Bangladesh has emerged as a developing country. Despite the challenges of corruption, discrimination, lack of good governance, the advancement of Bangladesh remains surprising. The transformation of the country is visible everywhere. According to international data and statistics, the success of Bangladesh is replicable for the world. But, despite all these success stories, a group of people remains cynical and express words of disappointments. The development of the country concerns them. They are known as the civil society. After 1975, they had been anti-Awami League. Now they openly take stand against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. She seems to be the biggest obstacle on their path. Now, the question is, why does the civil society take an opposite side of Sheikh Hasina?
Debapriya Bhattacharya is one of the most prominent civil society members. His father was a diehard supporter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. When Awami League (AL) came to power in 1996. Sheikh Hasina made her mother a Member of Parliament (MP) in women’s quota. During the one-eleven era, Debapriya became one of the preachers of ‘minus two formula’. In exchange for his services, he was rewarded as permanent representative of Bangladesh in Geneva. Now, his only job is to find fault with the government, to be specific, find fault of Sheikh Hasina. So, why has he become anti-AL?
Not just Debapriya, but also Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman once was the editor of ‘Ekota’. He was favored by the late husband of Matia Chowdhury, Bazlur Rahman, who was a famous news editor. Despite his close association with AL, his only aim is to annoy Sheikh Hasina. He played leading role in the anti-AL campaign in 1996-2001 and still, he is continuing this role. The same thing goes with Mahfuz Anam, the editor of The Daily Star. Dr. Badiul Alam Majumdar, founder-Secretary of Shujan (Citizens for Good Governance) cannot tolerate any achievement of Sheikh Hasina or AL too. Barrister Moinul Hossain, the eldest son of Tofazzal Hossain (Manik Miah) who was a close associate of the founding Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, is always engaged in criticizing Sheikh Hasina. Doing a little research will reveal that these civil society members took advantage from AL and Sheikh Hasina at different times. They have broken faith of Sheikh Hasina at some point in her political life.
But, there are other aspects of Sheikh Hasina’s dispute with the civil society. Sheikh Hasina prioritizes the grassroots people of the country than prioritizing the civilized ones who wear suits and boots. She always prioritizes the marginalized people and ignores the persuading words of the civilized frauds who always seek opportunity. Her best teacher of politics is the common people of the country. They are the strength, courage, and motivation to her. The thoughts of these people are almost the opposite of the civil society members. The former does not talk about their interest unlike the latter. That is why, the more Sheikh Hasina matured in politics, the more she had created a distance with the civil society. So maybe this is the only reason why she is dear to the common people and unpleasant to the civilians.
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