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Victory day and sad truth



December 16 is an occasion to celebrate for any Bangladeshi. The day is special for it symbolises freedom, hope, joy, victory, the beginning of an era —everything positive. And yet the sad truth is that even on this special day Bangladeshis feel fear, suspicion hatred, anger, bitterness, oppression, frustration and apprehension. People are afraid to go to large gathering for celebrating the day, what if Jamaat-e Islam activists or pickets of any political party explode crude bombs at places with large public gatherings. We hope nothing remotely traumatic will happen but what if? The doubt is there in our minds, we can ignore it but we cannot deny it. Many suspect the powerful political parties to be able to do anything inhumane that goes against the spirit of Victory Day, just so that they can extract an upper-hand somehow, by spreading violence or to make their opponent look bad. We are all immersed in hatred, let’s face it, we hate our politicians, for the middle-class, educated class in particular, politicians in Bangladesh seem to be synonymous with corruption, manipulation, exploitation and failure.
Yet time and again, we have decided to put our faith in the same politicians or may be the names and individuals change but they belong to the same political camps who continue to exploit us. It makes us angry, so very angry and adds to the bitterness that keeps snowballing; bitterness from unable to go out to earn a living due to the continuous strikes and widespread violence in the current scenario, bitterness due to the sky-rocketing prices of commodity as the economy is destablised, bitterness as businesses are collapsing and the country is forced to walk backwards on the path of economic growth and prosperity.
We are all silently drowned in deep apprehension regarding the future of this country. Will a third force, a true democratic one emerge, will there be a change in the style of leadership and not just a change in leadership? What prospects do we have? Still on this occasion, I’d like to look back at our past, the sacrifices made by the true heroes for their land, for their people and try to feel hopeful that things will change, one day it will, even if I do not live to see that day, my next generation will-a thought that I share with the martyred heroes.
A frustrated citizen
Dhaka




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Victory day and sad truth

December 16 is an occasion to celebrate for any Bangladeshi. The day is special for it symbolises freedom, hope, joy, victory, the beginning of an era âeverything positive. And yet the sad truth is that even on this special day... Full story
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