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Bangladesh comes into existence

Mostofa Kamal    

3 August, 2018 12:11 PM



Bangladesh comes into existence

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Nobody has ever seen such wonderful things happening in Bangladesh, even none thought about it to be happening right now. I also don't know if this had happened in any corner of the globe earlier. I have no words to appreciate or congratulate them! 

Our school-college going children really brought a surprising change and I really don't know how to express my gratitude towards their noble works.

It's like Bangladesh came into its existence and none can stop us achieving our goals. Nothing can stop a country from being an exemplary one when the magical children of the country put it on the right track by protesting against all injustices.

This generation will fight against all odds like drug abuse, corruption, and anti-liberation spirit. I would like to tell those who are planning to leave the country for a better life: You don't need to do so as soon Bangladesh will become an example.

I have heard many expatriates, saying nothing left here in Bangladesh and no civilized person can stay here. But, we, the optimistic people, who are still staying here, will not leave our country no matter how challenging the situation is as we never fell into depression. 

We always dream about turning the country into a "golden Bangladesh." We strongly believe that our future generation is capable to build a "golden Bangladesh," and these protesting children proved us right by their constructive and positive thinking.

On July 29, a speeding bus of Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan ran over a crowd of college students in the capital's Airport Road, killing two students on the spot.

Tens of thousands of students were staging protests for a fifth consecutive day yesterday after the teenagers were killed.

Anger has not subdued since two buses of the company racing for passengers killed Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib.

The agitated fellows of the two ill-fated children damaged some 100 public buses during the protest. However, they didn't even touch any private vehicles.

During the protest, they actually tried to fill the loopholes that they identified while staying on the streets. The checked the licences and documents of all drivers and vehicles. They made ways for the ambulances and arrange transportation facilities for sick or elderly persons during their blockade.

They cleaned up the streets and took up the duties of traffic police as part of their protest and not only the parents but also the mass people welcomed such measures taken by the kids.  

A comment by a minister concerned triggered fresh outrage.

"A road crash has claimed 33 lives in India's Maharashtra; but do they talk about it the way we do?" the shipping minister asked.

After these remarks, there were immediate demands for his resignation despite the minister later offering an apology.

Instead of expressing his sorrow and shock, he made a funny and smiling face during a press conference, making the protesters angrier and thus the protest spread across the country. 

Sensing the seriousness, two senior ministers later also offered an apology and express their sorrow over the tragic incident.

The law minister, and road transport and bridges minister immediately assured the students of amending all relevant acts in order to ensure maximum punishment for the responsible persons.

Later, the home minister in a meeting on Wednesday night assured the students of meeting their nine-point demand. Meanwhile, the shipping minister visited the parents of victim Mim and offer his condolence.

Besides, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met the parents of Mim and  Rajib and handed them over the cheques of Tk2,000,000 each. 

I would like to thank the prime minister for her quickstep and I hope she will handle the issue with perfectly. 

 At the same time, I would like to say the government should implement the nine-point demand placed by the students in an immediate effect.

And I also hope that the students will return to their classrooms in a short time. 

The government should understand this protest is not only for the deaths of Mim and Rajib but also for all other irregularities and mismanagements in the transportation sector.

We saw that most of the cases of road accidents, the victims did not get the justice which fueled the anger of the students. And if this practice continues, the students will become more restless. 

The policymakers should understand the seriousness of the protest and act immediately.

 

The writer is the Executive Editor of Daily Kaler Kantho 


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