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Editor’s Choice – How young generation in Bangladesh sees politics?

I recently came across a famous talk show called Tritriyo Matro while I was surfing on youtube for Bangla Dramas. It wasn’t a worthless pursuit finding the show which I found as enjoyable as watching a drama of Mosharraf Karim. Two successful female political activists from the two biggest political Groups Awami League and BNP were invited by the famous presenter of the show Zillur Rahman. It was a special EID show where both ladies were accompanied by their children – a daughter and son. It is expected that discussion will be heated between people from two different political parties come face to face  but this didn’t really happen on this occasion because  the topic for the show was family, however the clever presenter had couple of questions reserved for their children on politics.

Both children were asked about politics in Bangladesh and both humbly answered, we don’t believe in our current political practice, our politics always start referring 40 years ago and ends up referring the same, this needs to stop and we need to look ahead. Secondly they were asked whether they would like to become a politician, one answer was plain and simple “NO” and then curious presenter had asked why? And the answer was “cause I hate politics”, the second answer was “YES but I don’t want to do the politics if it is what it is now, lots of strikes and killings cannot be the politics, politicians should look after the people but instead they use people for their own benefits”.

We have a saying in Bangla called “Alemer ghore Jalem” and I will try my best to translate this in English, it means “A teacher’s son who isn’t educated”. Although both children were outspoken and spoke truth it wouldn’t surprise me if I see them one day became politicians like their ancestors and follow the same path rather than uphold their ideals. They are children who are not yet groomed by their families but as they grow older they will likely feel the power of politics.

Politics and power in Bangladesh is like a hobby akin to having an SLR camera and believing yourself to be a photographer whereas true photographers are those who are well trained and run to Himalayas and wait for hours and hours to take a good shot. True politicians are expected to be well educated and well-mannered like in any other Western and European countries including Australia. Otherwise, how he/she will run for election and represent the people of the country is a big question mark.

Statistics show in Bangladesh around 10% of nominees for Member of Parliament have education levels under the 5th standard but they still manage to get the nominations because of their powerful connections and their history of crime. There is another group of people who are NRB (Non Resident Bangladesh) who want to develop an identity and power in Bangladesh. This group is mainly Bangladeshi business people and some are highly qualified professionals who have made western countries and middle-east their second home.

Big question remains here for those NRB political minded people and for their groups. Firstly, why are they undertaking Bangladeshi political party activities in a foreign country who has provided them a second home? Why not join the mainstream politics in this country and contribute something valuable? Secondly, if politics is for the people of Bangladesh then how is Bangladeshi politics in foreign country going to benefit them?  How will the politics identified by the children of the political party activists bring good to our NRB society can anyone really answer this question?

It is not too late for NRB friends to embrace the fact that they are not in Bangladesh and for their children who are growing up here to embrace a society who teaches them about equality, sharing, respect and love. There is no alternative but to leave this politics behind and concentrate on all these fine children who can easily shine our names on the sky. The sooner we understand is better.

To be continued…

I recently came across a famous talk show called Tritriyo Matro while I was surfing on youtube for Bangla Dramas. It wasn’t a worthless pursuit finding the show which I found as enjoyable as watching a drama of Mosharraf Karim. Two successful female political activists from the two biggest political Groups Awami League and BNP were invited by the famous presenter of the show Zillur Rahman. It was a special EID show where both ladies were accompanied by their children - a daughter and son. It is expected that discussion will be heated between people from two different political parties…

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