December 6, 2006Foreign Affairs

They’re taking Bangladesh back

A new kind of people power in Dhaka

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

They expected five hundred. Thirteen thousand turned up. They want to Take Back Bangladesh from, well, corrupt politicians mainly.

Young people, especially, are fed up with the current (political) stalemate. Take Back Bangladesh would like to provide a platform for the millions of people in the country who are caught up in this no man’s land, who can see clearly that the election is being set to be rigged, and are disgusted by this, but who are equally turned off by the blockade programs as well. [Zafar Sobhan, The Daily Star, via Rezwan]

That should add weight to the belief that both Begum Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina Wajed are missing the pulse of the electorate—that Bangladeshi demographics have changed, and that the young people don’t care much for the personal feuds of the political elite. Furthermore, the Take Back Bangladesh event should teach another lesson to dyed-in-the-wool Bangladeshi politicians—that it is possible to demonstrate people power without shutting down the country. And have some fun in the process. (Yes, the same goes for Mamata Banerjee and Rajnath Singh on India’s side of the border)

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