There is reason to remain hopeful that the two sides may eventually find common ground
Despite the coming elections appearing to be the most inclusive in years, it appears the nation is still not safe from the long-stretching tendrils of election-time violence and vandalism.
With reports of numerous attacks and incidents of violence erupting at campaign sites and offices in multiple constituencies, despite the presence of military forces on the ground, the people are once again reminded just how ugly and destructive our nation’s brand of politics can be.
But it does not have to be this way.
Even though the violence is definitely cause for disappointment, there is also reason to remain hopeful that the two sides may eventually find common ground and unite in their shared goal of taking Bangladesh forward.
While it may seem like only a small gesture of goodwill, the State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid Bipu visiting injured BNP leader Gayeshwar Chandra Roy after he was viciously attacked during his election rally, lend credence to such hopes.
This is what the elections should be about.
We are all Bangladeshis at the end of the day, and all of us have a stake in its future. And we all stand to gain from our politicians behaving in a more civilized manner with each other.
With the elections being a mere three days away, we remain hopeful that the parties will be able to set aside their differences, call off their cadres, and perhaps even join hands in campaigning for a truly progressive Bangladesh.
After all, that is what we all want.