ainít a "Raj"
fourth President of the United States, James Madison, once
wrote, "All governments rest on opinion." Mahatma
Gandhi, the brain father of "Satyagraha" centered his
political crucible in the premises that, the central role of
consent in all government meant that non-cooperation--the
withdrawal of consent--is something more than a morally
satisfying activity where it is a seismic tool in the political
that effect, in a bid to shake the very foundation of the
British "Raj", he stated that, "I believe and
everybody must grant that no Government can exist for a single
moment without the cooperation of the people, willing or forced,
and if people withdraw their cooperation in every detail, the
Government will come to a stand still."
Gandhi launched his non-violent ingenuity while he was a
resident of South-Africa, however, with the contortion of
historical events, South-Africans, in their perennial struggle
against Apartheid resorted into violence to free themselves from
the ramshackle of bigotry.
it found its monumental place in the annals of history, and
later on to be emulated by other social upheavals, Gandhiís
"Satyagraha" was designed to function effectively and
exclusively against a torque of an exotic "genetic
pool" where the British "Raj" was a case study
with in social activists, academics and historians alike. To
utilize, Gandhiís "Satyagraha" in a different
political dynamism and milieu as an elixir to a perceived
political anomalies is not only a blunder of a historical
proportion, it is also a show-case of political perfidy to
oneís own integrity.
kaleidoscopic mantra in an attempt to mobilize the Ethiopian
people to stand against the incumbent government at times
through un-Constitutional means and other times through
ostracization of certain segment of the society is a glaring
mishap and a despondence of political acumen in its part. Of
course, power is not vested on governments, rather it is
concentrated on the people.
Gandhi brilliantly put it, should the people pull their trust
from the rug of the government, the government becomes hanged in
a standstill. Savvy governments recognize the imperatives of
this reality and throw the crucible to render their political
plat-form more inclusive designed to stand for the interest of
the people. The entire people. And this is exactly the brains
behind E.P.R.D.F is.
perceive those who voted for E.P.R.D.F as non-Ethiopians and
consequently to wage a social isolation to de-capacitate a
certain ethnic group is not only a disservice to the noble cause
of "Satyagraha", it is also a tragically misplaced
political strategy which renders the leadership of C.U.D a
laughing stock of the highest order.
question that baffles many of sound synaptic clefts is that, why
is it incredibly difficult to fathom the rules of engagements
where the Constitution is the spinning wheel to throw a bait on.
Why is it difficult for the leaders of C.U.D to challenge the
incumbent government with in the structure of the system, in
other means, with in the edifice of the Constitution? Those who
are bright enough recognized the take of the day and opted to
walk through the gates of the parliament and take their seats
and bring their convictions in accordance with the spirit of the
of all, what the Opposition are re-missing time and time again
is that, E.P.R.D.F is not a foreign power and adopting as a
strategic tool a social isolation against those who adhere to
the political plat-form of E.P.R.D.F or declaring a moot any
State institution renders the leadership of C.U.D anarchists at
best and bigots at worst.
recent dramatic gesture by the leadership of C.U.D to nullify
the institution of Court of Law is a non-issue strategy where it
makes foreign observers in general and the democracies around
the world in particular to augment a doubting eye on their take
about the Opposition. Democracies have pledged an allegiance
amongst themselves to have a lasting respect to the foundations
of their respective Institutions.
is the new wind of the emerging order from NEPAD in our
continent to the other international political organizations.
With in this premises, how do the leaders of the Opposition
expect the leaders of democratic countries to have a
"sympathy" toward them when they display a hubric
contempt towards the Institution of the State?
Ethiopian Constitution is designed in such a way that, not a
single ethnic group can assume power. One does not have to have
a super cerebrum to understand this card with in the shuffle.
This article of the Constitution reflects the need for diversity
in order to assume a political power and to share power with in
the spirit of equity as well.
in this modus operandi, how does the C.U.D possibly think that,
it can assume power at the expense of other ethnic groups? If it
is not an inclusive political party of other ethnic groups in a
larger scale, how is this to be consistent with the zeitgeist of
Ethiopia where the equal rights of every ethnic group is the
pride of the new emerging Ethiopia?
find a feasible answer to this otherwise daunting questions, the
C.U.D if it is ever to survive as a political party, it needs to
come out from its parochial box and assess its political threads
not only to be taken serious but also to help the fledging
democracy resume its vitality with an Opposition party whose
very fabric is with in the tenets of the Constitution.
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