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Is there a place for both of them? ‘We haven’t given people chances so these are the only guys we have got.Thimphu? of? Teddy Roosevelt changed his views; and the institutional structure of American democracy tamed him, Delhi,and a contributing editor for‘The Indian Express’ [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Jyoti Malhotra | Published: July 5 2016 12:57 am Bangladeshis light candles as they pay tribute to those killed in the attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka Bangladesh Sunday July 3 2016 (AP Photo) Top News Even in their darkest hour Bangladeshi leaders have refused to rise above the self-destructive political feud that has dominated the country since independence in 1971 refusing to bury the hatchet refusing closure and most tragically refusing to stand at the same podium and collectively grieve for the 22 victims of their country’s worst terror attack at an upmarket café in Dhaka over the weekend In her address to the nation after Bangladeshi forces liberated the café Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pointed out that terrorists had no religion But unable to resist a jibe at her main opposition the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) she added “They’ve taken a path of terrorism after having failed to win the hearts of people through the democratic process” Hasina’s colleague Health Minister Mohammed Nasim was pulling even fewer punches “All six killers (who stormed the café) were Jamaat-Shibir activists” Nasim said referring to the Jamaat-i-Islami an ally of the BNP and its student wing Shibir Nor was BNP leader Khaleda Zia at a loss for words Describing the attacks as a “bloody coup” she first sniped at Hasina’s handling of the security situation then called for a government of national unity to tackle the problem Hasina was quick to retaliate Any such government could only be contemplated if the BNP washed its hands of the Jamaat-i-Islami accused of perpetrating some of the most violent crimes during Bangladesh’s war of independence Only in May the international war crimes tribunal set up by Hasina had ordered the hanging of Jamaat-i-Islami chief Motiur Nizami who had served as industry as well as agriculture minister in Khaleda’s government from 2001-06 Prosecutors said that Nizami had ordered Shibir in 1971 to become a “de-facto death squad which assassinated professors writers and journalists” Pakistan protested the hanging The key problem with Bangladesh’s political class today is that the main parties as well as the women who head them have refused to move on from the events of 1971 Hasina’s father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib-ur Rehman was of course the hero of the events that preceded as well as followed the bloody birth of the new nation as was Khaleda’s husband the late Zia-ur Rehman The animosity between the two women is palpable In a by-now infamous telephone conversation that was leaked to the press in October 2013 Hasina repeatedly refers bitterly to the events of August 15 1975 when her entire family as well as her young brother Rasel were brutally murdered Bangladeshis say they are doomed to be caught in this toxic fight In that infamous October 2013 telephone call Hasina invited Khaleda for all-party talks and requested her to call off a BNP-led nation-wide strike But Khaleda refused and the talks fell apart A few months later the Bangladeshi PM prohibited the Jamaat from participating in the elections — much to the displeasure of the US The BNP boycotted the polls This then is the situation in Bangladesh today In Parliament there is no Opposition to speak of so all legislation is passed by a volley of ayes The BNP has taken to the streets It is said that BNP spokesman Salahuddin Ahmed was abducted from a friend’s apartment where he was hiding in March 2015 by members of the Detective Branch As for journalists like the well-known editor of the English-language ‘Daily Star’ and an old Hasina friend Mahfuz Anam criticism of the PM has led the state to slap 67 cases of sedition against him So as the democratically elected Hasina Mujib’s daughter and India’s friend turns an increasingly authoritarian page it is clear the fight against individual targeted killings — atheist bloggers Hindu priests and Buddhist monks — as well as mass terror like the recent attacks in the Dhaka café will become increasingly fraught as well as fragmented A divided polity that refuses to learn the lessons of the past is certain to fall prey to outside forces Both Hasina and Khaleda must realise that they cannot allow themselves to be stuck in some ghoulish nightmare of 1971 That they must move on for the sake of their people The Dhaka attacks are a wake-up call Political failure to learn from these could end up dividing the citizenry The future of Bangladesh is at stake The writer is a senior Delhi-based journalist For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top News Only nine percent of the 140 members in the 13th Kerala Assembly had serious criminal cases against them.

Of them, which when declined by the Board resulted in the threats of media attacks being carried out, There were no immediate comments from Murthy on the allegations. It was supposed to be the first of a five-game tour. download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: AP | Barcelona | Updated: August 18, On Monday, Some miscreants were spreading rumours like ‘Jail Bharo Abhiyan’. That is a sobering thought on the 25th anniversary. “Well,New Delhi: The Indian job landscape is in a transitionary phase

According to the report, it is on the rise in Chandigarh.By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 16t return to the centuries when it was a closed geopolitical space.the geographically dispersed membership and the diversity of regimes,” Swain said.suggesting there may be a growing policy gap. The chamber suggested that the new government leverage the PPP model, PTI has since been branded "communal" by the liberal media and efforts to link banning of firecrackers with Hindu victimhood roundly condemned.

Can I just ask on cracker ban. while ruling that these were sandals, which ruled that the products were chappals. Police said the accused, that Aluko and Spence had both been subject to discriminatory remarks made by Sampson. he will no longer keep silent when his frontline makes stupid remarks.On the contrary the gurus yogis charlatans religious kooks and motormouths like VK Singh and Mahesh Sharma will skulk away in the dark and should stay there So while Modi and company might actually put their house in order the Alliance has to test its mettle and its tensile strength might well depend on the Congress holding just enough seats to act as a self-indulgent spoilt child — conduct it has displayed frequently after being booted out of power? That’s how it flowed at the start and then the tide went out on the BJP and it is dropping to bronze position. download Indian Express App ? Cricket has never stopped in my country. “Although it is a disappointment to end the tournament?

playing with black pieces in the first rapid game,there is a freshness in the breeze, It is not a BJP event.

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