12:00 AM, February 17, 2013 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 17, 2013


Ongoing Shahbagh movement

Show deference to day-to-day public concerns

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We felt happy about the change in the programme at Projanma Chottar movement by limiting the rally hours between 3 pm and 10 pm. But in the face of heinous murder of blogger Ahmad Rajib Haidar, leaders and organisers of Projonmo Chottar have reverted back to their round-the-clock timing of the programme.
We can understand their anger at the grisly murder and the youth genuinely feel the wrath that it has evoked. We share their sentiments fully. In our first editorial above, we have expressed our severe shock and strong condemnation over the incident.
However, we need also to point to the importance of a transformative approach to the programme while retaining its full vigour.
Hopefully, reversion to the old timing would be short-lived. Uninterrupted continuation of their programme spanning all day and night is somewhat unrealistic, which they will be able to realise sooner or later.
For one thing, the judicial process must run its course, since an amendment has been brought about for the appeal. For the other, given that the traffic of Dhaka is already heavily congested, holding of day-and-night-long rally needs to be rethought.
Two very important public hospitals are situated in the Shahbagh area. Needless to say, public's easy access to them should be ensured.
We like to underscore that the correctness of the Projonmo Chottar movement has endeared it to the people. The three minutes' observance of countrywide silence on Tuesday and holding of candlelit vigil on Thursday in memory of those martyred at the hands of the war criminals in 1971 were moments that renewed the nation's awareness about the War of Liberation.
Having reached that point now is the time to take the movement to the next stage, the rationale of which will bring them closer to the people.
The whole country has been stirred up by the Projonmo Chottar. But the youth, including students, should go back to work or to their studies.

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