Hasina Wajid plunges BD into turmoil
Aby spectre is haunting Bangladesh - the spectre of political victimization
the ruling party, unbridled and violent extremism and attacks on intellectuals, journalists, bloggers and religious minorities. All this has torn the Bangladeshi society so much far apart that no section of the society is feeling safe and secure today in the country, which was once cherished as a peace loving and harmonious one.
In the latest acts of long list of violence, which have become quite rampant after the installation of Hasina Wajid at the helm of affairs, two more incidents rocked the country Friday and these once again make us wonder as to which direction the country is heading towards. In the first despicable act, a group of gunmen attacked a restaurant in a diplomatic zone of capital Dhaka and made several foreigners hostage, and reportedly there were also casualties in the attack, which actually took place in the epicentre of the capital, while in the second incident, a worker of Hindu temple was hacked to death in western parts of the country. These horrific incidents are a manifestation that extremism is fast engulfing Bangladesh - something that should send alarm bells in the quarters concerned. We say so as after separation from Pakistan in 1971, Bangladesh in due course of time took off economically and especially its exports of garment sector witnessed such a growth that surprised everyone. This forward march was continuing when Hasina took over, but then her politics of mad vengeance not only made all the economic gains topsy-turvy but also put the country on such a violent path that divided the whole society. Given the execution of political opponents especially the elderly leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami in fake and one sided trials, the violent mode that the country has gone into was very much inevitable, and one wonders where these chronic incidents of violence and extremism will lead the country. In view of the serious situation, we will ask all the BD political parties to sit down together and find solution to the very causes of violent extremism in order to save the country from further turmoil and unrest.