Wednesday, 7 December, 2022

Instigating Speeches of Political Persons Not Expected

A.K.M. Atiqur Rahman

Instigating Speeches of Political Persons Not Expected
A.K.M. Atiqur Rahman

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We have doubt whether the kind of speeches that came out from the mouths of some political persons of BNP in public gatherings will come out even from the mouths of the common people of this country. We do not know how long the people have to tolerate such unconstitutional and instigating speeches. In a democratic country, no matter how much these people are warming up the political fields by uttering such unsavoury language, it is not well received by the people. Though these speakers are well aware of the fact that their words cause irritation in people's minds, but they are doing this for praise from the party. This flow will continue unless there is mutual respect among the people involved in politics. Seeing such behaviour and speech-patterns, the questions naturally come to our mind – can we consider them as politicians at all? Can they be included in the conventional definition of politicians? Or are they going to introduce a different definition of politics and politicians for the people of Bangladesh? Maybe so.

The word politics was derived from the Greek word 'politika', which means 'affairs of the city'. That means, the practice of politics was primarily developed around the city. With time, it began to spread and eventually politics spread to the farthest reaches of every country. The presence of politics is widely observed in all developed or underdeveloped countries of the present world, whether it is practiced or not. However, the practice of politics differs from country to country. How politics is conceived and practiced in a country depends on its political structure and leadership. Ideology of political leaders, party philosophy and approach, acceptance of political leaders and their parties by the people, etc. reveal the political picture of a country. The kind of politics we are observing nowadays in Bangladesh is nothing but the manifestation of those characters.

Democracy was killed in Bangladesh by assassinating Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 15 August 1975. Military rulers entered politics to become politicians. The governance of the country has been kept axed for years by undermining democracy. Thus, in the hands of non-political people, another form of politics had emerged. From the existing quality of politics in Bangladesh, it is not difficult to understand that there are very few people who do politics for the interest of the people or the country. However, politics is the struggle to gain the authority to govern or rule the state through systematic procedures. But what we see? Be it scuffle, verbal abuse or unconstitutional speeches - whatever one wants to fulfil one's desire for power can be done in this country. There is no need to talk about their own activities, that is, what they are doing for the country and its people. The people, who own votes, need not be informed of the party's activities and programmes. Is it possible to get people's votes through such provoking speeches? Arguments in party’s favour must be placed before the people, because it is people’s priority to think about their interests first and then will go for voting to a party that can ensure their welfare. In Bangladesh, people all over the country are no more away from the wind of politics. Because Plato's 'Republic', his student Aristotle's 'Politics' and Confucius' work have introduced us from head to foot of politics. But seeing the on-going politics of BNP, the people of Bangladesh are also getting the chance to understand the adulterated or phantom politics.  We are confused whether it will encourage the birth of a new type of politics!

In this sub-continent, once upon a time, the political leaders were considered by the people as ideal persons. They were the highly respected and revered figures to the people. Their sacrifice for the country and people was unparalleled. They had the qualities of an ideal human being. So, people used to follow those selfless people. The party workers were also determined to continue on the path shown by them. Leadership grew under the guidance of those leaders. But now we are frustrated by the language of speech and behaviour of the present-day politicians. We see a completely opposite scenario. Large sections of our political people, regardless of the portfolios they hold in their parties, are covered in the same garb. They engage themselves in so much dirty talks while giving speeches that the subject of public interest and welfare remains almost absent. Politics, falling into their hands, is no more politics. We do not know whether those people really fall under the definition of politicians. Naturally, there is a fear that if the new generation follow them, there will be no politics in this country in the future, nor will ideal politicians be come out.

It is true that, just as there are political parties born in the cantonment after the assassination of the Father of the Nation or in the homes of the collaborators worked for Pakistani army during our Liberation War, there are also parties that had led or participated in the liberation war. But we have to keep in mind that politics and politicians do not exist without the people. Therefore, without prioritizing the advantages and disadvantages of the people, without paying attention to what they desire, no matter how much words are uttered in the public gatherings, the atmosphere of practicing democracy in the country could not be maintained. The conduct or activities of political persons are acceptable to the people up to a certain extent. Once they cross that limit, they will find themselves out of politics. Those who have engaged themselves into politics ignoring the people, they have had to say good-bye to politics. It goes without saying that it is essential for politicians to pay attention to these issues not only for their survival but also for the smooth practice and development of democracy.

As we know, the twelfth national elections may be held within the next fifteen months. There are many political parties in Bangladesh. If their intention is to do the welfare of the country and its people, then all the parties have to participate in the elections. And for that everyone should go to the people for seeking votes. To win the trust and confidence of the people, they must be convinced. That is why the leaders of the party must speak before them. But if you poison people's minds with undemocratic words while making speeches, the road to get the opposite result will be constructed. Rather, your speech in these public gatherings should include the past activities of the party as well as the future plans and programmes of the party for the people and the country, so that the people are attracted to your party. The leaders can place a comparative picture of the performance of their party and other parties in front of the public to show that their party is superior. And this way, people will know which party will be their best choice. Take the opportunity to let people know better about your party's thoughts and plans for the welfare of the people, without unnecessarily humiliating others. Uttering such nonsense in front of the people, i.e. the voters, ultimately one gains nothing but harms one’s own party. And by using empty bullies, hatred is created among the people. Speak with due respect about other parties or political leaders. If someone acts against the interest of the country or the people, place the correct information with proof politely. Political persons should maintain political decorum in speech or conduct.

Politics should be practiced by upholding democracy, so that the people of the country respect the politicians. The people of Bangladesh certainly do not want to witness such provoking language and arrogant behaviour or activities of their politicians that often violate the rules and etiquette of politics, cause extreme sufferings to the people of the country or deteriorate the law and order situation. It can never be expected by the common people of this country that the smooth running of the democratic process is hampered or damaged due to these reasons. Politics cannot be done by ignoring the interests of the people. We hope that our politicians will pay attention to these issues to safeguard their own dignity.


The writer is a former Ambassador and Secretary