More mayhem and injuries and more photo-opps for Joy just as I predicted! A few days ago he was watching over Saber. And now it is Asaduzzaman Noor’s turn.
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Joy: Noor bhai, amma is most pleased with your performance. Both on the stage and the streets.
Noor: Stuff that, mate. Can I be flown to Singapore too like Saber?
Come on Shafiur bhai - this isn’t fair - why do you pick on Joy so much?
Actually Z I am annoyed by the process not Joy. Joy simply happens to feature in the process. Please set aside your party loyalties for a moment and see this process for what it is. And it is problematic at every level.
Joy has been featured more on this blog than the newspapers
Oh no no no noâ€¦! I have no loyalties (so to speak) to AL whatsoever. I do not believe in voting for party platform, I go for the candidate. (BTW I didnâ€™t vote for Bush!)
I have been trying to tell people please remember itâ€™s a parliamentary election â€“ not presidential.
People (voters) seem to view candidates based on their party affiliation. It is very possible that there are a few-good-people on both sides (not including Jamat or JP here), and even someone loyal to BD Chow or Mennon can be a good candidate â€“ could be a good thing for particular constituency.
But then again the fact that the party (or coalition) winning majority seats gets to â€œruleâ€ (and loot) the country for 5 years makes people sway their votes.
Anyway, I like Joy because he comes across so much better than Tarique or Mahi.
(also he’s cute and smart!)
Z, I am not sure about an approach which is not ideological. Could I ask you to read the article by Prof Mushtaq Khan - you will find it in my Docs section on this blog. The article makes plain the structural problems associated with these two blocs, and what is required to break it.
[…] I wish the government had the capacity to deal with these people at home. But it isn’t to be it seems. They risk trouble down the line but I guess short term decisions are easier to make if big brother is breathing down your neck. It is as if they are acting out a script given to them to manage the situation. And the script is faulty. And what of Hasina? Last year she was in her element calling hartal after gherao after hartal. She had no care or concern for the young activists who got killed or maimed or injured. Indeed she made sure her son and heir was their for the photo-opps provided. One day she would receive a Mother Teresa prize, the next day she would be calling for more blood. So is exile in the land of the free to be her fate? Real justice would see her locked up. […]
[…] In July of this year, there came the stunning news that Sheikh Hasina had been arrested. The writing was on the wall for some time but no one could believe it when it actually happened - especially not Hasina herself! She always thought that her status as daughter of Mujib conferred some special statusÂ above and beyond that due to a politician or even a party leader. And she repeatedly reminded people of that relationship in her own hectoring, finger-wagging style. The powers of state were supposed to be hers by birth-right and then suddenly and incredibly, she was at the mercy of those powers! Before the CTG took over and during Khaleda’s tenure in 2006, Hasina was busy preparing her son to take on the job. After each deadly clash on the streets, her son Joy ( who would stay at home during the demonstrations behind mummy’s apron), would visit the wounded in hospital. Yes it was a farcical as that. Read HERE and HERE. Â But with her arrest, the annointed son has not had the spine to show up in Dhaka and protest in person. He prefers blogging in the US and has launched a toothless petition on the web seeking his mother’s release and which has garnered something like 800 signatures (many obviously fake- I put in two names myself!) over all these months . […]
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