Shahnoor Wahid is daily Star’s Senior Assistant Editor. For no reason this senior ornament always reminds me of Mr Tareq Rahman, who happened to be the Senior Joint Secretary of BNP. Shahnoor Wahid referred to Tareq Rahman’s ‘ailment; when he wrote this yesterday…

…Actually, there are various ploys that can land you in a cabin of a hospital with full-time AC, better food and toilet. But to earn all that, first and foremost, you will need to take a crash course on acting. No, you will not have to perform an act from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. That would be beyond the grasp of your 14 generation. It is lot simpler than any such dramatics. What you will have to do is, firstly, eat a sumptuous breakfast, and then take the makeup of a very sick looking man.

Then, right before the administration officials, give your best shot … bend a little, walk slowly, cough a lot, grimace every now and then, distort your face, clutch your chest, shake your knees violently, roll your eyes and gasp for breath. Meanwhile, arrange for your party supporters to shout outside for sending you abroad for treatment. After that Oscar winning performance, nothing will stop you from getting the sympathy of the officials. You will earn full points and be given lengra aam and rosogolla as reward. There is more. You will get that cabin with a better toilet…

Tareq Rahman was a bad politician no doubt and many of his acts during 2001 to 2006 were despicable. There are many allegations of his tacit approval of some police brutality on opposition political leaders and activities. And Daily Star was the news outlet which brought all the news of his misdeeds to us. Daily Star was extremely vocal against political repression by Tareq’s party. Numerous times Daily Star editorial policy dubbed this activities as “torture” and condemned them in the strongest possible means.

However, with the changes of 1/11, the word torture suddenly disappeared from the Daily Star’s vocabulary. All the tortures on politicians are now called ‘ailment’. After a recent editorial on Tareq Rahman’s ‘ailment’, in yesterday’s issue Shahnoor Wahid resorted to mocking the sufferings of a torture victim. Mr Wahids may dislike Tareq Rahman, that is fine but the moment the whole editorial team publicly start celebrating extreme form of physical torture on Tareq rahman, The Daily Star does not put itself at the level of Tareq Rahman, it put itself in a place that is much lower than Mr Rahman.

While The Daily Star increase the intensity of their relenless bootlicking, another newspaper shines bright in the sky. While Daily Star editorial pages fill up with the diatribes like that of Mr Shahnoor Wahid, another young jouno at the New Age, Mr Shameran Abed, dare write this;

Our current army chief is not the first general to have unsuccessfully tried to bring about a qualitative change in a nation’s politics by giving it, in characteristic military style, short-term shock therapy. But strengthening democracy requires more than a messiah…

In fact you do not need an enemy to destroy a previously reputed newspaper like the Daily Star.When we have “senior” assistant editors like Shanoor Wahid as well as Mr Mahfuz Anam at the helm, this entity is destined for a rapid disintigration. Probably thats why when the New Age points out that “EC misses deadlines for three roadmap tasks” the Daily Star prints in its banner headline, “Whopping success for EC” .