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Despite being vital, student protests will yield no outcome

Abul Quashem Fozlul Faque, Supernumerary Professor, Dhaka University : 
It will not be wise for students to return to their homes right now just after listening to the prime minister’s assurance. If they return to their schools and colleges, would the premier keep her promise? What is the guarantee? Both the students and the people are in a dilemma over this. If the students fall back, will the prime minister be able to reign in the corruption in the transport sector and mete out proper punishment? She will be unable to because there is no democracy in this country. It is under an autocratic rule. There is a severe lack of law and order. A degenerate culture exists in the name of lawlessness, which is why Chattra League was able to barbarically attack the innocent students making peaceful protests.

The protests of these innocent schoolchildren are of vital importance. But unfortunately, there will be no outcome. Because neither the country’s traffic system, transport system, transport laws nor transport administration have any capability to resolve this problem. It will be possible to solve this problem only if the nation’s politics improve and a government of improved character rise. While walking on the streets, I have seen that the protestors are students of class 9-12. The police have mercilessly attacked these students. The government claimed that there is a vested quarter behind this. The government once called students ‘children of Razakars’; now all was left to hear was this. There are a lot of mistakes in the government’s handling of this situation. But the government continues to make inflammatory remarks in its speeches. The speeches by lawmakers and ministers are further inciting students.

Once the government passes the law, it would be wise for the students to return to their homes. There will be a solution and students should not escalate further. They should maintain regular attendance in their institutions, or else it would negatively harm their education. But to solve the problem, political process is needed. But such a preparation is nowhere to be seen in the country. We cannot expect any solution under this government’s rule.

Based on an interview by Muhammad Naeem, translated by Abrar Hussain

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