Train on the right track?
I tend to agree with the analysis of the current political situation made by Mr. Husain Imam (DS August 28, 2008). He has correctly catalogued the successes and failures of the present caretaker government (CTG) of Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed. Mr. Imam is very right when he says, “The bandits, we say godfathers, who were put in jail (more appropriately in quarantine camp) or kept on the run on charges of wanton corruption, violence, loot, extortion and abuse of state power, now seem to be flexing their muscles to stage a comeback with garlands around their necks and making V-sign with their fingers, thanks to the handling, or should we say mishandling, of the cases.” According to the much talked about roadmap the primary objective of the present government is to hold the national parliamentary election by December, 2008 and hand over power to a team of honest and efficient political leaders from whichever party they may be. Mr. Imam has not come out with any suggestion for the government to achieve this mission in an unhindered way. The lady and the gentlemen who are running the CTG are all known for their honesty, efficiency and professionalism. But none of them is a politician. They are likely to err when handling political matters. It seems all politicians have now openly united to form a united front to discredit these distinguished persons. It would not be fair to criticise these advisers and special assistants without telling them what was, or will be, the right political course for them to follow. In his write up Mr. Imam did not mention what the CTG could/can do to avoid the present political fiasco. Only telling them, “Hand over power to politicians here and now” is not a responsible way of talking. Mr. Imam has further mentioned, “--- they (people) have begun to believe that running the affairs of a country is not the task of an un-elected non-political government. They have begun to think that the earlier the caretaker government holds national election and hands over power to a truly representative elected government, the better .” There cannot be any disagreement on this point. No member of the present CTG has, to the best of our knowledge, ever claimed that running the affairs of a country is the task of an un-elected non-political government. They also believe that the best course open to them is to hand over power “to a truly representative elected government” within the declared time frame. Would Mr. Imam suggest how the CTG could hand over power to a truly representative elected government and not to the “bandits”, as it was before one eleven?