Cursing in the Parliament

Posted: March 22, 2011 in Politics, Social Commentary
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Jatiya Sangsad, the Bangladeshi Parliament

It doesn’t matter how many speeches our politicians give about peace and democracy. They’re just empty words in the face of violating the sanctity of our Parliament. How will anyone learn to be civilized from people who don’t act civilized themselves?

Our politicians claim to be democratic. But we aren’t impressed by claims that aren’t blacked by actions. In a democracy everyone’s voice is heard. In a democracy decisions are made after constructive argument between all parties. Democracy isn’t about cursing and shouting at people who have different opinions. If a party doesn’t tolerate disagreement from others then they aren’t suited for democracy.

Our forefathers gave their lives so that we could live a dream. But in 40 years how far have we really come? We look back at the past, we praise our martyrs, we squabble over whose husband or whose father contributed more to the liberation of the country. In the meanwhile, our people starve on the streets, our traffic doesn’t move, the Biman can hardly ever be on time, and our people believe in violence over dialogue.

Our politicians are employed so that they can lead us to the vision our fathers and mothers died for. They are supposed to lead us to a better future, not only socially and economically, but also morally. It is time they stepped up to be the leaders they are paid to be.

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