Why are these middle-aged men giving this young chap a bunch of flowers? Why are they ignoring the distinguished looking female figure standing next to the lad? And notice how one ofÂ the blokes giving the flowersÂ nearest to the camera has his torso bent a little - almost as if in genuflexion. Why is he doing that? Â What on earth is going on?? A south asian ritual of some description? Some sort ofÂ rite of passage?Â They sayÂ such rituals have three phases. The first is separation - where the participant is taken away from his/her familiarÂ environment. And they are required to adjust to different/foreign circumstances. Then there is the transition phaseÂ - the time that the participant learns the appropriate behavior for the new stage they are entering. The last phase, incorporation, takes place when the participant is formally admitted into the new role. I wonder at which stage this young lad is at?
It is of course the “picture of the week” on the Awami League web site. Posted on 30th April it is still there today (9th May). I know they say a week is a long time in politics but nine days is stretching it a bit?