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Escaping the Inferno

January 19, 2015

The whole Bangladesh is literally witnessing a hostage-taking incident! To teach the political opponent a lesson or to meet political demands, our parties like to take the ordinary citizens as hostages through their anarchic political campaign. BNP-led alliance’s retaliatory countrywide blockade has left the whole nation strangulated. And, every now and then some of us are burned to death for govt’s failure to comply its demands.

What terrorizes us is not the petrol bomb attack, but its growing popularity among the parties.BNP’s resort to the Molotov cocktail campaign has far-reaching consequences. If somehow BNP and its allies force the government to sit for a political settlement, then the campaign will become a successful tool to achieve political goals. AL may use this tool in future with equal degree of brutality as it also preaches anarchy.

Despite being a recent victim of this ongoing violence, Police and law enforcement agencies have done very little to stop this Molotov cocktail campaign. 72 hours have passed since the recent attack on Police but none has been detained. Rather, some of the chiefs keep raising their voice against the perpetrators.“The color of a cat is not important, what is important whether it is capable of catching a mouse,’’as a Chinese saying goes.

Law enforcement agencies have to prove their utility to the society by throwing the culprits and masterminds behind the bars. Rhetoric should solely be reserved for the politicians. People want to see actions from the men in uniform.

We,the ordinary people,are going through excruciating sufferings in this battle for throne.So far the blockade has claimed 29 lives and is likely to take many more in the foreseeable future.Our struggle for existence has just been added to our daily struggle for livelihood. We are gradually getting used to this frequent petrol bomb attacks.Following quote of Italo Calvino best captures our condition in Bangladesh.I came across the brilliant quote while I was turning over the pages of Kamila Shamsie’s ‘Kartography’:

There are two ways to escape suffering [the inferno where we live everyday].The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.

 

 

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