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Wednesday, November 28, 2007


One stupid view raised every time some part of the nation begins to protest against an entrenched despot is: But we don't have anyone to take his/her place.

Dammit, if the Occupiers of the State never allow institutions to develop, or for new leaders to grow out of the population, we'll always be in such a rut. So break the chain, yaar! And, let's face it, the despots did eventually leave. And we have managed (in many cases better than during their periods) to splutter-start-stop-lurch-and-drag our way through for another few years ... at least until someone else spreads UHU over the chair before sitting on it.

This time around, however, there is an embarrassing bit that I have to add, if I am to be honest with you and myself: I do worry about the transition to someone else, sometimes - although I desperately want it to happen.

OK .. Ok ... let me explain before you condemn me.

I am no fan of Musharraf - primarily so because I'd like to see civilian rule (unambiguously real civilian rule, I mean - not the kind we've had since 1953) in my country. Benazir's record is poor on several counts. Her financial corruption - terrifying though it is - is, imho, the least of the problems she brings to the country each time. A lot more happens under her that is far worse. There is no real danger of Imran Khan taking the reins in his hand - his party hardly gets a couple of seats. Also, I really think he makes an important member of the Opposition, from where he can continue to try and keep checks and balances, without endangering us with his born-again rhetoric. But each time I ponder this, I am really scared shitless:

"O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet."
— St. Augustine —

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Blogger Sidhusaaheb said...

I was reading the papers the previous morning and a news item that caught my attention said that the US government is not pleased with the fact that Mr. Sharif could possibly go no to become a 'power centre' once again, in Pakistani politics.

The yanks, it explained, would have been happier with President Mush and Benazir as the most likely candidate for the post of prime minister.

Now, I had never taken seriously, the claims of leftist parties in India, regarding the civilian nuclear deal with the U.S. of A. being detrimental to Indian sovreignity, but this made me do a bit of a rethink.

29 November, 2007 01:29

Anonymous the olive ream said...

A picture is worth a thousand words, and for this one image it is all obscenities I'm afraid.

29 November, 2007 01:45

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not many write with such incisive humor on serious issues and mean every word. Good blog. Hope you guys come through this mess. We're going through our own here in the USofB

29 November, 2007 13:50


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