Dhaka, Bangladesh
Student politics sickens as nat'l politics 'sick'

Student politics sickens as nat'l politics 'sick'

Veteran student leaders opine

News Report: Student politics is not now acclaimed by the people of the country as it was in the past because the overall politics of the country has become ‘sick’. If there were good politics, BUET student Abrar Fahad would not have been killed. The present student politics will not get rid of defamation unless the national politics comes back on the right track. Current and former student leaders of the country made the remarks at a roundtable discussion titled Student Politics of Bangladesh and Relevant Thoughts organised by Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) at the Jatiya Press Club on Monday. Noting that student politics is imperative because of its significance, the student leaders called for its continuation for the sake of the country's betterment. They also sought more tolerance and inclusiveness in student politics on campuses of all the educational institutions. President of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) ASM Abdur Rob said it is student politics which gave birth to this country and it must continue for the sake of independence. "In order to protect the sovereignty and independence and establish democracy, there's no alternative but to keep student politics alive," he said. Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon said student politics will flourish in the country if it is freed from the organisational control of mainstream political parties. President of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) Mujahidul Islam Selim said, "Student politics is not completely degraded. Not everything is lost in the dark. There would have been no Shahbagh movement, quota reform movement, safe road movement or the trial of Abrar murder (had there been no student politics)," he said. He further said politics and the administrative sector of the Dhaka University (DU) are confined to a syndicate. "This syndicate controls everything there. Teachers, students, officials…many are part of it. You can't represent students without crushing this syndicate," he said. Selim suggested forming a council of former vice-presidents and general secretaries of Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) to guide the prospective leaders of the body. Incumbent Ducsu Vice-president Nurul Huq Nur said the standard of student politics in the country deteriorated after the 90s. He also noted that the practice of power by the ruling party affects its student wing. "Bangladesh Chhatra League has become desperate as Awami League is in power. Had BNP been in power, their student body, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, would have followed the suit," he said. Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, former Cabinet Secretary Ali Imam Majumder and Shujan General Secretary Badiul Alam Majumder, among others, also spoke at the programme.

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