Democracy, dead or alive?
WHETHER Schrodinger's cat is dead and alive at the same time has been in discussion since 1935, and has led to new advances in physics and brought Nobel Prizes for some scientists. The Nobel Prize can be hanging now over the heads of our great political leaders. We already have a Nobel Prize for peace thanks to Professor Yunus. Rabindrnath Tagore gives us the satisfaction of having a Nobel Prize in literature. But we have nothing in physics. The year 2015 has started with the possibility of our national leaders bagging one. Their contribution is the theory that democracy can be both dead and alive at the same time in our quantum world of politics. The Nobel Committee can define it as a discovery in physics because there are many things, such as party-men with lathis, arrest, throwing bricks and other exercises -- which are purely physical, not theoretical at all.
Awami League celebrated January 5 as a Day of Saving Democracy and the BNP observed it as a Day of Killing Democracy. Now this is Schrodinger's paradox: whether democracy was saved or killed this day last year in Bangladesh. Schrodinger's cat is in the same state at the same time while it is in the box. But whenever someone opens the box and peeps into it, the cat is in only one state, either dead or alive. In our case, when Khaleda Zia and her disciples look into the box democracy is in, they find it dead for a year. But when Sheikh Hasina and her disciples look, they find it alive and kicking for a year. Can it be both at the same time? An English daily editorial of January 7 denies it by saying 'democracy in Bangladesh' 'is neither alive nor dead.'
In whatever state democracy is in Bangladesh now, it is more or less injured. Democracy is not something to make fun of. It must not be something like Schrodinger's cat put into a box, which looks like one thing to one leader and another thing to another. They should give relief to people by neither celebrating nor mourning the day on their own. Let common people have some say about it.
The writer writes on theatre, education and socio-political issues.