No more a dream

Southasia - - Editor's mail - Mo­hammed Aj­mal, Kabul, Afghanistan

Your ar­ti­cle ti­tled ‘ A Dis­tant Dream’ in the April is­sue raised one im­por­tant ques­tion: Will democ­racy be­come sus­tain­able in Afghanistan af­ter the West­ern na­tions with­draw? In­ter­est­ingly, an­other ar­ti­cle in the same is­sue was di­rected to­wards the pos­si­bil­ity of the seem­ingly im­pos­si­ble task at hand. ‘Chang­ing Winds’ in­di­cated a pos­i­tive po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ment which has more re­cently taken place in this war-torn coun­try. In­tro­duc­tion of pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives from other eth­nic groups such as the Ta­jiks and Uzbeks into main­stream pol­i­tics points to the fact that the Afghans are ready for a peace­ful tran­si­tion to democ­racy. This ap­proach is ev­i­dent not only in peace­fully tak­ing over from the West­ern gov­ern­ments but also in break­ing the age-old shack­les of eth­nic di­vides and in­ter­nal po­lit­i­cal dis­putes that have dis­rupted the smooth func­tion­ing of democ­racy in Afghanistan for long.

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