It is time to redefine country’s student politics
Buet has banned all student politics on its campus in the wake of Abrar Fahad's gruesome murder by fellow students who allegedly belonged to Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL). This was one of the demands of the Buet students after his killing and the authorities responded to their demand positively. Moreover, the teachers of this elite educational institution have also declared they would not involve themselves in any form of politics on the campus.
The most barbaric murder of Abrar Fahad and the revelation that there were torture cells in the residential halls of the Buet has sent a shockwave throughout the country and the nation as a whole denounced the degradation of educational environmental at Buet. Noted educationists and civil society members also voiced their concern against the form of politics the students of the tertiary level of education now are involved in. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recently said that if Buet wanted to ban student politics, it could do so, though she categorically expressed that there should not be any wholesale ban on student politics on the campus.
Following the announcement from the Buet, various student organisations outside Buet did not welcome this ban calling it self-defeating and suicidal. It is true students, as citizens of the country, have their rights to participate in politics. However it is hardly a secret that in its present avatar student politics rides on extortion, intimidation, violence and torture. This virulent student politics have caused too many deaths, too many injuries and too many academic days have been lost. More than any time before now is the time to redefine student politics in Bangladesh, in order to free our academic institutions of all evils.
Tertiary level students are also adult citizens of the country and they have their constitutional right to vote in a national or local government election or even be a candidate if the relevant laws allow them to become one.
However, we believe, the political student bodies should be involved in that institution's activities, and they should bargain with their university authorities to protect the interests of fellow students. But student political bodies in public universities in Bangladesh are not serving the interests of the students at all, rather they have become indulged in violence and money making via illegal means. As a result of this type of student politics the higher educational environment has come to a vicious pass, the latest victim of which was Abrar Fahad. We desire for pro - people and pro - country student politics in the place of today's petty, self - seeking and inhuman student politics.
This must change and the change in our student politics must begin right away.