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Friday, May 16, 2014

[] Re: [Politiconomy] Rule of Lw


I always held the view that you are a very enlightened person. I know for sure that Mr. Saber Hassain Chowdhury and a few other politicians have read it. BNP leader Mr. Moudood Ahmed, now NDP. Leader Oli Ahmed, former Minister Rtd. Col. Jafar Imam (my brother-in-law), my cousin Late Nurul Islam of President of Gonotrantic party and many others have read it.  The point I am trying to make is that the article have had no influence on them. Very few BD politici
ans read newspaper articles primarily because they know it is about them. So, why would they read something that deprecates their character.
A very few politicians have shame as you see that even in an advanced democracy like the USA.
Best wishes,
 Abdullah A. Dewan
Ph.D (econ), M.S (nuclr.eng),
M.Sc (phys., Dhaka)
Professor & Econ Dept Head
Eastern Michigan University

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-------- Original message --------
From: Taj Hashmi
Date:05/16/2014 6:37 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Abdullah Dewan ,Matiur Rahman
Cc: Politiconomy ,Syed Hamde Ali
Subject: RE: [Politiconomy] Rule of Lw

Dear Abdullah Bhai:

I can't agree more with you that "Shame" was a very strong and grossly inappropriate expression, as used by Dr Rahman, only because you were discussing/evaluating the Hasina/Khaleda and their ilk's politics.

A belated congratulation is due to your excellent posting on Shame in the Daily Star. I don't know how I missed this very well-written oped by you. It's simply wonderful. I am sure no Bangladeshi politician has read this piece, and those who have read are again mostly shameless opportunists. Most of them are honest not because they are ethical people or ashamed of plundering public and private properties, but they lack opportunities to plunder.

As per your advice, I have stopped writing op-eds for Daily Star or any other Bangladeshi daily. There is no point wasting one's time in educating or enlightening the bunch of corrupt people. Only God can help them, and it seems She/He could not be more indifferent than what we have been experiencing since long.

Take care!

Taj Hashmi

Date: Fri, 16 May 2014 15:11:00 -0400
Subject: Re: [Politiconomy] Rule of Lw

Attached is an article on "Shame" (Wednesday, July 4, 2007: The Daily Star).
Some of our email linked Bangladeshis think that discussing the regimes in Bangladesh is an act of shame.
That inspired me to attach this old article from the my archive.
The word "Shame" should be used only sparingly when appropriate and may not be used lavishly.

Thank you all and best wishes, 

Abdullah A Dewan
Eastern Michigan University

From: "Matiur Rahman" <>
To: "adewan" <>
Cc: "Syed Hamde Ali" <>, "S Turkman" <>, "Politiconomy" <>
Sent: Friday, May 16, 2014 11:09:33 AM
Subject: Re: [Politiconomy] Rule of Lw

What a shame that people like you are engaged in a discourse for comparing Khaleda and Hasina regimes! These two ladies and their autocratic rule are not at all worthy of any intellectual discussion - it's a complete waste of your valuable time and energy. Rather, you may consider spending your resources for the formation of an alternative political platform - a peoples' platform - with the objective of removing these two ladies and their worthless family members from the power-politics of Bangladesh. There is no hope for any qualitative change in our country as long as these two families dictate our politics.

I hope you don't feel too offended by my candid comments here.

With regards,

Matiur Rahman, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry
Austin Community College
Austin, Texas, USA
Phone: 512-809-9370
Fax:     512-906-2708

On Fri, May 16, 2014 at 7:59 AM, adewan <> wrote:
I fully agree with your assertions with a "headnote".
Kgaleda regime's legacy vs the present Hasina regime, ceteris paribus, markedly differs  in that two stock market looting, loss of Padma Bridge financing, RAB 's mass murder as in Narayangonj among others,  have dwarfed the mischief and misrule that occurred during the former. 

Although, with lapses of time we all suffer from degree of dimentia, I do not think I postponed my visit to Bangladesh and stopped my writing out of fear of retributions from Khaleda -- Nizami regime for my most critical op-ed. articles in The Daily Star. Today, some of my friends cautioned me about my email comments.

 Abdullah A. Dewan
Eastern Michigan University

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-------- Original message --------
From: Syed Hamde Ali
Date:05/16/2014 3:36 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: adewan ,S Turkman ,Politiconomy
Subject: Re: [Politiconomy] Rule of Lw

There are many who would say that the Khaleda/Tareque depredations bring even the Marcoses to shame, and that Sheikh Hasina still has a long way to go before equalling them in corruption. But what is the difference? It reminds me of an afternoon many years ago when I was playing poker with a bunch of friends. My cousin and I were both losing at one point, and he turned to me and asked "How much are you losing?" "One thousand taka," I replied (as I say it was a long time ago). "Ho ho ho!" he laughed gleefully, "I'm only losing 400 taka!" I just stared  at him, and then said "Lucky you." The point is, we are all losing in the end.

From: adewan <>
To: S Turkman <>; Politiconomy <>
Sent: Friday, May 16, 2014 9:13 AM
Subject: Re: [Politiconomy] Rule of Lw

Absolutely not. Where did you get the impression that I implied  Khaleda--Nijami regime was any better? In both instances, democratically elected government  turned into regimes of kleptocracy --
differing only in degree, that is to say  that at the present time Hasina regime's mischief is leading to ad nauseam.

 Abdullah A. Dewan
Eastern Michigan University

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-------- Original message --------
From: S Turkman
Date:05/15/2014 7:36 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Abdullah Dewan ,Politiconomy
Subject: Re: [Politiconomy] Rule of Lw

Sure, sure the Non Awami League rule from 1975 to 2005 was the real Democracy, right?
On Wednesday, May 14, 2014 11:04 AM, Abdullah Dewan <> wrote:
The report in the link below gives us some glimpses of the reactions of political courtiers of insignificant parties which are baited with some position and power to form the 14 party grand alliance under Bangladesh Awami League (BAL) leadership. In a country with no rule of law a democratically elected government become a kleptocracy with all its branches: executive, legislative and judiciary get enmeshed in corruption and crimes. There are concerns if Sheikh Hasina is willing (or even has the capacity)  to serve the country's interest ahead of her party's hooliganism.

Abdullah A Dewan
M.Sc(phys), M.S.(nuclr.eng),Ph.D(econ)
Professor and Economics Department Head(i)
Eastern Michigan University
Ph #(734) 487-3395

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