IT IS unfortunate for us that there is hardly any organisation within the country that we can fully rely on as a philosopher and guide. An all-pervading mistrust mostly for all entities that constitute civil society largely eats up the core of our national ability.
When someone speaks about the general administration which implements law and justice, citizens cannot repose full faith in it, because its members are often found breaking the norms of an organised service violating the commitment or oaths. They either appear to serve a few or serve the selves while they appear fearful of serving the majority. People do not feel convinced of the friendly attitude of these public office-holders in times of need. In most cases, the mass avoid contact with this elite group of people. As a result, the dreams of the bridge between service providers and clients as are often hyped in academic discussions but they never come true.
The toiling mass do not have trust in the rich, as they observed that this group hardly came out of their vested interest. For example, when the BGMEA made contradictory decisions during the initial stage of the COVID-19 outbreak regarding the reopening of factories without proper attention to the worker safety. As a result, criticism was there on the media and people were dropping rigorous comments on social media against the association leaders.
A lack of trust for the drug administration and drug suppliers is in place. It was vindicated when the testing tool invented by Gonoshasthaya Kendra had been under the process of appraisal by the BSMMU. It was observed that the process took a long time. Whatever findings might have come out, that could be made speedier. Physicians pointed the finger at the low quality of protective kits meant for the in COVID-19 treatment. This allegations ultimately proved true when the BSMMU lodged cases against some suppliers.
In primary stages of the outbreak, physicians were found a bit nonchalant to treating COVID-19 patients, because of the absence of food and lodging facilities elsewhere away from their own houses to ensure the safety of the family. Patients were sceptic about the physicians’ services in hospitals. At one point, people seeing the poor delivery of health services in public hospitals and exorbitant bills in private hospitals, started feeling averse to go to hospitals although many beds were vacant. The preparation of forged reports on the new coronavirus tests added fuel to the fire of mistrust. When government became resolute in handling the criminals rigorously, there were a number of criminal cases instituted in police stations against perpetrators. It nakedly disclosed the immoral profiteering motif of some white-collar culprits.
All the major sections of the intelligentsia and professional groups are so much politically biased that they lose their independent, pro-people image. University teachers’ association, press leadership, lawyers’ association, physicians’ association, students’ unions and the like are so divided among themselves that there is always a yes-group and a no-group in line with the national politics. Their opinion never tallies with ordinary people’s thoughts and expectations.
Thus, the citizens are handicapped to chance and caprices of fate. Everything is uncertain here. There is no option for ‘shall be’ or ‘shall not be’. ‘May’ always prevails. Either love or hate is the motto. You cannot love a good idea coming from a hated person or cannot criticise an unpleasant idea coming from loved ones. There is hardly any no man’s land here. Someone is either an angel or a satan, not a man of virtue and vice combined together.
Gazi Mizanur Rahman, a former civil servant, is a writer.
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