We are really passing a period of uncertainty in our social, political and economic life. But that uncertainty is not as glorious as a cricket match. Such type of uncertainty derived from the universal battle of defending the throne and regaining the throne. Recently we have witnessed unprecedented hartals, blockades that not only restrained ordinary people from leading a normal life but also made them bound to stop their social and financial activities. At the same time we have also witnessed unprecedented and harsh crackdown on the opposition.
Though most of the observers are doubtful about the opposition’s capability of gathering strong agitation against the government- seemingly a period of interval is going on and may be some of the politicians are having refreshment for bringing the nation to a new dimension of uncertainty with a new enthusiasm and some are inventing new strategy to suppress the opposition.
In spite of hartals and blockades the people of Bangladesh always try their best to keep their advancement uninterrupted. But their efforts are very costly. They have to go to office, continue their business and keep their factory open at a maximum cost. Those efforts sometimes lead to death or complete destruction of their factories, shops. Nevertheless they have an eagerness to remain optimistic all the time.
Statistics shows a huge loss because of strikes and blockades. But it is still a mystery that despite numerous strikes, blockades- how could an economy maintain its steady growth. I have an assumption behind that mystery. In the past hartal could not be able to make severe effects on transportation of goods where unlike recent severe conditions trucks and lorries would transport goods without any type of harsh resistance during a hartal. Moreover people of our country certainly very much industrious and at the same time very much resilient. They can cope up with any type of derogatory and hostile situation very fast and easily. In order to make up the losses- they apply 24 hours of efforts even in weekends or in any other holidays or increase the working hour as much as needed. Entrepreneurs of our country also very much innovative and they could endure any type of unfriendly environment for the business. Demography, in this case, has been the blessings to some extent.
Inflow of huge foreign remittance from almost 9 million Bangladeshi living around the globe made us world’s 8th largest foreign remittance earning country and world’s second largest garment export capabilities being run by 2 million own workforce that does not require mobilization of huge capital. Both the factors have made our foreign currency reserve more than $21 billion which is the second highest among SARC countries. That is the materialistic assumption. There might have more other abstract reasons behind that mysterious growth despite those various uncertainties coupled with various disastrous natural calamities.
It is proven that, if the people of Bangladesh are given opportunity, they could render the best output. Therefore, I think population is not a problem when they are upgraded to skilled human resources. In 1980 when the population of China was less than one billion, they started implementation of one-child policy very strictly and inhumanly. But after 34 years, it has become an irony that China has done away with the policy of one-child when its population is now about 1.4 billion. Similarly, in many European countries where the growth of population is negative, are not being able to make their growth of population positive even providing couples with various attractive incentives. Because- most of the people are very much reluctant to marry as well as to maintain family life. Moreover they are not mentally prepared to sacrifice their time energy and money for upbringing a child. So called individualism and personal freedom of the capitalist society leading them towards a complete disaster in social and family life.
During the last 25 years corruption, nepotism have been institutionalized. Honesty, integrity are now being treated as old fashioned. Political morality and manners have disappeared. Value of a life has been reduced to zero. Rule of law has become an extinct and fairy tales. Terrorism, dishonesty and political identity dominating everywhere over the basic rights of ordinary people.
No one knows when Bangladesh would be able to set a stable democracy where every democratic and constitutional institutions, such as judiciary, election commission, executive division and public administration, national parliament, public service commission, anti-corruption commission and local government would get a real independence so that no ruler could customize those institutions and bodies for making their reign longer and longer.
However, there have been a lot of reasons to be optimistic that Bangladesh would be able to keep their advancement intact at any cost. We have a remarkable achievement in many social and economic indicators among South Asian countries, such as literacy, female literacy, infant mortality, life expectancy, per capita income and so on. Simultaneously in the achievement of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) we have also a remarkable improvement in various fields, such as eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equity and woman empowerment, improve maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability and development of global partnership.
The Bangali are freedom loving. If we study the history of hundreds of years since the loss of independence in 1757 at the battlefield of Palashi, we would find their relentless efforts to regain the lost freedom. Some prominent and undisputable leaders of this region, for example Titumr, Haji Shariatullah, Surya Sen, Subhas Chandra Bose, A.K. Fazlul Haque, Nawab Sir Salimullah, Chitta Ranjan Das and many more created a strong base of movement that led to liberation of this sub-continent from the British colonial oppression and eventually to the creation of independent Bangladesh in 1971. Here we can recall the famous comment of Gopal Krishna Gokhale, a prominent non-Bengali leader of anti-British movement who said “What Bengal thinks today India thinks tomorrow”.
Bangladesh itself has also produced many world-class leaders among new generations. For example-Bangladesh-based British Labor Party MP, Rushanara Ali is being considered by the British political analyst as one of the promising leaders who deserves to be the future prime minister of Britain. Just imagine- the Britons who once invaded and ruled maximum parts of the world might have a prime minister who is the heir of so called Bangali ‘Abala Nari (feeble woman)’. Now a considerable number of people of Bangladesh are well and highly educated and proving their worth and intellect around the globe. They are very much conscious about socio-political affairs as well as all kinds of disorder prevailing in the society. No ruler would be able to keep them foolish for a long term, but for the time being. They must be able to make all uncertainties glorious.