Then and Now

When I started this discussion forum on Feb. 18, 2011, I gave examples of some demonstrations in the world in my article Hello World. Lots of changes have taken place since then. Libyan regime has fallen. Egypt has gone through a change. Syria is facing massive unrest. I felt in Feb. 2011 that these changes have to take place. Masses can’t be suppressed indefinitely. Now we see authoritarian government of Russia is going through some turmoil.  Are changes in American Political Scenario far behind? It may be difficult to change our political environment that easily. Our two major political parties have been able to divide our public on ideological grounds successfully. These gaps have become wider during recent times. At this time there doesn’t seem to be a middle ground.  Most Americans are not willing to even listen to the view point of others, let alone considering it. Politicians and rich corporations have been exploiting that situation successfully. However, it is also creating a big gap between ‘Haves’ and ‘Have-nots’. The numbers of Have-nots are growing. Will they get angry enough to revolt remains to be seen? Will the politicians get wiser before that happens and cater for the masses than the few ‘Haves’? And most of all will the public finally find some common grounds to unite on? These things will happen sooner or later. What happens first will decide the future of democracy in this country, and to that effect in the whole world. If people revolt first, democracy is doomed. If political changes happen for the benefit of majority first, we shall again become beacons of democratic light for the rest of the world. Only time will tell.

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