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Democracy, whence and whither flown again, who knows?
Ap Tsara, March 15, 2013
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 Wai! The way our democracy is maturing is a little unsettling. It seems that we are deluded by the praises we hear of successes from casual observers. Deep down lies poignant reality.

As a late starter, we had the facility to learn from others. Yet, judging by the situation we are in, it occurs that we are dragging our young democracy to a downward spiral. This could make our democracy lopsided at best or an utter failure at worst.

For instance, the age of many of our National Council (NC) aspirants is 25 or thereabouts. Some may not even have an accountable work experience. When youths become parliamentarians there are ample reasons to worry.

Although we cannot say it outright that reason is the product of age, we cannot deny from experience that maturity and wisdom comes with age and experience. We’ve seen that all in many of our many young tight-lipped parliamentarians.

NA is the house of review. It’s vital that all the members, therefore, are mature and sagacious enough to perceive things beyond personal benefits and comprehend matters of national importance. They should fulfil the moral obligation of checks and balances. NA, or politics for that matter, must not be treated as a field of gambling for the jobless and the opportunists.

Age bar and academic qualification alone should not be the reigning criteria. Experience and capabilities of the candidates must also be considered. Nor should people come out just for the sake of providing choices if they are not competent. These posts are not so much for glorification of the self as it should be for serving the nation better.

With NC elections just round the corner, these are some things we should mull over so that we do not end up blame the very candidate we have voted for.

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