Political parties and institutions should follow the ideals of Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani to overcome the impending political crisis and instability, observed a group of politicians, academics and professionals at a discussion in Dhaka on Friday.
They said that the Awami League government had failed to introduce good governance and people under the authoritarian rule of the government were facing repression and discrimination.
They called on all the opposition political parties to unite to wage a movement against the government following the ideals of Maulana Bhashani, who was popularly known as Majlum Jananeta or leader of the oppressed.
Ganosamhati Andolan organised the discussion title ‘Maulana Bhashani and politic of our time’ at the National Press Club auditorium marking the 43th anniversary of death of the leader.
Ganosamhati chief coordinator Zonayed Saki, who presided over the meeting, said they would try their best to form a greater political alliance to lead a massive movement against the ‘misrule and corruption’ of the government.
Dhaka University emeritus professor Serajul Islam Choudhury said that Bhashani was a mass leader who always worked for establishing the rights of the common people of the country.
He called on all the left and progressive political parties to unite to wage movements against the Awami League government.
Maulana was a democratic politician who always took stand against imperialism and for establishing rights of farmers and workers and the common people of the country, Serajul Islam said.
Moreover, Maulana Bhasai first understood that we must form a separate state dividing the then Pakistan and he led the mass uprising of 1969, Serajul added.
Communist Party of Bangladesh president Mujahidul Islam Selim said that we had failed to pay due respect to Bhashani and his death anniversary should be observed by the government.
Bhashani was one of the main organisers of the independence war in 1971, which was not fought under the command of any single leader, Selim said. Bhashani was the leader who took politics to the farmers, workers and common people, Selim added.
Bhashani researcher and writer Syed Abul Maksud said that we had failed to pay the deserved respect to Bhashani and still young researchers should focus on Bhashani’s political ideologies.
Currently at least eight students from different universities of the world were doing research works on his life, Maksud added.
Gonoshyashtya Kendra founding trustee Zafrullah Chowdhury said in every movement during the then East Pakistan and Bangladesh regimes Bhashani played an important role.
He criticised Awami League leaders for inviting Indian prime minister Narendra Modi for delivering lecture in the birth centenary programmes of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 2020.
Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna called on all the opposition political parties to raise voices against the failure of the government.
Syed Irfanul Bari, the former secretary of Maulana Bhashani and coordinator of Maulana Bhashani Research Centre under Maulana Bhashani Science and Technology University, asks the leaders of left-wing and progressive political parties to take lessons from the life of Bhashani.
Revolutionary Workers Party of Bangladesh general secretary Saiful Huq said Bhashani was beside the repressed people during his life.
Socialist Party of Bangladesh central leader Razequzzaman Ratan said that Bhashani was a non-sectarian democratic political leader.
Ganosamhati executive coordinator Abul Hassan Rubel and central leader Zulhasnain Babu also spoke at the discussion.
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