In this edition of call-in show the listeners asked questions pertaining to the war of liberation and the upcoming election in Bangladesh. The panelists in replying to several questions once again underscored the fact that a democracy was an important factor behind the Bangladesh War of Liberation, not only because the Bengalis fought for their democratic rights but more importantly democracy gave a legitimacy to the Liberation War itself.
Discussions were also centered around the War Criminals who, it was alleged, are trying to gain legitimacy through elections. The panelists said that a true democracy could not be established unless the collaborators against the War of Liberation are tried and punished. They also said that use of religion for partisan politics undermines both democracy and religion.
The panelists squarely put blames on politicians and the armed forces for destroying democracy on several occasions. They expressed a cautious hope that after the upcoming election the new democratic regime might try and improve the situation but mostly they said it will depend on a vigilant civil society to see democracy not going off track.
The panelists were Professor Syed Anwar Hossain from the Department of History, Dhaka University and a former Director General, Bangla Academy; Abed Khan an eminent journalist and Editor of a Bengali newspaper Shamokal from Dhaka and Afsan Chowdhury who has done extensive research on the Liberation War of Bangladesh and contributed to the writings in a collection of four volume research papers called Bangladesh ’71.