Update 1: Mahmudur Rahman remanded for 13 days. Usually CMM grants half of what police ask for. In this case, police asked for 24. So pretty much consistent.
Update 2: Police raid Amar Desh press. Raid being led by the great Biplob Kumar Sarkar.
I’m not going to begin by condemning Mahmudur Rahman’s arrest. As someone who has been campaigning for the arrest of others for exercising their rights to free speech, his own arrest, due to exactly the same reason, is more ironic than sad. It is also probably exactly what he wanted. But instead, let’s take a look at what’s next for the Bangladeshi political landscape.
Screenshot from Channel I
Propaganda image on various groups, including “Basher Kella”
In the current political theatre, the central character is Jamaat-e-Islami. The Shahbag Awakening started as a reaction against a possible Jamaat-Awami backdoor deal. A month on, I think such a deal looks very remote right now.
There is a lot to like about Mahmudur Rahman. Student of BUET and DU’s IBA — Bangladesh’s two most prestigious higher education centres. A successful entreprenuer whose business was exporting manufactured goods. He left that venture, and took a huge paycut, to work for the government in technocratic capacities. Continue reading
Last year, some closet BNPwallahs had a bit of queasiness around their belly when it looked like Mahmudur Rahman was becoming more popular than their Tarique Bhaiya. They were worried that the Prince was going to lose out to the fearsome fighter for the truth, justice and the Bangladeshi way because while the former enjoyed his big whopper (the man apparently has a taste for Burger King), the latter was writing about his defiance of the Digital Bakshal.
Mahmudur Rahman’s rise, predicted all the way back in 2009, seems to have come to an end. If anything, over the past year, he seems to have lost out in the game of “who-can-be-near-the-Madam”.
The new champion in that game is Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Unlike Mahmud, Mirza has strong pro-1971 / progressive credentials. He is well known for being an erudite fellow — evidence below.