Dr. M. S. Haq
One of the leading English dailies of Bangladesh of today (06 January 2014) – quoting reports from The Indian Express – states India plans to muster international support for Hasina. The country is reportedly planning to for example step up diplomatic efforts with all major powers and within relevant multinational forums to prevent any significant backlash or censure after yesterday’s elections. An initial and brief analysis of reports of the Indian Express (hereinafter: the Express) would reveal several things. A few of them have been presented here – not in the order of priority and importance but they are relative to time, space and other variables.01. It is not at present very clear as to what extent and how reports of the Express are compatible with present day stances of government of India on election developments in Bangladesh. A recent statement by Indian High Commission in Bangladesh tends to support, in certain ways though, above stances of India on Bangladesh in pertinent areas.
But there exist scopes for content-wise, contextual, interpretational and other variations between stances of the government and those indicated by the Express via its reports.
Given above and other limitations, the context of article is based on inter alia reports of the Express.
02. The good news is: India’s support in pertinent areas is meant for government of Bangladesh. The bad news is: the support is limited only to the government and not to Bangladesh as a whole – against the backdrop of developments such as and as appropriate growing people-to-people space under an average domain of present day democracy, continuing uncertainties, increasing interdependencies and progressive global reintegration.
03. It is not at present clear as to what extent and how ex-country impacts on post election government of Bangladesh (January 05 election of 2014) – in the form of backlash or censure as indicated by reports of the Express – could inter alia be instrumental to constraining determination, establishment and shaping of the right demand for, and the right supply of, India’s support for the government of Bangladesh.
One of the underlying assumptions here is: creation of unnecessary media hype (print, electronic, others) on relevant matters of Bangladesh by all concerned could attract extra attention of, additional motivation for, developments such as and as appropriate uncalled for enquiries into above matters by the international community.
Outcomes from above developments could – embarrass the government of India via triggering a kind of out of proportion support for government of Bangladesh at the time when prospects of CM Modi to become PM Modi through upcoming general elections in India are brightening on a regular basis and when emotional intelligence and constructive pluralism are, among other things, increasingly taking the role of critical mass for competitive media products and cutting edge international relations that are presently dominated prima-facie by say opportunism. Windfalls from above developments could make government of Bangladesh a victim of harmful overexposures in pertinent areas for no fault of Bangladesh.
04. The Express focused on inter alia India’s security concerns against the backdrop of radical elements of Jamaat. It is understandable especially, at the time when India itself is one of the worst victims of terrorism in the region. But the Express is silent about – as to how best and quickest India could assist people of Bangladesh and others concerned including inter alia the US in efforts towards transforming Jamaat of Bangladesh into powerful antidotes to terrorism – in pursuits of say collective peace, collective security, collective progress, collective prosperity and collective satisfaction throughout the region. Do not forget – India is one of the nuke weapons countries of SAARC, it a big country with bigger obligations for welfare of all people of the entire region.
05. The Express did not focus on as to how best and quickest it could assist India in collective efforts towards a sustainable resolution of present day political dispute in Bangladesh – to the satisfaction of all people of all of Bangladesh and other concerned including India, the UN, and the US.
In short, a farsighted, objective, constructive, collaborative, innovative, responsible and affordable media is in the interest of for example SAARC countries including India.
I believe outcomes of competitive media in SAARC region should be able to assist SAARC countries in efforts towards for example reduction of maintenance costs of the member countries at individual, collective and other levels and towards minimisation, if not elimination, of wastage at local, national, regional, global and other levels.
The last word: let us work towards that. Let us work towards repositioning Anna Chacha in his rightful place within and outside India for his outstanding contributions so far to for example a corruption free India. Let us assist Mr. Modi in realisation of his vision for changes for better in a sustainable fashion – to the satisfaction of all people of all of India, as maximally practicable though – as the next Prime Minister of India, God Willing.
Let us energise BNP and AL for a peaceful resolution of the political dispute in the best and overall interest of Bangladesh and its people, in particular, and those of the world at large, in general.
Protect Bangladesh from harmful partisan politics for protecting say its epithelial and connective tissues – in an equivalent sense, body components of Bangladesh – from carcinomas (tumors from epithelial tissues) and sarcomas (tumors from connective tissues) at malignancy. Respect people and protect life of people and others. United we stand. God bless. (The author is inter alia former Course Coordinator, Lecturer, and Tutor, of the University of the South Pacific, Suva – Fiji, South Pacific)
Dr. M. S. Haq