Untold Words of Mr. Knot: Democracy in Stories 18



Untold Words of Mr. Knot: Democracy in Stories 18 – Common Ground 13 By: Khandker Habib Ahmed (All rights are reserved by the author) (Consecutively after last section)   Everybody was taking appetizer at that time. Kazi Habib has alr...

Untold Words of Mr. Knot: Democracy in Stories 18 – Common Ground 13

By: Khandker Habib Ahmed

(All rights are reserved by the author)

(Consecutively after last section)


Everybody was taking appetizer at that time. Kazi Habib has already started the ‘Holocaust’ movie in his DVD player. Everyone in the living room has eyes on the TV screen for the movie show. During that engagement, Gulshan calls Mr. Knot to a couch placed in a corner of her room. Gulshan has no bounds to her eagerness on the discussion points of ‘bowing down to touch the feet’ and the feudal system.

Gulshan:   Mr. Knot, is ‘bowing down to touch the feet’ really an off-shoot of the feudal system?

Mr. Knot: Of course, this custom has been in place in our society for centuries and, surely, it is

an off-shoot of the feudal system. I have no objection at all to the general culture of paying respect to others. Certainly, that’s very good. We must respect our seniors. But, do we need to do so by taking the dust from their feet? Where did we get this custom from? Once upon a time, common mass people used to take the dust from the feet of their feudal lords. The start of it is right from there. Besides, no one should disagree that the feudal system has humiliated the entire humanity. They could go for a system of contract instead. In that case, we could save the humanity from this humiliation.

Gulshan: Alright, Mr. Knot, the custom of ‘bowing down to touch the feet’ has hidden

humbleness from the junior to the senior and the affection or sympathy in return. Is it wise to take it as an off-shoot of the feudal system?

Mr. Knot: I am not saying that we have to disrespect the seniors. Never is it. My point is about

the method of showing respect to them. You can say Assalamu Alaikum (peace be on you), you can do a hand-shake extending both hands (musafa), you can even embrace or show respect and sincerity in some other way. Why we have to bring people to the method of bowing down to do so? Your body language or appearance would indicate if you respect someone or not. I know that this is something difficult to practice. However, it is only a matter of practice and attitude. To humiliate anyone, either junior or senior, is a sin. I never told to disrespect anyone, nor will I ever. Furthermore, if you think that protesting an injustice is a disrespectful act then injustice will be established in the society, not the justice.

Gulshan: O.K., Mr. Knot, are you not encouraging the next generation to be bound by arrogance,

                vanity or conceit by saying against the custom of ‘bowing down to touch the feet’?

Mr. Knot:  I never said that. I only talked about the way of showing respect. I did not tell anyone

to disrespect. Many times, we do not understand the fine line differences of the concepts we talk about. In addition, please keep in mind that at times truths get buried under the veil of affection in our society. You will understand if you closely observe it. Besides, I am talking sheer about the democracy and the democratic system. Democracy is to respect others including their inalienable rights, not to express arrogance, vanity or conceit of any kind. Remember, the religion and democracy does not have much difference.

Gulshan: Alright, Mr. Knot. I have nothing more to talk about this topic. Let us join them in the

living room to watch the rest of the ‘Holocaust’ movie. It seems that the movie is in the half-way now.


(In the meantime, they have finished watching that movie. It’s time for lunch. Gulshan kept everything in order long before it’s the time. She has cooked that chicken-fried rice with oil and spice. The lunch has been served in a buffet style. Everyone is collecting food on own plate. At that moment, Gulshan came close to Mr. Knot. Mrs. Laila stands by them.)

Gulshan: Mr. Knot, today I do not have your favorite food though. I did not make the fried bitter

melon and the hilsha egg curry because I made the dish chicken-fried rice with oil and spice. How is my chicken-fried rice, Mr. Knot?

Mr. Knot: It is excellent, Gulshan! It is unprecedented in one single word. Your dish

                 chicken-fried rice is so good, I didn’t know it.

Gulshan: Alright, Mr. Knot. Keep ‘holly eye’ on me and teach me the lessons on democracy. I

               will make so many other things for you later.

Mr. Knot: I already told you that I would keep ‘holly eye’ on you even if you do not make any

                 food for me. … you need not think about it…

(At this moment, Mrs. Laila and Shormila moved close to Mr. Knot)

Mrs Laila: Mr. Knot, what the ‘Holocaust’ really means?

Mr. Knot: Laila, literally, ‘Holocaust’ means destruction or slaughter on a mass scale, especially

caused by fire or nuclear war. For example, we can say "a nuclear Holocaust.” The synonyms for ‘Holocaust’ are cataclysmdisastercatastrophe etc. But the word ‘Holocaust’ has some other dimensions….

Shormila: What are those, brother Knot?

Mr. Knot: Shormila, this word historically signifies a Jewish sacrificial offering that is burned

      completely on an altar. However, it is mostly used to refer to the killing six

     millions of Jews and other people by the Nazis during World War II.

Gulshan: Oh! My god, what do you say Mr. Knot? Six million people? I mean, killing of sixty

                hundred thousand Jews?

Mr. Knot: Might be that there were some people from other community, but not so many.

Almost all of them were people from Jews community. History confirms that the massacre was carried out under the directives issued by Adolf Hitler, Gulshan…..

Gulshan: It is an extreme humiliation of the humanity, right, Mr. Knot?

Mr. Knot: Of course, it is.  It is not only an extreme humiliation of the humanity, but also

entirely opposite to the practice of democratic norms in human society. This type of extermination is not allowed in any democratic system.

Gulshan: Alright, Mr. Knot, didn’t Adolf Hitler have alternatives to it?

Mr. Knot: In my opinion, he had an alternative, if not more. If anyone commits crime, whoever

he or she is, a fair trial can be arranged for. It is also possible to pass new legislation for the greater interest of maintaining peace in the society. But, a sweeping genocide is a crime against humanity. It is also contrary to democratic norms, no doubt.

Gulshan: Then, we must take lessons out of it, right, Mr. Knot?

Mr. Knot: Absolutely, we do. However, people usually repeat to make the same mistake…Here

                  lies the tragedy…., not it? We must take oath so that the same incident never ever

                  happens again in this world….

Gulshan: Alright, Mr. Knot. Did you watch any documentary or movie on the ‘Holocaust’ except

                today’s one?

Mr. Knot: Yes, I did. The name of the documentary is “Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never

Told!” You can find it through a simple google search in the internet. It has 27 parts of it based the historical biography of Adolf Hitler. We need to learn the lessons from it  to move forward along the path of a democratic system, Gulshan. You are in politics, right? Hence, this documentary is very important for you….

Gulshan:  Yes, Mr. Knot. You are right. Surely, I will watch the documentary…Are you not

                 telling about that ‘second step’ by which I will establish the ‘streamlined democracy’    

                 in Bangladesh?

Mr. Knot: Of course, I will, Gulshan. Next time, I will…..Would you give me a glass of cold

                 water please?

Gulshan: Sure, Mr. Knot…..

(To be continued)

[Disclaimer: A Few Words for the Esteemed Readers: The character(s)in this writing is (are) fictitious. They have no real existence. In addition, the main character, Mr. Knot, is merely an embodiment of a tough and complex knot whose scope of wandering is the entire world. Nevertheless, I strongly believe that whatever stems from the dialogues of these characters or their analytical breakdown is true for the most part and merits active reflection of the esteemed readers in light of the real situation. Again, either in the dialogues of the characters or in the events, at least an issue, petite or hefty, has been unfolded with its proper description, scope and in-depth analysis along with a signal for likely solution, if possible, to it. If any reader has a dissension, other opinion, comment or suggestion, he or she may please inform the writer by an e-mail message or on Face Book or skype. My skype ID is: Khandker.ahmed898. The e-mail address is: khandkera0565@gmail.com. Because the characters are fictitious, whatever the description or analysis thereto, there is no reason of contempt for any person or party.  Therefore, I request the valued readers to count all explanations or explorations herein as merely an academic pursuit or from a research perspective. Thank you. Khandker Habib Ahmed, August 05, 2016, Bronx, New York]


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