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Tulip speaks the voice of Bangladesh people
Anis Ahmed
Published :Thursday, 21 January, 2016,  Time : 12:27 PM  View Count : 32
America's Republican Presidential aspirant Donald Trump has made himself a laughing stock and target of global despise, even in his own country, by demanding that Muslims should be banned in the United States. They include Muslims already living in America for decades or generations - and recent migrants and those willing to migrate.
Trump, usually known as outspoken but a rash speaker, based his argument on the recent spread of terrorism and extremism blamed on or committed by the Islamist forces, such as the Islamic State in Iraq anas Syria (ISIS).
Islamist militancy, claiming lives and destroying property, came to special focus late last year when ISIS launched suicide attacks in Paris staining the French capital in pools of blood - and scaring humanity and peace envoys across the world.
Many described Trump's remarks as a deliberate aspersion on Muslims and anti-Islam bigotry while others felt these would only stoke up chances of more Islamist militarism and extremism that could sweep the entire world including America, where the other mainstream party leaders never held any bad bash for the Muslims, who converged in the US from around the globe.
Thousands of Bangladeshis also have made their homes in America and are contributing to America's economy and other fields by excellence of their wisdom and talents. Some Donald Trump friends, however, tried to downplay his remarks against Muslim entry in his country as funny or comical. 
As criticisms of his aggressive remarks continued to flow from both Muslim and non-Muslim countries, Bangladesh-origin British Labour MP Tulip Siddiq joined the clamour - and she blasted Trump while speaking in parliament.
Taking part in a debate in British Parliament, Tulip said "His (Trump's) words are not comical, his words are not funny. His words are poisonous."
Tulip is right and her remarks reflected the sentiment of common people back in Bangladesh, especially that of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the MP's maternal aunt. The hatred triggered by Donald Trump's outrageous, abusive and ultra-communal statement amounted to a fresh threat to global peace and communal harmony. Tulip, granddaughter of our Father of the Nation Bngabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and daughter of Sheikh Rehana, only younger sister of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, did not forget her roots when she raised her voice against Trump.
By doing so she has shown respect to the sentiment of Bangladesh people and Muslims around the world.
Tulip Siddiq brought this fear syndrome forward before the eyes and conscience of global community while speaking on the floor of British legislature.
Bangladesh, an overwhelmingly Muslic ountry of 160 million people, has been a role model of communal harmony - that has been maintained and furthered during the rule of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who believes and strongly adheres to the cardinal state policy "friendship to all malice to none."
Donald Trump is a bad omen in American politics and in the global search for peace ending terrorism and extremism not only by ISIS and other forces of the like but by all terror groups. Donald Trump's anti-Muslim "fatwa" has alarmed most people in America who over the ages have known the harmonious and peace-loving Muslims. Tulip Siddiq spoke in the voice of the majority people in America and raised before the world, through the British parliament, the need to shut him up before more damage is caused.
ISIS - like the Taliban and al-Qaeda created by America in Afghanistan - does not operate according to the holy tanets of Islam and teachings of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM) who strongly disapproved and sternly warned against killing of people in the name of religion. All other religions preach the same but "satanic" version of preachers or politicians like Donald Trump who ascends somewhere on earth at various times destroy the balance of mankind and provoke forces like ISIS to kill people, often in the name of taking revenge. This must stop immediately.
That was the message Tulip Siddik was trying to give, thus recapping what our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been insisting on as she pursues a "zero tolerance" policy against terrorism, extremism and any form of militancy. Sheikh Hasina firmly upholds the principles of her father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangladesh's founder, and Tulip, his grand-daughter inherited some of it through her mother Sheikh Rehana and aunt Sheikh Hasina.
Like Tulip is widely admired in Bangladesh for her straightforward speeches and firm steps as member of British parliament, remarks she make are also deeply regarded. Tulip is a living prodigy of Bangabandhu, many would say.

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