It is shocking that the wage board sees it fit to approve such a meagre amount for minimum wage for RMG workers, which is a quarter of what they need just to stay above the poverty line.
It is disheartening that none of the country's ruling party leaders have so far demonstrated the courage to face the people with a credible electoral process.
The relationship between citizens and the nation-state is being irreparably damaged.
In recent years, Bangladesh has been grappling with a deepening chasm of inequality.
Paradoxically, as the government of Bangladesh celebrates this day now, it appears to be pursuing policies that counter the original purpose.
All this means that the people will not see an end to their financial woes anytime soon.
The condition our rivers are in right now is a threat to our existence.