and Myanmar in the
map are not members
Proven Approach to Make Bangladesh Strong and Invincible
and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina believes in building a
"strong and invincible" defense system for protecting
Bangladesh's independence and sovereignty. ("Armed Forces Day", The Daily Star, November 21, 2008). This goal is noble.
Bangladesh should strive to become invincible. However, ultimately the
only way to become truly invincible is not to have any enemies. If there
are no internal or external threats, there are no enemies. No enemies,
how could such an ideal goal be achieved in Bangladesh where tensions
are often high? A proven scientifically validated approach is needed to
Despite its advanced technology and valiant efforts, the Bangladesh
armed forces struggle to eliminate violent extremism. Violent extremism
is a human problem requiring human solutions. The underlying cause of
extremist social violence is accumulated social stress. Therefore, to
eliminate such social problems, the Bangladesh armed forces need to
reduce the collective societal stress in Bangladesh.
Extensive scientific research indicates that the best way to reduce
collective societal stress, eliminate extremism and thereby snuff out
war and terrorism, is to adopt an ancient strategy. Maharishi Mahesh
Yogi has revived the ancient Vedic technology of Invincible Defence
Technology (IDT) in a non-religious manner. It has been quietly and
successfully used by members of many faiths to eliminate conflict in the
A Prevention Wing of the Military consisting of less than 3% of the
military of Bangladesh could achieve this goal. This special unit would
be trained in the Transcendental Meditation (TM) and TM-Sidhi programs.
The unit would practice these techniques in large groups, twice a day.
Extensive research shows that the size of the group needed to reduce
social stress depends on population size. It needs to be at least the
square root of 1% of the population. To calculate this number, multiply
the population size by 0.01, and then take the square root of the
result. For instance, the population of Bangladesh is approximately 146
million. 146,600,000 x 0.01 =1,466,000. The square root of 146,600,000
is approximately 1,211, so a group of at least 1,211 IDT experts is
needed. Studies show that when the threshold is crossed, the
"Maharishi Effect" takes place.
Crime goes down, quality of life indices go up, and war and terrorism
abate. For instance, a Maharishi Effect intervention was studied in the
US capital in 1993. Predictions were lodged in advance with government
leaders and newspapers. An independent Project Review Board approved the
research protocol. Crime fell 23 percent below the predicted level when
the group size reached its maximum. Temperature, weekend effects, and
previous trends in the data failed to account for changes. Social
Indicators Research (1999, vol. 47, 153-201) published the results.
Over 50 studies have shown that IDT works. The causal mechanism for IDT
is not completely understood. However, a Journal of Social Behavior and
Personality (2005, vol. 17, #1, pp. 339-373) study offers a proposed
explanation of causality of IDT in biological terms. Research conducted
on the powerful neurotransmitter serotonin shows that it produces
feelings of contentment, happiness and even euphoria. Low levels of
serotonin, according to research, correlate with violence, aggression,
and poor emotional moods. The IDT study showed that higher numbers of
IDT experts correlated with other community members having a marked
increase in serotonin production. These results were statistically
significant and followed the attendance figures. This offers a plausible
neurophysiologic mechanism to explain reduced hostility and aggression
in society at large.
The Maharishi Effect has also been documented world-wide in a study
published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation (2003, vol. 36.,
#1-4, 283-302) using data provided by the Rand Corporation. When large
assemblies of IDT experts exceeded the Maharishi Effect threshold for
the world during the years 1983-1985, terrorism decreased globally 72%,
international conflict decreased 33%, and violence was reduced in other
nations without intrusion by other governments.
The military in Mozambique used IDT to end its civil war in the 1990s.
Today, The Netherlands, Bolivia, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Peru
have enough practitioners of the TM-Sidhi program to create the
Maharishi Effect. The United States of America is close to achieving the
requisite number of IDT experts through the Invincible America Assembly
in Fairfield, Iowa. And India is working on a global project. These are
all civilian groups. The pilot project in Mozambique dissolved after the
United Nations broke up the military as part of the civil war treaty.
High school students, who will graduate and move on, make up the bulk of
the practitioners in Colombia. Limited economic opportunities in Iowa
have hindered the development of the group in the USA. Long-term
civilian groups may not be reliable.
The armed forces of Bangladesh are responsible for protecting
Bangladesh, and are obligated to thoroughly examine realistic,
scientifically proven methods for ending war and terrorism.
Since the Bangladesh military is funded and its personnel are paid to
perform their duties, it is not subject to the fluctuations of donors,
jobs, graduations, and optional activities. Military members are paid to
protect the nation. Ultimately, it is the duty of the Bangladesh
military to build a Prevention Wing of the Military and make Bangladesh
an eight-year United States Air Force veteran, is now the Executive
Director at the Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS) at the
Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy
www.StrongMilitary.org, an organization in the United States that
advocates prevention-oriented technologies for the military. E Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
party of the HuJI-B denied registration by Election Commission: The
Election Commission (EC) On October 28 rejected registration
applications of around 40 political parties, including that of the
Islamic Democratic Party (IDP) formed by leaders of banned militant
outfit Harkat-ul Jihad-al Islami Bangladesh (HuJI-B), as they neither
comply with the country's Constitution nor the registration conditions.
A letter to this effect was issued to the IDP on October 28. As many as
107 organisations have applied for registration, now mandatory for
seeking election to Parliament. Of these, 22 are religion-based parties.
According to the registration criteria laid down in the electoral laws,
a party must have won a seat, or polled five percent of the votes in a
constituency in any of the Parliamentary polls since independence. It
must have headquarters and offices in at least 10 Districts or 50
sub-Districts. Besides, it must disclose its sources of funds etc, and
its constitution must not contradict the national Constitution. Daily
Star, November 2, 2008.
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