It is not unusual to see a raised bar of expectations now that the elections are closed. One can witness and hope for hot political landscape to metamorphosize; with politicians switching parties more quickly than musical chair.’ And even after the horrid demise of the democracy, the hailers of Democracy still have the courage to chant the ‘D’ slogan. And perhaps for the same sets of reasons, they present a bit of ‘more democracy’ as the cure of current chaos.
However, take a look at the history of the arch neighbour ruled under Democracy ever since its birth, you will certainly disagree with the above presented argument. India, the largest secular democracy in the world, is home to the highest number of homeless children in the world. 65 years of continuous and consistent democracy, and India is facing such a huge income disparity that the poor and the rich are, literally, poles apart.
As reported OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), the top 10% of Indian wage-earners make 12 times more than the bottom 10%, twice as big a gap as 20 years ago. On one hand, recent Forbes report lists 50 Indian Dollar Billionaires with 2 in the Top 10. On the other hand, a report by the state-run National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector (NCEUS) found that 77% of Indians, or 836 million people, lived on less than 20 Indian Rupees per day. In recent Common Wealth games that held in India, shanty town of Mumbai were covered with huge hoardings so the visiting athletes can be deprived of having a look at ‘shining India’.
Even, in the US, which is presented as pinnacle of human civilization; more than one million students in the country are homeless whereas the number of homeless school-age children is closer to 1.6 million. The question is simple, if continuous and consistent Democracy ensures a progressive and prosperous society, why India is generating above mentioned horrible figures?
Those who hail Democracy present Mush regime failure as a proof for failure of dictatorship. I am not some dictatorship fan, but if Mush regime is enough of an evidence to prove dictatorship as flawed ruling system then why not current Zardari regime can be taken as failure of Democratic ruling system? If the cure to ongoing democratic catastrophe is ‘more democracy’, then why ‘more dictatorship’ can’t be considered as the cure to dictatorship chaos?
In reality, dictatorship and democracy are two sides of the same coin. Former allows one person to make laws as he wills whereas latter gives the same authority to the parliament. Around the world, it requires a huge amount of money to contest in the elections and those who win have high payables to those who invest in them. It’s the same story whether it’s Pakistan, India, US or UK.
Therefore, people of Pakistan have to look for the alternate as Democracy and Dictatorship have, both have failed them. Democracy, right mentioned by Zardari as ‘the best revenge’, doesn’t deserve anymore chance.
It’s time for the people of Pakistan to raise their voice for the system that allowed Muslims to rule the world for centuries; the system which provided them security, safety, progress and prosperity. The system that is called Khilafah where laws aren’t modified by one person or the house of parliament, where nobody has the authority to overrule the judgment of court including the Khaleefah, where growth of nation is not measured by GDP, FDI, etc. rather it is measured by actual ground reality of the population.
We have seen every mix of dictatorship and democracy, and it’s time to get out of this vicious circle of these ruling mechanisms and put our efforts for real change, not the mere change of faces.”