OPINION: Modern Libya Confronts Challenging Issues – By Mohammad Azeemullah 15/02/2013 13:32:00
17the February, 2011 is the most auspicious day for most of the Libyans as it sparked off revolution that toppled a long-serving dictator who had owned Libya for more than four decades.
Soon the peaceful revolution translated into a full-fledged war that cost more than fifty thousand lives. Many children became orphaned while many women were exposed to vulnerability.
Thousands of dwellings and commercial establishments were destroyed. Reasonable compensation was announced by the government that followed after the revolution, yet something fell far short of winning the heart of the general public.
It is time to pause and think: ‘Is revolution serving its cause?’ ‘Is it attaining its goal? Like others, I felt compelled to ask these questions. There is undoubtedly something that halts the sacredness of 17th February to achieve its objectives.
The plight of the masses is still unheard. Libyans should ask themselves, how from being heirs to a proud heritage in the distant past, they find themselves in such a paradoxical condition even today? The three issues have been widely discussed that confront Libyan society as a whole: security threat, education and health. Public, in general, have repeatedly held these challenges for halting the progress of the nation but they have fallen on deaf ears.
Security is key to development. Recent reports of violence from some parts of the country only add to the apprehension of the investors who are willing to get engaged in various projects. Militias can no longer take the justification of ensuring peace on the ground. The onus of security responsibility solely lies in the hands of the elected government, and thus leads the confidence of public in the institution of defense.
To a great extent, the government has succeeded to overcome the challenge, yet it falls far short of guaranteeing individuals from the hostility that marks the legacy of the past.
Libyans lag behind others in several other areas of contemporary life. For instance, proportion to their population, how many citizens have the opportunity of attending well-maintained schools and colleges leave the matter of quality education aside?
Sometimes, a teacher is in charge of looking after sixty and seventy students. In some cases, disappointedly the number even exceeds. It is like a shepherdguiding the flock without much intellectual output.
Where are the Africa’s best universities, hospitals, parks, libraries and laboratories despite Libya being one of the richest nations in the continent?
Does the wealth of Libya reflect its glamour in the construction of beautiful roads, high-tech airports and advanced system of transports to travel safely from Tripoli to Benghazi? Where do the national resources go?
The same has been discussed a lot about the facilities regarding health services. What public experienced during the previous regime is being replayed with identical types of problems with semi-qualified doctors and incompetent nurses in the hospitals.
Again the number of doctors in proportion to patients in the hospitals is far from the delight of common expectations.
The question is: ‘What has gone wrong with the authority in power?’ Why are the reforms being delayed? How long will they play with the patience of the public?
The coming 17th February that marks the Revolution Day in Libya may be different from what public witnessed last year. The public in general are likely to pose a formidable show of unity on the occasion to bargainwith the government for legitimate demands.
The wake-up call to the government is to address the fundamental issues on the eve of the grand day, i.e. 17th February, and address the grievances they have been facing for decades.
The promises alone will not serve any purpose. It is time to deliver. It is time to act. Modern Libya cannot afford longer without confronting challenging issues.
Comment: you brainless azeemullah first you improve ur language then you post your articles dont spoil indians name
Date: 15/02/2013 14:46:00
Comment: Results produced by the Arab revolution in Libya were contrary to expectations and had negative consequences. After the revolutionaries toppled the Moamer Kadhafi regime, scores of small groups of radical Islamists emerged, something that threatened a civil war. Fighting between these groups, the liquidation of political adversaries and the intimidation of citizens have hurt a country that urgently needs calm and reconstruction.
Date: 15/02/2013 15:30:12
Comment: My comment on this article: The Libyan revolution is going to meet its goals. Already, it has done some of them. The most important goal was to kick away the Gaddafi's regime. The next is to construct a sound background for the state in all fields. We have to build a new Libya as it never has been. That will take a very long time. The problem is that we have to be free of all doubts and to put our hands together. Everyone knows that Libya was devastated and it was left neglected for decades.
Date: 15/02/2013 19:44:25
Comment: Dear rajkumar...original name Srinivas...I have also gone through your remarks previously. Please stop making personal comment. If at all you wish to join, engage us into intellectual debate. I know you hate Arabs. Luckily you love their wealth. Any talk of Arabs' development hurts your psyche. This is really unfortunate. Wish to come back to Libya! Most welcome!
Date: 21/02/2013 12:04:10
Comment: Raj Kumar
Who are you? Do you have any manners to comment on this article's writer. make lode sale Muslamano se nafrat karenge aur phir bhi muslim countries (Arab countries) me apni gaand marwaenge. So mind your language. It seems that you are 100% from South India. (malyali ya tamil). And if you are a real son of your father then send me your contact number.
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