On the 28th of October, I witnessed disturbing scenes in certain areas of Dhaka. There was intense fighting taking place on an open road, resulting in bloodshed. Additionally, government and public facilities were set on fire, and numerous other acts of violence occurred, all supposedly in the name of democratic rights. To be completely honest, I have serious doubts about my ability to win this argument. At this point, I am not even interested in discussing democratic rights. However, I do want to highlight some of the responsibilities that come with being a member of a civilised society.
Have we considered the needs of individuals who cannot work and therefore go without food or those who rely on street food stalls or driving rickshaws to earn money for their families’ meals? Perhaps those individuals who claim to support democratic rights decided to disembark from their modes of transportation, such as a tempo, rickshaw, or van ghari, only to encounter unfortunate incidents such as being bitten or experiencing damage to their property.
I consider myself insignificant, especially when compared to the various groups, activists, legislators, and leaders who have been actively involved in the civil rights struggle. I have profound respect for everyone. I am well aware of the benefits that they have provided for the nation, its people, and society. Furthermore, the presence of the civil rights movement, its leaders, and activists is essential for the preservation of a thriving democracy and the advancement of humanity. These elements are crucial for our nation to uphold its values and maintain a sense of pride. However, it is equally important that we fulfil our duty to support and care for the individuals in our disadvantaged community. It is crucial to ensure that their needs are fulfilled and that they only sleep after eating.
My respectful appeal to the organiser is that you give some consideration to the reasons that I have emphasised. Given your intellect, I am confident you can devise a solution enabling day labourers to earn enough money for an evening meal.
I intend not to cause emotional distress to anyone. However, if you feel I have done so, I sincerely apologise and kindly ask for your acceptance of my remorse.