Saturday, March 26, 2005

STUDY: Contempt of Court and Rule of Law in Bangladesh

When Tariq Zias, Indira, Rajiv and Sonia Gandhis, Benazir Bhuttos, Bandaranayakes, Khaledas and Hasinas become totally irrelevant and almost unknown entities among the bulk of the population (as nobody in Britain regards Tony Blair’s wife or Winston Churchill’s children politically important), we should forget about having democracy. However, before Bangladesh becomes a democracy through evolution (we cannot expect visionary Maiji rulers or even a Lee Kuan Yew and Mahathir Muhammad – we only have Ershad-Khaleda-Hasina-Nizami and their likes), at least the educated Bangladeshis should start with the respect for law, equality, justice and freedom. Unfortunately, the way our politicians call names and portray each other as “killers”,” terrorists”, “Taliban agents”, “Indian agents”, “thieves”, “thugs” and what not, we cannot have the desired rule of law, a sine qua non for corruption free and accountable, if not democratic government in Bangladesh......More