I am quoting Associated Press news:
OSH, Kyrgyzstan – The U.N. has found evidence of bloody intent behind the chaos in Kyrgyzstan that killed hundreds, left the nation’s second-biggest city a smoldering ruin and sent more than 100,000 ethnic Uzbeks fleeing.
The declaration by the U.N. that the fighting was “orchestrated, targeted and well-planned” —Otunbayeva’s government, which took over when former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was ousted in an April uprising, has claimed that Bakiyev’s family instigated the violence to halt a June 27 referendum on a new constitution. The provisional authorities need the vote to gain legitimacy and lay the groundwork for parliamentary elections scheduled for October.
If you go through news from Africa, India, Pakistan, Indonesia and many other the recent news from Kyrgyztan shall come as no surprise. politicians foment passions of people not on improving their lot but securing their own hold on them. While the Tamil Tigers were fighting in Sri Lanka a politician in Chennai was threatening Tamil Nadu with rivers of blood. It reminded me of Enoch Powell’s speech in UK some decades ago. Politicians of all hues and all over resort to such hate speeches. Ugly passions are couched in ugly rhetoric and politician deliver them with impunity. Is it not time anyone who come into national and regional politics to be booked so his/her public pronouncements are recorded? Every politician needs to be profiled in the manner he or she practice her craft and is to be barred from holding any public office if has no credible credential to do public good. In India all parties thrive on parochial and communal vote banks. So asking the politicians to restrain is a dead letter. There must be an independent citizen forum chosen from all walks of life to weed out all those unsavory elements from ever playing politics. Those who have chalked up three strikes in hate speeches must be barred for life. No nation can be redeemed by such depredations and those who play with ugly passions of people are be tagged as rotten egg.
A nations is rather better served by a sex-worker than say, a nephew of a national leader whose only credential is hate against a section of people whose religion is ‘wrong.’ A prostitute has a past and given proper encouragement and guidance she may secure a good future for the electorate and in the process redeem herself. What does one’s connection to some famous names in Indian politics will earn the nation? Almost nil if the candidate has sold himself to a party to play the hate card?
Any politician with dubious record in keeping communal harmony must earn him or her an entry in the International/national watch list as a known depredator.