সজীব ক্রিকেট খেলতে নেমেছে

Posted in people, politics by jrahman on March 7, 2011

(This is a guest-post by UV blogger Dhakashohor.  The author believed the post might land an insitutionally-affiliated blog in trouble for its caustic tone.  That’s why it’s being posted here and not at UV.)

At what point did most sensible people lose faith in Mr Tarique Rahman as a potential successor to his mother during the last BNP government? I would wager it was the day he decided to shut down part of our packed Dhaka to hold a cricket match.

It appears that Mr Sajeeb Wazed, the prime minister’s son and heir apparent, has just padded up and gone out to bat himself.

Here is Mr Wazed’s take on L’Affaire Yunus (it ceased to be “Grameen-gate” long ago). It’s honestly not worth refuting. It simply reproduces bdnews24’s talking points from day 1 of the anti-Yunus campaign.

Many others much wiser than your hot-headed blogger have refuted them. Why carry on a dialogue with the deaf? I refer to the Awami faithful rather than Mr Wazed himself.

Let’s step back for a moment and look at the big picture here. Someone whose biggest identity to the world is the “Prime Minister’s son”, whose biggest selling point is his Harvard degree, is bashing Muhammad Yunus, who has worked for 30 years with the poorest people on earth and has deservedly earned whatever accolades he has received.

Eita ki din bodol?

Whosoever believed that the (entirely hypothetical) “Tareque Raj” was going to be worse than this were either blind Awami Leaguers or people who seriously believe that a Harvard degree is a better indicator of men than their actions. Bangladeshis deserve better. Better politicians, better thinkers, and a better new generation.

Fifth Republic? Yeah right!

And I don’t mean we need another 1/11. Army intervention is not the way forward, never has been. The best thing the army can do is to keep their noses out of this.

Oh, and we also deserve better journalists. Below is the screenshot for at 1:13 am Dhaka time today (Yes, that is Nayeemul Islam Khan writing an anti-Yunus op-ed, why do you ask?). Even discounting the naked propaganda that bdnews24 is peddling, did Mr Khalidi really think it reflects well on our country, our government or on Mr Wazed that his opinion of Yunus gets top billing over that of our judiciary?

What exactly is Mr Wazed’s position within this Awami government that his opinion matters more than those of our judges? That is a question that a new breed of journalists needs to ask. Trust me, that breed is not being groomed in bdnews24 under Mr Khalidi’s supervision.

You can take these men to the BBC or Harvard, but you can not expect them to magically learn that a country is not governed by palace politics. Sheikh Mujib didn’t need no stinkin’ Western stamp of approval. Something for our Occident-o-philes to think about.

The only pleasure I got from reading the article was vindication. Almost four years ago, I wrote about the still new complaints of the Awami faithful against Grameen. There I spoke about how they would come against Grameen with everything they’ve got, including its debt-collection practices and high-interest rates.

Mr Wazed may well have taken that blog post as a script.

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  1. Rumi said, on March 7, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Definitely Yunus was not what B Chowdhury was to BNP, still I feel this is 3rd Awami League Government’s B Chowdhury moment.

    About Joy’s letter, I am not so sure. Joy knows what is his constituency. He needs to rally his constituency and let them loose on Yunus. Joy knows how it works. I wrote exactly this para in late 90s.

    ” A big problem of Bangladesh is partisanship. People only care for their own interests and that make them loyal to one or the other party.
    AL and Hasina creates more problem in this regard as she commands loyalty of almost all the intelligentsia/ most of educated class in BD. If Hasina makes most outrageous statement today ( e.g. start killing all BNP folks from now on) , it will take one to two days for her loyal Awami League followers to start echoing the statement and about few weeks before our intelligentsia ( smart AL leaning educated folks) to start talking in the same theme and kind of justifying it. ”

    The day Hasina made the now infamous on Yunus being blood sucker, ex CTG stooge, now ALer Waliur Rahman came to a talk-show. From the first second he started trashing Yunus. I have already started seeing similar mercenary intellectualism led by folks like Monjrul Ahsan Bulbul, Shyamol Dutta, Sohrab Hassan, Anowar Hossain etc. Like arial beel, we will start seeing op-eds supporting PM’s Yunus move.
    Joys email is aimed at this group of people.

    • jrahman said, on March 14, 2011 at 8:31 am

      Mr Wazed doesn’t need this letter to get the ‘Monjrul Ahsan Bulbul, Shyamol Dutta, Sohrab Hassan, Anowar Hossain’ mob. This lot will be with him by virtue of who he is — grandson of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (and nothing more is needed). With this letter, and stunts like this, he seems to be losing folks like Zafar Sobhan and Zafar Iqbal.

      Towards the end of the last AL government, Zafar Iqbal wrote an op ed about the ‘zero theory’ — big numbers (that government’s achievements) multiplied a zero (the collapsing law and order situation) is still zero (AL’s impending defeat). Whatever we may think of him, he still commands a lot of following, particularly among the people who are not blind supporters of either party. We are not even half way through the government’s term, and I don’t think the loss of the Zafars will be compensated by overexcited Bulbul-Dutta.

      • tacit said, on March 15, 2011 at 10:44 am

        I doubt that Zafar Iqbal has been lost. Unlike the journalists, who have to take ideological positions because of their occupation, Zafar Iqbal is a true believer in the AL cause, with all the zeal and determination that this entails.

      • jrahman said, on March 15, 2011 at 11:20 am

        I don’t think anyone has left AL (let alone switched to BNP). But they have been alienated from Mr Wazed. And this matters. When Sohrab Hassan or Shyamol Dutta echoes Mr Wazed, people who are fired up are already firmly in AL’s side, and would be there even if this government turns out to be worse than any other in our history. But whatever Zafar Iqbal says is taken seriously by a large chunk of people who are not firmly in the Awami column.

        In any case, Mr Wazed has quite a supporting crew it seems — UV posted Nayeemul Islam Khan, maybe they will post Salahuddin Shoaib Chowdhury too:

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