All hail democracy
The Afghan nation has proved that it believes in democracy by holding relatively peaceful elections in the face of threats. For a country that is regarded as a highly backward nation in the international arena, a 58 percent turnout is a remarkable achievement by any standards. What is more heartening is the fact that a large number of women came out of their homes to exercise their right to vote. These are encouraging signs. And although the majority of voters voted along ethnic lines, the election process itself shows that the people of Afghanistan are willing to move forward instead of remaining stuck in the medieval times. They want to come out of the morass and change their condition for the better.
It is hoped that the new leadership will lead its people in the right direction. Its foremost responsibility should be to spread education to every corner of Afghanistan. An educated nation will be in a better position to fight militancy and backwardness. No amount of foreign
aid can achieve this result.