Begum Khaleda Zia, the 'uncompromising'(!) leader of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), has proved once again that her alliance with the killers of Bangladesh's Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the enemies of the country's independence was inseparable and her allegiance of being with them was unbreakable.
This has been
reconfirmed on Saturday, August 15, the National Mourning Day for
Bangabandhu and his family members who were gunned down on this fateful
day in 1975. Khaleda Zia celebrates her birthday on August 15 (although
she has two other birthdays) in a "notorious" feat of politics performed
in detestable manner to show her personal disrespect to the saddest
event in Bangladesh's history.
The 70-year old BNP chief on Saturday
evening cut five cakes, 70 pounds each, by stepping aside from the
previous years when she used to cut cakes at midnight of August 14 at
the party central office amid fanfare and festivities in presence of her
party leaders and workers.
This time she attempted to befool people
and make them believe that she lately realized it was a political shame
and an act of misconduct to conspiratorially set her birthday to the
clock of Bangabandhu's slaying.
After plenty of media speculation
and guessing throughout the country - people felt somewhat relieved that
this year she didn't wedge the knife in heaps of birthday cakes at one
minute past midnight of August 15. It apparently suggested that she has
changed mind and decided not to humiliate herself by mocking her
birthday celebration on the National Mourning Day.
But in the morning
of August 15 the 'mystery' was over and it was all clear that Khaleda
Zia has not changed and she won't compromise on her mistakes. She asked
her party leaders and workers to arrange the birthday cakes and fanfare
belying the media reports and people's expectations.
Brought in by
several BNP wings, Khaleda Zia cut the birthday cakes at her decorated
and illuminated posh residence in Gulshan, taking the traditional
celebration venue away from BNP's central office.
Khaleda Zia did
this in total defiance of public opinion and requests even by her
Adviser former Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor Professor Imajuddin
Ahmed and the founder of Ganshaystho Kendro Dr. Zafrulla Chowdhury that
she should not match her 'mock' birthday to the death anniversary of
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
leaders also requested her repeatedly to stop celebrating one of her
three birthdays on August 15 showing minimum respect to the founder of
the country and wishes of Bangladeshi people.
But she would not
listen to anyone and remained firm to play her game of sheer rivalry and
shameless ego that eroded her popularity as a party leader. The BNP
Chairperson is arrogant with deep-seated hatred and disrespect for
national leaders, and the Liberation War history of Bangladesh. She has
set her mind to the principles of Jamaat-e-Islami, who opposed the
Independence War, and the killers of Bangabandhu , while she vainly
tries to "enshrine" herself as an adorable leader.
birthday on August 15, Khaleda Zia rejoices over the killing of
Bangabandhu and his family. This proves her to be totally out of
political decency. She must also realize that matching her birth with
the tragic killing of a leader of Bangabandhu's stature will take her
nowhere near to him. She loses in all her attempts but never learns the
fine tenets of politics.
According to media reports, Khaleda Zia has
mentioned three separate dates of birth in various documents --
September 5, 1946 in her matriculation examination form; August 5, 1944
in her marriage certificate and August 19, 1947 in the official profile
published in the media following her swearing in as Prime Minister in
Then all of a sudden after coming to power in 1991, Khaleda Zia
and her party started celebrating her birthday on August 15. What a big
day for Khaleda! She chose her birthday to coincide the death of the
Father of the Nation when the entire nation observes it as National
What Khaleda Zia wants to gain by denying history and
defaming the history makers? This exposes her hollow politics and, as
alleged by many, personal imbalance. She has now been under tremendous
mental pressure from corruption cases against herself and her son
Tarique Rahman, BNP's senior Vice-Chairman, who has been in self exile
in London for seven years to evade the corruption cases in Bangladesh.
Though he made London an outpost to carry out lies and slander against
Bangladesh and its founder, he and his mother both are now in deep
trouble in trying to survive in politics.
She is now trying to
restructure her party by cropping off the old and sick leaders, many of
who are already in jail with charges of corruption, violence or arson
attacks on their heads. Others have been fleeing from law.
Zia tries to demean not only the anniversary of Bangabandhu's
'martyrdom' but also the Language Martyrs Day (21st February) and the
Independence Day (March 26) by skipping going to the memorials to pay
respect. She is perhaps the only political leader who stays home on all
those sensitive, emotional and historic occasions. Yet, she claims to be
a people's leader - a mockery to politics.
A leader who was born on
three (?) separate days, is one who people find hard to believe and put
trust on her. That's one reason the BNP suffers badly in all fronts of
BNP leaders privately say BNP's one after another debacle
in elections and national issues are to be squarely blamed on the
"dictatorial" decisions taken by Khaleda Zia without consulting the
'sane' leaders in the BNP.
Many in her party now feel that BNP will
lose its strength and people's support and go in limbo if she continues
to take party decisions depending on her son Tarique Rahman and
Pakistani collaborator Jamaat-e-Islami as well as fundamentalist forces.