“This is USA’s conspiracy against Bangladesh”—Sadeq Khan, Political analyst
In recent times, there has been quite a few violent occurrences such as clashes and murders. They are being reported in misleading manner claiming them to be typical robberies or clashes without a specific motive. In fact some of these are not being reported in newspapers at all.
Since there is a political stalemate prevailing in the country, we are facing the inevitable consequences of those are angry are choosing the path of violence, leaning towards anarchy and terror. Our authorities are claiming that there is no extremism or terrorism in the country, but fact is that there is a rise in milancy in Bangladesh. Our neighboring countries are also suffering from the exact problem, including India. The only difference is that they have accepted the fact and are taking actions accordingly. We are merely taking actions without addressing the problem by admitting that ISIS or extremism has a presence here. Personally I don’t have a problem with it except it is clearly obvious that we are failing in handling the situation.
Those who are creating anarchy and promoting fundamentalism are aiming for communalism. Communalism is being used as a tool for publicity. ISIS is taking advantage of this terrorist incidents to further their reach. ISIS wants to publicize their presence in Bangladesh. We should take this seriously.
At this moment, it seems that there is only one political party in this country. The opposition parties are drowning in trials of countless charges they are being accused of. We do not to be find their presence in any political rally or public meetings. Because of the seeming absence of an opposition, Awami League probably feels that they do not need to arrange any public meeting or rally. Absence of any public political meeting or manifestation can make the general citizens feel detached from all political aspects. There is only a one sided narration. TV talk shows do host discussions on various social and political issues but in very scattered manner. Aside from them, there is zero dialogues happening anywhere in the country.
Yes there is no reason for the government to feel that these incidents are a bad omen to the nation. But it defeats the purpose if we try to sweep it under the carpet or be in denial. We should address the problem for what it is and take measures accordingly.
Comments taken by Ashiq Rahman
Translated by Anindya Nahar Habib
Edited by Lisa H. Huda