Published:  02:06 AM, 15 August 2019

Bangabandhu: Our inspiration

Bangabandhu: Our inspiration

Immortal Cuban leader Fidel Castro said in 1973, "I haven't seen Himalayas but I have seen Sheikh Mujib". The stature and timeless glory of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman can be realized from this saying by Fidel Castro. Bangabandhu is our source of inspiration.

The greatest ever tragedy in Bangladesh's history hit the country when Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated with most of his family members on 15th August 1975. Democracy, transparency, good governance and development cannot be detached from each other.

A country's democratic process faces impediments if good governance cannot prevail smoothly. Besides, good governance cannot be constituted without accountability in all organizations belonging to government and private sectors.

Everything in a democratic state is done for the betterment of people.An all-inclusive approach to socio-economic and political stability of the nation is the only way to provide required services to the people and this is an indispensible prerequisite for prosperity. Sustaining an egalitarian attitude towards people is a very big obligation for ensuring equal rights for all citizens and for the establishment of socio-economic justice at all walks of life.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman once said, "My greatest strength is I love my people while my weakness is I love them too much." Bangabandhu's ideology stands for loving and working for the wellbeing of everyone in Bangladesh. The government should work firmly to free all sectors from corruption keeping faith in Bangabandhu's ideals.

Bangladesh has been going through financial wreckage and banking turmoil for last three years which have posed blazing threats to the country's economy. A diabolic shadow of monopoly has allegedly gripped the country's financial sector which is not at all a good sign.

Allegations from concerned sources show that Bangladesh's banking arena, share markets and financial turfs are being controlled by a few influential monopolists who are responsible for the mounting magnitude of corruption and irregularities in banks, administrative wings and in all other sectors.

Defaulted loans have in the meantime amounted to nearly 2 trillion taka including written off debts. At the same time Bangladesh's trade deficit has reached 178.40 billion taka which is the highest in the country's history.

Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman sharply condemned corruption in his autobiographic books "Unfinished Memoirs" and "Karagarer Rojnamcha" (Prison Diary). Bangabandhu wrote in Prison Diary, "Nobody should undermine his self-esteem by resorting to corruption".

He strongly spoke against corruption while addressing a program at Bangladesh Military Academy after the country's independence. Three million people gave away their life for a country of equal privileges and socio-political integrity, not for a country to be clutched by a flock of corrupted and immoral fraudsters.

It should not be forgotten that both Ziaur Rahman and Hussain Muhammad Ershad rehabilitated and sheltered the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Bangabandhu's assassins founded a political front named Freedom Party during the reign of Hussain Muhammad Ershad. Even a few leaders of Freedom Party became parliamentarians through the controversial election of 1988.

Freedom Party directly opposed the spirit of the Liberation War of 1971 and declined the ideology of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Freedom Party allied with the anti-independence political parties of Bangladesh and thus it became much influential during the regimes of Hussain Muhammad Ershad and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman brought us independence through his uncompromising struggle. He spent seventeen years in prison for fighting for the rights of people. He envisioned dreams for a prosperous Bangladesh where people of all religions would be able to live in harmony.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina released the Hindi translation of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's autobiography Unfinished Memoirs during their delegation level meeting at Hyderabad House, on April 8, 2017 in New Delhi, India.     -Getty Images

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been making the best of her efforts to materialize the intentions of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by implementing Vision 2021 and Vision 2041. Sheikh Hasina's endeavors have transformed Bangladesh into a development role model. The entire world now views Bangladesh as one of the most successful countries of the present time.

Bangladesh has also graduated from the least developed countries (LDC). Per capita income of Bangladeshi people has mounted to 1900 dollars which was below one thousand dollars a few years back. Widespread electrification and digital technologies have expedited and broadly facilitated the life of general people across Bangladesh. This is how we are moving towards the Golden Bengal that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had visualized.

Financial analysts have meanwhile said that tough measures should be executed without delay to free financial and banking turfs from graft and mismanagement. Simultaneously, the administrative and all other sectors need to be streamlined too. Bangabandhu said that lackeys are spoiling the country. Stern actions should be initiated against those who work through pranks and humbugs.

Awami League's General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said that "Kawa" (crows) have entered the party. He blamed hybrid leaders and activists for creating disorder. It must be remembered that anti-liberation groups are always trying to defame the country and embarrass the government. A restless situation is prevailing in Bangladesh due to the outbreak of dengue.

Health Minister Jahid Malik remarked that aedes mosquitoes breed like Rohingyas. Rumours were spread on social media leading to mob lynching. The government should keep sharp eyes on social networks to prevent people from creating hazards. At the same time ministers and politicians should abstain from making ridiculous comments.

There are certain quarters who do not honour the national flag and national anthem of Bangladesh. Strong steps should be taken against these people.

Prominent citizens have again and again called upon the authorities in charge to protect the country's economy from the dark claws of monopoly. If Bangladesh government fails to resist corruption of a few quarters in business, finance, stock markets and banking then the same vested groups would someday impose their control on the country's politics too-such worries have been expressed by patriotic fronts.

When a country's all sectors become subjugated to a few chaps it has often led to mass outrage and economic downfall in recent and past history. Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and Zimbabwe are blazing instances of this precept.

Nazrul Islam, retired Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) is one of the ironbound followers of Bangabandhu's ideology. Nazrul Islam established an institution named Bangabandhu Bidda Niketan in Jhenaidah in 1985. It was the first institution named after Bangabandhu at that time.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina holds a very loving approach to the country's people. She has recently undergone an ophthalmic surgery. Still she is working round the clock. The people of entire Bangladesh put their confidence on Sheikh Hasina. That's why we should always pray for Sheikh Hasina for her good health.

Bangladesh belongs to all its citizens, not just a handful number of affluent magnates. Participation of all people in the country's development process is essential. Equal opportunities for all should be facilitated for this purpose to materialize the dreams of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

While concluding, I would like to cite a few words that Rabindranath Tagore said condoling the death of Ishwarchandra Biddasagar, "You are greater than your deeds. You will be remembered forever."

The writer is a diplomat, entrepreneur, author, Chairman of Editorial Board of The Asian Age and a CIP.

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