Religion, politics and mass hysteria

Perhaps the most talked about incident over the past decade that best serves to explain the role of political parties and individuals is the one that occurred in Narayanganj. On May 13, 2016, Shyamal Kanti Bhakta, the principal of Pear Sattar Latif High School in Narayanganj Bandar Upazila, was charged with insulting religion and forced to hold his ears and squat in the courtyard of the school. ‘school. It is said that Shyamal Kanti Bhakta had to suffer such physical and mental abuse because of the local legislator Selim Osman. The leader was temporarily fired from the school board. In the face of protests and unrest, a complaint was even filed against the deputy. Mysteriously, the court released him from his charges. Some government ministers reported the incident to parliament, although in the case of Swapan Kumar Biswas even this was not done.

Educational institutions have long been used as a tool to exercise and extend political power. Previously, a leader, that is to say a deputy, checked whether a person was from his party or not. Now he checks whether the person is his person or not. The local MP plays the most important role in government policy regarding the formation of school and college governing bodies. There is not a single case where someone in his area has been elected to head the school or college management committee without his approval. The representatives of the tutors or the representatives of the teachers in the commissions are also elected according to his will.

The role of teachers in various major elections makes it important for MPs to have full control of schools and colleges. In almost every election, teachers are used to direct the vote and therefore their political loyalty becomes important. In political terms, harassing teachers despite the political equation between the power of politicians and the governing bodies of educational institutions, can be difficult to understand. There is the problem of communitarianism as well as the role of politics.

Minnie J. Leonard