Untold Stories of Mr. Knot: Democracy 08 – Common Ground 03 By: Khandker Habib Ahmed (All rights are reserved by the author) (Consecutively after last section) The ICC cricket quarter final T20 game is going on between Bangl...
Untold Stories of Mr. Knot: Democracy 08 – Common Ground 03
By: Khandker Habib Ahmed
(All rights are reserved by the author)
(Consecutively after last section)
The ICC cricket quarter final T20 game is going on between Bangladesh and India. The breakfast tea and coffee is also on in the same pace and ease. Brother Zakir and his wife Polinio have made a very good arrangement to entertain us in their home. India won the toss and the Indian skipper, Horendro Singh, decided to ball first because of the moisture in the field. Hence, Tamin and Mahmudu of Bangladesh team are in the batting pitch now. Imrul, brother Zakir and the children are fully absorbed in the play. Both Shormila and Sorgina have one daughter and one son each. Their children are also crazy about the game of cricket. The game is being telecast direct from the Mirpur Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Polinio: Mr. Knot, do you want to talk about democracy with them? O. K., come to our room,
feel free to sit anywhere. We also put one love seat sofa there….You can better concentrate here in your talks….
Mr. Knot: Thank you so much, Polinio, I appreciate….
(Mr. Knot, Kazi Habib, Shormila, Sorgina and Gulshan are seated in brother Zakir’s bed room ready to talk about democracy and democratic system…)
Gulshan: Mr. Knot, let’s sit on the love seat…..ha ha ha ha…….
Mr. Knot: Ah Gulshan! What are you? Are we here to do love now? It is an arrangement
for brother Zakir and Polinio, right? O. K., let Shormila and Sorgina sit there. They are our guests today…..
Gulshan: O. K., Mr. Knot. The other day you were telling about how we can establish a
‘streamlined democracy’ in a country like Bangladesh.
Kazi: Mr. Knot, you also told about how we could find a common ground in politics in
Shormila: Mr. Knot, please don’t forget about me……
Mr. Knot: O. K., Shormila, why should I? I will tell you….one after another….
Sorgina: I do mainstream politics here in the United States, Mr. Knot. At the same time, I am
involved in Awami politics in the local Bangalee community. Please allow me to talk a
Mr. Knot: Of course, Sorgina. Surely I will……
Gulshan: Mr. Knot, please tell us first how we can establish a ‘streamlined democracy’ in
Mr. Knot: I am, Gulshan. Listen, it is not an easy task to establish a streamlined democracy in a
country like Bangladesh. I do not think it could be done overnight. However, the task must commence immediately. Truly speaking, although forty-five years have been passed since our independence and democracy, as one of the fundamental principles of administering the government, has been enshrined in our constitution, this task has not progressed much. The democracy you see now in the United States is about 250 years old. This is a matter of practice and psychological adaptation of the people to the system. It is also a matter of intellectual maturity. Whatever we say about democracy in rhetoric, democracy does not mean a one-day election. It is a system. The work toward that system, thus far, has been a meagre, although it started to crawl very recently with the rising awareness of the people. Thus, the matter is not so easy, even if not impossible. Do you understand, Gulshan?
Gulshan: I understand, Mr. Knot. Then, what we need to do to establish a streamlined democracy
in Bangladesh? Why not you tell it like 1, 2, 3….easily, Mr. Knot?
Mr. Knot: Of course, Gulshan. I will tell you easily, no doubt. However, the concept of
democracy, in its entire system, is not so small that I would tell you in one single seating. It is a matter of sophisticated thinking, research and great efforts. Will you pay me consultancy fee, Gulshan? Ha ha ha ha h…..
Gulshan: I will, Mr. Knot. What do want..?
Mr. Knot: I do not want anything from you, Gulshan. I only cherish your wellbeing and safety. I
did not want anything from anyone in this life, nor did I ever make any assessment of any such giving or taking. However, I want one thing surely and it is that you implement my ideas I put forward. I would like to see Bangladesh as a developed country respectfully placed in the comity of nations…..before my departure…..
Gulshan: (In a trembling voice) I will do, Mr. Knot. Tell me what I need to do.
Mr. Knot: Listen, you do politics, you need to be tough and resilient, no emotion in decision
please. You need to be very strong in your work and commitment. Nobody will understand if you have secretion inside except your creator, the God (or Allah) according to our belief. Listen, Gulshan, I have been doing my research to write on democracy for long time to find what we need to do. I will try my best to incorporate all aspects of ‘streamlined democracy’ in an elaborate setting in my series of writings on democracy and the democratic system. It appears that the series would be long. You need to read very carefully to extract its essence, every elements of it. I already explained what I mean by the word ‘streamlined’ in my last piece of writing. In other words, the system of ‘streamlined democracy’ would be such that the elements or factors in it must not conflict with one another. Planning for the system should be such that it runs efficiently. For example, the words or thoughts sometime could be broad enough to incorporate many things and narrow in other time to avoid any clash of ideas inside the system. We could also set priority of ideas or elements in it for the same purpose.
Gulshan: I understand, Mr. Knot. What will be the first thing to do in that planning?
Mr. Knot: Listen, Gulshan. First thing to do for the streamlined democracy is that we need to
find that ‘common ground’ as I already mentioned so we could come under a single umbrella as a nation. We need to do a lot of works to get to that common ground. The first stroke in that gigantic work is to bring a national consensus of certain national issues, those not resolved yet. I will tell you gradually……
Gulshan: But how, Mr. Knot? It is impossible…, not it?
Mr. Knot: That word perhaps could be found in the ‘fool’s dictionary’, as the adage is there. You
are not ‘fool’, Gulshan, are you? Do not worry, I will tell you everything….
(Suddenly, the rejoice of Imrul and others in the living room comes to us…..Mahmudu has scored a six by his long stout arms…Bangladesh run rate is good so far against the Indian team…)
(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: email@example.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, May 27, 2016, Bronx, New York]