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 11 – Common Ground 06
By: Khandker Habib Ahmed
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In the meantime, Kazi Habib joined them in the balcony as well.
Mr. Knot: Kazi, you are not watching the game?
Kazi: Don’t say more, Mr. Knot. I am little disappointed after watching the game. I do
not want to see any more.
Mr. Knot: Why? Bangladesh is batting, right?
Kazi: Yes, it is. But Tamin is unrestrained. Do you understand? The umpire signaled LBW out
for him which Tamin thought not correct. He reproached the decision. Now, it appears that
he has both an ‘out’ and a probable fine for misconduct with the umpire.
Mr. Knot: O. K., Kazi. If the decision is really a mistaken one, Tamin is still required to pay
Kazi: They are two different aspects. Fine may be imposed for misconduct. If the decision is
wrong, there is a way to raise objection. However, misconduct is not allowed, right? A
third umpire is there to review the decision using the slow motion technology. Every
spectator can see that slow motion picture on the big screen. Even you can see that on
your TV in the living room at real time.
Mr. Knot: If so, the ICC believes in the principle of transparency as practiced in democratic
Kazi: Yes, they do for sure!
Mr. Knot: Yes, Shormila, you asked me what a ‘package deal’ is, right? Oh my god! I just
addressed you as ‘you’ as opposed to ‘aponi’. Did you mind, Shormila?
Shormila: Not at all, Mr. Knot, my brother. I am far junior to you. I am only 31….
Mr. Knot: Oh! I see. You are junior to me by 20 years. Have you observed one think, Shormila?
Shormila: What, brother Knot?
Mr. Knot: English language has no such practice of dual address like ‘you’ (inferior) and ‘aponi’
(superior), right? Does it mean that the writers in English believed in the principle of
equality as practiced in democratic systems?
Sorgina: Are you talking about the western English literature?
Mr. Knot: Yes, that’s right. Did you notice that the primeval English literature used some
peculiar phrases in addressing someone? Those are not used now-a-days, right? They now use the word ‘you’ everywhere. Alright, did anyone of you watch the play of William Shakespeare “A midsummer Night’s Dream?” Words and exclamations are such that I could not retrieve a significant part of it. O.K., let’s stop it here. Do you want to say something, Shormila?
Shormila: Mr. Knot, I recall that we have long legacy of ‘Zamindar’ system, the feudalism in our
entire Indian sub-continent. I believe you also know that. Furthermore, we have long tradition of caste or class system which is still in place exactly in its form. It is maintained in our religion too. Thus, I assume that addressing by ‘you’ or ‘aponi’ is nothing, as compared to those aspects.
Mr. Knot: Shormila, which religion are you talking about to?
Shormila: Why are you asking me so? It’s our religion. I mean Hindu religion.
Mr. Knot: Oh! Shormila, do not talk about it. I do not want to bring about any riot again.
Frankly speaking, I see human being as ‘human being’. I also believe that there is only one creator and really it is. Islam says so too. As a Muslim, I believe in that. However, I respect the non-Muslims as ‘human being’. Besides, interestingly Shormila, I heard that Hindu religion had a history of about 5,000 years. Really, our forefathers all were Hindus in their many generations back. In the 12th century, the ‘Sufis’ came to the Indian sub-continent from the Arab regions to preach ‘Sufism’ in Islam. They converted our forefathers from Hindus to Muslims. Thus, we see the installations of these ‘Sufis’ or their followers in the entire area of the then Indian sub-continent which is still standing today. For example, the hallowed place of Sufi Khan Jahan Ali in the district of Bagerhat in Bangladesh.
Kazi: Where it is said so in Islam, Mr. Knot?
Mr. Knot: Why not you read Sura Ekhlas in the Holy Quoran, Kazi? You will see it along with
Shormila: You know, Mr. Knot, the caste system hurts me so much. This is a social
discrimination, isn’t it? Why we have to create a separate human class to sweep or
clean the dirt? Anyone can do that as a job, as needed, right?
Mr. Knot: Do not get disappointed, Shormila. Recently, there was a celebration of
‘sweeping’ in your country of origin. This is a good sign though. It appears that a change in society or people’s mind is following in line of democratic philosophy. You also know that, in America, there is no separate human class for sweeping or cleaning. I did that job here too. They take it as a job, not as a tool of separation. That is the beauty of democracy and democratic system! I hope to tell more on these subjects in future.
Gulshan: Mr. Knot, you have already forgotten me. You end up your time only to talk to
Mr. Knot: What are you talking, Gulshan! You are my everything, not you? I have entrusted the
gigantic responsibility of implementing ‘streamlined democracy’ in Bangladesh only with you, not it? Also look, I did not waste time. I talked about democracy all along. For example, democracies of ICC, feudalism, western English literature, class system, social discrimination etc. all are the subject matters in our discussion. Alright, can you tell me where we stopped the other day?
Gulshan: Mr. Knot, we were talking about the four alternative ways to reach the end of
completing the first step (national consensus on unresolved issues) of the first task (common ground) toward the establishment of ‘streamlined democracy’ in Bangladesh.
Mr. Knot: Yes, I recall, Gulshan. Later, two additional ways came up in my mind. These are in
continuation: (5) some permanent national programs could be adopted to fortify our spirit of independence, and (6) an ‘official permanent document of national consensus’ could be adopted by taking the signature from all political parties, professional groups etc. to keep our spirit of independence intact.
Shormila: Will you tell about my ‘package deal’, brother Knot?
Mr. Knot: I will, Shormila, one after another …
Gulshan: O. K., Mr. Knot. How can I walk through any of these ways as you mentioned? Can
you explain a little more?
Mr. Knot: Why do you say ‘little’, Gulshan? I will explain as much as you need to. You are my
last faith and relief, not you? But, I need a cup of tea or coffee before that……..
(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, June 17, 2016, Bronx, New York]