Thursday, January 27, 2005

election fever

The present regime still has two years left till January 2007 before the next election. It has a whopping two-thirds majority in parliament. Yet it has not managed to do anything dramatic to change the future of this country. They could have passed sweeping new laws. But the opposition has managed to make the Assembly inactive by its street politics.
Now, the same parties are vying for power through another election. They are starting early. You might wonder why they are so eager, since neither the winner nor the loser can make the legislature function. Sham democracy. Of course, there is a simple reason. Elections get one to the seat of power. That seat is not to be found in the Jatiyo Sangsad, or National Assembly.
We need to examine what “Participatory Democracy" is all about. Plainly, representative democracy has not worked.


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