Former adviser to the caretaker government M Hafizuddin Khan has compared the present political situation in Bangladesh with English writer Gorge Orwell's novel "Animal Farm," claiming nobody could exercise the right to differ with the government in the country.
He made the remark while addressing a seminar on corruption arranged by Nagorik Oikya at National Press Club on Monday.
Hafizuddin described the country's current political situation as nothing but an “electoral dictatorship,” suggesting that a massive movement was required to bring about change.
“We need a movement like the one in 1969, or the next general election will be like the one in 2014,” he said.
George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” portrays an allegory of the Soviet Union following the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. Using animals to play the roles of various classes in society, with politicians depicted as pigs, the novel describes the utopian birth and subsequent slow decline and corruption of communism.
Professor Anu Mahmud, member-secretary of the National Committee to Protect Oil Gas Mineral Resources Power and Ports, and former governor of Bangladesh Bank Dr Salehuddin Ahmed also addressed the seminar, among others.