সজীব ক্রিকেট খেলতে নেমেছে
(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 bdnews24.com 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.