In Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is regarded by his people as the father of the nation.
In Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is regarded by his people as the father of the nation. His leadership is not in doubt, but observers are questioning the capacity of his administration to solve the huge problems confronting the infant nation.
On the one hand, the millions of refugees have returned from India since the war ended--many of them are still without homes, and rely on international relief for their survival. The country has no money with which to provide the food, transport and housing that are urgently needed, and some predict that famine is a real threat.
On the other hand, there is a mood of unrest among those Bengalis who have homes and food, but are worried about high unemployment, low incomes and rapidly rising prices. In such a situation the large numbers of weapons in private hands gives cause for alarm.
Recent demonstrations have been marked by an increase in violence, and the situation was highlighted recently when Sheikh Mujib have Orders that police and troops should shoot trouble-makers on the post.
SYNOPSIS: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, founder and Prime Minister of Bangladesh, is regarded by his people as the father of the nation. His leadership is not in doubt, but a growing body of critics say he is a poor administrator and question whether his government is capable of solving the huge problems that confront the infant nation.
Millions of refugees have returned from India since the nation won independence. Hundreds of thousands have gone to the capital, Dacca, looking to the Bangladesh Government for food, housing and jobs. Most have found only disappointment. The nation is largely paralysed by lack of money. The international relief agencies are providing handouts of milk and food, but in the outlying areas transport is a severe problem. Pessimistic officials say famine could come with the monsoon rains. Rioting would be likely to follow.
The mood of unrest is not confined to the refugee camps. Many Bengalis are frustrated by the lack of progress, and labour unions have called numerous strikes and demonstrations over high unemployment, low pay and rapidly rising prices. Violence is increasing.
Troops and police have come under increasing pressure as the unrest spreads. At one recent demonstration in Dacca, police fired warning shots over the heads of the marchers to disperse them. Huge numbers of weapons are still in private hands, and the police feared some of the demonstrators might be armed. No-one was killed, but 25 people were injured, one with a bullet in his chest.
Observers say civil disorder could continue to mount, and there is evidence the Government sha??es this view. The order went out recently that ???