International Day of Democracy

Published:  03:02 AM, 15 September 2021

BD experiences uneven path

Democracy means a government that is selected by its people, a government that is by the people, and for the people, but Bangladesh faced many undemocratic and military regimes to run the country and moved it backward after the assassination of Bangabandhu.

The incumbent government goes ahead with the mega development projects and pragmatic methods of modern technology to improve the image of Bangladesh in the eyes of world leaders. To some extent, the present government achieved uncommon success in the areas of development like foreign currency earnings, rural development, empowerment of women, local government, water and sanitation, per capita income and other sectors.

International Day of Democracy means a government that is elected by its own people, a government that is by the people, and for the people. In today's world, with the increasing rate of deceit and corruption, preserving such a government and the basic rights of humans has become even more important. And for this, International Democracy Day is celebrated every year with an aim to preserve the democratic form of government.

The day was introduced through a resolution passes by the UN General Assembly on 8th November 2007 with an aim to encourage and strengthen the phenomena of democracy. The UN has an ideology that human rights and new rules of laws are safe in societies.

The day focuses on providing basic human rights and fundamental rights to all. The day also educates people on the issues of concern, mobilizes political intent and resources to address issues across the globe and peace all over. In the situation like that, the present state of democracy in Bangladesh, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Executive Director Dr. Iftekharuzzaman said Bangladesh reached four step up in global democratic index and Bangladesh obtains 76th position, but the state of democracy in Bangladesh is dissatisfied in the long term. Because, we with 5.99 score remain in zone of hybrid regime that is not considered a complete democracy.

He also said the exercise of democracy in Bangladesh is yet to mature. In Bngladesh there are some strong structures of law, but the implementation procedure is very weak. Last many years our Election Commission remains is used to arranging election but participatory polls, neutral election management are questionable still. Dhaka University former Vice Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique told The Asian Age regarding the present state of democracy in Bangladesh that the undemocratic forces assassinated Bangabandhu and they took over the state power. The military and undemocratic forces tarnished the democratic institutions, and traits that contradict with democratic form of government.

He also said we come unable to hold the democratic ideology of Bangandhu. After coming into power, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to a greater extent has made the prerequisite of democracy in Bangladesh and she moving in right direction to accelerate the dream of Father of the Nation.

Human rights defender and writer Shahriar Kabir told The Asian Age that Bangladesh has faced many undemocratic experiences, especially the assassination of Bangabandhu in 1975. Under these circumstances, the democratic characteristics have been demolished. During the period religious fanaticism, authoritarian and military rules have  weakened the democratic system in Bangladesh.

In order to accelerate democratic rule, the people of Bangladesh will have to be enriched with education, intelligence and intellect to uphold democracy. The anti-liberation forces are plotting to keep Bangladesh from going forward in nation building activities. By introducing modern education, culture and values in state management, the incumbent government will have to go ahead, Shahriar Kabir said.

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