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Untold Stories of Mr. Knot: Democracy 15 – Common Ground 10
By: Khandker Habib Ahmed
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Zakir-Polinio couple has arranged a variety of food items for the lunch and served them in a buffet style. A total of four families have gathered including Imrul-Simi bhabi, Kazi-Gulshan, and Knot-Kamrun families. Besides, Shormila and Sorgina are already there. This is a lunch for about thirty people including the children. There is a combination of foods of Bangladeshi and Italian origin and they are placed in a nice orderly fashion.
Polinio: I made two special Italian dishes here, Pollo Griglia and Buridda. Pollo Griglia is grilled
chicken breast with grilled vegetables. Buridda is a sea food soup or stew from Liguria in Northern Italy. Do you like my dishes Mr. Knot?
Mr. Knot: Of course, Ms. Polinio. I enjoy many foreign dishes at times. I hope I would enjoy
yours too. Grilled chicken breast and sea food soup, both are very favorite to me….
Gulshan: Mr. Knot, I know that you like deep-fried bitter melon and the Hilsha egg curry, right?
Mr. Knot: Yes, Gulshan, I do for sure. However, I like to bring about a change in my taste by
some good foreign dishes at times. If you laud their food, they become happy. Remember, right relationship is everything when you deal with people. If you can keep a good relation with the foreigners, that’s helpful for all parties concerned. You cannot live alone being isolated. There are many things where we need to work hand in hand with the foreigners like education, business or employment. Besides, they are also human being, although non-Muslims. The ability to nicely go with people is a great virtue. It is skillfulness as well.
Zakir: Mr. Knot, I could not manage to buy the eggs of Hilsha fish imported from Bangladesh.
They are not available these days because of the restriction on catching Hilshas during the breeding season. However, I managed to gather your favorite bitter melon fry.
Mr. Knot: Thank you, brother Zakir. That’s fine for me…
Shormila: The Hilsha of Bangladesh is very favorite to all of us in West Bengal too. I have a
watery tongue whenever I hear the name of it…..
Mr. Knot: ha-ha-ha-ha…That’s why your West Bengal gets token consignment of Hilsha from
Bangladesh at times…..?
(Everybody is taking food as they like standing in a line for the buffet lunch. At this time, Gulshan comes close to Mr. Knot to say something)
Gulshan: What are you thinking, Mr. Knot?
Mr. Knot: I am ruminating on the hunger-stricken African child with exposed the ribs and
skeleton. Someone has posted the picture on Face Book. That picture is appearing repeatedly in my mind to make me feel dejected. Why this discrimination persists in this world? I am probably hearing a slogan from the procession, “Some will eat, some not. That cannot be, that cannot be.”
Gulshan: Mr. Knot, keep that up for now. It’s time for eating. Those will persist in the world
Mr. Knot. Listen, Gulshan. I am helping you to learn what democracy is. You may know that
democracy means the law and the rights. Are those people not being deprived of their fundamental rights? Is democracy not at stake, then?
Gulshan: Yes, it is. But what can you do for it, Mr. Knot? As you suggested, we have taken
extensive program for ‘social safety net’ to help the extreme poor in Bangladesh.
Mr. Knot: Good job, Gulshan. I am very happy to hear that. Do you know Gulshan, what
Nelson Mandela said about this matter?
Gulshan: What did he say, Mr. Knot?
Mr. Knot: He said, "As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none
of us can truly rest." Alright, Gulshan, can you tell me how we can remove these
impurities from the society?
Gulshan: Why are you telling me this, Mr. Knot? It’s easy. We can remove them by establishing
the democracy in our society as you are talking about all along.
Mr. Knot: Right, you are. However, it is not democracy alone. The right phrase would be ‘the
democracy and the democratic system.’ It is a very good panacea for all of these
problems. Now, do you understand how important this system is in the lives of
Gulshan: Yes, Mr. Knot. I understand it. Now tell me about the fifth ‘road’ where we stopped
our conversations last time….
Mr. Knot: Yes, I am telling you Gulshan. The fifth ‘road’ that I told you about is to adopt some
permanent national programs upon discussion to fortify our spirit of independence and continue to transcend it from one generation to another. For example, we could incorporate such items of learning in the curriculum of our schools, colleges and universities as to promote our spirit of independence based on historical documents and evidences. Similarly, we could adopt some other long term programs to this end. Even though this ‘road’ actually will not help resolve any unsettled issue directly, it would cast a long term impact in building our long cherished national consensus.
Gulshan: And the sixth ‘road’, Mr. Knot?
Mr. Knot: I am telling you, Gulshan. This is the most important ‘road’ out of the six alternatives
that I told you earlier in order to settle our unresolved national issues. An ‘official permanent document of national consensus’ could be adopted upon discussion with signatures from all concerned political parties, factions, professional groups etc. to help keep our spirit of independence intact. You can say that it is an ultimate consummation of the deal. Therefore, we have to preserve this document of ultimate consummation, no matter what ‘road’ you use. This would be a momentous historical document in the political history of Bangladesh.
Gulshan: I am very happy to see that you have given me a clear idea on these matters. It has
doubled my self-confidence, indeed. I like to nudge in gratitude before you, Mr. Knot!
Mr. Knot: Do not praise me so much, Gulshan. It’s not needed. There could be someone else
who might be doing far better than me. Alright, today we have covered so far all
six alternative ways to implement the first step (building consensus on unresolved
national issues) of our first work (finding a common ground) in an effort to establish
‘streamlined democracy’ in Bangladesh. In our next conversation, we will discuss the
second step for such common ground as mentioned above.
Gulshan: O. K., 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: 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, July 15, 2016, Bronx, New York]