The last seven months of uprisings in Libya have been the period of perilous turbulence and disorder. They have cost the state political, economic or social isolation from the world.

Politically it has witnessed a long-serving dictator clinging to power disregarding the wish of the people for a democratic change in the system leaving the country in a state of total chaos and confusion.

Economically it has been paralysed as all if its oil productions came to a halt that constituted the major source of revenue for the country. It would definitely take yet another start of policy to have a hold on it.

Socially the communal fabric of the country has been torn apart along the loyalty lines…be they revolutionaries or Colonel Al Qathafi followers.

Perceptibly one or the other members of every family in Libya has been affected in terms of being killed, maimed or tortured. According to National Transitional Council, more than thirty thousand people are believed to have lost their lives in the conflict. The number goes on as the battle continues.

Apparently the infrastructure of the country is under ruin as it has been systematically targeted by allied forces to humble the callous regime of the past to resign. Schools, colleges, hospitals, and in many cases, even individual houses of the common people have come under fire of revenge.

In short, none of the departments of life in Libya seems spared. Women, children and the old…all have gone through trauma of violence and bloodshed.

Having such a dismal background to endure with, the task of the current de facto government is not only about those of challenges concerning international experts to establish Libyan institutions but also those of concerns in reaching out to the common masses in healing the wound the conflict has caused.

The ruined houses may have roof again but the emotional rift that the hostility has caused among the people on the basis of allegiance is hard to digest.

It has been noticed that there exists a considerable difference of opinion within the family in the way the whole revolution has unfurled in Libya…some still remain loyal to Colonel Al Qathafi while the rest support the cause for the revolution.

The transitional government has not to bask in the warmth of the feeling of victory over Al Qathafi and get applause from people for historical triumph. It has to come to terms with pain and strain people have gone through ensuring better restoration of health services and redress their loss of psychological vigour.

Political stability is another important plank on which the country could rest to make enduring peace within and could cause the basis for genuine advancement.

Leaders of all factions within the revolutionaries are called upon to act sensibly to ensure the unity of purpose and goal.

The phraseology like ‘moderate’ and ‘extremist’ must not partition a wall between the ideals of democratic principles and Islamic values.

Equally important are the rights of women to be respected and they should be given a fair chance to represent in the new political order.

Women have been instrumental throughout the crisis and did far more than send sons and husbands to the front. They hid fighters, cooked them meals and sewed flags. They ran guns and in a few cases used them.

Special provision must be granted to those women who have lost their husbands and sons, and remain vulnerable to outside influences.

Much hard work remains in other areas as well. Education, justice and health sectors constitute the backbone of developmental plan, and they seem to be pertinent reasons for social dissatisfaction among the people against the previous regime.

They need to be properly addressed and a system be evolved that executes the speedy action of the decree.

A top priority must be to assess the state of the justice sector and start its reform to deliver access to justice.

Political debate of high standard must be opened before the country chooses to have its constitution so that those who raise eyebrows about the ultimate character of the government have no reason to doubt.

The new regime faces many challenges. Among the most concerning is the role of Islam in the making of a new Libya.

To make a case, tolerance and peace are the hallmarks of Islam and fanaticism as such is alien to the spirit and canon of Islamic principles.

What the government needs to do is to put itself to an objective analysis and look into perspective that makes it rewardingly different from the previous regime.

It is to ensure that no section of society is left deserted, unattended and discriminated. Only then the nation could dream of a better, brighter, and brilliant future

Categories: Democracy


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