Dialogue: The Solution Out there
E A Prince, In-charge, Law and Human Rights
The political affairs of the country are heading towards a confrontational point mounting to an entire disregard between the government and the opposition. As the time of the general election is drawing near, this prevalent mistrust and disagreement are getting bad to worse. Both the major political parties are sticking-in-the-mud with their position and are loathing to solution.
Notwithstanding with much political upheavals in last three months or less, there was a possibility to minimize the crack in the minds of the politicians of ours, but this rays of hope is about to dwindle with with the very recent activities of the government and the opposition as well.
The already existing political strife went worse by the force disappearance of Ilias Ali. Before that the general law and order situation has been shoddier enough as evidenced by the murder of journo couple Sagar and Runi. Neither the killer could be identified nor yet has the probe been revealed to us.
BNP has proposed the government for reinstatement of the caretaker government which then and there was rebuffed the government on the plea that the caretaker government is already abolished from the constitution and cannot be reinstated. It was done without any delay and discussion with any political parties or the civil society members much before the judgment of the court is delivered. The government went off at a tangent over the issue of caretaker government.
Almost all the civil society members of the country are urging both the major parties to sit together and bring out a solution in this regard. BNP has said that they want a solution of the problem and an alternative of caretaker government is acceptable to them. The wording of the form of the government is not important to them, rather a reliable and peaceful way of transformation of power is the key concern to them. Standing on the same agenda, Awami League has moved for the caretaker government. And this reality still exists for BNP.
For any negotiation and dialogue the parties concerned need to have mutual respect towards others. Sadly enough, we lag behind this political stance towards others. The famous teaching of the quotation ‘I may disagree with you, but I shall sacrifice my life to protect your right to disagree’- is seriously missing in our political state of affairs.
Within and without politics, if anyone suggests any parties to sit on the table, he is expelled from the parties or at least reprimanded by that party- if he is within the party. Or if an individual or any civil society members advocates for the same, he is severely disparaged and is blamed to be ally of other party. We have handful of instances of this scenario. Barrister Nazmul Huda, on his political career several times have been reprimanded and expelled by BNP to come up with the proposition to sit both the leaders on the table.
Such politicians are also there in AL who want to find the middle ground rather being so obdurate on their position. But the position of those leaders inside the parties is very insubstantial to influence their leaders to have dialogue.
The Prime Minister has reiterated her stance on the caretaker government by denying it straight away. But, it may rather complicate the situation. And BNP should come forward to settle the issue within and outside the parliament. A deliberate and comprehensive talks and discourse between the parties is no alternative at this crucial juncture. A sustainable solution is the possible upshot of this exchange of ideas in politics.