Can BD militants be deterred by bamboos?
ABangladesh TTACKS on minorities and secular activists are on the rise in
so much so that hardly any day passes when the media does not report about the murder of any Christian, Hindu or the secular campaigner. In a bid to deter militants from attacking people of minority faiths, police in western parts of the country has started equipping the people with bamboo sticks and whistles. The move comes after a Hindu priest was found slaughtered in Western Bangladesh.
Though the idea of arming the local people with sticks and whistles is an innovative and novel one, but the question remains whether a matter of such big proportion could be overcome this way. We understand it will not contribute much but take the society further towards violence and antagonism. The Muslim majority Bangladesh used to be a peace loving and harmonious society where people belonging to all faiths were living in cohesion and playing their part for the progress and development of the country. Regrettably, the controversial and vengeance based policies of the incumbent PM Sheikh Hasina Wajid reversed that positive course and has torn the society so much apart that intolerance and fanaticism have permeated every section of the society today. Given the victimization and execution of political opponents, especially of Jamaat-e-Islami leaders in one sided and fake trials, the violent reaction, deeper divisions and turmoil in the society were very much inevitable. Instead of arming the common man with sticks and whistles, it will be better for Hasina government to do some soul searching, discard the politics of vendetta and tread the path of reconciliation to do away with the current woes and banes which will continue to haunt the people as long as the deep polarization persists. Cultivating the seeds of political and social hatred will not serve any purpose but allow the extremist and antediluvian forces to take over, which would not be deterred with mere sticks.