A government in exile: Birth of a Nation

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Nurul Islam Anu
The emergence of Bangladesh as a sovereign independent nation is a fascinating event of contemporary political history. The amazing speed with which the liberation war was brought to a successful end stunned many inside the country and the world; it mesmerised skeptics; it puzzled political theorists and revolutionary pundits who believed in the traditional dynamics of successful revolutions. It defied traditional logic of time and date, nullifying many deeply held convictions about success of political struggles.

The cry for political reform

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Nurul Islam Anu
People’s craving for reforms of the polity has grown manifold following the events of one/eleven.
An insight into the areas where we as a nation erred, could be an appropriate stepping stone to arriving at the set of reforms we need. The interest of the nation for the realisation of the dream of an institutional democracy implied a philosophical commitment characterised by certain fundamental ingredients which ensured its working in all successful democratic experiments all over the world. The ingredients are :

The democratic dream

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Nurul Islam Anu
Recent events and the endless dialogue these generated have demonstrated the great interest of the nation for the realisation of an institutional democracy. This interest implied that the democratic system will be based on some of the fundamental ingredients that have characterised all successful experiments all over the world. It will reflect the will of the sovereign people expressed in a free exercise of adult franchise free from official intimidation or evil influences of money and brute force. The system is intended to be

The ecstasy of victory

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Nurul Islam Anu
The nation again celebrates its day of emancipation, marking the victory of an armed struggle to freedom from more than two decades of political and economic subjugation. The background of the struggle is too well-known and its defined or undefined goals have been analysed for the umpteenth time to bear any repetition. Glowing tributes have been paid to heroes for sacrificing lives or the significant contributions they made. The philosophical basis of the struggle and its victory has been eulogised, and derailments, if any, lamented. This is how it has been and will continue to be. Happily, a grateful nation celebrates the most glorious saga of its history written in blood, remembering it to restrengthen a nationhood, so fondly dreamt of, and finally achieved.

Political game-play: Need for rules

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Nurul Islam Anu
Politics and a political system as its most significant bye-product, have been the recognised tool of social management in civilized societies. Centuries of experiments by human beings, influenced by thoughts of celebrated political gurus — Aristotle, Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau — theorising endlessly in volumes, came to the inevitable conclusion that statecraft needs to be managed as an organised endeavor where the rulers and the ruled interact through a complex process which is inherently political.