Mirza Fakhrul: pawn or dark knight?

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As explained in our previous post, the government has good reasons to keep Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in jail.  BNP’s de facto number 2 was instrumental in putting forward winning candidates in municipalities across the country two years ago.  If he repeats a similar feat in the upazilla elections being speculated about, AL will be in serious political trouble.  So it makes sense to lock him up.

The thing is, behind bars, Mirza Shaheb might become even more of a problem for AL.   Continue reading

Does Mirza Fakhrul know the power of the Dark Side?


The Alal-Dulal sorority likes Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.  Not just because he namechecked us.  You know how you hear, ‘good people’ don’t come to politics in our country?  Well, Mirza Fakhrul is a living counterexample.

This guy came to politics the hard way.  He studied economics in Dhaka University, and was involved in progressive politics in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  He could have chosen a cushy career in academia or civil service.  Instead, he chose politics.  He served as an assistant to a senior BNP leader in the late 1970s.  His father was a minister in the Ershad regime, and he could have made a lot of money and bought his nomination through crores of taka as so many others do.  But instead, he ran for Thakurgaon municipality chairmanship.
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Mirza in, Mahmud out

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.

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