled.