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By Jahangir Alam Akash, At least five journalist have been killed under the present Awami League led grand alliance government in Bangladesh. The killed journalist are Fotehe Osmani, Shafiqul Islam Mithu, Nurul Islam Rana, F Ahsan and Abdul Hannan. Journalist F M Masum have tortured by RAB. !94 people have been killed in extra judicially during this government. Many other over 400 journalists have been persecuted by various ways in this present regime.
This government have suspended You Tube in March, 2009. On 27 April, 2010 they have shut dawn a private TV Channel 1. On 29 May, 2010 this government has banned a powerful social media Face Book. So where is the press freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of thinking and write to life? How they build Bangladesh as digitally?
The long autocratic government was just ended. I was then a college student. In the remote northern area of Bangladesh, Panchagarh, I worked as a trainee-journalist in Dainik (daily) Bangla. In its office I came to know the patriot journalist Mr. Shamsur Rahman Cable Bhai. 16 July is his death-anniversary. In this day in 2000, miscreants killed him by bullet. He was then in Jessore, as Staff Correspondent of daily Janakantha. He was the living store of terror, politics, socialism and all other informations. The days in the lives of Bangladesh Journalists come and go, months go New Year appears after the old but the trial for Journalist-murder does not happen. The head of another patriot journalist Manik Shaha was blown away with bomb-attack! Even today the bloody picture of him, I can clearly remember! Free media is far cry; the life of a journalist is not secured.
Without democracy, independence can’t be enjoyed, human rights is also then absent. In this world of disunity and illegalities, journalists are facing more risks. Journalist-killing-oppression in this restless world of war and terror is nothing new. 30 journalists have been killed including a writer (Dr. Humayun Azad) in last 17 years. In last year 324 journalists were tortured by the ruling party cadres and law enforcers.
But gradually the call for freedom of press or for free media is going to be loud worldwide. Crossing the media this call has reached in the greater part of the society of citizens. Reason is that without the free media, democracy is helpless. Media and democracy is completing each other. In South Asia then, the risk of journalism is extreme. In Bangladesh, the journalists are facing incessantly the cruel supervisory of the government with state tortures and harassments.
The responsibility of the media is to lead the people to the path of truths with true reports. They are always in favour the oppressed, deprived, poor’s, victims of torture and persecutions. They fight for the establishment of rule of law, introduction of true democracy in state machineries and political system. From their professional duties and responsibilities, they are working amidst innumerable risks, threats and humiliations. In Bangladesh, two private TV Chanel have been closed by the government. If any news on corruption, nepotism, political terror, tender-frauds, and forceful occupations of properties are published, the concerned journalist is now to pay! He is to face the consequences!
As Journalist reports on the peoples’ wants, expectations and problems and on their reasons, they write about the corruptions and misuse of powers by the persons in power and in administration. So they are the direct targets of the law-enforcing authorities who are the backbones of the corrupt politicians and administrative officers. Ekushey TV and CSB News are two examples. They were very popular. Government on various please and tricks have closed the both Channels. Through intervention of the court, Ekushey TV has again been on broadcast. One latest example of torture on Journalist in Bangladesh is Biplob of Daily Shomokal, representative in Gafargaon, Mymensingh. His hands and feet were broken. A retired Army Officer who is now MP of AL has provoked directly to torture him, as reported in the Newspaper. We don’t know the end of the event. In Dhaka Uttara, a young Reporter of a Community based Newspaper; Sujan was killed on last 3 July. Few days back in Rajshahi, the Reporter of daily Star, Anowar Ali was wounded by terrorists attack. During the Emergency, apart from this writer, the Daily Star Journalist Tasneem Khalil was persecuted. In Sylhet, Bandorban, Nilphamari and many other places, Journalists were harassed through forged cases during the Emergency.
After 15 August 1975 with the murder of Sk. Mujibur Rahman, Military Government began to sit like a heavy stone on the people of Bangladesh. Through many movements, sacrifices, in 1990 the long reign of Army was ended, the pigeon of the democracy was free again. In 1991, BNP, founded by General Ziaur Rahman obtained the power through election. After coming to the power, BNP demolished all journalist-organisations. From the Newspapers and News Agencies and Media of the government, the Journalists who were not liked by BNP, they were evicted in mass. Without giving any termination-benefit, BNP government fired the then Daily Bangla editor Towab Khan, the then executive editor of weeklly Bichitra, Shahariar Kabir and other 12 senior journalists.
In 2002 to make a documentary Film for BBC Chanel-4, foreign Journalist Jaiba Malik and Bruno Sorentino came to Bangladesh. BNP government arrested these two British and Italian journalists, and Shahariar Kabir, Salim Samad and Pricila Raj of Bangladesh. On the fake charges of Bomb-attack event in a Cinema Hall in Mymensingh, the BSS Journalist Enamul Hoq Choudhury and prominent columnist and historian Professor Muntasir Mamun were arrested. While in custody during the BNP government, the journalists were brutally tortured.
At the end of April 2009 miscreants has threatened Shamim Parvez Khan, Dhamrai Correspondent of Daily Sangbad to kill his life. He took a courageous role to save the innocent people of the area from the forges cases. The vested interested circle was perturbed. In spite of GD entry in police station, the terrorists was not arrested. Shamim Al-Amin of Daily Shomokal in Gafargaon, Mymensingh was attacked in this time. His hands and feet were fractured. Attacks were made by the cadres of the Retd. Army Govt. MP Captain and Giasuddin Ahmed.
On 16 April 2006 during a Cricket Test Match of Bangladesh and Australia, on a frivolous incident, the Police led by the then DC Ali Akbar, engaged for the security attacked on the Journalists. On 29 May 2006 in Kushthia the then Govt. MPs let loose their cadres and on the attack, prominent Journalist, Editor of Bangladesh Observer, Mr. Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, President of BFJU, was severely wounded. I could still see in my mind the bloody face of him. Terrorists cadres were not punished.
Journalism is my profession, addiction and the total projection of my life. With my investigative journalism as I have tried to do something for the welfare of the people, that was the reason of the disaster of my life. I have always done ‘non-partisan’ reporting. I never thought of to be the victim of state-terrorism myself. About the oppressions and tortures I have reported and had no pretentions that they would act on my life as Boomerang, I shall be the victim of similar molestations. My life is at the door of destruction, insurity and insecurity now. I don’t know these uncertainties would ever end. Because the social stagnation of our country is only deteriorating, we are proceeding towards an uncivilised-barbar society. The growing extinctive powers are engulfing the entire country. Although we know, thousands of oppressions and threats cannot check the tide of the people. An idealist can’ be forced to give up his principles. No state terrors can extinguish the light of the truth. So the truth-hunters and pen-fighters journalists of Bangladesh can never be intimidated. The system of our justice is full of persecutions and oppressions. So people have taken the facts of crossfire and encounters, introduced by the state, very naturally (with exceptions). In general they don’t protest on the activities of Police, RAB or Army. Society is silent even though persons are killed under the custodies of police and RAB. Government has legalise (accept) these misdeeds. There is impunity also. The role of media is also controversial. They just report on the Press release on crossfires. Of course there is few who courageously report the truth and then fell into troubles!
The conscious of the nation are the Journalists. They help the upliftments of the country. But the tortures of RAB on have reached in peak during the Emergency: A bright example is I, myself. Another brave journalist, Shahariar Kabir, during the BNP-Jamat qualition government was indescribably tortured by RAB. He is a human rights personality, an eminent columnist. With wounds in his body he is now living. I have faced the same situation but we want that such barbarisms are not repeated with any Journalist anymore.
Murders and persecutions of the Journalists: Manik Saha, well-known Journalist of Daily Sangbad, New Age, correspondent of now closed Ekushey TV-Chanel was killed with heinous attack of terrorists bombs on 15 January 2004 around 1-15 p.m. Such a brutal murder of a Journalist is almost unparallel. In whole country, this killing was protested, a huge reactions occurred. But till today the murderers are out of legal-catch. On 2 March 2004, the part time Journalist of daily New Age, Abdul Latif Nabil of Keraniganj was slaughtered and killed. His wife had a lover, Nirjon Mustakin and he with his friends Shahidul Islam Pappu and the wife, Konok together had planned to kill Nabil as he earlier opposed her breach of marriage. They were all arrested.
On 27 June 2004 Khulna Pressclub President Humayun Kabir Balu, Editor Dainik Jonmobhumi was killed by terrorist bombing in Khulna. In the same year on 21 August, at night the daily Ajker Kagoj-Correspondent and Upozilla Chattra Dal General Secretary Kamal Hossain of Manikchari, Khagrachori was kidnapped from his house and slaughtered. In the same year on 2 October at late night, Diponkor Chakraborty (59), Executive Editor of Durjoy Bangla, Bogra and Vice-President BFUJ was killed by the terrorists by the side of his house in Sanyalpara, Sherpur. The killers have chopped him with axe. On 14 October 2004 in the evening, in Katabon, Dhaka, terrorists entered into the office of daily Newspaper, Asian Express and shot and killed Shaheed Anowar Appolo (35). Appolo was the Executive Editor of the Asian Express, known from a visiting card from his pocket. It happened due to a conflict with contractory business.
On 5 February 2005 in Khula Press club with bomb attacks Sk Belaluddin, Khulna Bureau Chief of daily Sangram was killed and 4 other Journalists were injured. At Comilla, on 29 May 2005, at midnight, Muhammad Gholam Mahfuz (38), Editor and Publisher of Daily Muktokantho of Comilla was slaughtered and killed by the terrorists. The Correspondent of daily Shomokal in Faridpur, Gautam Das, Correspondent of daily Runner in Jessore, Gholam Majed, Harun-ar-Rashid of Khulna, Humayun Kabir Balu of daily Jonmobhumi, Manik Saha of daily Sangbad, Jalaluddin of Rangamati, Mir Ilyas Hossain Dilip of Jhinaidoho, Sk. Belaluddin of daily Sangbad, Nohor Ali, Shukur Ali Hossain, Ahsan Ali of Narayanganj, Faruk Ahmed of Moulavibajar, of Nilsagar, Nilphamari Muhammad Kamruzzaman, S.M. Alauddin of Satkhira, Samsur Rahman Kebol of daily Jonokantho, Jessore, Saiful Alam Mukul were all killed by the terrorists. Whether any criminal of the murders of Journalists, Writers, Intellectuals and Humanrights-workers has been punished, we don’t know. During the qualition government, on purely political grounds, prominent columnist Professor Muntasir Mamun, Journalist Shahariar Kabir, Enamul Hoq Choudhury was victims of state terrorism. Eminent Journalists Iqbal Sobhan Choudhury, Alhaj Zahirul Hoq were molested. Persecuted was Journalist Prabir Shikdar, Tipu Sultan. In the last 15 years, 23 Journalists were killed in Bangladesh. From Dhaka Uttara published, community based fortnightly Muktomon’s Journalist Nurul Kabir Sujan was killed by the terrorists. The last victim of Journalist-killing in Bangladesh is Sujon.
Much discussed Journalist-killings: Journalist Manik Saha, Shamsur Rahman Kebol, Humayun Kabir Balu, Diponkor Chakravarty, Goutam Das, and Harun-ar-Rashid Khokan. Saiful Alam Mukul, Sk. Belaluddin. During the army-controlled Emergency interim government the oppressed Journalists: Editor daily Janakantha and Publisher Freedom Fighter, Atikullah Khan Masud, Tasnim Khalil, Cartoonist Arifur Rahman etc. Following the events in DU and RU, the prominent dramatist and columnist Malay Bhowmic was the victim of vicious tortures. No real culprits of these crimes have been tried. As per the report of private organisation, ‘Odhikar’, in the time of the present government from last January to 30 June, 2009, 41 Journalists are victims of oppressions. Five of them were physically assaulted due to their reports. 38 Journaists were threatened in this period.
These incidences are not new. During Emergency, Journalist were taken to Army Camp and tortured physically. Whether the Journalist-community could effectively demand justice for the persecutions of their colleagues, it is also a big question of today! Journalists are divided and the politicalisations of them, absence of proper administration and effective democracy, opportunism, parity, media towards the capital of the riches and other reasons have worked as obstacles for the justice of journalists-murder and tortures. As Journalists and citizens of the country, we want to say clearly neither a politician, nor a Journalist, nor a citizen, nor from other professions must not be tortured under custody of law and order. On behalf of the Journailists Community, this is our demand and expectation.
All accused, criminals and the persons related to them must be brought into books and tried. Till today no effective enquiry and trial has been done.
Without an ideological change of the society, the Freedom of Press in Bangladesh is a Golden deer. Corrupts in every government have the upper hands. With black money, new riches are buying the Media gradually. Emergency government has controlled media through proclamations. Media is under the ownerships of black-money holders. They have no ideals without inception. Primarily Journalists are facing the obvious self-censorships. Surrounding the government ads, hundreds of Newspapers are born in the country. How many of them do anything for social welfare? Advertisement is a big weapon of the government to control the media. The multinational companies are controlling media through ads. Crisis in profession is also an obstacle for the Freedom of Press in Bangladesh.
Another problem is the absence of true definitions of ‚contempt to Court’ and ‚defamation’. Recently the contempt to Court was raised against the Publisher-Editor of dainik Prothom Alo. What report is ‚contempt to Court’, which is not, is not clearly defined anywhere. This is a risk for the journalists. Above all, in Bangladesh there is no ‚National Codes of Broadcast’. Giving explanations and maladministration, disunity amongst Journalists, political divisions and ´because of the eco-social-political structures, Journalists-persecutions are not ended. If any journalist is killed or mishandled, there is no trial. So the criminals are encouraged.
The remedies are blocked in the fixed ideas of the people. They think Justice has gone to ashtray! It must be broken through the mass unity of the patriots. If we can go up of the mere interests of politics, personal or groups, then through peoples-uprisings, the problems of state and society can be solved. The culture of the absence of justice and impunity’ is so deeply rooted that after the brutal killings of the colleague, we are to go to the street with slogan, ‘we don’t get justice so we don’t want it.’ We wish a change of this situation.
Good news are that the Emergency government has framed ‚the Community-Radio-Codes’, Human rights Commission has been formed. The present government with the implementation of ‚Right to Information-Act’ has enabled Media a step ahead to its Freedom, experts believe. But only Acts do not act. These are to be materialised through free-executions. New Information Minister has said, ‚the cases against the journalists will be withdrawn.’ It is very good. But one thing must be clear: For example, one Journalist X who has done really crimes. Will his case be withdrawn also? We want to say distinctly as a responsible citizen, no, all cases should not be withdrawn. The forged cases filed for harassments should only be withdrawn. Otherwise the rule of law would be hampered.

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My dear golden Bangladesh please take my love and regards from Europe. I have been living since last one year as an exile in Europe. Today is 29 May, 2010. Exactly on this day in 2009 I was arrived in Deutschland. And on 28 May, 2009 I was compelled to leave my homeland for the safety of my life. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xzaCRYCkqs http://jaakash.wordpress.com/ http://www.eurobangla.org/)
I don’t know how are the people of my loving Bangladesh now, really! I Hope, everything is all right there. The government has been banned a strong social media Face book in Bangladesh. Another TV station Channel 1 also shut down by the government. After my leaving of the country, at least five journalists have been killed (including Fothe Osmani and S I Mithu). Many other have been persecuted (one of them is F M Masum). From abroad, I feel very much pain in my heart for them.
I miss my working place Rajshahi, colleagues, friends, family members, journalism in Bangladesh, teachers & journalists (like dear Malay Bhowmic, Hasan Azizul Huq, Sanat Kumar Saha, SM Abu Bakor, AAMS Arefin Siddique, Muniruzzaman, Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, Sohrab Hasan, Ahmed Jobaer etc ) as well as the beautiful and loving Bangladesh. I also miss my Rajshahi press club, the daily Sangbad, my friend William, young journalist friend Sumon and many others who are working in the fields of journalism and human rights. And also I miss my oppressed and voiceless people from my work area (Rajshahi region).
Hope, one day, peace will come there with prosperity, happiness and real democracy. In my exile life, I have security, peace but not the happiness. I hope also that, all the discrimination, corruptions, extra judicial killings, militancy-oppressions on the minority-indigenous, would be ended. My further hope is that, the trial of war criminals would be finished as per international norms and the real criminals of the war would be punished. Please pray for us.

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By Jahangir Alam Akash: The people of Bangladesh are craving for justice, peace and indiscrimination. They don’t want to suffer under poverty, torture, corruption and inhuman social structure. But they are always surrounded by injustice, discrimination, oppression and persecutions. The main reason of this evil and inhuman situation is the state. The fundamental-militants, terrorists and political opportunists are also responsible but they are, more or less, supported by the state. They have also direct links with the different government machineries and the influential political groups. The poor and common people are always suffering from all these evil forces. Bangladesh has received thousands of billions foreign aids since its Independence internationally and non-government organisations. But most of the money have been misused through corruptions and nepotism. In the politics, in the government machineries and in the field of NGOs (non-government organisations) there is no democratic system. There may be some exceptions but they are very few.
In general, 80 percent people have no financial ability to get education for their children. The politicians are a tiny minority in the country. They are enjoying almost all the resources of the country. They can give teaching and arrange other facilities for their children. They send their children abroad for higher and better education. Most of the politicians and the members of the parliament often visit foreign countries with the public money. But they do not learn from their visits abroad and to introduce the positive matters, they saw, in our country.
No justice, no human rights, absence of rule of law and the practice of democracy have pushed our country to the total decadence.
People find everywhere corruption, dishonesty, immorality and discriminations. These horrible situations are not created by the people. Those who are running the state and both government and opposition-parties are responsible for this. Educated persons are also mostly corrupted. There might be some politicians, MP and academicians who honest. But they are mostly helpless (as they are minority) and can do nothing in spite of their good wishes and honesty. The reason is that the total system of the state is criminalised. The general people are quite helpless.
Genius or meritorious students are not staying in the country. After obtaining local university degrees, most of them go abroad. They find no scope in the country. They are not getting appropriate jobs. If anyone has a link with the influential politicians, MPs or Ministers, then he gets a good job. Or it can be possible with a huge amount of bribery. So the country is having brain-drains regularly. Though, the government spends a lot of money for educating one with various degrees, technical qualifications. Without money or influence you can’t get a suitable job..
As a professional journalist I have gathered some practical experience from Bangladesh. Personally I was in the prison twice. When I was staying inside the jail then I have seen the piles of corruptions there. The prison authority has been involved with money business. The authority has been collecting money from the general detainees. In this malfunction they have been misusing the oldest detainees or convicted people. Inside the prison there is no practice of human rights. The detainees are staying there under unbearable inhuman situation.
In 2007 I had the experience of Rajshahi central jail practically. Officially there was a prison capacity of about 1,300. But more than 3,000 detainees in that time were staying. There are 67 prisons in Bangladesh. Government sources tell the total prisoner-capacities to be about 28,668 people. But at present there are about 72,000 prisoners are in Bangladesh. So it is overcrowded and with an unimaginable situation. In the prisons there are no adequate bathrooms, toilets. The foods which are provided by the authority are not eatable.
The sleeping materials are unclean and dirty. So, most of the detainees have skin diseases. Personally I was in Jail for 28 days in Rajshahi. But after being freed from the prison I had also skin disease.
Every prison has a medical centre. But the doctors, Pharmacists and other workers in this centre are all corrupts. If you are ill and you have no money or you don’t agree to pay the doctor then you wouldn’t be admitted. On the other hand if you are not sick but you want to go to the prison hospital, with an agreement of payment, Doctor will admit you. The doctor takes a bribe of
4, 000, – taka per month. If you pay the amount to the doctor, you can get a permanent residency in the prison hospital as an ill-detainee. Every detainee wants to be admitted in the hospital. Because the authority is provide better foods to the sick in the Hospital than the others in the hospital. The prison- visit- system is not also appreciable.
It is the same in the government (Charitable) hospitals for the poor people. Most of the doctors do not care for their routine duties. They are not happy in the Hospital-service. Private practices are more lucrative. In the rural area, this picture is far more deplorable. The doctors do not come in hospitals or health complexes in due time. Most of the doctors think of working in the towns. There might be some few exceptions but it does not help the entire population.
The poor people have to suffer greatly in the court. They are to pay in the local courts. People are compelled to pay to the court-employees, police and others. Sometimes the lawyers are charging a big amount to the poor and illiterate people. Some lawyers take money from the poor people through different techniques, in the High Court, as official costs or to bribe the Bench officers.
Sometimes the people are to sell their land of crops, gold and other properties. So with the procedures of the court, they become beggars at the long last!
These are few of the common practice in Bangladesh where the “Poor people are like a plaything”.

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From exile

The editor of “EURO BANGLA” & “THE HUMAN RIGHTS TODAY”, journalist Jahangir Alam Akash have written two new books in English. The books are “Struggle for Peace” and “Away from Home”. In the Independence Day of Bangladesh 26 March, 2010 these books have published from Adarsha publication of Bangladesh. We would like to share about the books of Akash. The subject of these books are press freedom, minority oppression, politics, extra judicial killings, Islamic militancy, extra judicial killings, torture and the human rights in Bangladesh. Now the books are available in Germany. http://www.eurobangla.org/
“AWAY FROM HOME”
Flairs: The thought for the society haunts him always. He sees man above religion and colour. In favour of the people, truth, and justice and with the professional mentality for social welfare, he has grown up. Akash is a professional and non-communal Journalist with a mind of free thoughts. To clean the society garbage and darkness, he himself was compelled to get out of the country. Though in exile, he thinks and feels for his country all the moments. This Journalist, in each article of this book, ‘Away from Home’, has told us about a ‘Golden Bangladesh’ where the communal harmony would be a bright example of fraternity.
Preface: The reasons of coming out of the motherland may be manifold but the pain is the same. An immigrant, a student, a businessman or a tourist leaves his country. Except the first, others go back. Which might be the cause to be fugitive, the life abroad is definitely a melancholy. After the initial surprises and curiosities are gone the motherland appears from behind. The pain begins.
In my over 33 years of living abroad, I came across to hundreds of my countrymen in Germany. With few exceptions, all of them were frustrated young from 80’s and between 20 to 30 years. The main driving force behind their crossing the Pacific Ocean to find an opportunity to earn money in the first world.
After the liberation of Bangladesh, the young generation from teenagers, found the mother country in total political turmoil and chaos. There were no perspective and hope. The country was instable and famine was knocking at the door.
After I entered into the then West Germany in 1978, the number of Bengalis were not even 2-3 hundred but within next 4-5 years it grew 10 times! It was a 100 meters’ Sprint, distance small but the runner must hurry as fast as he can! We sought here political Asylum and after having the so-called ‚temporary-stay’, searched out a job, either as dishwasher or lo-level labours in factories or cleaners. Next 3/4 years, earning money as much as possible and then the inevitable rejection of the case. Now either going back to the country or finding out a new country to earn again! Many have crossed Atlantic for USA-Canada. Most of them were scattered in different neighboring countries in Europe. The ages and faces were different but desire was the same. At any cost to stay and as much as possible to earn.
Three decades have gone by. Now I find here almost no contemporary of mine. In the meantime, hundreds from my known circle have left Germany, either for another country or have gone back to Bangladesh. About 3/4 thousands are here with normal stay-permits, citizenships with family. We have now here 3rd generation of the immigrants.
Were they all Asylum-seekers like me? No there are some exceptions. One of them is Jahangi Alam Akash, a journalist of Bangladesh. He is here since last year. He is living in Hamburg with a scholarship of Hamburg Foundation. The foundation has arranged his one year stay in Germany as a relaxation and cure from the persecutions, tortures, imprisonments in Bangladesh during BNP-Jammat Government and Interim Government (2001-2008). His profession was his enemy. What he has done, why he has risked his life in Bangladesh, the readers will be aware of it after they have read this book. Akash is now out of the country, return to motherland is most uncertain. He is trying to find out a permanent shelter in Europe with his wife and about 3-years son.
Akash is no economic refugee like hundreds of us but he is homeless now. His works for human rights and investigating journalism all sorts of lawlessness in our country have driven him out of the country and he is now looking for a second homeland. I wish he finds it soon.
Abdullah al-Harun
March 2010
Neu-Isenburg, Germany
Dedication:
To my dear Bangladesh
My Bengal of gold, I love
For ever your skies, your air set
My heart in tune
As if it were a flute

Short Biography of the Author
For the last two decades Jahangir Alam Akash has been writing intensively and courageously on the matters of Islamic Militancy, murders extra judiciary, state-persecution, tortures on religious minority and indigenous people, corruption, political terror, the women-mishandlings and last not the least for the common and helpless people who suffer without rights and justice. As a School boy he has entered the domain of journalism due to his conscious realisations of the superstitions of the society, corruption, injustice, lawlessness and affliction of strong over weak. His mission is to attract the attention of social and governmental machineries for the healing of these humiliations. Taking enormous risks for his own life he is advancing onwards with the strong belief to establish democracy, peace, human-rights, equality, and fraternity and for a secular society. Akash is strong in mind for an independent people’s media: Owing to this he has become victim of harassments and tortures many times by the state, Islamic militarism, independence-opposing circle, opportunist political groups and corrupt-gangs. Attempts were made to stop him through cases, physical attacks and Threats. On professional causes, with fictitious political and exasperated charges he was imprisoned two times so far. But he could not be tamed. He is writing till now as before.
He was born in far north nof Bangladesh where Himalaya begins. His birth place is village: Shatkhamar, under Balarampur Union of Atoari Upozila within Panchagharh District. His parents are father, Safiuddin Ahmed and mother, late Sahida Khatun.
They are 5 brothers and 3 sisters. His number is 7. Journalism is his profession and addiction! He has passed the Bachelor of Arts (B.A. honours) and Master of Arts (M.A.) in Philosophy from Rajshahi University. From the same University he obtained the degree of post-graduation in civic-journalism. He worked for the Foreign Service German Radio (Deutsche Welle, as a freelancer) in Bengali section, in CSB, the first 24 hours TV-Channel of Bangladesh. He took also the special trainings on TV and Radio and Newspaper-journalism from the Bangladresh Centre for Development Journalism Communication (BCDJC). His many works on Human rights were much praised. He attended various workshops of Asian Human Rights Commission, ‘Odhikar’ (Rights), Bangladesh Manabodhikar Bastabayan Shangstha (Bangladesh Human Rights Materialisation Organisation) and Bangladesh Rehabilitation Centre for Trauma-victims like different Human rights groups.
Presently he is editing the Web blog news portal ‘The Human rights Today’ in Online.This absolutely deals in Human rights. The spectral of his works: Dainik Sangbad, Dainik Bangla, Dainik Banglar Bani, Dainik Ajker Kagoj (4 Bengali dailies in Bangladesh), Radio German Deutsche Welle, The new Nation, The Newsday, The Morning Sun (3 English dailies in Bangladesh), Ekushey TV, CSB News (2 TV-Channels). He was also attached with Associated Press of Bangladesh, the Editor online Newspaper, Daily Testa, Daily Uttar Bangla (Daily Newspapers) and many other News media’s.
From 2004 to 2008, he worked as Free-lance journalist of German Radio Deutsche Welle from the Rajshahi Area of Bangladesh. He was the first journalist who first covered the activities of Islamic Militants and ‚murders without trials’ in Bangladesh and drew the attentions of national and international media. On these grounds he became the target of State and Militancy.
He got the ‚International Human rights-day prize of 2008’ sponsored by the the private organisation, Christian Development Alternative as a recognition of his courageous journalism and his special contributions towards the human rights. His research against the Islamic-Militants and fearless journalism, he got the ‘Nongor Shahitya Puroshkar (Anchor-Literary Award)’ in 2005. Besides, the European branch of Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Committee has given him the 2010 Human rights award as recognition to his investigating journalism on the minority-oppression in Bangladesh. His Bengali books are: ‘Andhokare 15 Ghanta (15 hours in total darkness)’, ‘Bichar Bohirbhuto Hattyakando ebong Pritihingsha (Extra judicial killings and revenge)’, ‘Jongi Godfather o Annanya Prooshongo, (Militant Godfathers and other Issues)’, ‘Udichi Theke Pilkhana (From Udichi to Pilkhana)’. During the past interim-Government of Bangladesh an unusual Rule of Emergency went on. He became then a combined victim of the Rapid Action Battelion (RAB), Army and a vicious politically influential circle. He was arrested unlawfully and put to inhuman tortures.
In the Rajshahi Central Jail he passed 28 dark-days. After release, facing incessant threats to his life, he was forced to leave the country. As a politically oppressed journalist, he is now living in Hamburg through a scholarship of ‘Hamburg Foundation’ with his family.
He was a member of Rajshahi University Press Club, the elected General Secretary of Rajshahi Journalist Union and also an executive member of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ)’ Association, the highest organ of Journalists. Apart from this, he was the Publicity Secretary of Rajshahi District Udichi, the forerunner cultural Association of Bangladesh. He has travelled to Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, India and Hong Kong.
Gratitude: State, political influential criminals-clique, Militants and side by side many national-international gangs were active with conspiracies against me. My moving struggles for the people, truth, justice and human rights were always opposed. I have passed a terrible and unbearable time facing an all-devouring intrigue. I have come back from the door of the sure death. A Bangladesh-opposing foreign spy and his partner through a joint plot, by giving wrong information, have spoiled my image in Deutsche Welle (Radio German). But no conspiracy could take me, also not in future, I hope. I did never compromise with any evil force on the questions of peace, democracy, people and human rights.
In bad days, only the real friends come to help. Fake-friends go away. During those intolerable black days, I had the rare opportunity to see from very near the in and out of many Human rights-personalities in Bangladesh, Advocates, Journalists and political leaders. The so-called human beings of the civil-society having no similarity of talks and acts, I have seen them, I have known them. I could gather many experiences, discover dualities of some persons. They are very much respected in the society. I have also seen many hearty-persons.
I specially thank Mr. A. B. M. Musa, the pioneer Journalist of Bangladesh who has helped, advised and always treated me with affections, Mr. (late) Bazlur Rahman, Editor, Daily Sangbad, Mr. Hasan Azizul Huq, prominent writer and Rtd. Professor, Rajshahi University, Mr. Sanat Kumar Saha, Tagore-expert and economist, Mr. Arun Kumar Basak, Professor-emeritus, Mr. A. A. M. S. Arefin Siddiqui, Vice Chancellor, Dhaka University, Advocate Sultana Kamal, Professor Anwar Hossen, Mr. Malay Bhowmic, Chairman Music and Dramatic Department, Rajshahi University, Mr. Iqbal Sobhan Choudhury, Editor Bangladesh Observer, Mr. Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, Executive Editor, Daily Sangbad, Mr. Sohel Ahmed, Teacher Jahangirnagar University, Mr. Nazrul Islam, Proprietor Matiarmanush, Mahbubur Rahman, Proprietor Adarsha, Myriam Alexowitz (German Author), Fernando Buttice, Supriyo Banerjee (Journalist), Mahabubur Rahman Shipon, Mohammad Zahid Hossain, Shahidul Islam Shahid and Abdullah al-Harun.
I also remember Amnesty International, Asian Human Rights Commission, Reporters without borders (RSF), Committee to protect Journalists (CPJ), International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Global Human Rights Defence, International Press Institute (IPI), OMCT, BRCT, BFUJ, Rajshahi Press Club, Hamburg Foundation, Germany etc.
In my bad times, many were by my side. I remember them with gratitude. I express my special thanks to Wlliam Gomes, Executive Director, and Christian Development Alternative. He applied to the President of Bangladesh to kindly withdraw the political harassments-cases against me. I quote few lines from his application. The particulars of the cases and the related events have already been told in this book in various occasions. He began with, I, the undersigned, Executive Director of Human rights Organisation, Christian Development Alternative (CDA) …
As victim of the brutal state persecutions, a famous patriot Journalist and Human rights-worker, Jahangir Alam Akash has been burning with the fire of revenge … This courageous and an investigating reporter Akash possess free-thinking and conscious…. In the meantime, he has written three books on the extra-judiciary murders of RAB, tortures and Militancy. …
The last line- I think above two forged cases against Mr. Akash has been lodged taking the opportunities of the Emergency and on political motives. I request you to withdraw the above mentioned cases and to render Mr. Akash the chances to work on his profession normally and freely as an honest, responsible and popular journalist. But the harassing political motivated cases against me have not yet been withdrawn.
Appendix: The comments of intellectuals about the author and his book: The progressive journalist dear Akash has done much to unveil the truth. In all his writings the vehement courage has been well exposed. Through the black ink of his pen the he has built up a talking-document of the anarchism and terror. I hope, this book will inspire the people of the new generation and of all ages to build Golden Bangladesh on the conscious of secular and the war of independence.
Professor Dr. A. M. A. S. Arefin Siddique
Vice Chancellor, Dhaka University
If anybody anyhow anytime can be old and aged, he needs not to explain anything in Bangladesh. Huge piles of corruptions by malicious criminals never face trial or punishment. Specially in our country, rulers in power whom we because of our bad habits call the ‚Government’, and render them the total sovereignty of the country and when as part of that government, on is spontaneous shelter and indulgence, innocent peoples are killed, terrorised and oppressed by the miscreants, we have nothing to do! When these happen, no opposition occurs! If they can be ex, they are saved forever! From 2004 – 2005 the terrible and cruel militarism which grew in Bangladesh and as a result thousands of innocents lost their lives. There was a flood of plunder, robbery, rapes etc. like crimes was day to day affairs. All the 150 Million people of Bangladesh were victims of state-terror through the support of the government. This government is now ex! They can now stand before the people again far away from their sins. What justice shows now? That the justice itself covers all the misdeeds of them washes away their misuse of powers as rulers and the responsibilities of their partners in power. The reports of the bitter but facts of that period which Jahangir Alam has written, beyond doubt, that would render the sufferers like us much pain and affliction. But what else after?
Hasan Azizul Huq
Renowned writer Professor (Rtd), Department of Philosophy
Rajshahi University
Truth is coming out. Darkness is vanishing. Brave Akash is doing this noble work. He is not alone. Courage moves from one to another. Point becomes big circle. We are all in this procession of the brave people.
Professor Dr. M. Anowar Hossain.Ex General Secretary,
Dhaka University Teachers’ Association

Lesson to won the darkness
(To Jahangir Alam Akash)
Strength of arm
Foolish is coward
Shock of Electricity
Is it a hindrance for a long walk?
Search of manliness through hitting
What a hero!
Sight is obstructed with black
Can it snatch away the creation of light?
Court and Jail
No response is also there
Or the initiation by pushing into black hole?
There is the inspiration of wining the darkness.
November 15, 2007
Malay Bhowmic
Actor, Dramatist, Columnist

NB. During the interim Government controlled by the Army in Bangladesh, Mr. Malay Bhowmic, Teacher of Rajshahi University was arrested by RAB and became the victim of barbarian torture. An opposition of the system, this prominent playwright wrote this poem with dedication to Journalist Akash while he was imprisoned in Rajshahi Central Jail. At the same time, author of this book, Akash was also in the same Jail!

A letter written to an intimate person—
Dear….
Hamburg
February 24, 2010
Please take my good wishes and respect. Hope you are well. I am very much depressed now. I don’t know how more hits and shocks, I am to face in the struggle for my existence? From my School days, the blows have began, which has not yet been ended in 36 years of my age! I am afraid, till death, I am to walk on the same road! Sometimes, I am very much angry with myself. I feel to make my life apart from my body. But I can’t, my life appears before me. For this life, my intimate love is very great, like an ocean. Now it is grown many times more. My knowledge is from the books on journalism and my ideal is from the family-society. How I could mix the both in my life? This united stream does not want to flow down. Why always this ideal-tide flows upstream course? I don’t know. Conspiracy-falsehood and envy: What are the uses of these? My position to myself is very clean-transparent. Why they can’t see it? I have saved some from my scholarship-money here. But I am spending all only after the thoughts for my country. My dear ones, oppressed-persecuted religious-indigenous minority-friends of my country, how are you? At the same time, why I feel to cry again and again for the afflicted colleague and friend?
Last of all, the question was raised on my name; I am spoiling the image of my country with defamatory preaching against my country! It is a very dangerous allegation. If I tell the truth or describe an incident, does it unchaste the image? They want to turn the country into a hell, do they increase the image? On the internationally famous scientist, Arun Basak and his family, (they render) metal tortures. (I hear) the wailing-grief of Gopal Ram, the poor and helpless and the victim of oppressions from all sides. Not even in one decade, no justice for the murder of indigenous-Christian leader Alfred Soren and have the family of Doshorath Kabiraj been shattered? Not in 6 years, the corpses of young Shushanto and Shufol are not found! How Militancy is destroying the solidarity of the state and society? I have reported and I am writing on these.
I have told and I shall tell, please don’t kill a man extra judiciary. If he is a terrorist-convicted or criminal! Make the way of rule of law, good administration and the culture of democracy wide. Then you are not to murder anybody. The only way to suppress murder-terror-crime is the founding of rule of law. Remove disparity, poverty, unemployment and injustice from the society. You will see, progress has come back to the society. You have also told while you were outside the power that extra judiciary killings must be ended.
When I was in the country, the blame of ‘a big convicted-terrorist extorter’ was given to me. What an unbearable life I had? Due to their intrigues, tortures and endless threats, I was compelled to leave the country. Has exile-life happiness? It was the question of survival! But how I am tolerating the sufferings of the the loneliness of this life abroad, insult and shame? For the country, for the countrymen, comrades-friends and relatives, is not my mind anxious? But now is the murmur, I am doing bad-preaching on my country! I am spoiling the image of the country! Am I?
The same complain was raised against humanist Shahriar Kabir during the reign of terror of BNP-Jamaat. Then the government and its supporters have said the same. Even today ruling-class is changed and the mentality of their supporters. Only the hands of the power are changed.
Please tell me, after leaving the country, shall I live like a lifeless?
I remain,
Seeking your love, Akash
From the book “Away from Home”.

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The editor of “EURO BANGLA” & “THE HUMAN RIGHTS TODAY”, journalist Jahangir Alam Akash have written two new books in English. The books are “Struggle for Peace” and “Away from Home”. In the Independence Day of Bangladesh 26 March, 2010 these books have published from Adarsha publication of Bangladesh. We would like to share about the books of Akash. The subject of these books are press freedom, minority oppression, politics, extra judicial killings, Islamic militancy, extra judicial killings, torture and the human rights in Bangladesh. Now the books are available in Germany. If anyone would like to buy then please contact with the Author (jaa.akash@yahoo.de).
Flairs: It is now 38 years that Bangladesh is an independent country. But the rule of law, honest administration and the culture of democracy are still far cry! Common people are searching peace. Militancy, extra judiciary murders, maladministration, party-attribution, terror, corruption are closing the path of progress. Religious and indigenous minority killings-oppressions are hindrances to the amity. The murders of Journalists are robbing the opportunity of free Reporting’s. All these current problems and crisis are well depicted through the pen of Journalist Akash. This young writer is a courageous soldier of peace and democracy. ‘Struggle for peace’ is a reflection of Bangladesh-reality. The international community will definitely get a transparent picture of Bangladesh in the book.
Preface: Possibly the struggle for peace is the oldest struggle of mankind! Sometimes it seems to me that it is like a searching of a black cat in a dark room where there is no cat at all! Yet we do not (should not) abandon the try! In the modern chaotic world, it is a hope which can still render us the meaning of life.
Who wants to live in a society where there is no justice, rule of law, fellow-feelings? But more than 155 millions of our countrymen in Bangladesh have been living under such precarious circumstances and many of them have not given up the struggle, struggle for peace. Jahangir Alam Akash is one of them. With his 20 years of professional journalism, he has been fighting for human rights with his innumerable reports on state-terror, killings extra judiciary, corruptions. As the hundreds of rivers of Bangladesh, we have endless evils throughout the country. ‘No single person can be found in Bangladesh, who was not a victim of corruption at least once in his life!’ Akash has written in this book. It is like the air, it is everywhere but unseen and only to be felt.
Is there any formula of peace? I do not know. But the majority poor people of Bangladesh only expect daily 3 times food and a sound sleep at night, possibly that is peace for them. Unfortunately, this very tiny hope could not be yet materialised by any government after about 40 years of the liberation.
From his head to feet, Akash is a dedicated journalist, no doubt. He took unthinkable risks to gather information’s. His investigative and truth-searching reports are thrilling as well as tragic! While translating, I myself sometimes could not believe my eyes. Truth is really stranger than fiction. Reality may be sometimes very hard but it is known only when a courageous journalist like Akash brings the unpleasant truths but bare realities in front of our eyes.
I don’t know, if any day, like the mysterious city, ‘Shangrilla’, we would find peace for us, for our country and for the world! Freud has said, ‚who does not dream, he is lifeless!’ If it is true, why we shall not dream about peace? In our daily lives, from all directions, disappointments, deprivations, pains, injustice, poverty haunt us. We know, only peace can be the best remedy but where is it? Shangrilla is in the remote mountains in Tibet. But nobody could yet locate peace or find a formula of it! There is one Nobel-Prize for Peace. Every year, one time, the Nobel-Committee makes the world aware about peace but in true sense, all the prize-holders (almost 100 so far) could not give us any hint of peace, temporary or permanent. They have got the prizes and we have only seen their Photos in Newspapers. Even one from Bangladesh has got it. Was it a help for us to achieve peace?
Akash is now stateless. He was compelled to leave his country. For one year, he has been living here in Germany. He does not know where his next shelter is. He is trying to find and I hope he will get one, for him and for his family.
But he has not given up his dream. He is a reporter and human rights-worker. He believes, with these two weapons, if he can’t win peace, at least he can show us a way for us. So his ‚Struggle for Peace’ will be continued. This book is a clear sign.
I hope, it will encourage the reader to dream for peace.
Abdullah al-Harun
March 2010-03-14
Neu-Isenburg, Germany
Context: Peace, people’s government, real democracy and the rule of law are all golden-deer in Bangladesh. The religious fanaticism, innumerable superstitions, lack of education, poverty, corruption, immorality, have now strongly established the criminality everywhere. Disunity, unfairness, oppression, torture, killing-murder, terror, activities of the communal fundamentalists have crashed the people on the ground! Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians live here. People of all religions unitedly have fought for the independence of Bangladesh and shed blood. With enormous sacrifices under the leadership of Banganondhu (late) Sk. Mujibur Rahman, The nation got one nice secular constitution.
After only 4 years after the independence of Bangladesh, father of the nation, Sk Mujibar Rahman, was killed brutally with most of his family members. Through a planned way the following governments of General Ziaur Rahman and General H.M. Ershad have amended, revised and changed many times the original constitution of Bangladesh and have made it almost a farce! Islam was declared as the ‚State-Religion’. Although Bangladesh has people from four religions! But such a radical change of the former secular Constitution was a heinous dishonour to the holy constitution! Through these measures religious fanaticism and communalism were given a state Contour. In the name of Islam the religious fundamental militancy has become now the greatest problem of Bangladesh. It is about now about 38 years after the independence, but the war criminals of Al- badr, Al- Shams, Rajakars and the murderers who were directly related with the genocide during the struggle for independence have not yet been put into the trial. The Political Party, Jamaat Islam is regularly igniting the fire of communalism in the name of Islam. Communal-politics is not banned in the country. State-terror like killings extra-judicial is going on without end. All devouring corruption is the greatest obstacle for the fulfilment of the basic rights of the people. The afflictions of religious minorities are a day to day affair.
In the society, a privileged class is making mountains with money. On the other side, majority people, not less than 95%, are becoming poorer every day. Religious minorities and the indigenously people are deprived of constitutional rights. Including the father of the nation, hundreds of politicians, journalists, lawyers, judges, members and common people have been killed. Different state-controlled armed cadres have created an extreme fearful and inhuman situation by their killings of innocent people, tortures and oppressions. Within 38 years of independence, the country was under the military rulers for long 17 years. People were pushed to the dark-wild-administration and its persecutions. Torture-murders and planned genocide, crime and the incidences of the militancy are never enquired properly and effectively. Of course after the event, government announces for enquiry and committees are also formed. ‚Whoever is the criminal, he would be definitely punished’, such promises are heard from the top level of the government or from the concerned authorities repeatedly with arrogance. But they are never materialised. Shortly speaking, there is no ‘explanation’ in the country. In the history of human-civilisation, the self confessed killers who have committed utmost heinous murders are saved from the state level and any possibility to put them into trial is closed. Judges feel agony to perform their duties. The culture of the ‚absence of justice’ is increasing the criminal tendency day by day. All the state organs have been criminalised. The endless greed of making money of the upper class people are pushing the 70-80% common people towards the lowest level of poverty. By the most of political parties, specially the two big, Awami league and BNP have no headache for democracy. So the democracy in the state level is now beyond every possibility!
Fundamental militancy in the name of Islam is growing rapidly. Women-Children-tortures, giving of fake religious decrees (Fatwa of Islam), meanness, and religious fanaticism are expanding. Raids with Bomb and Grenades, suicidal-conspiracies, envy and malice, scrambles are in extremity. Brotherhood, mutual delight, solidarity, love and respect are being lost. Everywhere the humanity is hindered. Differences, dissimilarities between persons are growing. Kindness and humanity are decreasing and on the other side, selfishness and mercantile mentality are growing on an electric-speed! Every day million of peoples are hungry and so to say almost naked due to lack of clothings. Each year through flood, draught, dearth and tempest-cyclone millions of people suffer. Because of the change of river-flows, everyday innumerable people are losing their all possessions. The five basic rights to have food, cloth, education, treatment and dwelling are totally unknown to the vast majority of the people. Each year innumerable persons die on diseases and without treatments. Millions of children have no access to schools, but ‚Child-labour’ is everywhere! Women-Children-smuggles, rapes are very common matter in Bangladesh. Besides, there are labour-discriminations. For similar works as men, women get less remuneration. Crime and criminals are ‘pardoned’ by state and it is a big obstacle for the establishment of rule of Law in Bangladesh. A general statistics depicts that from 2004 till today, more than 1,500 persons were killed extra judiciary, through so-called ‘crossfire’, ‘encounter’ or in the name of ‘exchange of fires’. After the killing of father of the nation, the culture of impuning crimes has started. It is still going on, eve under the present new government.
My Publications
From February 2008 to April 2009, I have published four books on Islamic militancy, murders extra judiciary, state-terror and torture and bomb-grenade charges.
They are: ‘15 hours in total Darkness’, ‘Extra judicial killings and Revenge’, Militant-Godfathers and other Issues’ and ‘From Udichi to Pilkhana’. With few exceptions, in general Peoples-media actually nourish the interests of politicians and capitalists. In one case at least, the media of Bangladesh is quite blind. This is the ‘killings extra judicial’ by the state-army. After 38 years of independence, the tribal people have no constitutional-recognition. At least 1,50000 Indigenous children are deprived of education. Apart from this, about 27 lacs children of the coutry have no right for education. Still now the black law, ‚Land-vested-law’ is existing. Religious minorities and indigenous people are being persecuted. But why? Although from the independence struggle for the country to all democratic-progressive movements, their roles are very much significant.
The murders and tortures of religious minority and indigenous people and other oppressions are never redressed. As a result, one after another brutal incidences are happening. Criminals are encouraged! You can buy ballot papers in the name of democracy. Only during election, common people have some attentions. After election is over, nobody takes care of the voters. An unequal and unfair society can’t exist longer. To establish peace, democracy, justice and fair-administration, the total change of the state-structure is needed. For this a distinct political commitment and its effective successful materialisation are badly required. Without this, only Internet and digital technology can’t bring any development for the majority of the people. In true sense to establish in Bangladesh, people’s welfare, peace and digital, we need the change of total system and a new structure.
I have already finished another manuscript in Bengali, ‚Tortures on religious and tribal minorities in post independent Bangladesh’. Because of the constant threats from the Islamic militancy, one particular political- criminal clique and special state-force, I was compelled to leave the country. From the four published books and the 5th unpublished one, I have taken an attempt for an assimilation of an English-edition. Those who are helping in this effort, I thank them all. This is a book on events and convened information. I hope this book will be a document of the incidences of Bangladesh, past and present. From the book “Struggle for Peace”.

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The nucleus of democracy is the people, people and people. The real appearance of the democracy is the rule of the people. The people’s representatives elected through free, unobstructed and transparent elections are the motor of the democracy. So people are the actual steering of the democratic rule. Regarding this, the sayings of Abraham Lincoln, President of United states of America can be quoted. With a very small sentence, such an elaborate explanation of democracy is rare: ‘Government by the people, for the people and of the people.’
In most of the countries now, democracy is established. But in Europe it is most powerful and effective. As per the historical facts, 4-5 hundred years, before the birth of Jesus Christ, the Philosophers, Aristotle, Plato etc. of Greece, first have given the outline of the democratic rule in Europe. In democratic and economic aspects, now in Europe, Germany and Switzerland are in the top position. In general, USA is now under Europe. Worst situations are in Asia and Africa. Especially, the condition of Bangladesh is very precarious.
Personally I am not a political expert or an active political worker. I am a common citizen of a 3rd world developing country. I want to tell something about the conditions of democracy in Europe and Asia. On the situations of German and Bangladesh democracy and lately, I have a little experience about the German people’s representative. On the politics of these two countries and with special reference to their members of the parliament, I want to make a comparative discussion.
What we can learn from the democracy and the people’s representatives of the greatest economic and rich country of Europe? In other words, how democracy and the representatives of Bangladesh can be benefitted from such experiences of Germany country and how they can be utilised in their own country.
The majority people of Bangladesh are victims of the absence of the rule of law, culture of democracy and the ill-politics. As a professional journalist, I am also a victim of this dark side. After many tortures and persecutions, I was compelled to leave my country. Truly speaking, I could come back from the door of sure death. I don’t want to discuss that here.
Let us come to the main point. There three pillars of democratic administration. They are: legislative, judiciary and public administration. One is dependent to the other. They control and co-ordinate each other and thus the democracy are active. All these three powers are to work with the same motive. This is people’s welfare and serving the people. One is related totally to the other. To steer these three components into the right direction is the responsibility of the politicians. Elected by the direct votes of the peoples, politicians are the upholder, career and the protector of the democracy.
Peoples get the democratic rights only when the above mentioned three systems work properly or be effective. But the in Asian countries, especially t our dear Bangladesh, none of these three does not seem to be working. If the systems were working, the situation of the human rights is not so deteriorated. Because of the electricity, water and gas, peoples have not to suffer! Political rivalry, envy and enmity are not present. To the political leaders and workers of all the parties, the interest of the people and the country would have the highest priority.
Recently, I have come to know a German Member of the Parliament who belongs to the present central government. How he can help in the progress of the human rights and the poor, persecuted and tortured people of Bangladesh, he has expressed his interest to talk with me. In the last December (2009), Reinhardt Stuart, on behalf of him contacted me through the Hamburg Foundation. Mr. Klimke is a political leader of the present powerful government party, CDU (Christian Democratic Union). I met him two times. The last one was on the last 1st April.
Why I should discuss this matter? Without personal relation, nobody in Germany goes and meets any official person without an appointment. Generally, without a prior fixing of time and date, anybody (unknown) annoys another without any ground. It is a very powerful social and administrative tradition, you can say. Before our last meeting, his Secretary has talked with me, before two weeks of the meeting, one date, place of meeting and time were fixed. But later, all were changed. That has happened two days before. The new time has been fixed as 1st April, at 10-30 mornings. I have already grasped some of the rules and courtesies of this country. So I reached to before the pavilion of the famous Café, Bar Alster of Hamburg before 15 minutes. It was then 10-24. Mr. Klimke has come also. We entered into the pavilion. But we found no sitting place there. We both waited. After few minutes, two places were vacant and we were seated there,
I hope, the readers can guess why I have detailed the above incidence. Let’s talk about an MP of Bangladesh. We have just observed the behaviour of a powerful German MP in this Café-Bar and can we imagine it in Bangladesh in a same situation? What would happen in Bangladesh? Mr. MP has come to a hotel or Restaurant. Would he wait because there is no empty place? How it can be? He is the representative of the people. It means he has purchased all the country and its rules-laws. In reality, we experience this always. If there is no place and if necessary, the restaurant-authority will immediately force the sitting guests to leave their places for Mr. MP and his companions. Thus they would be much obliged (a big service for MP!). He is also to save himself from the anger of MP (in case, he fails to take any action to accommodate MP and his persons in his restaurant). We must remember that Mr. Klimke is also well known here as a local MP. But Manager is a far cry; no bearer of the café did not run to him and receive or salute him. The sitting guests who knew him, they also did not say anything particular except normal saluting.
Do any MP in Bangladesh reach any place in the fixed time? Mr. Klimke has told me during the appointment- talk that our discussion would be of 30 minutes only. What is punctuality! When our discussion has passed the 27 minutes, he reminded me. Just on 29 minute, he said that our time was finished. We would now depart. Any Bangladesh MP has reached a place to meet a common person in the fixed time, I don’t know.
There is no difference between a minister and political leader with a common person here in Germany or in Europe. Amongst the politicians or high government officials there is no competition of showing their respective powers. Peoples are given here the highest priority. To the demands and the expectations of the people and for their every facility, politicians maintain always a keen attention. In Bangladesh, it is quite opposite. Except the time of election, politicians do not care about the public!
In General, the duties and responsibilities of the MPs both in Germany and Bangladesh are almost the same. To make new roads, foundation of the schools and other academic institutions, people’s welfare, social works, development, reforms and making of law. These are the main works of a representative. Before passing a new law, the opinions of the people is inevitable in Germany. As for example: a discussion has been started to make a new rule in the parliament. Immediately, the MP will go to his constituency. About the proposed new law, he will discuss with the people through meetings or personally. He will get the reactions of his voters.
If his voters think, the law is good and necessary, they will say in its favour. If they think this law is not good for the people (at least for their region), they will say it’s against. If people do not want, an elected MP goes even against his party on a particular matter. He will not cast his vote (neutral) or cast his vote against the bill, honouring the opinions of the voters of his area. This is the culture of political of Germany. For this, he is not to explain as a member of his political party. His obligations are first to the people and then to his party. If this would occur in Bangladesh!
There are different commissions in the German Parliament. These commissions are everywhere, where democratic government is present and also in Bangladesh. The three most important commissions in Germany are: To supervise the personal income and other economic aspects of the members, Defence and Intelligence. The chairmen of these three commissions are elected from the opposition parties. So the government party has no chance to manipulate these matters. Of course, no political person manipulates here. It is not found in Bangladesh. Here, an opposition member may be the chief of any commission but two thieves are cousins on the matters of corruptions and misrules. Our situations are so. We can not differentiate between personal and party-interests with those of the people’s welfare and principle.
What can I say about the human right? Here one convicted and recognised criminal is also behaved with courtesy. During the investigative interrogations, he is asked gently and with cool brain. While in detention, his personal wants are fulfilled as far as possible. Torture does not come in to question! But the similar pictures in Bangladesh are terrible, unbearable and disgusting. Every Bengali knows it well. I don’t think that I am to detail it.
The representatives of Germany are very much conscious about the human rights and they have adequate knowledge about it. They study much on this matter. It is very difficult to say how many members of Bangladesh Parliament have the knowledge or information about human rights. And if some are aware of it, how many of them try to materialise it? The number is not definitely so much.
At the last, I want to discus about a matter. As per the present newspaper reports, everywhere in Bangladesh, the electricity, water and gas situations are catastrophic. But in the areas where MPs and Ministers and diplomats live, electricity is available for 24 hrs. Out of 24 hrs, people do not get electricity even for 8 hours! It is quite unthinkable in Germany or in Europe. If Germany had now the situations like Bangladesh, what would happen? The government must fall! There is no discrimination here. Why there would be a difference between a common person and a MP? Why the Ministers live far away from the public?
Many Ministers here live in normal houses in general residential areas. After crossing the entrance, inside, 2-3 plain-dress security personals can be seen. But in our country, a Minister’s house is kept separated and from the 500/1000 yards distance, there are many obstacles to keep it away from the people.
A dear countryman of mine (he has been living here for many years) has told me that he had lived before in a small town in the southern Germany. In weekends, a provincial Minister of this town, used to come here to stay overnight in his personal residence from his Minister’s quarter in the provincial capital. He always came with his family. The main reason was to maintain regular communications with his local voters. My countryman used to meet him on Saturday mornings in a bakery as Minister also came there to buy bread. There were exceptions but it happened often.
Both of them used to visit the shop to buy their breakfast breads. Minister came sometimes alone. He never went to any place in his town with security. Sometimes, his wife and two sons were with him. In one Saturday Morning, the man from Bangladesh has not come to the shop, he was ill. After coming back home, Minister called him over telephone, ‘Why you have not come today in the bakery? Are you making breakfast today without bread? When he has heard about the illness, within a hour, Minister has visited him with whole family and flowers to express personally their wish for the quick recovery! My country man has commented, ‘In my 32 years of life in Bangladesh, I doubt, whether I have seen a MP within a distance one hundred yards! The possibility of meeting a Minister personally is very rare. He is the moon in the sky; you can only see but can’t touch!’
In the Bangladesh Constitution it is said that people are the owners of the state. And it is also said that people are the source of the power. My question, then, why people are so much suffering? I don’t know the answer.

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Euro Bangla is an online Bengali newspaper. Euro Bangla is the new online Bengali newspaper from Germany. It has been running by an exile journalist-writer Jahangir Alam Akash. The Euro Bangla is for mainly minority and Indigenous rights, press freedom and human rights.
The Euro Bangla web address is http://www.eurobangla.org/
Dear readers please visit our new initiative. We would like to invite you please write your thinking in Euro Bangla. We do believe freedom of speech.
So we would like to uphold the freedom of speech. It is our top priority. It also working against all kinds of torture and extra judicially killings. The Euro Bangla wants to do an objective and neutral journalism. We would like to work for better Bangladesh, world and for peace, democracy.
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