By Muhammad Hassan Miraj 

   They  all stood silent as  the standards were lowered. It was 23rd Day of October in 42 BC and the battle of Philippe had just ended. Lying ahead of the impeccably  formed up legions, was the purple mantle wrapped body of one of the greatest men Rome ever produced. “He was the noblest Roman of them all”. Mark Antony said as he paid homage to Marcus Junius Brutus, commonly known in the historical world as Brutus. The fame brought to Brutus is  attributed towards his role in assassination of  his trusted friend and mentor, Julius Caesar, the Counsel of Rome. Fewer could see that he did this to save his Republic. A larger than life cause for Romans, perhaps their alternative for religion. Brutus feared that given Caesar s autocratic nature, Rome would soon turn into a monarchy and will be deprived of her Republic soul. He was, of all others, brave and courageous enough to stand against it and act in time. Time proved, he did it right.

 In the five thousand years history of mankind, his wish to rule others have seldom receded. With the development of society and its metamorphosis to monarchy, the one man rule always suited  and served the purpose. The system, however failed , miserably with the massive awareness that has, since, surfaced. The second half of 19th century saw the advent of a new political system known as colonialism which formally ended the age old monarch system. The demise of colonialism was proclaimed by many public political system , democracy, socialism, communism and capitalism.  Regardless of their divergent nature, these systems had one common enemy. The Martial Law.

Martial Law, Coup détente, Purge and Junta are the words that belong to one family generally called undemocratic rule. The means and methodology may differ from South America to Africa and Middle east to Far East but largely the fall outs remain the same. These are the worst forms of governance and leave a legacy of hate and internal displacement. The dark rule may also deliver in certain cases (as the decade of development in our case(a view generally held by the disillusioned rightist intelligentsia)), but the wounds inflicted by this mode of  public administration are hard to heal. The scars of deprivation are often so  deep rooted that any attempt to impart unity or vows of welfare meet the distrust. The civil society ends up being fragmented because of inherent division of haves and have-nots. The instrument of execution (normally the armed forces) earns hatred and loses credibility. The metamorphosis of Youth is most painful of all as it transforms itself from a vocal being to the indifferent silent selfish mob. The  public office is a routing of abuse and corruption and merit is the largest sacrifice on the alter of personal gain of one individual or a group of few.

The chaos associated with these forms of governments erodes so badly the thinking patterns that even the intelligentsia is unable to make the difference between right and wrong. The viable solution of this elongated anarchy is often an overhauling or recycling of  entire system. The recycling may take toll and society might be a subject to  an ugly circumstances but what really matters is the post recycling situation. The years of submission and suppression blinds the righteousness of decision makers . The sons of revolution are often hard to handle.. They may be Kronstadt sailors in Russian Revolution or the learned men like Maximilien Robespierre from French Revolution. The other courses to negotiate are steadier in nature and may not deliver immediately, but it merits few other essentials. The steadier path requires a string of honest leaders, which is a lot hard to find given the preceded rule  of nepotism and cronyism.

  The immunity to this system normally comes from the corporate sector. The dictators across the world are darlings of famous consumer brands, newest of them is Media. Their unchallengeable authority provides the business houses to have their way at the cost of consumers. In the absence of a strong judicial system (which is a secondary causality of this arrangement),  nothing called the consumer rights, exists. The business activity booms but the trickle down effect(a term, favorite of the financial proxies of  Junta) are never visible. The society rather descends into an immoral desensitization, where the malls are amassed with food on shelves, that would expire but will never reach to people in the neighboring slums, dying of hunger. The cost of life increases owing to inflation. Though Micro credit system makes a sense in this scenario and keeps  the middle class alive but the Banks control the lives of majority.

The other immunity is normally drawn from the religion, which for the sadder part , has always been misused. The champion of Islamic causes are often found in marriages of conveniences with highly unislamic (according to them) entities. The example is Mard e Momin, a Fort Bragg (US) trained military ruler, who, just years before waging Jihad and bringing Islam to the land of Pure, was busy suppressing the Palestinian uprising for Hashemite monarchy of Jordan. By all sensible means, one can conclude that the lives of public should always be controlled by the public in a manner called Democracy.

A layman` s guide to the negativity of undemocratic system. The author is apologetic for not being learned enough but considerations must be accorded for this being his first attempt.



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2 responses to “Dictatorship

  1. Anwar

    After struggling through this essay my advice to the author is to avoid stuffing so many dissertations in so few paragraphs… Provide a vector for the readers as to where you are heading and some closure as well. Good luck.

  2. Schajee

    I was looking for the [Read More…] link as well.