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 th
Untold Stories of Mr. Knot: Democracy 06 – Common Ground 01
By: Khandker Habib Ahmed
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The lunch was very good for Mr. Knot because there were two of his favorite items, extremely fried bitter melon and the egg of the Hilsha (the national fish of Bangladesh). Added to that was the win of the Bangladesh cricket team against the Pakistanis. Altogether, all of them were in a very pleasant mood, no doubt. After lunch, everyone seemed to be sprawled over the couch as if reclined half on a bed. Children of Mr. Knot and brother Zakir were playing in the balcony being looked after by Mrs. Kamrun, wife of Mr. Knot. Mrs. Kamrun is a certified early childhood teacher from the New York State Education Department. It appears that she is doing her same job in the balcony. Meanwhile, sister Simi has brought hot tea and coffee nicely equipped in a big tray for all of them. Because of this hot flavor, it seemed that everyone came back from quasi-drowsy condition.
Simi: That’s why I brought hot tea and coffee for all of you, get energy and send sleep miles
away so you can focus on Mr. Knot’s ‘sermon’ on democracy….
Zakir: Yes, you are right, sister…
Kazi: O. K., Mr. Knot, you were telling then some dark sides of American democracy in the
history, not you? For example, you were telling discriminations among peoples, the Civil Rights Movement etc. Is there any positives sides too?
Mr. Knot: Oh my God! Kazi, did I say that there are no positive sides of American
democracy…., actually there are myriad of them present in it, I will bring them up in my writing step by step. So, please keep an eye for my five minutes Face Book post, if we cannot meet in person like this gathering. It is not wise to decide on something looking at only one side, leaving the other sides unattended. It will be clear to you if I give you an example. When an architect makes a model or design of any establishment, he/she presents its front-back, left-right, top-bottom (on plinth) and the lay-out views of the establishment so people get a complete picture of what’s going to be built. In addition, the architect also shows the sections at the middle line both ways. Similarly, when you decide on something or want to understand something, you need to dissect it like that architect, so is true for American democracy. I will try my best to tell you gradually.
Gulshan: Can you tell a little more now about it, Mr. Knot?
Mr. Knot: Oh Gulshan! You are here? It seems to me that democracy is being increasingly
important to you, just like a budding flower or setting aside for the first time the veil
of a newly wedded woman in the first night of marriage.
Gulshan: Shame! Mr. Not. What you are saying…..?
Mr. Knot: Oh! My foolish sister. What shame you find here. I just drew an example of the
nature….Everything in nature is beautiful if you have a beautiful eye. You cannot find beauty through an eye which is not beautiful. Listen, you do politics, you need to understand these nuances of democracy and its practice. You cannot be a good politician if you do not understand democracy well, the system as a whole. I admire your eagerness to learn.
Gulshan: O. K., Mr. Knot…
Mr. Knot: Listen, one of the great flanks of American democracy is the continuous search for a
Samatol (common ground) in spite of many differences.
Zakir: Samatol (Common ground)? What is it, Mr. Knot? It’s very hard to understand for me.
Polinio: Me too! What is Samatol, Mr. Knot?
Mr. Knot: Oh! I see, Samatol means ‘common ground’, I am using it as a metaphor here…
Zakir: Polinio, I will tell you later when we go home…
Gulshan: Yes, Mr. Knot, you were telling about the search for a common ground..
Mr. Knot: Look, Gulshan. How many types of people live in the United States of America?
There are blacks, whites, Asians, Hispanics and so on…If every people had their separate own view, they could not agree and, as a result, would engage in riots. Isn’t it? So, even though they have many differences (culture, religion, color, race, national origin etc.), something have kept them in one streamline flow. What is that? Can you say Gulshan?
Gulshan: I do not know, Mr. Knot….
Mr. Knot: oh! I already told here…It is the continuous, relentless efforts of those peoples to
come to that common ground like in a streamline flow as already mentioned. This is the essence of American democracy. To get to that streamline flow, two vital documents have contributed so much. These are the Declaration of Independence, 1776 and the American Constitution itself. They worked like a positive catalyst in the search for the common ground by the peoples.
Kazi: O. K., Mr. Knot, something stirred up in my mind, just now which I think is very
important. How can we form such a streamline flow in our society in Bangladesh where the differences among the people are not so severe?
Gulshan: I was just talking about it…and Kazi has taken it up before me..
Mr. Knot: It doesn’t matter ..before or after….You are in politics…and I put suggestions for the
politicians like you. Listen, carefully, what I am going to tell you now…how we can
form a streamlined democracy in Bangladesh?
Gulshan: You are right, Mr. Knot. How?
Mr. Knot: I got you…..I will not tell you now….top secret….hahahahahha…..I will tell it in another sitting….Of course, in the next…..
(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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 13, 2016, Bronx, New York]