Untold Stories of Mr. Knot: Democracy 13 – Common Ground 08 By: Khandker Habib Ahmed (All rights are reserved by the author) (Consecutively after last section) Shormila: Alright, brother Knot, you then said that diplomatic p...
Untold Stories of Mr. Knot: Democracy 13 – Common Ground 08
By: Khandker Habib Ahmed
(All rights are reserved by the author)
(Consecutively after last section)
Shormila: Alright, brother Knot, you then said that diplomatic profession compels the skills
of a salesman. Do you have this type of skill?
Mr. Knot: I not only have it, I have real experience of a salesman. I am saying this because once
I worked as a salesman in New York City. I used to knock the doors of businesses of people. When I said I came to sell goods of a company, some people behaved me good while others were so rude that I could not expect. But I did not stop even after such offensive demeanor. Many people had told me that the job of a salesman is like the one mentioned and I needed to be ready for that. However, I think that the professionals in diplomatic service do not have to encounter such rudeness as stated, although the job is, of course, challenging……
Gulshan: What type of rudeness they showed to you, Mr. Knot?
Mr. Knot: Gulshan, I cannot remember all of them clearly after so many days. Nevertheless, I
still vividly remember two of these incidents. At that time, I used to collect purchase orders of computer paper and ink for a company, Quill. One day, I entered into a business inside a high rise building located in White Plains area in order to sell the paper and ink. I saw an old man and woman working there. I started my ‘pitch’ (a routine introductory statement for salesman). In short, I introduced myself and then told that I worked for Quill selling its computer paper and ink and that my goods were of high quality, low price and so on. No sooner had I started my ‘pitch’ than those two persons (possibly hearing my last name and seeing my South Asian face) got infuriated and accosted me shouting ‘get out’, ‘get out’ as if they would beat me right there. I got out and said to myself, “What I am seeing in a developed democratic country?” They could tell me nicely that they did not need my products, right?
Gulshan: This is a shocking incident, Mr. Knot. This type of behavior does not conform to
the norms and practices under a democratic system……O. K., what is the other
Mr. Knot: The other incident happened in a business located around a station in the Metro North
train line near the area of the previous incident. I was selling the same product of the same company. As I recollect, it would be some time in 2006 or 2007. The business belonged to an architect who was there right at that time. When I knocked the door, he opened the door. I began to pitch. The gentleman said, “Be young more” perhaps seeing my appearance a bit older. As soon as he finished his three word phrase, he shut the door so deafeningly that I got dumbfounded. Fortunately, the gentleman architect did not thump me down. I thank him for it. From these incidents, it appeared to me that the United States still has some loopholes in its democracy and the democratic system. However, it is far better than many other countries around the globe. If that architect gentleman were a son of proper democratic practice, he would just use one simple line, “I do not need you products.” I would be happy to take an honorable disappearance with a cheerful salutation.
Shormila: Oh! My god, brother Knot. What a brutal undemocratic demeanor in a democratic
Mr. Knot: Yes, that’s right. There are some people for sure like this one. However, many people
behaved very nice with me when I went to them for selling.
Gulshan: Now, tell about my democracy we started last time. How will I establish the
‘streamlined democracy’ in Bangladesh?
Mr. Knot: I am, Gulshan. Where did we leave last time?
Gulshan: You stopped at the point when you mentioned the six alternative ways to complete the
first step (building consensus on unresolved national issues) in accomplishing the first
task (common ground) in order to establish the ‘streamlined democracy’ in
Bangladesh. I also asked you to give details of how I could ‘walk’ through one or more
of these alternative ways to achieve the first step.
Mr. Knot: Yes, Gulshan. To implement the first step (building consensus on unresolved national
issues), you can ‘walk’ through one or more (if needed) ways of the six alternative ways mentioned earlier. I already told you more or less about what the unresolved national issues are. If you want to proceed along the first alternative way (through discussion, compromise and good will), the first thing you need is the sincerity and good faith in your opponents. They have to admit that they are neither superior nor inferior to any of their counterparts. Public interest rests on the top of everything. They cannot bring the personal disapproval or reprisal on the table. You are set to work for the people and you must continue to do so. You must accept that the people are the source of all power, as the Article 7(1) of the Constitution of Bangladesh stipulates. Neither any conspiracy behind the screen nor any gimmicks (‘engineering’) can be the source of power and its usurpation. If the top leaders of the parties think along this line of thought, I believe they would be able to come to the table at least with a mindset favorable to settle the national issues not resolved yet. Furthermore, if they have the good faith and good will, they would also be able to ‘budge’ to reach one kind of solution to the problem at hand. They could also use the ‘package deal’ technique as I already mentioned earlier.
Gulshan: Mr. Knot, if the first alternative cannot be successfully utilized for any reason, will you
give details of how I could ‘walk’ through the second alternative (through fine line arguments in a special tribunal) to accomplish the first step as mentioned above?
Mr. Knot: Look Gulshan, the job of building consensus on unresolved national issues is
originally for the politicians to accept and complete, not actually for the courts. The job of higher court is to clarify the laws passed by the legislatives or dispose litigation following the laws in practice in the country. If nothing comes out on the table, then, I believe, the higher court can come forward to resolve these national issues in the greater interest of the people and the nation. If the issues involve any fundamental rights of the people, the higher court can declare separate rulings on each of the unresolved national issues filed by writ petitions before the court. Besides, the higher court can provide suo motu (on its own motion) ruling if the unresolved issue involves urgent vital interest of the people. This is because, if the issues remain unresolved, a psychological division is formed in our national life along with other difficulties and deadlocks. Even many people have to sacrifice their lives which would not happen if the issues were resolved. Pertinent counsels could give more details on this point.
Gulshan: What about the third way we talk about earlier?
Mr. Knot: I will tell you, Gulshan. Can you give a glass of cold water? My mouth got frothy
because of talking for a long!
Gulshan: Sure, Mr. Knot. You are my older brother. You are doing so much for me which is not
even worth comparing my bringing a glass of water for you.
Mr. Knot: Thank you so much, Gulshan. Live long…long ….years to come….
(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 01, 2016, Bronx, New York]