Democracy is Tyranny

By Mohammad Azeemullah

What is democracy? Does it change its basic values according to the doctrine a particular nation has? Does it allow its morality to be diluted by the kind of ideology a particular state practices?

Is democracy practiced in India any different from what is observed in Indonesia? Is democratic norm to follow in UK any different from what is noticed in USA? Absolutely not!The means and method to form the government in a democratic milieu may change but the fundamental principles and ethics remain the same.

The formation of government and fall of it are natural course of democratic norms. The collapse of the regime in democracy happens due to conflicting opinions held by different political parties…their interests and preferences are those determined by the immediate goals they have set to achieve. Nothing eccentric and so weird about! Is that not true?

The recent political crises in Lebanon owing to resignations rendered by Hezbollah and its political allies have resulted into the collapse of the national unity government.

The national unity government was made up of 15 ministers from Mr. Hariri’s bloc and 10 from Hezbollah and its allies. The remaining five were nominated by President Michel Suleiman, under a formula that gave neither side a majority. Hezbollah managed to persuade one of Mr. Suleiman’s nominees, Minister of State Adnan Sayyed Hussein, to submit his resignation, which he did in a statement.

As soon as the government fell, both sides defended their positions.
Most of the media in the world reported this event as an ‘internal crisis’ of Lebanon and urged parties to compromise a formula to form the government in order to avoid chaos and mayhem. The tiny nation has turbulent history of civil war in the past.

The New York Times dated January 12, 2011 also carried out the news with a front headline as ‘Resignations Deepen Crisis for Lebanon’.

It reported thus: ‘Hezbollah and its political allies withdrew from Lebanon’s cabinet on Wednesday, toppling a national unity government that had brought a measure of calm to the troubled Middle Eastern country since 2009 and deepening an emerging crisis over a United Nations-backed tribunal investigating the assassination of a former prime minister…

After a lengthy investigation, the tribunal is now expected to indict members of Hezbollah, a Shiite movement that the United States considers a terrorist organization and the single most powerful force in Lebanon…’

What is remarkable is its undercurrent…reporting the normal development of a political turmoil with a tinge of repulsion and distaste. And then the hell broke upon the news story in the Readers’ Comments section, commentators sharing their views, albeit invectives against a particular outfit.

Some of them were remarkably interesting and completely out of context to the kind of development that has resurfaced in Lebanon.

The diatribe went on. How a simple story of event in Lebanon has been turned into a hot debate of terrorism…off the topic absolutely!

The emerging drama of the collapse of the government is a normal outcome of political game being played on the stage in a democratic theatre and is most likely to happen in any country where representatives are elected by the people.

India, being the largest democracy on the earth, has witnessed collapse of such a government many a time in its history. This also testifies the vitality and dynamism of democracy on move in robust spirit.

Then to jump frantically upon a conclusion to turn the entire debate and crisis onto Hezbollah as a ‘terrorist’ outfit truly undermines the healthy discussion about democracy, its formation and process.

It further brings to light the ‘pride and prejudice’ the westerners may have against an outfit they cannot force it to come to terms with.

Hamas is yet another political outfit in Palestine whose election victory to power in 2006 had same response of prejudice and intolerance from the western government. The Washington Post, January 27, 2006 had then carried out a headline ‘Hamas Sweeps Palestinian Elections, Complicating Peace Efforts in Mideast’.

It is time those who preach the lesson of democracy to the world and truly claim to advocate and practice it shed prejudice against ‘democracy’ itself, for democracy followed by other people elsewhere in the world marks the same footprint of development as in those of advanced countries. Failing to do so is no less than autocracy being practiced in a democratic garb of tyranny and cruelty.

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