Bangladesh lags behind Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s idea of ​​a just society in politics, economy, rule of law, education and health, economists said yesterday.

The country has made huge strides in macroeconomic affairs, human indicators, infrastructure construction and poverty reduction over the past fifty years, all of which have made it proud in the eyes of the world, said Rehman Sobhan. , president of the Center for Policy Dialogue. , at the 21st Biennial Conference of the Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA).

However, huge disparities and injustices remain at several levels. “As a result, our society does not correspond to Bangabandhu’s idea of ​​a no-exploitation society.”

For example, the wealthier section gets large amounts at a lower cost while small entrepreneurs get little funds at a higher cost. “It is another symbol of fragile justice.”

Unfair governance is common: There are laws, rules and regulations but these are not applied fairly, according to Sobhan.

The rule of law must be respected in the same way for each person. “But it also favors the upper class.”

There is an announcement of zero tolerance for corruption, but the law is not universally applied at the highest level.

Sobhan also stressed the importance of having a free and fair electoral process to select members of parliament to ensure Bangabandhu’s wish for a truly democratic society.

“Because it guarantees their interest in working for the good of the people. “

At present, more than 70 percent of the deputies are businessmen and the rest are also engaged in business through family.

This means that there is no representation of all classes of society in the legislative process, Sobhan said.

“It does not correspond to the idea of ​​democracy.”

Now people are spending millions of money to get elected, even at the union level, so they see it as a profitable business.

“It ultimately makes them corrupt. All of this is the root cause of our democracy’s dysfunction,” Sobhan added.

Bangladesh won the liberation war but has yet to find emancipation, said Abul Barkat, chairman of the BEA.

“There is still a pervasive culture of injustice.

The constitution contains clauses to address any issues Sobhan has raised about injustice, said Barkat, also a former chairman of the economics department at Dhaka University.

“If you are not following them, you are not following the theme of the war of liberation,” he added.