Bangladesh's quest for national reconciliation: Searching for a permanent solution to the political impasse

Bangladesh’s quest for national reconciliation: Searching for a permanent solution to the political impasse

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Such unrealistic thinking within a special class of political ‘actors’ and ‘cowardly’ citizens prolongs the national crisis. However, common people want solutions, complete solutions, long-term solutions for their future generations. We need to understand that such a solution cannot be possible without the participation of existing political forces. Defeat in the struggle for democracy or the fear of losing elections and party shrinking haunts political leadership in this part of the world. At the same time, the ‘winner takes all’ formula of majority rule keeps democratic practice and culture weak. Yet, how have we come to terms with the situation by accepting that any success in the battle of election campaign versus opposition is impossible?

It is urgent to talk about possible solutions to the political crisis, regardless of how political actors initially react to it. Since the present constitutional framework has failed to ensure effective democracy, political and social harmony and bring about national reconciliation, we need to look for a new formula, which is acceptable and sustainable. People, especially different social groups, professionals, conscientious and articulate men and women, and political stakeholders – all can engage in dialogue aimed at restructuring democratic institutions.

Given our socio-political circumstances we perhaps need to start with the ABCs, but look at the way visionaries in other parts of the world, particularly Europe, laid the foundations of modern democracy through the social contract. Democracy is not just a one day job, it has to be proved by everyday practice, the sentinels have to be kept awake and active to protect the rights of the people.

Since power (including the executive branch) tends to corrupt and abuse, parliament, judiciary, mass media, constitutional bodies, society’s pressure groups and opinion leaders act as saviors to thwart any move to subvert democracy. . Due to the loss of checks and balances in the system in Bangladesh, no solution to the current crisis has been found within the constitutional framework. It is also true that when there is political consensus at important junctures of national life, constitutional obstacles do not appear as an obstacle.

We now need to think differently about the process in which political forces offer solutions to people and social groups. This is also because the movement for restoration of citizens’ rights, including voting, is not just the agenda of political parties; Nor is it the sole responsibility of political officials. Even if we accept that the parties have failed in their responsibilities, don’t we as a nation need a solution?

Yet, 170 million people or 120 million voters will not be present in a city to present their respective proposals. Those who are capable of crafting new messages, crafting political narratives and creating agendas for public welfare should come out of their comfort zone and speak. In this age of social networking, there are many ways to measure public support for any issue, in addition to polling results. Also, whenever the people of the country got a chance to give their verdict, they rarely made any mistakes; He has repeatedly shown serious interest in engaging in the democratic process.

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