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Lonely Sheikh Hasina

Syed Borhan Kabir
Published on : 07 January 2019, 06:37 PM
Lonely Sheikh Hasina

 

Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has been sworn in as the prime minister for the fourth time. During the oath-taking ceremony, Sheikh Hasina looked lonely. Perhaps she has reached a unique height where there is no one equal to her. When she took the oath as the prime minister for the first time in 1996, she was emotional. Her late husband nuclear scientist M. A. Wazed Miah accompanied her that time in Bangabhaban. Her younger sister and two children accompanied her as well. Her comrades of politics were there for her. When she took oath as the prime minister for the second time after securing a landslide victory in the 2008 election, she was accompanied by her sister and two children.  Late Zillur Rahman, Begum Matia Chowdhury, and late Sayed Ashraful Islam always stood by her in the ideological fight of existence. At that time, Sheikh Hasina was a champion of politics. She was such a person who conquered all adversities and marked her victory. She was sworn in as the prime minister for the third time in a calm morning. On that day, it seemed like she was a tired warrior who just defeated all the adversities. But she has to go a long way still. At that time, when her name was pronounced, she gently touched the hand of her younger sister Sheikh Rehana who was sitting beside her. The emotion of being free from a suffocating situation was visible in her face. But this time, we only observed an emotionless prime minister in the oath-taking ceremony. It seemed she was attending an event as the chief guest. Is this expression was noticed because of her previous experience? Or she just kept all her emotions and feelings aside for the difficult task. Maybe the post of prime minister is no longer an achievement for her, it has become a responsibility. But this time, the prime minister did not have her closest persons alongside her. Only Sheikh Rehana was with her during the oath-taking ceremony. Her two children were not with her. Even her political comrades, who have been with her for a long time, were not with her. Is Sheikh Hasina willingly keeping a distance from her closest ones and political comrades? Will she rule the country as a `statesman` where all the close allies, parties, and loyal supporters will be unimportant to her? And where the people of the country will be her first priority? She is ready to sacrifice everything for the people, even herself. It seems she approached the swearing-in stage with such mentality. Does it mean that we are going to have an emotionless and strong Sheikh Hasina as our prime minister for the next five years, who will judge everything fairly, be unmoved to the question of the principles and not accept any binding on achieving the goal?

People always expect from the politicians that they would work for them going beyond the party. We do not want any particular party`s prime minister, rather we want a prime minister for the people and the country which was mentioned in the oath. And it is a very difficult task to complete. If any leader tried to act like this, they would face loneliness, their closest ones would misunderstand them, their activists would get frustrated, the party`s veteran politicians would start to leave the party. They become isolated from the surroundings. At this stage, the leader becomes a great person but he/ she becomes lonely as well. Did she embrace that voluntary loneliness after becoming the prime minister for the fourth time? Did she just sacrifice everything for the sake of people and the country?

 

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