Saturday, March 26, 2005

V-Day Special: Assessing our image on our National Day

On this day, we must be bold enough to accept that Bangladesh today suffers from poor governance, and that this situation has been created not only by certain politicians, but also by other stake-holders like bureaucrats, and officials responsible for law and order as well as dispensing of justice. We need not misunderstand international concern for good governance in Bangladesh as an effort to run down our country. Instead, we should undertake self-analysis and try to identify where we have gone wrong. It is not enough to go into a collective denial mode. It must not be interpreted in a short-sighted manner, as being part of a 'political conspiracy,' aided and abetted by foreign interests, eager to destabilise the country. That would indeed be very simplistic. We just cannot afford such a reaction...............More