'Suchil Samaj' is a translation of the term 'civil society' in Bangladeshi developmentese. It is rather naff, distracting and a 'useful' fiction for some, to say the least. Yet without actual air, there will always be a vacuum.
Let's have some air.
From a British War machine point of view it is understandable, a generation of loyal native informants and proxy forces. Because we are fair and true to our word, we have institutional integrity and value this kind of valour.
And of course the Tories succeeded in making the Government look silly, ungrateful for yet-another-colonial-legacy and weak.
- But I thought something rather Maoist happened in Nepal?
- Since when was it cool to serve in a colonial force and constitute that subaltern smile?
- Does anybody else find something deeply wrong in this scenario?
I wonder if there are any Franz Fanon's amongst the group we are being trained to call Gurkha veterans.
Maybe its just part of the 'respect our boys' campaign thats running throughout the country. We must support our boys in the manner frames by British militarism, even though we know they aren't accomplishing anything, are winning us new enemies and are supressing the Afghani sociopolitical negotiation.
A better policy would to recognise that the UKs marginal political economic importance necessitates a no meddling policy in other countries. That the poison previous ruling elites injected into the world out their is best repented by vacating the space. That offensive/subversive departments in government should be down scale and machismo redirected to alternative energy and sustainable living instead.
Where human effort and reflection unfolds and co-evolves between at least two people (tandem).
Think-bikes glide around the streets without big claims.
They are the sum and more of all the flaneurs out there.
which brings me onto:
The Think-bike Jam
Action advised for madrassahs not hanging PM, Mujib portraits
United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka
A parliamentary body asked the Madrassah Education Board chairman to identify and take action against the madrassahs refraining from performing national anthem, hoisting the national flag and hanging portraits of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
The parliamentary standing committee on government assurances in its 3rd meeting at Sangsad Bhaban Sunday issued the directive for action against the Islamic educational institutions not complying with the new government’s executive order approved by the cabinet.
Committee president M Fazle Rabbi Miah presided over the meeting.
The meeting also reviewed the implementation of the assurances given during the 7th and 8th parliaments and the 1st session of the 9th parliament on different issues under the ministries of education, environment and forest, and power, energy and mineral resources
It is really odd that some people in authority figure it important to hang pictures of human beings in Islamic institutions. Theres something about ex colonial nationalism's foci on personality cults, narcissistic national ritual and rather naff norms that's frankly quite insidious.
We do not even represent Our Prophet's image in mosques. As if contemporary Islamic education didn't have enough failings, holes and challenges already.
I pray for a sweet nuronic rain to: clean the air, trap the dust and uloominate.