Some hope, at last

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL - Ab­dul­lah Sub­han Hy­der­abad, Pak­istan

We are a na­tion which wel­comes mil­i­tary rulers, dis­trib­utes sweets when they top­ple an elected govern­ment and then pa­tiently bears with them for long spells. Usu­ally, we do not get tired of a mil­i­tary govern­ment be­fore it com­pletes at least 7 years in power. Then dis­en­chant­ment sets in. We start to com­plain and protest. We also re­al­ize the virtues of a demo­cratic sys­tem all of a sud­den and con­tinue to protest against the mil­i­tary ruler till we send him pack­ing.

We then spend mil­lions on hold­ing the polls and elect a demo­cratic govern­ment. We shed tears of joy when the elected prime min­is­ter takes oath. And then we get sick of his govern­ment in a few months and start hop­ing that the army would free us from the shack­les of a demo­cratic govern­ment. Against this back­ground, it is not sur­pris­ing to see some politi­cians pro­vok­ing the army to ‘play its role to save the coun­try’. The pos­i­tive as­pect is that the army has not shown any in­cli­na­tion to re­sort to such ex­treme mea­sures. It is in­deed a wel­come change.

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