In Bangladesh the
present Awami League government will be completing its one year in office,
since it was sworn in on January 6,2009 . Dr Asif Nazrul , a Professor of Law
from Dhaka University and a political analyst ,
reviews the performance of the government.
He says while amidst
immense hurdles the achievements have been praiseworthy , the government is yet
to fulfill its electoral pledges. Professor Nazrul praises the changed image of
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who seems to be increasingly restraining herself
from the criticism of the opposition. The major achievements of the government
include formation of the parliamentary committees, giving floor to the
opposition and despite the parliament boycott of the opposition, Prime
Minister’s commitment to uphold democratic institutions and institutions of
accountability is a welcome move.
Nazrul, in his review, also criticizes Awami League led government for
extra-judicial killings, for failure to withdraw cases of the opposition and for
being not strong enough in bargaining with India or voicing their concern about
Tipamukh Dam. He, however, added that the previous Awami League government in
1996 has gained substantially in its negotiations with India and that role
should not be abandoned.
Professor Asif Nazrul
recognized that Awami League has many adversaries and the government is working
amidst several odds and from that context the government probably has been
successful but the government should focus on fulfilling its own agenda of
brining in change.