Who set fire to Bailey Road?
Leap Year, which occurs every four years with February having 29 days, is marked by a deeply sorrowful, tragic, and painful incident. On this day, a terrifying fire engulfed a building on Bailey Road in the capital city, claiming the lives of nearly half a hundred people.
Pakistan's election with predetermined results
Hafiz Naeem ur Rahman, a candidate of Pakistan's Jamaat-e-Islami party, has won a seat in the local legislature of Karachi city but has announced his resignation from the seat. According to his account, the candidate supported by Imran Khan's PTI received significantly more votes than him. He secured 26,000 votes, while his rival, an independent candidate supported by the PTI, Saif Bari, received 31,000 votes.
Post-election situation in Pakistan
Although national and provincial elections were held in Pakistan on the 8th, political stability has not been achieved. It is uncertain when and to what extent it will come. Perhaps a government will be formed very soon. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), led by Nawaz Sharif, and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), led by Bilawal Bhutto, have agreed to the formation of a coalition government after repeated discussions. However, how that will happen is still unclear. According to reports, Nawaz Sharif himself may become the Prime Minister.
Bangladesh: Zero tolerance for terrorism
Terrorism is a social disease and currently, it is a global phenomenon. French sociologist Emile Durkheim said terrorism is a social issue and has been socially established. This means that terrorism has gradually infiltrated into the fabric of society. Terrorism deviates from common criminal activities because its operations generally target civilians, focusing on unconventional populations. In Bangladesh too, most of the incidents of terrorism have targeted civilians. State law enforcement agencies are responsible for providing security to the civilian population. Weakening the state's security apparatus, often for self-interest, is a common objective behind carrying out acts of terrorism. In the political landscape of Bangladesh, there is evidence of collaboration between terrorists and political powers. Examining the history of numerous terrorist incidents worldwide reveals that behind each occurrence, there is often political support contributing to the incidents.
How significant is the parliament in the majority of ruling party?
Parliamentary democracy, a system of governance cherished for its representation and accountability, often undergoes a unique journey in developing countries. From Africa to Asia, Latin America to parts of Eastern Europe, the path to democratic stability and functionality is marked by both hurdles and milestones. Bangladesh is no exception.
Expulsion in morning, opposition leader in afternoon!
I always call the Jatiya party, as ‘Jatiya circus party. The party formed under the autocratic Ershad is a stain in Bangladesh's politics. Jatiya Party, which was born on January 1, 1986 when Ershad was in power, has no ideological character. It is entirely marked by opportunism. The true character of the party, which was born with leaders gathered by the greed for power, was revealed in 1990 with the overthrow of the dictator Ershad in a mass movement. How many times Jatiya Party has broken up since Ershad's fall and how many registered and unregistered organizations there are now called 'Jatiya Party' is a matter of great research. Once again, the national party stands on the brink of disintegration. This time the fight will be taking place between Devar-Bhabi (Brother-in-law Vs Sister-in-law).
Will the government be able to meet the challenges?
After extensive discussions and debates at home and abroad, the Awami League government, led by Sheikh Hasina, has once again formed a government on January 11 following the twelfth parliamentary election. Despite being in power for the fourth consecutive term, the government will face various multifaceted challenges. Although the government has acknowledged the gradual pressure and conspiracies from opposition parties, it is concurrently facing diverse international pressures. However, overcoming economic crises looms as a significant challenge for them, overshadowing everything else.
In my memory, the Mass Uprising of 1969
January 24, 1969 is a historic day in the history of our national liberation war. The days of the 1969 mass uprising are the most significant period of my life. In this chapter, under the iron rule of Ayub, the student community of Bengal shook the foundations and created history with the mass uprising on January 24, 1969. Every year, when the month of January returns, the fiery days of the 1969 mass uprising in the national life come alive on the pages of memory. The details of those golden days of life echo in every moment. Many times, I ponder how this became possible!
Who will be the opposition party?
The Twelfth National Parliament is set to convene on the upcoming January 30th. The government has been formed, and positions such as Prime Minister, Speaker of Parliament, Cabinet, and Deputy Speaker have been determined in a similar manner. On January 30th, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker will be officially elected. However, the Awami League has already endorsed Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury as the current Speaker and Shamsul Haque Tuku as the Deputy Speaker. There is no opposition on this matter, and there is no possibility of any other candidate. However, a decision on who will be the opposition party has not been made yet. The issue has become complicated due to the complexity of the January 7th election in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) did not participate in the election. Instead, Jatiya party has emerged. Their performance did not meet expectations. In a democratic system, the norm is that multiple political parties will participate in the elections.
Speculation of Opposition Party in the National Parliament
Since the ninth national parliamentary election held in 2008, a weak opposition party has been forming in the Bangladesh National Parliament, which is likely to become the weakest this time. In the 2008 election, the opposition party, BNP, had only 30 seats. After that, in the 2014 election, they secured 34 seats, simultaneously being in both the government and the opposition as the Jatiya Party took the chair of the opposition. BNP faced a setback in that election. In the 2018 election, with 22 seats, Jatiya party once again took their place in the opposition party in the National Parliament.