he 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.
Untold Stories of Mr. Knot: Democracy 10 – Common Ground 05
By: Khandker Habib Ahmed
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(Consecutively after last section)
How sweet the gentle breeze is, blowing from the south to the balcony! The two persons have cooled down in a few moments. Gulshan and Mr. Knot are enjoying it to the fullest. The balcony of brother Zakir is very spacious. If anyone sits here, his/her mind is sure to broaden and so the narrowness sure to be lost somewhere. The dizziness of Gulshan has also disappeared quickly. All others are in the living room watching the game as if tea-coffee and the cricket have merged entirely. Finding Mr. Knot alone in the balcony, some questions of personal kind aroused in Gulshan’s mind.
Gulshan: Alright, Mr. Knot, can you tell me what a relation is?
Mr. Knot: Oh my God! What you are telling Gulshan? What relation you are talking about? We
were talking about democracy, not we?
Gulshan: Certainly, we were doing so and that will continue…..But, I want to know something
from you about ‘relation’. I am interested to talk about the relation between human beings. It is a titanic social phenomenon in the life of a human being, not it? I am not talking about the usual relations between men and women. However, it is included here too. After all, we all are social beings, right?
Mr. Knot: Gulshan, I am neither a psychologist nor a sociologist. I am telling you from what I
understand and my experience. There could be a variety of relations. For example, relation between men and women, relation between people as human being, blood relation, parochial relation and so on. I have a question though. Why are you so much interested in research about ‘relation’ suddenly?
Gulshan: Oh no! Not really. I am only saying that many people do not understand how a relation
builds up. They only understand their affluence and aristocracy and bring them into a relation to fail. Many people cheat in relation. Some think it as an item to snatch away or like taking possession of newly formed shoals in the river. Some even want to be unilateral.
Mr. Knot: Oh! I see that you have so much experience, Gulshan. Besides, you were a student of
English literature in college which deals with these matters about ‘relation’, right? Let me give you an example. You are Imrul’s younger cousin. Hence, you are also my younger sister as Imrul is my friend. It is also a relation between you and me, right? However, please remember a few of my words. Where there are narrowness of mind and mistrust, there cannot nest any relation of any type. When you have a broadness of mind and trust, you have an increasing depth in relation. Do you understand, Gulshan?
Gulshan: Mr. Knot, how I will understand if a person is broad or narrow?
Mr. Knot: I have a thumb rule, although I cannot give you any scientific explanation. A person is
broad if he/she has a commodious forehead. For example, Bongabondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. A person is heinously cruel if he/she has bald torso. For example, Simar of Karbala. The person having a chest full of fur has kindness in the size of a sea. He/she is severely moved by the sufferings of the people.
Gulshan: Mr. Knot, do you have fur on your torso?
Mr. Knot: Ha ha ha hah….Yea, I have them, a plenty of, all over my torso. Do you see that I am
offended seeing their sufferings? However, I avoid some wicked people……Alright, it has been a lot. Let’s talk about democracy from where we left the other day.
Gulshan: The other day, we were talking about the first task for establishing democracy and
democratic system in Bangladesh. The first task we talked about is to find a common ground for the national as a whole. There may be a number of steps to be taken to find such a common ground. The first step is to form a national consensus on the unresolved national issues. We talked about four alternative ways to accomplish the first step. The first way to the first step is through ‘discussion, compromise and good will.’
Mr. Knot: Yes, I remember….Alright, why are you saying this ‘impossible’?
(Right at this point, Sorgina and Shormila came quickly to the balcony gasping to sit beside them)
Sorgina: Mr. Knot, have you already started delivering on the democracy..?
Shormila: Oh! Did I miss anything…?
Mr. Knot: Oh no! You did not miss anything…We just started…
Gulshan: In Bangladesh, it is ‘impossible’ to reach a consensus on the unresolved issues through
discussion, compromise and good will. I say it impossible because no major party has positive attitude essential for dialogues as already stated, compromise is much later, if any. Nobody takes the opposition as competitor other than an archenemy. Then, how there could be any fruitful dialogue. Even an emissary from the United Nations failed in the past.
Mr. Knot: Yes, Gulshan, you are right. Besides, the parties concerned assume that the people of
Bangladesh are like objects in their pockets or treat like Gini pigs, not as humans. People are very hapless before them. Some bootlickers have made an impenetrable bastion around them where general mass people have almost no access. If there were democratic system present, they would take their counterparts as competitors, not archenemies. Thus, an aura for dialogue would blow.
Sorgina: O. K., Mr. Knot. How we can bring the parties to the table?
Gulshan: That is also my concern, Mr. Knot.
Mr. Knot: It is possible to bring them to table as they did in the past. However, the result was
nil because they severely lacked self-confidence and so to their counterparts. Besides, they have a ‘palm-tree’ mentality. That means, as they say, “I conform to the judgment but I have to have that ‘palm-tree’”, so rigid the mentality is. They do not possess the mindset to share the ‘palm-tree’ in need. Albeit we know that, for a compromise, parties concerned have to budge just like a car-wheel clogged in a quagmire. Similarly, parties concerned need to give up a little to ‘budge’ to a fruitful outcome. It is only possible if there is a good will, no doubt.
Gulshan: Can we compromise without giving up anything, Mr. Knot?
Mr. Knot: Yes, it is possible. However, that is rare. Besides, we could adopt a ‘package deal’
strategy sometimes to reach an effective solution to the deadlock.
Shormila: What is ‘package deal’ dear brother Knot?
Mr. Knot: I will tell you, Shormila, a little later….
(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. Readers could bookmark or LIKE my English version page at link: https://www.facebook.com/Untying-the-Knots-770354446441380/ and Bengali page at the link: https://www.facebook.com/MrKnot2016/ for easy access. Thank you. Khandker Habib Ahmed, June 10, 2016, Bronx, New York]