A statement made, some time ago, to a female political figure as equally controversial as Benazir Bhutto .
Yesterday, for those who believe in luck, Benazir Bhutto’s luck finally ran out.
Inna lilahi wa inna ilayhi raji’oon
Still, there are no actions without consequences, and what her death will mean for both Pakistan and the wider world is currently the generator of fierce speculation and hand-wringing.
The statements that her death also equates to the death of democracy in Pakistan fill me with unease.
It is true that we live in the new class system of the media, where public figures are more accessible and yet more exalted then ever before. However, people and society are more then just the pawns of the elite.
The saddest aspect of the debunking of Marx, is the loss of his pioneering work in the study of history, his describing it as being more then the activities of royalty and nobles and instead looking at the impact made both upon and by ordinary people.
Democracy is spoken about like the gift of benevolent rulers, who put it into practice overnight. This simply isn’t true. For every right we enjoy today, ordinary people had to fight and campaign to achieve it. We may not know their names but we should be thankful for their actions always.
People have the power to effect change. So long that fact is remembered and acted upon, then democracy will outlive us all and it will never die.