The government's announcement to abolish the quota system in the public job sector came as a pleasant surprise to the students and job seekers. After the announcement, demonstrators demanding quota reforms postponed their protests. However, many protesters and leaders of the movement were subsequently harassed. Some people have been trying to discredit the entire movement by falsely labelling its leaders Jamaat-Shibir cadres.
This is an unfortunate and totally unnecessary episode in the quota movement especially after the prime minister's announcement. Apparently, a section of the media, Dhaka University administration and Chhatra League are to blame for this. I will urge everyone to respect the prime minister's decision and refrain from escalating tension.
M Soman, By e-mail