The role of progressives in the ongoing Islamic revolution in Bangladesh - Siddharth Aditya
The role of progressives in the ongoing Islamic revolution in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is now going through a silent Islamic revolution. Bangladesh has moved away from its founding spirit and is now transforming into a radical Islamic land. The people of Bangladesh, whether educated or uneducated, urban or rural, rich or poor, are all preparing themselves mentally and socially to adapt Islamic culture and Islamic Sharia rule. This preparation is being done by the people as well as by the ruling class. Do not understand what is being believed? So i let present some points to you one by one, leaving the rest to your consideration.
Underestimation of general education:
The general education system of this country has been degraded in a very systematic way. During the British rule people did not get the opportunity of general education but those who got the opportunity to receive education got the best quality education of that time, this trend continued during the Pakistan period as well. In our country too, there was quite an effort till the end of 90s. But the current Awami League government has taken this general education system to the grave by providing mass pass and very lax approach to education. Also, due to the removal of the works of many progressive poets and writers under the pressure of Hefazat Islam and other fundamentalist groups, the spirit of the liberation war, Bengali culture and the practice of human sensitivity have been reduced from the curriculum of this education system. As a result, those who are coming out of this education system are coming out with very good results, but there is not much knowledge in their heads. Lately it is seen that madrasa students are getting first and second in various university entrance exams or government recruitment exams and there is a lot of noise on social media about it. These good results of madrasa students are specially celebrated and madrasa education is glorified. Salimullah Khan, a well-known intellectual of the country, said "Madrasa teachers are more knowledgeable than English medium teachers, there are not even 5 professors in the university of Bangladesh who can argue with madrasa teachers!" The number of madrasas and the amount of public and private allocations in the madrasa education system are increasing.
Destruction of industrial culture:The country's cultural activities have been completely paralyzed. No good movies are made in this country, no good plays are made, no good artists are made. All those who were once famous actors/actresses have left the country and migrated to Europe/America. The rest are looking for work in neighboring India. Our Jaya Ahsaan wins India's Filmfare Award competing with Kolkata actresses while there is no work for her in our country. There was a very brilliant boy of our country named Chamak Hasan who did great things to popularize science, maths, logic etc. He has videos on YouTube which are viewed millions of times, some of his books have been released at the Ekushey Book Fair and the songs he has written and composed are well received by the audience. I myself am a big fan of his music. Who recognized this surprise institutionally? Neither our government nor any of our private sector organizations called him. He was approached by a film producer in India for music direction in his next film. Maybe this year or next year there will be a movie release in Kolkata with the music of Chamkar. This is the situation. One last initiative to unite people of all religions, castes, castes, languages was to celebrate Pahela Boishakh with great fanfare but that initiative also died in the field. Celebrating Pahela Baisakh as anti-Islamic Kufr culture has already been established among the people of the society.
Fragmentation and weakness of progressive political forces:
Allocations to Defense and Administration:
Flattery of intellectuals and influence of Islamic intellectuals:
Interest in Islamic culture and discipline among people:
So if we list all these activities briefly then it stands as –1. Underestimation of general education2. Destruction of industrial culture3. Religious fanaticism4. Dictatorship for long days5. Fragmentation and weakness of progressive political forces6. To become Mosahab of intellectuals or to play a role in the spread of Islamic thought and consciousness7. To develop interest in religious discipline and culture among people on a large scale
All these indicators point to the fact that a religious revolution is taking place in Bangladesh very strongly. Now there are two models for this revolution to take its final form, i.e., unfold before the eyes of all. For ease of understanding we can term it as Pakistan model and Iran model. Pakistan model is for a long time under the leadership of the political mafia by making or changing the law little by little, injecting religion into the education system and social space and spreading religious frenzy in the entire state and society to declare the state as an Islamic state. Or in the Council of Ministers, instead of big clerics, representatives of civil society are seen, but the minds of the people, society and the state are jointly controlled by clerics and mafias. And the Iran model is to challenge the existing state structure, its army, administration, police force and organize massive mass movements and demonstrations to remove and wipe them out and declare an Islamic state in a completely new arrangement. It is not certain in which model the Islamic revolution will be finalized in this country, but it is now true that this country will be transformed into the Islamic Republic of Bangladesh today or tomorrow. The hope of moving Bangladesh towards a modern, secular, democratic and discrimination-free society should be abandoned for now.
It is not necessary to explain the problem of becoming Pakistan or Iran, but it can be said that the penalty of becoming Pakistan/Iran will be paid extremely by the women, people of different religions and the minority Muslims of modern secular ideas. When the Islamic revolutionary forces are at their peak, all women will be forced under the control of men, blasphemy type laws will be passed and persecution of different religions and sects will be carried out to the extreme, liberal and democratic people will be arrested and sent to prison or deported. (This has been happening in this country for quite some time now. Current digital security laws seem no less harmful than blasphemy laws.) But the worst fear is that these forces will start waging indiscriminate genocide against their opponents. Because the territory has a history of several massacres, rapes and persecutions by Islamic extremists. So the time is not much, maybe within two, three or five years this ongoing Islamic revolution will reach its peak. What will be the role of those who consider themselves to be the forces of progress at this time? How will they protect themselves? How to organize to prevent possible genocide and mass persecution? What are they thinking?
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