All hail democ­racy

Southasia - - CONTENTS - Muham­mad Taha As­apzai Kabul, Afghanistan

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.

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