About Politics and Political Parties of the Country
At present, a credible election is at the core of everyone’s concern. Before we criticise the national elections of 2014 and 2018, we need to scrutinise the root cause behind it. The movement in the 90's brought all the political parties on the same platform. Through the national election in 1991, Bangladesh started to build a democratic framework. The caretaker government soon became an established practice until it was contaminated by BNP in 2006 and burnt by Awami League in 2012. BNP thinks it is only Awami League to blame but, they have never apologised for the things they have done. They try to justify their corruption by accusing Awami League to be more corrupt. Before the collapse of our Electoral process by 1/11, both Awami League and BNP were coming into power in every five years, and, people ensured their accountability by changing them. The grenade attack of 21st August is not just an attack but created unimaginable distance between both the parties.
However, they still had opportunities of getting closer when our PM called Khaleda Zia and was willing to offer her any ministry to form the national government. BNP made some severe political mistakes in the past and they have not apologised yet. For example, even if it is Khaleda Zia's birthday on 15th of August, she should have not celebrated out of respect for Bangabandhu and his family. It's important for politicians to have political etiquettes. Those who advised her to do this are not her well-wishers.
Soon after the provision of caretaker government was removed and Khaleda Zia was evicted from her cantonment house BNP failed to plan ahead. In politics, you have to pay for your mistakes. Had BNP participated in the election of 2014 it is highly likely they would have won. At least, their massive victories in the city corporation elections suggested that they were more popular than Awami League at that time. Politics for parties like Awami League and BNP is about existence. There are rumours that decision makers of BNP were told by foreign agencies that if they don't participate there will be another 1/11 situation and they can enjoy the benefits. BNP wanted to stop the election but they failed.
On the other hand, Jamaat failed to apologise for their stand in 1971. The young generation needs to know how their leaders at that time got involved in helping the Pakistani army. Some of Jamaat leaders were tried for their involvement in war crimes. The problem in our country is that when we like someone we start idealising them blindly. This is what Islam forbids. Jamaat uses religion as their political strategy or simply tries to copy Erdogan's style. I can never be alright with an ideology that prohibits women from wearing headscarf or, a stylish dress that is classified as "revealing". The way our beloved prophet ruled Makkah and Medina was much different from the ideologies of these Islamic parties. Yes, 90% of our population is comprised of Muslims but, our Muslims are not radical but, their faith is unbreakable. Bangladesh could have been an example of religious harmony. It is a place where Muslims guard temples during Puja and Hindus visit Muslims’ houses during Eid. Christians invite people of all religions during Christmas. However, it is sad but some people often use the victim card to gain asylum or other benefits in another country. Such desperate moves portrayed Bangladesh as an unsafe place for minority. Awami League claims to be the ultimate protector of minority religions while BNP claims to be the protector of Islam. In reality, none of them are walking in the right direction. Awami League did a great job in curtailing the growth of a radical force called Hefazat-e-Islam. Hefazat deviated from being the principal body of Madrasa Education to a fundamentalist group with political aims. Their leaders often gave insulting speeches regarding women's clothing and education.
One of their leaders even compared women with tamarind. These uneducated fundamentalists do not represent 90% Muslims of this country. Islam never prohibited women from learning and working.