Major political parties no different on key issues: Tariq Ali

Staff Correspondent

Tariq Ali, editorial committee member of New Left Review magazine, on Sunday said the extent of violence because of the two major parties in Bangladesh was out of proportion as there was hardly any difference in their stand on political economy.
He was of the opinion that one must ask the two top leaders of the parties what was their stand in terms of political economy and it would benefit a large majority of citizens in the country.
Tariq, Pakistani born British political analyst, said there were differences between the two parties on minor issues but the on key issues such as appalling wage and working condition of workers they differ a little.
He said the two political streams in Bangladesh, led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Awami League, was based on history of 1947 and 1971 and unfortunately some people who did not belong to the stream of 1947 had sided with it.
Tariq was delivering a solo lecture on history and fiction at the University of Liberal Arts at Dhanmondi where he elaborated his journey into fiction based on history after the world became unipolar.
The latest political developments in Bangladesh also came up in his discussion that prompted him to quip, ‘In today’s newspapers, I read the prime minister accusing the leader of the opposition of sucking people’s blood. “She wants blood, blood, blood!” It gave me impression of a vampire state.’
He also found imposing of single party rule by the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman a wrong decision saying that such moves nowhere brought anything good but panicking the people.
Tariq observed that the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family surely a tragic event for the nation but none should glorify the history rather truth should come forward.
He also found no hope for lefts in South Asia for the activities of all the left parties.
On Bangladeshi lefts, he said the Communist Party of Bangladesh should bear the responsibility of establishing single party rule and the Maoists in Bangladesh had committed suicide by disbanding all their fronts among the masses at the inspiration of Charu Majumder and the organisation, led by Toha, had opposed the war of independence at pressure from China.
The ULAB vice-chancellor Imran Rahman presented Tariq with a crest after his lecture.
The vice-president of the university’s board of trustees K Anis Ahmed also spoke at the programme.

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