Published:  01:41 AM, 14 January 2018

'Minorities secure in democracy'

Human rights activist Shahriar Kabir has remarked that people of different minority communities in Bangladesh feel insecure due to the absence of democratic practices. He added that anti-liberation forces in the name of politics persecute the minority people and such elements are used to going ahead with the evil motive to cleanse them from the soil for turning the state into a monolithic country.

For taking measures for the safety of minority communities, the United Nations (UN) has incorporated many clauses to defend them all over the word so that they can live in peace and harmony, the Journal of International Relations survey said.

In the South Asian region, its diverse population, conflicts and violence became a day-to-day phenomenon. The problems of the South Asian region can be attributed to the uneven economic development, colonial and post-colonial policies of the government along with religious intolerance, the survey stated.

Minorities in any state remain a vulnerable segment of a society. But minority community in a undemocratic state is never considered as one of the integral parts of the state by majority community. In advanced countries, mino-rities are relatively better than in developing countries and enjoying all rights equally with majority people, the sources said. National University Asso-ciate Professor Dr Chinmay Howlader has told The Asian Age that the democratic practice in Bangla-desh is yet to establish. If democratic culture remains absent, not only minority community, but major  community  also deprived of its constitutional rights.

In the South Asian
perspective, the majority people always try to impose their values, cultures, religion, language, etc on the minorities. Bangladesh is also not exception to this. Instead of trying to improve their pathetic conditions, their issues are merely politicized and nothing substantive is being done for the improvement of their socioeconomic status, the journal survey stated.

-P R Biswas, AA

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