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Assasinations and more

In the recess of my mind, somewhere, I had respect got a certain political leader - Benazir Bhutto - and not just because she was the first female Prime Minister of an Islamic Country. And neither because I followed the political story of Pakistan closely - because I dint.

But, because she lived in a highly political family since childhood and surpassed her brothers and others in the political race when it was one of the most competitive. Because she exploited the system well and had the world listening to her every move. Because she took revenge for the atrocities on her family through the way she knew best - people power. When she spoke (and wrote - and did she speak and write well!), the world listened.

Especially India.

Her coming back to Pakistan was important and threat enough for a dictatorian leader to try and reduce her popularity by a number of measures.

She may not be the best politician around, but she sure was one you could admire. After all, which politician is clean and correct?

She was also probably one of the last vestiges of the semi-British remnants, with class and authority personified in style and substance. It remains to be seen whether her children will follow her footsteps or whether they will be examples of Priyanka Gandhi.

Perhaps the importance of a politician is judged by the number of assassination attempts on them, and the degree of threat to an existing system judged by success of the attempt.

Does it show a mark of our times regarding our 'leaders' that so few assassination attempts are made nowadays?

Does it mean that our leaders are so secular that they satisfy all minor and major fundamentalist and non fundamentalist groups, or does it simply mean that they are easily satisfiable - or easily replaceable.

A strong leader cannot satisfy everyone, and a leader who does not satisfy everyone cannot live in peace - at least thats what my common sense says. In which case, the leader usually goes about assassinating people who speak against him/ her - and this has been true for time immemorial (Kings and Queens killing suspects in the court, anyone; and closer today - Putin) or else, the 'wronged' people go about trying to kill the leader (innumerable examples).
Security is never ever enough. It is just a weak defense which buys you seconds to get your act in place.
So why  is it that today we hear of Diplomacy and Peace, and possibilities of violence amongst common man, yet not a single serious threat to the most powerful people in the political arena today? Have the masses lost the spine? which according to me is quite unlikely at such large scale. Or have the politicians become pliable? The answer, to me at least, seems to leap out.

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( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
28th Dec, 2007 07:26 (UTC)
Its a tragic way in which she died, and the terrible thing was that she knew her days were numbered, and was still living, defying all around and death itself. I wouldnt jump the gun and point fingers at the general, it is a definitely the handiwork of the taliban, at the general assisted them by his unwillingness to protect Ms Bhutto. Whatever the cause that the Taliban believes in, i doubt it warrants such a cowardly act.
As for your question as to the reduced number of assasinations we hear about, you are right, it has to do with How big a threat really a leader is, and most of them are so slimy and worthless in stature, that it is pointless to invest on bullets to even shoot them.
And lastly, There are barriers to doing good, but if one is determined to do evil, there is practically nothing that can stop them.
28th Dec, 2007 09:27 (UTC)
Re: Tragic
If good is so difficult to achieve, is it really good?
28th Dec, 2007 10:45 (UTC)
larger than life?
sad incident, for bhuttos, zardari et al.. never heard bad about her and she clearly had a persona. Though i dont think mush has anythign to do with this, more like Nawaz Sharif.
In current politics, Castro, Arafat, Sheron etc are the leaders who wer on hit list! Indian politics is so much bifurcated now a days that even the hardliners dont have a threat;) now bala saheb, definitely has a larger than life image but no one is going to get benefited out of him reduced to ashes, now is there? Same with Modi.
Seeing both of them I dont think the politocians have become pliable in general, but i would say that the playing turf has changed drastically in india. :)
28th Dec, 2007 11:16 (UTC)
Re: larger than life?
and what about Bush, Clinton, Blair, Hu, Koizumi, etc? or even C. Rice or Sonia?
I think they govern more important countries than Modi!

Castro is old world - and its a challenge now i think. And lets not talk about Islamic states - heck! even Taslima is under constant threat - cuz she wrote a book.
29th Dec, 2007 05:48 (UTC)
i remember reading Shame by Rushdie and the benazir charact was called virgin iron pants.. that aside i love her perspective on gender. that a man and woman should do what they please without thinking in terms of gender.
29th Dec, 2007 07:55 (UTC)
Apart from being the 1st female PM in an islamic country. a strong lady.

Dint realise u read the blog. havent heard from u in a while - on ur blog either.
30th Dec, 2007 05:03 (UTC)
Re: yeah
i generally hover around.. and i do blog occassionally.. not as obsessively as before but i do blog..
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