December 2008

Fallen dictator HM Ershad used the parliamentary majority of a mock election to change the constitution of Bangladesh and added Islam as the state religion in Bangladesh constitution.

In 2001, he formed an electoral alliance with half a dozen Islamic parties called Islamic Oikyo front and under this banner ran in the election.
Throughout his rule and political life he always maintained a relationship with shady characters and bigots like the peer Syedabadi, Chor Monai peer, Shorshina peer etc.

In his party’s 2008 election manifesto, their is a clear statement of complying with Shariah rules.

What if Awami League wins the election…

1. We will no longer hear much about judhdhaporadhi, Islami Jongibad etc.
2. There may be half-hearted efforts to try some Jamaat leader and with lackluster government effort, these cases will be killed in high court.
3. With less biting street agitation and weak opposition by BNP; there will be relative stability in the country.
4. Under better governance, the Economy will be relatively better.
5. BACC ( Bangladesh anti corruption commission) will turn into BCC ( Bangladesh Clown Commission). Cases lodged, both against BNP/AL leaders will never see light again.
6. Ershad will become the President ( God Forbid!). Anisul Islam Mahmud will do ‘kara kari’ to become foreign minister and Ziauddin Bablu will do the same to become education minister.
7. Sajib Wajed Joy will return to Bangladesh permanently and be a powerful force in deal policy making.
8. Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman will return in six months.
9. All the election commissioners will be very happy.
10. Many bloggers will stop blogging. Facebook will see a drop in traffic from Dhaka.
11. Hossain Zillur Rahman will land a big consultancy and who knows chittagong Mayorship.
12. CPD will remain in hibernation and Shujan secretary will take an extended vacation after mission accomplishment.
13. General Moeen will lose his job.

What if BNP wins the election…

1. We will hear nothing but judhdhaporadhi, Islami Jongibad etc.
2. Khaleda will be in a loss. She will not even find 5 suitable persons to make ministers.
3. There will be immediate street agitation-strike-oborodh. Early elections will be forced until the chosen people win. Bangla hobe vietnam Afhganistan Thailandistan.
4. WIth the bureaucracy, media, civil society, elite society lined up aggressively against government party, as class war as well as a cultural war type situation will emerge. The political high command will be paranoid and hesitant leading to a weak governance. The Economy will crumble.
5. BACC ( Bangladesh anti corruption commission) will turn into BCC ( Bangladesh Clown Commission). Cases lodged, both against BNP/AL leaders will never see light again.
6. Ershad will go to jail. Anisul Islam Mahmud, Ziauddin Bablu will go back to oblivion and Kazi Zafar will return to Australia and re-apply for food handout.
7. Jamaat this time will start ‘para pari’ for President (yaaak!) as well as four ministries including foreign ministry (ughhhh!).
8. Tarique Rahman- Arafat Rahman will return to Bangladesh in six weeks. Both will be cured of their illnesses miraculously. Policy making deal making will resume in full swing.
9. All the election commissioners will be very unhappy and start looking for job.
10. Many more bloggers will start blogging. Facebook will see an unprecedented rise in traffic from Dhaka. Thousands new facebook groups will be created every day.
11. Hossain Zillur Rahman will land a big consultancy and who knows chittagong Mayorship.
12. CPD will re-emerge. SHUJAN Secretary’s vacation will be postponed for few more years.
13. General Moeen will lose his job.

[ Disclaimer: this is a disgruntled bloggers innocent satire. Readers are asked not to take anything seriously out of this meaningless post. ]

Apparently the first man shot and killed by Ershad’s forces is Mr Roufun Bosunia. Bosunia was a Dhaka University leader of Jatiyo Chhatra league, the then student front of Abdur Razzaque led BAKSAL. BAKSAL was a Razzaque led offshoot of AL and it larer merged back with Awamiu League.

The last man killed by Ershad was Dr Milon. Dr. Milon was shot killed by goons let loose by Ershad on Dhaka University students. Dr. Milon was in a Rickshaw on the road along Suhrawardi udyan. The person sitting with Dr Milon in the same rickshaw was Dr Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin. It is widely believed that the shot was aimed at Dr Jalal but the bullet was several inches off target and instead it hit Dr Milon.

During this election, Dr. Jalal and Ershad are contesting from same Dhaka city from the same alliance.

On the eve of withdrawal of state of emergency, the foreign diplomats stationed in Bangladesh have asked the government for special protection. On December 17, the people of Bangladesh has finally regained their fundamental rights nearly two years after it was postponed by a covert military coup. No doubt, the diplomats were happy, enjoying their life while the people of their host country were tied down and gagged. No doubt they liked the people to remain that way as they immediately asked for special protection because of withdrawal of state of emergency.
And the army chief recently claimed that despite requests being made to him by diplomats, he did not declare martial law. Wow! What a dangerous statement! For Gods sake Bangladesh is an independent sovereign democratic nation. And the diplomats, breaking all international code of conduct, meeting the Army general and persuading him to overthrow a constitutional government!!! Do they know the meaning of the word ‘conspiracy’? What the army chief did that time? Did he report it to his Supreme Commander? Should not he? Must not he? If he had not, what that act tantamount to?
Its about the time we understand the real meaning of spirit of our independence, the spirit of 1971, the spirit of 3 million lives and the value of 3 million lives. The spirit of 1971 does not only mean hanging leaders of Jamaat e islami (In selected years). The spirit of 1971 means upholding the sovereignty of the nation. The value of 1971 means to stand up, heads high, against being poodle of arrogant foreign diplomats and have the country run by the people and for the people.

My apology to my readers for my unannounced absence from blogging for the last several months. With a busy family life and a demanding career getting precedence over blogging, it has become impossible to devote the time needed to blog regularly.  But as election is approaching, in this hot boiling political season, I understand, it would be a great disservice to my readers,  if I remain mute.  So let me promise to at least talk something daily. At least until the election day.

And after the elction? It will be a whole new war! I promise.

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