Playing Devil's Advocate

How does one deal with the following situation: someone has invested his entire life’s savings earned through honest and legal means to erect a huge mansion for living, away from the rough and tumble of the city life and in the salubrious climes of an island of serene beauty. Over time, the house is taken over at gun point by desparadoes who begin to live there and use the building for carrying out crimes involving drug peddling, kidnapping, prostitution, murder (as part of supari killings) etc. What would the state do in the circumstances?

The answer is, of course, fir the State authorities to storm the building and to nab the criminals. And if the criminals don’t surrender, then to blast the site to the smithereens, thus resulting in the death of the inmates. The point is that everyone would support this move by the state as a necessity evil as sanctioned by the demands of the circumstances, never mind the entirely legal and legitimate means which were employed by the owner in the first place to build the structure.

The point I wish to make is this: whether it is this recent development involving the coup against Aung San Suu Kyi’s govt in Mayamar or, say the 1999 coup by Musharraf when Nawaz Sharif was deposed as the PM of his country, both these military coups were dictated by the contingency of the circumstances as they had then prevailed in these countries. That had necessitated the military takeover of these countries after the so-called “democratically elected governments” there were dismissed, of course in the service of a cause that was supposed to do greater good to those countries. As I see it, that has surely been the case in the country next door, despite all that we are witnessing happening over there right now, but which could otherwise have been far, far worse. I hope, this latest coup in Mayanmar would likewise usher in better times for that country and its people. Misuse of authority in pursuit of an agenda of hate, death, detention or disenfranchisement of the people of a country, or at least certain sections of it, should be no excuse to give them a clean chit, howsoever “legally and democratically elected” they may pretend to be.

That’s exactly the reason why I don’t feel the slightest compunction in Aung San Suu Kyi being detained after a military coup in Myanmar. In fact, her awful track record as a “democratically elected” mass murderer of millions of Rohingyas brings into sharp focus the need for doing away with the ‘first past the past’ electoral system of the modern democratic world order which has thrown up heads of the states of many countries who are well known for their authoritarian/dictatorial predilections. One doesn’t have to look too far to identify these merchants of mayhem, murder and malevolence who are selling these wares after packaging them with democratic wrappings.

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Written by M A Sofi


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