Sting of Loss & Glee of Gain
01 November, 2012
Sting of Loss & Glee of Gain

In the recent parliamentary elections in Georgia, somebody lost and somebody gained. I am saying this as if this is a big deal. What else could have happened as a result of free democratic elections! Well, this is the simplest and the driest look at it of course.

Far more compounded and succulent things started happening as soon as the euphoric celebration of successful western-style elections came to an end. Incidentally, I have qualified the outcome of the 2012 parliamentary elections

in Georgia as a ‘Transitional Haven’. Not so anymore! The former majority which is the current minority today, and the erstwhile opposition which presently is in charge of the country, are eating each other live. Understandably, the appetite on the side of former rulers seems to be way more voracious. Actually, they sound as though they are still in control – difficult to let it go so soon and so abruptly, isn’t it? As the saying has it, habit is a second nature. The newly hatched incumbents of Georgia’s administration are trying in earnest to put a whole new face on Georgia’s government as such – a fairer, milder and fitter face. On the surface of this interaction all seems to be smooth and nice. The tension, the overwhelming tension is felt intrinsically. Both parties are using a professional political parlance, mastered and honed in many years of practice, but this does not mean that the onset of the new-fashion political interface is going to linger on forever. The potential of things becoming rough and ugly is quite considerable. The misdeed-done-and-not-yet-penalized smell is very much in the air. And not just that! The new government seems to be preparing itself for taking the bull by the horns and jumping on exposing all the wrongs that the formers might have perpetrated, but it is not yet clear how soon the bull is going to be baited. I just wanted to drop a small piece of advice on the doorstep of the zealous newcomers that the situation is sort of fragile in Georgia to be kept in piece for long, and the bull, called to the carpet might behave as a bull in a china shop. The consequence is easily imaginable in case this actually happens – it could be not only china that may go to smithereens but the entire premises too. Well, I am not saying it is a good idea to stay laid-back when the perpetrated wrong needs to be eliminated, but I am also trying to drive home the point that we all need to be quite careful when it comes to the need of saving a chance for healthy and realistic democratic development in Georgia. There is a lot of political revulsion working in between the opposed sides in this country which might inherently contain enough potential for ruining the good beginning we are now happily witnessing, thus losing the opportunity of bringing it all to a good ending. The sting of political loss is very bitter to endure, but the glee of gain should not be deluding either. Anything detrimental to the people of Georgia that has taken place in the last quarter of a century has happened due to political extremism and overly sharpened political sentiments. Do we need to put up with the same old crap all the time? Probably not!

 

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