Current government of Bangladesh came into power with the motto of Digital Bangladesh. The set vision 2020 to complete the motto. Well, that’s a good thing to say. But in reality what they are doing? They are not setting up any new facility for achieving the goal that the government set. They lied to us. They don’t care about digital Bangladesh. I think, they don’t even know what digital actually means. How can I say this? We know digital is actually form of two binary digit. Those two digit is 0 & 1. o represents the absence of electricity & 1 represents the presence of electricity. When any data or information is represented these two binary digits it becomes digital.
So you see the basic thing of Digital is electricity, But what we see in our country? Yeah lots of load shedding. Most of the time in summer, we don’t get the chance to start the computer. Other time we face the load shedding several times. We are not the free from load shedding at the night. We face load shedding even when we sleep at night. Last 1.5 years they did almost nothing to improve the devastating situation of electricity. Though they re-opened some closed power station. Now they have invested for new power station. My question is why now? Why they don’t do it from six months earlier when they knows there will be a huge demand for electricity six moths later. Because they do this just to allure us. It takes nearly 6 months or more to establish a new power plant. By the this time we forget about the electricity condition as the summer passes and demand for electricity goes down.
Now lets come to digital Bangladesh again. How can any country become digitalized when there is a restriction on the use of websites. Bangladesh Government banned YouTube just after they came to power. Now they have banned Facebook. Why? they say they tried to ban the 2 account and the links of 2 pages. As they couldn’t ban those links they banned the whole facebook in the country. If they can’t remove this simple job then how will make digital Bangladesh? Are they thinking only increasing the use of computer will make digital Bangladesh? If they are then they are wrong.Only use of computer doesn’t means things are getting digitalized. Computer just helps to process the information and make it easy to access from anywhere. If you really want to go digital than increase the use of information technology, Increase the way for information flow. You are trying to make digital Bangladesh because you want to make information available for Bangladeshis and all other people of the world. If you don’t open the way of information flow then that is the meaning of digital Bangladesh.
In other country presidents & prime ministers are connected with people with websites like twitter and others. And ours? no they don’t want to be in touch with the common people. They lives in so high that common people can’t reach them. We can’t even inform that they are doing wrong thing. They believe they are supposed to be stay out of touch. Because they are the leaders. But they don’t know if you want to lead a nation, first you have to know your fellow people. You have to know where they want to go. Leaders job is to lead the nation to reach that goal. In our case, it is totally different. Our leaders has their own dream and we, the common people, are trying hard to fulfilling their dream, not our dream. And by the way, our leaders dream is not about us. It’s about their own desire, their own prosperity.
After banning Facebook, government said media is enjoying freedom. Huh! what a joke. They banned the use of websites, Banned the TV channel (channel 1), Banned the daily newspaper (Daily Amar desh). Someone from the government said government is trying to ban some other TV channels & newspapers. If the government is putting a restriction on medias than how they wants the information to flow to people?
Talking about digital Bangladesh, Most of the government organization & ministry doesn’t have the website. And which organization & ministry has the website, they doesn’t updates it. All full of backdated information. Again license of some website & domain name were expired government doesn’t have slightest idea. One of teacher told me that when he was in USA and visited the website of Bangladeshi embassy, he found a porn site in that address. He was surprised and later he came to know that license of domain of that website was expired and some pornographer bought that domain. what a shame. People all around the world went to Bangladeshi embassy & watches porn. :S
Some says even a die-hard lair often speaks truth. If it is really true than may be the government have the intention to make Digital Bangladesh. If they really have that intention then they need to set up guideline and policy. Because no one can achieve something new if they don’t have guideline & policy to achieve the goal. They can take the help of experts & young generation. Because no one understands information technology better than young generation.
Every government organization of our country is victim of corruption. Great initiatives often fails due to this corruption. The vision of Digital Bangladesh can go in vain if the government doesn’t take proper initiative to stop this corruption. To do that higher authorities like ministers, Members of Parliament and other top officers of government has to stop corruption. If they stops, then their subordinated will stop corruption. But I guess they don’t want to stop corruption. That’s why our country still standing in the same positions where other countries are developing themselves. That’s why fate of our country is not changing. We, the common people, are dreamer. We dream of a developed country. We believe that our leaders will take us to that dream. But what we see is a lie, what we hear is a lie. We run after the illusion. Illusion of a developed country, A good society & a nice place to live in.