Understanding the Arab “revolutions” by Syed Jawwad Naqvi

3 May

When a revolution takes place, it changes the entire system, re-aligns the goals and reshuffles the objectives, identifies a new direction for the society. In short it aims t change all aspects of the society. However, the key factor in this change is the ideological leadership.  Through this ideological leadership, people initiate their demand for change. Therefore, we can say that the one of the key ingredients for revolution is the existence of an ideological leadership.  If we analyse the current Middle East crisis in the light of aforementioned definition of revolution and the literary discussion, we can easily conclude that the definition of revolution does not hold true in the case of Middle East.

…As mentioned earlier in one of the previous written articles on Egypt; a reporter asked an Egyptian why you are out protesting on the street. His answer was “I am 33 years old and since birth I have seen this man (Hosni Mubarak) as our president. In other countries president changes every four or eight years, this gives people a variety but in our country, the president does not change”. Now this notion presented by that common Egyptian is not a revolutionary ideology. In other words this individual is simply fed up of looking at the same face for the past thirty three years hence he came on the road to protest. This protest is simply because; the guy is bored of Hosni Mubarak. This boredom is exactly like Bani Israel (The progeny of Israel) which was tired of eating Mon o Salva every day and used to ask for other items to eat. This boredom was not because of any ideology, this was simply because they were cheesed off with eating the same thing over and over again. People, who love variety, want change on a daily basis. They get bored of a monotone life style exactly like a person, who gets fed up of having the same food every day; he wants to try a different cuisine every day. Such people want a new issue every day which could keep them happy and busy.

It is like reading the same book every day. Individuals who want variety in their lives are restless, they lack patience. This lack of patience gives birth to dissatisfaction. Again, this lack of Revolution in the Arab World or !! satisfaction towards the current state of their country cannot be termed as revolutionary dissatisfaction. Revolutionary dissatisfaction on the other hand gives birth to ideology and it further leads to identification of the ills of a system or a society. This ideology also helps in the identification of an alternative system.

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