This is a post about how a group of people as a collective chose to see something superficially. A mistake that has cost them dearly.
“Never judge a book by its cover.”
This is perhaps the first quote I remember from childhood years. As kids we always have a tendency to judge things based on their outward projection, rather than what is on the inside. Once as a 5-year-old kid, I screamed at a relative who just had plastic surgery done to her face. That is when my dad( the wise man that he is ) first told me the above lines. Over the years my teachers reiterated this thought. I can understand a child making such a judgement. He/she is still naive. But when adults make such a mistake, even if it is collectively, they are responsible for the consequences.
I live in a democratic country in a province which takes pride in giving my country its intellectuals. For years our province was governed by a political party which although Left wing in principle, was very moderate in its outlook. Initially people voted because of their work, and in the last decade because there was no other alternative. So when a political person promised an alternative, people took notice. I was one of them who took to her thoughts. And although some of the promises seemed incredulous, I along with the majority of my state, decided to “vote for change”. We should have been more careful. This person and the organisation did not have a good track record. Neither did their party have any proven political leader. Yet we voted for them and gave them the responsibility of governing our state.
And three years in, we are reaping the consequences of our mistake. In a democratic country, our province does not enjoy certain key fundamental rights. Right to speech is one of them. For voicing your opinion against government policies, you are either labelled a terrorist or worse face threats of various form. This a dictatorship within a democracy, where nothing is possible(even if it is an urgent requirement) without the Minister’s blessing. This person is the Government, and every decision is ultimately this person’s personal decision. They say our state is bankrupt. Yet they find money to waste on meaningless celebrations. I can go on about countless other things. But the bottom line is that none of the promises have been fulfilled in these three years, nor do I see any chance of them being fulfilled.
Lets hope when the next elections come around, we as a group come to our senses and realise our mistake. Otherwise the day is not far when our province turns into a “North Korea” or “Taliban controlled Afghanistan” , places where civilization is centuries behind the modern world.
Footnote: The author is neither a part of nor does he support any political party. He is an educated and conscious citizen of the world, who is deeply worried about a place and community he loves.
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