Today’s episode of The Daily Star’s ‘The Election Talks 2018’ will see Mujahidul Islam Selim, president of Communist Party of Bangladesh, sharing his views on the upcoming election.
Hosted by Shakhawat Liton, planning editor of The Daily Star, the show is the fifth of the series of The Daily Star’s political talk show series ahead of the December 30 election.
Selim, who has been in Bangladesh’s politics for decades, touches on democracy, secularism, nationalism and socialism in the latest episode of tete-e-tete with The Daily Star.
‘ACHIEVEMENT OF LIBERATION WAR GONE’
Reflecting on the current situation of Bangladesh, the CPB chief pulled reference of the Liberation War of 1971 and said: We did not carry out any isolated rebellion. Our revolution was for the freedom of the nation.”
“It was against the oppressors, and aimed at toppling the imperialist forces. We wanted to empower the citizens by liberating them from the shackles of rightlessness. The four national ideologies are the basis of this context.”
“It is sad but true that almost all our achievements from the Liberation War in 1971 have been snatched from us… the nation has been driven to a different path by ignoring the ideologies of democracy, secularism, nationalism and socialism,” he added.
“Since the restoration of parliamentary democracy in 1990, either the Awami League or BNP has come into state power. However, the scenario changes when they assume power, they become desperate to cling to power anyhow,” he also said.
In his opinion, an economy of loot is prevailing in Bangladesh.