Of Somudra Bijoy
The honourable PM makes a traffic mess as she accepts kudos from her party-minions, for she has conquered the sea! No, she did not brave the boisterous sea, nor did she encounter the seductive sea sirens as did the brave heart of Ithaca. But she surely did plugged her ears shut otherwise she could have listened to the misery of citizens of her capital city. Another offering of the uxorious kind is on the offing on April 28th by another Awami outfit for the same conquest.
Crushing the Spanish Armada, Nelson conquered the sea for the British Empire for years to come. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States rules the sea with its mighty fleets. Even the lowly pirates at times commands large swaths of sea by their wily tenacity.
But no, our honorable PM’s conquest of sea is by a court ruling that, the Yangon generals clearly can boast as a victory for their own. It is a good and equitable decision by the court that gives legitimacy to the due claims of both countries. There is nothing there for such high flying rhetoric of alleged “Somudra Bijoy”. In fact, this issue should have been dealt many years ago by our previous governments. Still it is an achievement – I mean achievement and not a CONQUEST.
Sengupta Kahini and others
As a fellow Sylheti with once-left-leaning ideology, I have followed Suranjit Sengupta with certain pride even though he is nothing like my other favorite Sylheti – Nurul Isalm Nahid. But his sudden fall from zenith is unsettling. I tend believe that he deserves space to prove his innocence. The fact that he resigned for the sake of unbiased investigation is commendable. But the fact the Prime Minister reinstated him as an “OSD Cabinet Member” is an affront to Mr. Sengupta’s own rationale for resignation. On the part of Prime Minister, this is a blatant disregard for anything logical or decent. I hope, Mr. Sengupta, for the sake of his own integrity, shall reject this rather hilarious offer.
Well, the Prime Minister’s despotic manner knows no bounds. She continues to keep Sohel Taj as a cabinet member even though he resigned. Even bizarre is the fact that Sohel Taj is being force-paid from the state coffer despite his vocal pleading to the contrary. This defies all conscience… I just do not know how to denounce such mindless and ridiculous acts by a Prime Minister who was elected to obey and uphold the law of the nation…
It seems that “firing” is something anathema to our very kind Prime Minister. She is willing to shower her grace even on the most ruffians of all as long as they pledge their absolute allegiance to her leadership. Thus Abul Hossain, Shahara Khatun and/or Shajahan Khan continue their dingy legacy as cabinet members.
Of Goom and Khun
Sagor-Runi’s family and friends are lucky in the sense that there is a closure with their burial. But the friends and family of BNP leader Eliyas Ali might not be that lucky. This really has gotten scarier by the years as certain government outfits are running amok with impunity. Well, this began with the reign of the immediate past government when rouge elements of now-infamous Operation Clean Heart were granted immunity from prosecution by enacting law in the parliament. Such state sponsored onslaught on human rights, by now, has become a new norm.
This reminds me of the “Mothers of Plaza de Mayo” - during the dirty war (1976-1983), the Argentine Military Regime kidnapped many of it’s of citizens, thousands of whom still remain missing. Mother’s of those missing banded together and forced the subsequent democratic government to outlaw such practices.
We do have a government that claims to be democratic!