January 2007


A lead newsitem following Mr. Wahidul Haq’s death was donation of his body for medical science. His body was handed over to BSMMU. In the past, several similar gestures and wishes could not be fulfilled due to family unwillingness as well as inaction of the authority citing lack of guideline and law. When Aroj ali Matubbor first donated his body for medical science, that created a huge backlash and controversy. Writer Humayun Azad’s wishes could not be fulfilled as apparently the family was not sure about it. In this context after death, Mt Wahidul Haq created another milestone in Bangladesh. He finally succeded in donating his body while all previous attempts failed.

With his donation Mr Wahidul Haq threw a challenge to the medical community of Bangladesh. Now it was the responsibility of the medical community to harvest all the organs and save multiple lives by transplanting them. I don’t know what exactly happeneded with his body, but I doubt his organs could have been harvested for proper transplantation. We simply do not have an efficient system in effect to harvest body organs and parts those can be life saving to others.

In this juncture I also take the opportunity to remember Dr Enamul Haq who first donated his cornea in Bangladesh. In a very humble move late Shahadat Chowdhury, ex editor of Bichitra and 2000, was the one who came forward to receive that cornea for his injured eye. Thanks to the way they showed, only organs that is regularly harvested in Bangladesh is the cornea (eye).

I hope, thanks to the way Mr Wahidul Haq showed just showed us, someday our poor healthy young man and women will no longer have to sell their organs. Posthumous donations will ensure enough organs for transplantation.

Related Blog is here.

I sent the following letter to the daily star day before yesterday. We all need to raise our voice about this issue. I urge to all who are affected, please mail a letter to the newspapers in Bangladesh and voice your opinion about unplanned shortsighted actions against VoIP operators in Bangladesh. .

WE ARE DISCONNECTED

While I and all my siblings are living outside Bangladesh, my elderly parents live in Bangladesh. Daily phone calls from me and my siblings used to keep them going with their lonely life.

There are hundreds of thousands of non resident Bangladeshi and as a consequence, in a situation similar to us, there are thousands of lonely elderly parents who are emotionally dependent on overseas calls from their children.
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During last years of Ershad, there was a tide of road building projects throughout Dhaka. ‘Bijoy Swaronee”, “Pantha Path” and “Malibagh Biswa Road’. Beautifully paved road, walled out from the neighborhoods by ceramic/grill walls. There was bougainvillea blossoming on still grilled structures in short intervals. They all really looked like parkways and malls rather than a 3 rd world country road.
Soon after Ershad fall, all the beautification vanished. Pantha path pavments and Biswa road footpaths turned into slums, and fish markets. Those bougainvilleas all are gone. The still frames for bougainvilleas turned into structures holding the shanties. Middle class people resented democracy and thought Ershad was better off. (more…)


About Turkey and Algeria

Robert Kaplan had the following to write about the current state of democracy in Turkey. This is an excerpt from the Globalist.
“In the past, when a Turkish general announced a coup, he also promised to hold elections and return the army to its barracks after a designated period. Now the military’s role is more insidious, and it is more likely to become a permanent presence in Turkish politics. As one Turkish analyst told me, ‘At National Security Council meetings, the generals bring thick dossiers from which to lecture, and the civilian cabinet ministers come as tourists. ‘
Without actually doing anything official, through a soft, postmodern process in which … the deep military state lying beneath the civilian surface had reasserted itself. It was not deep in a conspiratorial sense but deep in the sense that it was firmly grounded. To middle-class Turks, the generals were… well-meaning and paternalistic notables. ”

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So what really happened? Who forced Iajuddin to take the U-turn? Or Iajuddin is still in charge and suddenly got back his integrity?

Let’s take the help of Mr. Motiur Rahman, the editor of Prothom-alo. Mr. Motiur Rahman is known for his strong military liaison. He was the first journalist to break the ages old taboo and wrote incisive articles on irregularities in Military weapon purchase and other secret military issues.
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Developments in Dhaka are quite ominous. Although on the outside everything looks like a perfect solution of the current crisis, I have an eerie feeling that Bangladesh democracy has just taken a leap backwards.

Where nobody in Bangladesh know what is going on, even the major two political parties were trying to understand the situation, Bangladesh just got two unexpected spokesperson. One is the US government and the other is the UK high commissioner. Before anyone else they started saying that the emergency was declared for good reason, it was change towards good etc.

Then another set of developments stunned the nation. Under curfew cover, certain political leaders and ex elected representative and NGO officials were arrested. Nobody knew what specifically happened to arrest them without warrant or charges using emergency power.

Iajuddin’s speech last night was reminiscent of all the speeches delivered at the onset of military coup.
I strongly feel Bangladesh is now ruled by a military installed and protected civil leadership. And the military is being backed and protected by the “west”.

Yes Bangladesh is now like Algeria, Turkey, and Pakistan where western supported Military is the main power broker.
Bangladesh just created a very bad precedent. We used to have a free society, have freedom and democracy. Even if an elected government takes over in few months, this will be, in fact an Army installed government.

At this point rather than cheerleading the Military for their populist arrests, we need to protest the hidden military rule. First of all, the emergency must go. All arrested people must be released. We need to know who is running the Bangavaban.

In a democracy, elected political parties should run the country. In case of Bangladesh it could be Awami League or BNP. Military is the paid security apparatus of a nation. Their job is to guard the homeland and do errands to fix issues at home, not ruling the country.

In 1982, Awami League supporters were happy at Army takeover. That was definitely a short sighted approach. Everybody irrespective of party line must protest the disguised west backed military rule in Bangladesh.

Say Yes to Democracy. No to a military backed impotent democracy

The 22 January election is postponed.
A new election is in the horizon.
Let’s see what paradigm shift we achieve in voter’s list.

But most importantly BNP led alliance must take part in this poll. We can’t afford another 80 days of destructive politics.

There must not be another boycott. There must not be any support for any negative politics by BNP. I condemn BNP’s boycott of the ceremony. Whatever mysterious was the circumstance leading to this new developments, whatever shadowy are the main players now, BNP should give face value to this gesture and to the persons involved.

Again, I urge people to boycott BNP if they come out negative again. We are here now due to “Oti Chalaki” of BNP. I partly blame them for bringing in the suspected semi military rule in Bangladesh. Further negative politics, further “Oti Chalaki” will definitely hand them a “Golay Dori”.

Let people take part in polls. Let there be a election with fanfare.

Let the olive green dark cloud move out of the horizon.

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