Bangladesh is going to observe its 40th independence anniversary in next 2011. It has already exceeded 4 decades of its independence but in many segments it yet has not achieved its expected standard i. e. Political, technological, social, economic or any other aspects, especially in Political arena it is still very much unstable. On the eve of its 40th independence anniversary the question is raised that how much it has achieved political stability? How much developed its political culture? The answer is obviously dissatisfactory. In its 40 years age it has already experienced thousand types of political violence, instability, political conflicts mistrust and misunderstanding among the political parties and groups which are still on. This is called the parochial Political culture. The Non-Party Caretaker Government (NCG) is the outcome of this hidebound and parochial political culture.
The caretaker government that was eventually formed was headed by Chief Justice Mr. Shabuddin Ahmed, around whom a consensus had evolved. The neutral, efficient and free and fair manner in which the 1991 elections were conducted was a watershed in Bangladesh after years of military rule. This experience later formed the basis for institutionalizing the mechanism of caretaker governments before elections.
The debate on caretaker government is not a recent phenomenon; itstarted in 2006 when the erstwhile President Prof. Dr. Iazuddin Ahmed took the charge of the Chief of the caretaker government without taking others options of the constitution. The constitution provides several alternatives before the president assumes this charge.
This system can continue for a critical and temporary moment but not forever. Now reformation can be occurred in the present system. Gradually this system can be knocked down. The time has come to rethink the interim government system, and all those involved in the electoral process should debate the issue.