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Fighting on a sinking ship

  • Published at 06:20 am June 6th, 2013
Fighting on a sinking ship

The country has experienced an obtrusive amount of turmoil in recent times. Even a person who has little time to watch the news or peruse the newspapers has felt the tremors of confrontational politics that have been shaking the nation. Sometimes when analyses and interpretations of an intricate issue become cumbersome, one needs to resort to knowledge which is incontrovertible and fundamental in nature.

Politics is all about propounding and upholding a set of policies that would govern the principles of operation of all sectors of a nation. In other words, a political party is an organisation possessing a collection of beliefs and ideals that drive them to the goal they desire. Naturally, a different political party is formed only when irreconcilable differences arise in opinions, views and theories.

In a democratic system people are handed the opportunity of choosing, based on numerical supremacy, whom they believe are the right people to possess the authority to rule the nation and direct it towards success. When different political parties lose respect for one another and start to engage in an effort of seeking power through verbal and physical confrontations and clashes, the ethical stance of these belligerent groups becomes questionable and spurious. Unfortunately that is exactly what is taking place in Bangladesh at present. Different political parties are displaying an outrageous greed for power and positions, and blaming one another of being unprincipled. The practice of unscrupulous exploitation of the trust of people continues in parallel.

What is most ironic is the observation that all these are taking place on a sinking boat. The wise and knowledgeable reader would quickly be able to comprehend that the comparison of Bangladesh to a sinking boat is hardly a metaphor. Among the countries whose future is predicted most likely to be affected by the alarming phenomenon of global warming, Bangladesh happens to be a prominent one.

It has been forecast that by the end of the first century of the present millennium i.e. the year of 2100, little of Bangladesh would be left above water except the areas that are comfortably above the sea level. This is likely to happen since the sea level will rise and inundate the low-lying areas of the whole world – an inevitable consequence of the melting of the polar snow due to global warming. Global warming is itself a result of excessive emission from all forms of fossil fuel consuming engines and power production plants. The continuous and unabated rise in temperature eventually is going to affect the future global ecosystem and environment in very pronounced ways.

Unfortunately, even though a significant amount of concern worldwide can be sensed about this intimidating adversity ahead us, the avarice for so called economic growth is so strong that there seems to be little effort in curbing emission of the greenhouse gases immediately. The richer countries of the world, which are chiefly responsible for this disastrous future, have made the ludicrous and puerile suggestion of offering money as compensation to the ones most likely to suffer the consequences of the former’s relentless quest for affluence and prosperity. Not all damages can be compensated by offering a sumptuous amount of money; some are irreparable!

The very notion of wanting to make up for the insufferable problems Bangladesh will face using money is an appalling one! It is astonishing that a significant amount of interest has been shown on behalf of our country in the money which the Western nations have agreed to offer! Rehabilitation of such a large number of people to a new location might be entirely impossible and unrealistic if the catastrophic inundation does start to take place. A very few nations might show interest in hosting what we may call “climate refugees” even if it’s for a huge amount of money because in a world which is essentially drowning, gold and dollars might become of little value compared to a little piece of dry land. The dearth of cultivable land would also become a significant problem.

Why the Bangladeshis are engaged in fighting about the guardianship of a sinking vessel is a baffling question indeed. Political parties are engaged in a ceaseless effort to annihilate oppositions and attain complete hegemony and control. Persecuting old adversaries is really not the first thing one could think of standing on a ship that is not going to stay afloat for long! It is time we start to concentrate on what is in reality truly important for the nation and its future. Let us hope the so called important people did not plug their ears before they went to sleep because we really do need them to wake up soon; we need them to wake up right now!

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