By Jahangir Alam Akash, To found a Golden Bengal without exploitation-deprivation, hunger-poverty and corruptions was the real force behind the great war of independence. Unfortunately it is true that this aim has not been achieved after 38 years of liberation. National unity is the most significant in the important national issues. During the global economic crisis and deficit of food, on the last 17 October was the day of international day of the prevention of the poverty. The world leaders have promised to evict disparity and poverty. With them, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh is also committed to the nation in the same issue, although hunger and children without nutrition are increasing.
Amongst 600 crores of the world population, 100 crore are hungry. Bangladesh is one of the most thickly populated countries. In the list of 27 hungry and poor countries, Bangladesh is in no. 13. Population is now more than 15 crores. The growth (as per government statistics) is 1.41. Half of the poverty-stricken people live ‚from hand to mouth’. Columnist Niamat Ali wrote, 8 crores Bengalis are hungry. 40% live under poverty standard. In Dhaka city, 6 hundred thousand children have nothing to eat and they sleep on the streets. In the national committee-function of ‚against the poverty’, the leader of the opposing BNP Chairperson and Ex Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia did not attend. Total nation has hoped that at least on this issue a strong national unity would grow. But that did not come true! The national problems with ‘Tipaimukh dam’, people have experienced the same situation.
During the army-controlled Emergency interim government, in those 2 years of mad administrations, two big national leaders, Ex Prime Ministers, Sk. Hasina and Begum Zia were in Jails for a long time. People started to hope that after 29 December Election, political mentalities of these two leaders would be changed. In the culture of national politics, qualitative changes would come. But with the absence of opposition leader in the ‚Poverty-Prevention-Day’ – function, the bitter truth was again confirmed, ‚No change has been occurred!’
Sk Hasina said if corruption is not checked, poverty will never end. She also said, corrupts have no pardon even if they belong to her own party! She winked to he opposion leader and said that those who embezzle orphans’ money, what they can give to the country? She further said to solve the crisis, democracy is mostly needed. (Daily Sangbad, 18.10.2009). Yes, her opinions are very much justified. ‚But what I do not follow, what is use of only saying?’ She has emphasized on democracy to solve the problems. We also think so. But when talk and act do not coincide, we become septic. We have not seen the easiest way of democracy has been followed in the last Awami league Council.
She has called for actions (like Jihad!) against corruptions but at the same time some her MPs are buying big and luxurious cars. In the report of English daily Star, the newly elected AL-MP from Rajshahi-3 (Poba-Mohonpur) Merajuddin Molla has recently bought a luxury car of 22 lacs Taka. But only 10 months ago during election while submitting the income-tax return he showed his yearly income as only 1 lac Taka! The Councilor and MP Meraj Molla after 10 months of election, his buying of such a costly car is an evidence that the statement of Prime Minister and the truth are how much near! We want the effective realisation of her sayings.
Bangladesh must be democratic, rule of law must come and corruptions and hunger must be wiped out. For this, we need a radical change in total system which has no substitute. Education and strong economic base have to be achieved. People will rightly valuate if politicians work for their welfare. Please give up the politics of reciprocal blaming. Not in words, rather in works stays the real identity, it must be proved. 18.10.2009
Editor, The Human Rights Today
Prime Minister poverty and reality
March 19, 2010 by Euro Bangla for Peace and Human Rights edited by Jahangir Alam Akash