Duplicity of contemporary politics and Rizvi's 'conviction'



Ashraful Islam, Planning Editor, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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I heard a folk saying many years ago. The editor of a regional newspaper often used to say, "Ganjakhor will be tried, opium takers will be judged". Although I did not try to understand the meaning of his words then, I remembered the words while observing the contemporary politics of the country. Today, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Advocate Ruhul Kabir Rizvi in a program in front of the party office in Nayapaltan in the capital gave a firm conviction on the question of protecting the country's integrity and said, "Don't let Bangladesh become another Kashmir".

It has to be said about the matter in simple judgment, why will Bangladesh become another Kashmir after getting its independence by war of liberation? As the leader of the party he gave this warning to, BNP was in power when we saw an attempt to turn the country into 'Afghanistan or Pakistan' with ten trucks of weapons. After the capture of the ten truckloads of weapons in question, when the evidence of the involvement of the top officials of the then government came out in the trial, it became visible who is the threat to sovereignty in the country's politics.

Undoubtedly, the general public has many questions about the quality of our contemporary politics or the ethics of politicians. It cannot be denied that politicians fail in most cases to achieve public satisfaction. But when a politician of the country raises the question of protecting sovereignty, the question remains whether the position of his political party is contradictory from a moral point of view. None of us disagrees with the public demand for good governance and social and economic equality that people expect from politicians. Logically, the anti-government parties will continue to struggle for these basic demands. The role of shadow government is played through such activities of political parties. People benefit from this kind of opposition.

The people of this region who have always protested against colonial rule-exploitation have been fighting for their independence-autonomy or as a final result 'full self rule' for many ages. The colonial monsters have succumbed to the struggle inspired by the hearts of the people. This trend of struggle has always been maintained in the tradition of the country's political development since the birth of independent Bangladesh and in the later era. But contemporary politics cannot be reconciled with our traditional traditions.

But it is not only Ruhul Kabir Rizvi who makes such rude comments. We often hear such empty statements in the arena of politics at this time. This makes two things clear; firstly, the indolence of politicians, secondly, the tendency to attack the opponent, in whatever way it may be, thirdly, strong desire to rise to power rather than public interest.

Like other political parties in the country, these trends are evident in the BNP and its leadership. In the transformation of Bangladesh into a developed country, the parties, according to themselves, are giving the people various hopes. But they do not accept the knowledge-based and visionary practice model of the politicians of the developed countries of the present world though our politicians often visit developed countries. It is heard that many people have built second homes in those countries. But unfortunately there is no willingness among them to acquire or utilize the knowledge and technology that advance the society and the state.

Let's come to the main topic, India, our true friend and main ally in the Great War of Liberation. The deep historical, ethnographic and common linguistic and cultural ties between Bangladesh and India are as enviable as they are rare. But the spirited effort to tear apart that sweet harmony has been strong since independence. The fact remains that a section of the country's political elite is not ready to accept this solidarity. One can find harmony in their speech with the ideology of the invading Pakistanis in the 1971. Along with personal and party interests, this conflict is largely ideological. For which in 1971 the entire nation was united on the question of freedom, but a small part took the opposite role and joined the Bengali killings with the enemies of the motherland. That small part has been greatly strengthened and strengthened by political indulgence in the last half century. That is why such a statement came to not allow Bangladesh to become Kashmir.

These politicians have nothing to do with the reality that protecting the independence of Bangladesh is essential for India's own needs. And this amazing work has been done by every government since Mrs. Indira Gandhi and will continue to do so in the future. The country's foreign policy, more precisely the 'Bangladesh policy' has not changed; Instead, more robust 'neighborhood first' programs have been added.

It can be said that trying to mislead common people with 'day blind' type statements will not go far. Therefore, it is important for the parties to be more focused to bridge the void of quality and vision that has become evident in our contemporary politics. And without losing sight of the dream of a developed country by 2041, a radical change in mindset and values within political parties and leadership is first required. Because if there is no qualitative change in politics, how will the leadership of the transformation of the developed country be created?

   

Mujibnagar Day: Vow to build a non-communal Bangladesh



District Correspondent, Barta24.com, Meherpur
Mujibnagar Day: Vow to build a non-communal Bangladesh

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Awami League joint general secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim pointed to BNP-Jamaat and said that today's Mujibnagar Day vow should be to resist those who want to hand over non-communal Bangladesh to communal forces.

He said this at a discussion meeting on Mujibnagar Day at the historical Mujibnagar Amrakanan in Meherpur on Wednesday (April 17) afternoon.

He said, we observe the day from our consciousness and the values of the liberation war. The oath of this day is to resist those who do not want the anti-independence non-sectarian power of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Awami League presidium council member Kazi Zafarullah said that Bangladesh was recognized by the international community through the oath of the first government on April 17, 1971.

On the other hand, accusing BNP of anti-national conspiracy, Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said, BNP and their domestic and foreign allies have distorted the history of the liberation war by creating the situation after 1975.

He also said that after the BNP came to power, the Collaborator Act was abolished and 15,000 war criminals were freed. Banned war criminals have given Jamaat-e-Islami an opportunity to do politics. They are still conspiring against Bangladesh. They do not believe in freedom.

In the speech of the chief guest, Kazi Zafarullah said that Mujibnagar Day is a matter of historical importance. But it is a matter of great regret that there is no nationwide initiative to celebrate the day. Therefore, he drew the attention of the Minister of Liberation War to take measures to observe the day at the district and upazila level of the country from next year.

Bangladesh Awami League organized this meeting to celebrate Mujibnagar Day on April 17, the day of swearing in of the first government in 1971. Besides, the district administration and Ministry of Liberation War organized various grand events around Amrakanan to celebrate the day.

Public Administration Minister Forhad Hossain was the special speaker on the occasion, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque was the guest of honor. Rajshahi City Corporation Mayor Khairuzzaman Liton, son of the first government's Home, Agriculture and Rehabilitation Minister AHM Kamruzzaman, State Minister for Children and Women Affairs Simin Hossain Rimi, daughter of the first Prime Minister Tajuddin Ahmed, Awami League Organizing Secretary SM Kamal Hossain were special guests. The special speaker was Dr. Abu Saleh Mohammad Nazmul Haque Sagar, Member of Parliament for Meherpur-2 Constituency, District A-League General Secretary MA Khalek, Member of Bangladesh Awami League Syeda Zakia Noor Lipi, Adv. Amirul Alam Milan, Parveen Zaman Kalpana and Nirmal Kumar Chatterjee. Central and local leaders of Awami League were present.

Earlier, ministers, government officials and Awami League leaders laid wreaths at the Mujibnagar memorial at 9:30 am. Awami League leaders hoisted the national and party flags after laying wreaths. This was followed by a guard of honor and parade. Police, BGB, Ansar, BNCC, Girl's Guide and the parade of students from various educational institutions impressed the thousands of people present.

In the second phase, the discussion meeting was held at the Sheikh Hasina stage. At the end of the discussion, the Bangladesh Ansar-VDP orchestra team performed a ballad called "Sonali Sapner Desh" where the development activities of the government are highlighted.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Liberation War and Meherpur district administration jointly organized a grand event. From the previous day, festoons, arcades, colors and lighting were done all over the Mujibnagar complex. In the evening, artists of the country will perform music in a wonderful cultural program. 

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Prime Minister orders to keep an eye on the situation in the Middle East



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ordered all the members of the Cabinet and the relevant ministries to keep a close eye on the ongoing tension in the Middle East following Iran's unprecedented attack on Israel.

Cabinet Secretary Md. Mahbub Hossain said this at a press conference organized to announce the decision of the Cabinet meeting at the Secretariat on Wednesday (April 17) afternoon.

Earlier, a Cabinet meeting was held at the Prime Minister's office under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The Cabinet Secretary said that after the attack, the prime minister asked all sectors to be ready to deal with its response. However, she did not specifically said about trade or economy. Everyone has been asked to prepare and report on this.

Giving an example, Md. Mahbub Hossain said, for example: If the price of oil increases, what will we do to deal with that effect, she asked to prepare.

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CID has found the involvement of Bodi's two brothers in drug smuggling



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Police's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) said that Aminur Rahman and Abdur Sukkur, two brothers of Teknaf's former MP Abdur Rahman Bodi, are associated with Cox's Bazar-based drug trade.

Additional IGP Muhammad Ali Mia said this in response to a question from journalists at a press conference organized at the CID's media center in Malibagh in the capital on Wednesday (April 17) in the afternoon regarding the confiscation of assets of drug lords.

The CID chief said action will be taken against those found involved with drugs, whoever he is. We found the involvement of his (Bodi's) brothers and their followers. We will interrogate Bodi's two brothers and if his (Bodi's) name comes up there we will also arrest him. No one will be exempted in the matter of drugs.

Asked about the role of Bodi's two brothers, the CID chief said that Aminur Rahman and Abdur Sukkur brought Yaba from Myanmar in different ways. After that they are delivered to different places by their assigned associates. Already 6.9 acres of land belonging to Bodi’s brothers has been identified. Besides, the information of 40 percent of the land worth Tk. one crore has been found. Land information has not been digitized yet. As a result, the work of collecting this information is going on at the field level in various ways. We can give more details about this later.

Initially, the CID investigated 35 cases and found various movable and immovable properties including money (kept in bank accounts), purchased land, houses and flats illegally earned from the drug business of the godfathers of drug cases. The amount of illegally earned money in these cases is about Tk. 178.44 crore.

Additional IGP Mohammad Ali Mia said that CID has already frozen 9.14 acres of land and 2 houses worth Tk. 8.11 crore of the godfathers in 3 cases of croc and drug related money laundering and Tk. 1 crore 1 lakh 23 thousand 425 kept in the bank in various cases. Another 35.173 acres of land, 12 houses and 1 car valued at Tk. 36.82 crores are in process of sale.

The CID chief said, you know that at least 80 thousand drug recovery cases are registered in the country every year. Most of those arrested are drug peddlers and users. At times, investigating officers end their investigations within these two categories. As a result, the original godfathers of drugs remained hidden. But since 2021, the CID has taken the initiative of arresting the drug godfathers and collecting the assets and depositing them in the government coffers. This will create a panic among the drug dealers of the country. They will leave the drug trade and do legitimate business. Besides, no one will be encouraged to join this profession. Because you know drug is a capital less business. As a result, many people get involved in illegal business to take advantage of easy income. 

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11 killed in three-way collision between private- truck and auto



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Eleven people were killed in a three-way collision between a truck-private car and an auto-rickshaw on Gabkhan bridge area of Jhalkathi. Several people were injured in this incident.

The accident happened on Wednesday (April 17) at noon.

This was confirmed by Jhalakathi Superintendent of Police Mohammad Afruzul Haque Tutul.

According to eyewitnesses and the police, there were many vehicles including easy bikes and private cars waiting to pay money at the toll Plaza of Gabkhan Bridge. Meanwhile, a cement truck hit all the vehicles in front and broke the barrier and went to the side of the road. This accident happened.

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