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Call for ban on communal politics

Star Online Report - December 16th, 2012

Speakers at a meeting on Saturday demanded an immediate ban on religion-based communal politics in order to resist violence and to flourish democracy in the country.
There is a spirit of fundamentalism in the state machinery, economist Prof Abul Barkat told the discussion styled “Are the recent incidents pushing Bangladesh towards near past Afghanistan?”
Sammilita Samajik Andolon (SSA) organised the meeting at Dhaka Reporters Unity in the capital.
Prof Barkat said Bangladesh has turned into ‘Banglastan’ (token Afghanistan) after a provision of Islam being state religion has been included in the constitution.
Fundamentalism has to be uprooted through nationalisation of economy, he said.
Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon, MP, said Jamaat-e-Islami has made BNP one of its companies and there is no scope to detach BNP from Jamaat.
He said the main target of BNP and Jamaat is to foil the ongoing trial of the crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.
Their movement is not for holing the next election under the caretaker government, he said.
SSA President Ajoy Roy said, “A civil war is knocking at the door and it may enter the house anytime”.
He urged all to remain alert and become united to face any political disaster.
Bangladesh Krishi Bank Chairman Khondker Ibrahim Khaled said international rights organisation -Human Rights Watch — has reportedly demanded restart of the trial of the 1971 crimes against humanity afresh after a judge of the International Crimes Tribunal-1 resigned.
Of course, the organisation has got money from the quarter, which is trying to damage the trial, for making such an illegal demand, he said.
Fundamental reform of the country is not possible without uprooting the religion-based politics, he said.