In the light of the recent politically motivated and judicially orchestrated killing of Jamaat leader Kamruzzaman I would like to suggest that there are essentially three things required to move towards a better and more cohesive future for Bangladesh.
First, fair trials and non political involvement in any judicial process is a must otherwise divisions will continue, deepen and widen. Second, fair elections and which are seen as more or less free and fair must be established in Bangladesh so that the government in power can have the legitimacy to govern and implement policies. Third, it is necessary to develop a good understanding what factors and causes divide or unite people and communities and how that negatively or positively impacts on the future of a nation.
In order to have the three necessary things in place wise people are required to be at the helm to direct people towards a more unified and cohesive destination, rather than vindictive people who tear communities apart by harming opponents and using illegitimate means to exercise power. Currently, there are very few wise people at the helm of our society in Bangladesh and most are vindictive and less knowledgeable about the human condition, human nature, etc.
With regard to the Bangladesh War Crimes Trial what is needed is for a proper scientific and objective evidence and internationally validated and approved process, otherwise there will be no end to, what they call, impunity. This is because what they have done with the current trial process is to produce martyrs among the Jamaat and social and national divisions with regard to whether the trial was fair or not.
Fairness or not has become a political issue and people are divided on ideological grounds, not on objective understanding of what is happening. We do not need this kind of divisions, which also runs very deep and has deepened in recent years, as a result of the high handed and improper exercise of the current Bangladesh government in order to push through a killing spree of Jamaat leaders.
Whatever happened in the past, recent or distant, we have to try and narrow the gap within our divided and polarised communities. This will only be possible if we can develop a better understanding of our own history, previous conflicts and movements, etc. to identify what factors caused divisions and conflicts and why so that we may be able to think better ways out of current situation. Second, we have to learn lessons and gain insights from the experiences of others around the world and look at conflicts and wars, particularly with regard to civil wars and community breakdowns. We can learn from big and small conflicts and challenges faced by communities and nations and how they have dealt with them. Some nations and communities have managed well while others have spiral downwards to in some cases unimaginable horrors from uncontrollable conflicts.
I would like to suggest that we can learn much from Bali’s experience of how they dealt with the devastating 2002 terrorist Bali bombing. The story of what I have written should provide some insights into how to create harmony and cohesion when challenges may create chaos and community breakdowns.
BALI BOMBING 2002, TRI HITA KARANA AND THE KUTA KARNIVAL: AN INCREDIBLE RESPONSE TO A MASSIVE TERRORIST ATTACK