Mohammed Asaduzzaman Chowdhury
There was a time when slavery was traditionally known as a custom where human beings were sold to the highest bidder in auction. We do not want that dark history back. Since then, the history of our world has changed and the definition of slavery too. Recent issues and results of modern day slavery however portray a different picture. According to the Global Slavery Index-2012, published by Australia-based organization Walk Free Foundation, more than 4 million people in the world are in some way becoming victim of modern slavery. In the modern slaves’ tradition, strategically, people are being deprived of their basic right to some kind of slavery. Women are being victimized more in our modern and civilized society. But this kind of slavery is quite different from the ancient day slavery which haunted people for decades.
Maybe it is difficult for us to perceive how we are being enslaved by others. In modern days, people are turning themselves into two kinds of slavery. One is in-house drug curtains. But this organic matter has brought humans to its control. People are being influenced by the other good nature of human beings while others are being slaves knowingly or unknowingly. In 1997, Gudi mentions in ‘Economic needs model of the drug’ that drug addicts become severely addicted to different kinds of addiction as they cannot control themselves. They spend a lot of money to buy drugs, funding of which is not feasible to maintain their drug addiction by the legal profession. As a result, they involve themselves in illegal activities. According to American novelist Philip K Dick, “Drug abuse is not a disease, it is a decision. It is like going in front of a moving car. You cannot call it a disease; rather you can say it is a very wrong decision.” This type of slavery is taking place in the cases of militancy and terrorism.
Many people are being enslaved by technology as well. In this case, the positive aspect of technology is affecting its addiction without influencing humans. Currently, the world’s most dangerous and at the same time popular game is ‘Blue-Whale’. What’s in this game? Why did Philipp Büdkin create it? Who is Philip Büdkin? Büdkin is a Russian citizen is also known as Phillip Fox. He began working on ‘Blue-Whale’ in 2013 at the age of 18. At first, he created a group called ‘F-57’ through social media. When Philip started working on this plan, he studied at a Russian university on sound engineering and psychology. He was expelled in 2016 after the publication of his research. Russian law enforcers arrested him and in their investigation they cited that Phillip has been subjected to torture by his mother and elder brother throughout his teen years. Philip and his colleagues first used the Russian social media ‘VK’. They make a group there and started working with horror videos. Many young individuals were attracted by the videos that were being shared. From the group, Büdkin’s colleagues proceeded to pick up the weak links in the group.
However, he denied accusations of direct suicide. He said I did not inspire suicide. But with the help of games, they themselves chose the path of suicide. Currently, Philip Büdkin is serving a prison sentence in Siberia. Here are two things to be analyzed. One is the family repression on him that has negatively affected his mentality. The family became a slave of evil thoughts. Another thing is that through a negative creation, Büdkin has made countless people the slave of his creation. Through these evil thoughts, people have been sold to humans and to its creation, which in traditional language we refer to as putul (puppets). These days we see corruption increasing at different levels of the society, workplace and in other institutions which directly and indirectly affects human beings, society, and state. In this way, people are sold to other people by losing their conscience.
In a speech given to the nation on December 25, 1974, Bangabandhu said, “To build a happy and prosperous country, the people of the country will have to increase production through hard work. But we must not forget one thing — the fate of the country may turn downward if the character of the common people and officials is not changed. We all need to learn self-criticism overcoming nepotism, corruption, and self-delusion.” To take action against corruption through self-criticism, self-restraint and self-purification, adoption of short and long-term planning and its implementation is pertinent. In this case, the issue of Finland’s corruption prevention may be followed in our country. In the year 2017, the World Economic Forum talked about some of the emerging economies in their Inclusive Growth and Development Report who were able to prevent corruption. Countries with economic prosperity are: New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Scandinavian countries. But today’s corruption-free place in Finland was not even 50 years ago. In this context, we should have to have a strong determination to change ourselves positively at any cost.
Dr Mohammed Asaduzzaman Chowdhury is a Educationist, Columnist and Writer