Sunday, February 6, 2011

When “Change” Is The Only Way To Go

Current Arab uprising has shaken the foundations of autocratic regimes in the Muslim world, and those in power are sensible enough to fully appreciate the gravity of shockwave, which toppled King Zain El Abedine of Tunisia - while Hosni Mubarak is about to leave as well. Unfortunately, most of the Muslim countries are ruled by coup makers/dictators and the kings or monarchs.
The revolution in Tunisia, a small Arab State of ten million people, was actually triggered by a young peddler, who continuously suffered from getting harassed by local officials almost every day till December 17, 2010 which happened to be the initial flash point in the current scenario. That very day, the poor guy was slapped and insulted by a policewoman. The officials confiscated his all belongings including “weighing scale and all the produce” he was selling. The harshness on the part of government officials sent him deeper into serious ‘depression mode’ where it became too much for him to tolerate any longer. On that very day he set himself ablaze and passed away three weeks later. Consequently, the irritated middle class Tunisian youth staged a month long peaceful protest and toppled the country’s dictator. That has actually set an example for residents of other countries to follow.
Come what may, the youth now joined by the ladies and children are fully determined to bring about a positive change to eliminate the looming “status quo” which has been adversely affecting the newer generation. The younger people have been roaming in the streets of Tunisia, Cairo and elsewhere day and night. They are just ordinary people, who want to live with dignity.
Having exhausted their patience, the unemployed and the poor Egyptian “youth from all faiths” also came out in millions to fix the problems which have been ignored for long time. Uncovering the hidden destiny is the right of every citizen. They want to secure and ensure their economic well being. The voice for change is coming from sources other than military, religiosity or any organised group; rather it is purely a movement by the poor and middle class majority for personal financial strength.
What can be expected of democracies with rigged elections in some countries and specifically in Egypt, where the ruling party allegedly managed to increase its parliamentary majority to 95 per cent? Resultantly, a tsunami like tide is in full gear and gradually advancing across the whole Middle East and beyond. It seems as if the autocratic political system is in imminent danger of total collapse. After Egypt, the revolution will probably hit Jordan, Algeria, Pakistan and other countries in the region. However, only time will tell.
Indeed, the age old authoritarian rule is extremely unpopular - needing a swift change for the better. The protestors are serious enough to bring about a real change after three decades of their economic deprivation. The main irritating problem for the youngsters is unavailability of employment opportunity; hence they are simply looking for work, a shelter and two meals a day at least. They are sacrificing their lives to achieve that goal. The UN believes more than 300 Egyptians have lost their lives with more than 4,000 injured so far.
Despite such a heavy loss of life and property, the protestors remain firm on demanding an immediate ouster of Hosni. Mostly the younger Arabs under the age of 30 are jobless. And, the economic growth is not compatible with population growth; therefore, general inequality has been quite rampant leading to a “culture of corruption” in all spheres of socio-economic set-up. Government’s prolonged indifference and lack of response to address the delicate situation has finally invited an ocean of irreversible tidal waves. “Go Mubarak go” is actually gaining momentum.
Egypt depends on American aid and is the 2nd largest recipient of financial assistance. Now the poor Egyptian government has been losing $310m a day in lost revenue because of the ongoing crisis.
Like Pakistan, many Arab states are going through political paralysis, where the parliaments consists of influential people who manage to get elected due to their dominance and influence which creates nothing but hurdles blocking election based on merit and integrity. Usually, holding election is just a show business by the ruling class in many sham democracies.
The Arab states including the rich ones have kept their population away from higher education creating a loss of golden opportunities for their youth. The global recession has hit people hard enough to deprive them of food or fuel subsidies. Now the moderately educated youth are more aware of the world, hence, they genuinely desire for jobs in modern economic environment.
Since the youth have no promising future, their frustration is further aggravated as they are denied personal freedom of expression. Furthermore, police brutality, widespread poverty, lack of housing, high food prices, and unemployment are all adding fuel to their anger and frustration. About 90 per cent of Egypt’s jobless are under age 30.
The Protesters are at Tahrir square with their blood and their soul, while the army soldiers refuse to open fire on protesting crowds or stop people from painting anti-Mubarak slogans on battle-tanks, the president should take the message seriously, sooner the better.
Mubarak is a ‘no go guy’ till September when his term actually ends. Washington has said the transition should bring greater democracy to ensure a free and fair vote. But protestors fear that without Mubarak’s immediate exit, the regime will emerge with the same authoritarian rule. However, the regime has almost collapsed and millionaires are running away, yet Hosni Mubarak is managing to hang on saying if he steps down, there would be chaos.
Nevertheless, one thing is surely looming over the heads of other rulers - that is - if Hosni leaves, they will face similar threat. To take care of the trust deficit, the rulers are already taking precautionary measures. Yet, there is a great deal of trouble shooting to be carried out before it is too late. Independently elected legislatures, corruption free judiciary and bureaucracy are the answer for most of the administrative and economic ailments. Moreover, all Arab youth deserve self respect and freedom of expression. After all, they are desperate for prosperity.


Aeen A said...
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Aeen. K said...

Culture of democracy hasn’t been cultivated as yet in these troubled countries. Recently elevated Vice President Suleiman (military intelligence chief) claims that Egypt is not yet ready for democracy. Hosni Mubarak will serve until the rest of his term expires in September. He told Tahrir protestors to end the crises as soon as possible.
Good Luck--

Cicago said...

Finally, Mubarak was forced out of his thirty plus years office. Even the peaceful protest worked.

Anonymous said...

Middle East is about to re-emerge as dictatorless region.

Anonymous said...

Now Libya, yemen and Bahrain.
The Saudi dictators are muscling up too.

JAY said...



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