There is no alternative to establishing honest leadership to fulfill the dream of independence - Maulana Rafiqul Islam Khan
Rafiqul Islam Khan, assistant secretary of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and former Central President of Chhatrashibir, said the most noble children of the country had fought to attain Bangladesh's independence through sacrifice and shedding of their own fresh blood to overthrow the oppression and persecution of the Pakistani ruling class. They drew a red and green flag with a promise to build a happy and prosperous country on the face of this earth. But sadly, that cherished dream of the heroic fighters of the great Liberation War is on the verge of being shattered today due to dishonest leadership. In this situation, there is no alternative to establishing honest leadership to build a prosperous Bangladesh and fulfill the dream of independence. He was speaking as the chief guest at the prize distribution function of the competition organized by Bangladesh Islami Chhatrashibir on the occasion of "50th Anniversary of Independence" and "44th Founding Anniversary of Chhatrashibir". Former central president Muhammad Yasin Arafat was present as the special guest at the function presided over by Chhatrashibir President Salahuddin Ayubi and conducted by Secretary General Hafez Rashedul Islam.
The chief guest said that the independence of a country is only meaningful when every citizen of that country can enjoy the benefits of independence. Although the constitution of our country guarantees the fundamental rights of all citizens, in reality this is not the case. Two thirds of the people of the country are constantly struggling in their daily lives. Countless people are living below the poverty line, even though we have natural resources and huge human resources to build a prosperous Bangladesh. But dishonest leadership and ideological political crisis are holding us back. Post-Independent political and economic inequality in Bangladesh has increased several times as compared to the Pakistan period. Today, the people of the country lack basic and human rights. The government is not paying any attention to the constitution while busy in its drive to suppress dissent. Opposition leaders and activists are constantly being murdered, abducted and prosecuted from the campus to the streets of national politics. The law and order situation of the country has come to a standstill today. People cannot enjoy security even in their own home/bedroom today. Our mothers and sisters are being raped by government party cadres on campus and in different parts of the country. On the one hand, the government is depriving the people of their right to vote, while on the other hand, the leaders and workers of the government party are busy looting the property and destroying the lives of the people.
Rafiqul Islam Khan said, Chhatrashibir must come forward to overcome this misery of the nation. Moral strength must be built under the leadership of meritorious students in every campus of the country. The student community has to take to the streets to respond to conspiracies against the nation and against every misdeed of the government. At the same time we have to prepare ourselves to build a prosperous Bangladesh. We must be strong in intellect and have moral strength. We must be enlightened by the light of knowledge, and gift the society and the state with the desired leadership. I believe that honest leadership and the true spirit of independence will be established in the country under the leadership of Chhatrashibir.
In his speech, the Shibir president said that after independence, meritorious students got involved in politics in conjunction with a class of dishonest politicians. The campuses turned into mini cantonments. The campus was drenched in the blood of one meritorious student after another with gunfire; turned into a slaughterhouse. It was at this time that Islami Chhatrashibir illuminated the darkened campus grounds with torches of light. Chhatrashibir has shown the right path and ideological politics to the meritorious students. The forces of evil were always active in their aim to stop the ideological progress of Chhatrashibir. The killings and disappearances of Chhatrashibir leaders and activists on different campuses were the regular work of these evil forces. In the face of innumerable challenges, however, Chhatrashibir did not back down from its ideological commitments. Standing firm upon the blood filled path of its comrades, Chhatrashibir has steadily moved towards realizing its dream.
He further said that the evils of dishonest leadership are as clear as daylight in front of the nation today. Bangladesh today has being grievously wounded by the poisonous touch of dishonest leadership. So today, even though Bangladesh is 50 years old, the people of the country are still deprived of the real fruits of independence. To safeguard the interests of the people of the country, Chhatrashibir is stepping out of the trend of dishonest leadership and strengthening its role in establishing honest leadership. Chhatrashibir has adopted a proper plan to formulate every citizen of the country in an honest, efficient and patriotic manner to build a democratic and equality-justice filled Bangladesh. Islami Chhatrashibir is unwavering in implementing its goals. We are firmly committed to fulfilling the true dream of freedom of the people of the country, ignoring all obstacles in the way.
It may be mentioned that on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of independence, Chhatrashibir had announced an essay competition and a book reading competition on March 12. A prize of seven lakh taka had been announced.