Untold Stories of Mr. Knot: Democracy 09



Untold Stories of Mr. Knot: Democracy 09 – Common Ground 04 By: Khandker Habib Ahmed (All rights are reserved by the author)   (Consecutively after last section)             &nbs...

Untold Stories of Mr. Knot: Democracy 09 – Common Ground 04

By: Khandker Habib Ahmed

(All rights are reserved by the author)


(Consecutively after last section)


            Kazi got up to go to the living room hearing rejoice of Imrul and others who were watching the game. Mr. Knot urged all to go there to bring tea or coffee while stretching a little after a long sitting.

Imrul: You are not watching the game, Knot?

Mr. Knot: If I watch the game then who will do the ground work. It’s O.K. if I gloss over the

screen to join the enthusiasm of the cheer leaders. My job is to ruminate on the concept of democracy and how that system could be set up in a country like Bangladesh. Do you understand, friend?

Gulshan: Brother Imrul, it seems to me that Mr. Knot is going to place the entire responsibility

                of establishing ‘streamlined democracy’ in Bangladesh on my shoulder, a gigantic

                 task, no doubt. This is because I do politics……

Imrul: Knot, don’t give up…never give up, friend….Are you leaving everything for Gulshan to

            establish democracy in Bangladesh? It’s true that Gulshan has experience from her

            working in the past at least.

Mr. Knot: No, not at all. I am here to help. Am I lost, Imrul? I am in research; I am cogitating.

These are all hard works for the brain to accept, a great pressure, no doubt. Do you understand it? Also, not everyone will do every work. Someone will point finger and others will march on to that direction. Isn’t it? O.K., tell me where is a leader’s position? Is it in the front or back?  

Imrul: It’s easy…in the front, not it? That’s what the leadership is….

Mr. Knot: Oh no, Imrul! A leadership stays in the back and point finger from the back which the

                  people follow to move on to. People stay in the front while they  move to that


Imrul: What are you telling me, Knot? You just point your finger in any direction you like. What

            else you need to do? Is that not enough?

Mr. Knot: Oh my God! Is this happening in Bangladesh, right? Keep in mind, friend, pointing

finger is a very difficult job. If there is a fine line deviation from the exact, it will be a disaster. You cannot hit your target. The arrow will miss the target. For example, you want to go Teknaf starting from Dhaka. Someone holding the compass mistakenly tells you to move in the North-West direction in a certain alignment. Can you arrive at Teknaf ever? You will reach Tetulia, isn’t it? Also, listen to me, friend. I did not impose everything on Gulshan.  I just help her. I think I have a good relation with her because she can understand my words well. In addition, she likes to work meticulously. It is a very positive sign I see in her. Hence, I am going to shoulder her a big responsibility to establish the concept of democracy and the system accompanying with it. Let’s see what happens.

Sorgina: (overhearing conversations from aside) Mr. Knot, do you have telepathy with Gulshan? 

Mr. Knot: Sorgina, put up your telepathy….I will tell you later. Let’s do our works first.

Sorgina: I would like to join with you as a comrade in your struggle for introducing democratic

               system in Bangladesh.

Mr. Knot: Of course, Sorgina, most welcome…..

Gulshan: O. K., Mr. Knot, why do not you join Awami politics in Bengali community here like

Sorgina? You could join directly in the efforts to establish the democracy as you said, isn’t it?

 Mr. Knot: You do not understand my position, Gulshan, right at this point. Politics of

Bangladesh now remains in a very bad shape. You are amid those matters, not you? Then, why are you telling me to join? Who will join politics if there is a situation where the clouts of money, muscle, nepotism, guns etc. are rampant? Who is that very gentleman? Politics of Bangladesh has become like an item of commodity for selling and buying in market. Is there any practice of values in Bangladesh politics? That’s why the society has plunged into such turmoil condition. Besides, someone has to cogitate and I have chosen that job to do. I have been trying to point that finger. You, Sorgina and others immediately start those works for implementation. When it is time, I will see if I can join or how I can join. 

Gulshan: Mr. Knot, the other day, you started to talk about the first task for implementing the

scheme of ‘streamlined democracy’ in Bangladesh. In other words, how people of Bangladesh could find a common ground in the national politics. For this task, you also mentioned to take some steps. As a first step, you told to form a national consensus on some unresolved national issues which I think ‘almost impossible’…….

Mr. Knot: Yes, I told….But why do you think it is ‘almost impossible’? In my opinion, it could

                  be done in multiple ways. Before I tell you so, please let me know what these    

      unresolved issues are which have created a psychological division in our sense of


Gulshan: Mr. Knot, one of them could be the issue of supporting for our war of independence in

1971 or against it. Others could be Banglee-Bangladeshi issue, the name of Allah or state-religion issue in our constitution, promulgator of independence in 1971 issue and so on.

Mr. Knot: But each of these issues is a subject of colossal national debate which I do not want to

                  bring up here except the least I need to. I strongly believe that each of these issues

                  could be resolved in one or multiple ways out of the followings: (1)  through

discussion, compromise and good will; (2) through fine line arguments in a special tribunal; (3) through enactment of laws in the national parliament; and (4) by arranging for a plebiscite.    

Gulshan: Mr. Knot, I feel dizziness hearing all these solutions.…..

Mr. Knot: O. K., then, let’s go to the balcony to enjoy the southern gentle breeze….

(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: khandkera0565@gmail.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 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/ . Thank you. Khandker Habib Ahmed, June 03, 2016, Bronx, New York]




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