Hanif's insensate remarks
We are somewhat assuaged by Mahbubul Alam Hanif's apology for the remarks he had made on the comments of Professor Fazlul Huq, father of late Dipan. However, the apology came after millions of people had heard the humiliating remarks for a good ten hours. Regrettably, apologies cannot heal the wounds such comments inflict.
The Professor had said after the brutal killing of his son that he did not want the trial of his killers but only that good sense should prevail. But Hanif associated this comment with the professor harbouring the same political ideology as of those involved in the killing. Such remarks are not only absurd but also unbecoming of a person holding a high post in a party like that of the Awami League.
To convolute the comments of a grieving father and ascribe a meaning to it, that he is in sync with the ideology of the killers, is not only the most brutal blow to a person who is still to come to grips with an irreparable loss but also a stark exposition of the level politics has been brought down to by insensitive politicians whose tongues seem to have gotten better of their heads when, for people like Hanif, the opposite should be the case.
We wonder whether our politicians have been divested of all human attributes so much so that they do not hesitate even to make a man's grief part of political rhetoric. Did he give a thought for a moment as to what compelled Professor Huq to say what he had said in respect of the killers and the politicians?