No option to professionalism in recruitment
November 19th, 2020 at 11:10 am
No option to professionalism in recruitment

Since the independence in Bangladesh, institutional development in the civil service has been impeded by politics. Of the analyses I scanned, all commented on the system’s internal divisions, corruption, and politicization.

Recruitment procedures has been tarnished by nepotism and political favouritism, with many claiming that partisan political interests are being served rather than the greater good. Promotion, lucrative postings, and other benefits are often on political party affiliation rather than merit.

Can a real participatory development approach work in every culture? Participatory development approaches need participatory management in the first instance. Can a historically and culturally dominant, directive management style evolve into a more beneficial coaching management style? How long it would take for such a cascading cultural shift? Developing the attitude, behaviour and skills required for such a transition would only be the beginning.

The country’s development has been substantial, but the process of overcoming the ills of politicisation and nepotism is yet to take place. Failure to place the deserving person in the worthy position will hamper the success of the development. Incompetent leadership leads the country, the nation, and even the society towards chaos. Along with development, initiatives are required to prevent national degradation.

Future generations need to be educated with social values ​​so that they become perfect and honest citizens. It should not be just straight talk but be implemented. One of the main characters of a worthy citizen is the love for the country or patriotism.

In other words, a respected citizen should be a true patriot. Even if the entire country is educated but lacks patriotism, then it will not prove itself worthy of its welfare.

In the last 50 years, Bangladesh has rightly witnessed this important lacking.

The present government has initiated a change in all areas. The government has taken a strong stand against bribery, corruption, and terrorism. Now is the time to say “NO” to nepotism and all kinds of favouritisms. Family identity has taken over all the places. It is time to say no to such immorality. The government has to come out of this curse for the sake of becoming successful in all spheres and for Bangladesh as a whole.

Nepotism and family bias remain the main obstacles in the politics of Bangladesh. The situation is the same for all parties. Its effects are now everywhere. It takes a “maternal uncles” and “paternal uncles” or an “elder brother” to get a job. It costs money to get a job with no such connections. Eligibility is not evaluated anywhere with merit. Nothing matches without exchange.

Recent studies also prove that nepotism makes people feel demotivated, loss of confidence and alienated. It also hinders competition and innovation. These consequences can weaken an organization and eventually will impact economic development as a whole of the country.

However, the lack of research on this topic could potentially mean the impact is far more significant than we know.

The country will change if we can find talented, capable leadership. In that case, the state will move forward, and will stop evil power from raising its head.

There are people in the country who are capable of finding ways to change the unacceptable system, but it requires a political decision based on both courage and ability.

Sitting in a distant land, I appeal to all to take a moment to think about my serious thoughts as a patriot.


Omer Sher is a retired Professor of Economics at Algonquin College, Ottawa, Canada and a researcher on politics in South Asia.