Politics is an arena where yesterday’s friends become today’s foes and vice versa. This is true when ideology is compromised for convenience of politicians. It happens when a political party depends too heavily on the personal charisma of the leader rather than on ideals. It can also happen whena political party loses its original ideals which were envisioned by its founding leaders, leaving it only the goal of grabbing power by any means.
A political party without idealism is the worst thing in national politics. For without ideals or positive goals, the politics of a party becomes murky and is detrimental to the country. We would be conjecturing if we say that perhaps this is the reason why the family members of the founder of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have lost support among the present leaders running the party.Without selfless high ideals at the core, loyalty of leaders and workers to the party chief cannot sustain for long. Only rhetoric cannot bind party people to a leader who has nothing more to offer. For many years, BNP politics has been focused only on anti-Awami rhetoric, without any clear manifesto for progress of the nation.Thus, BNP politics today has become totally destitute and wanting due to clarity of vision.
Therefore, it should not be surprising that the opposition BNP’s recent letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said to be on the issue of release of Khaleda Zia, in fact, contained nothing on the subject. Rather, the letter only sought detailed information about the bilateral instruments signed during Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India last month, which is as it should be.
Graft charges against the family members of the founder of BNP have possibly made them redundant in Bangladesh politics. Thus, when BNP leaders raise issues with the government, it is not about freeing their party chief. But we hope that they will rise above bad intentions and do not use her case to create anarchy in the country. History shows the fate of selfish leaders, lacking in patriotism, ideals and love for the country, to be eternally bleak.