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Personality Development Program
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Lessons of the Turmoil of Kyrgyzstan
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Most of the population of
The country is facing major challenges of widespread poverty and ethnic divisions between north and south. The resentment caused by this poverty occasionally spills over into violence. The country's first two post-Soviet presidents were swept from power by popular discontent.
The Kyrgyz make up nearly 70% of the population, with
Uzbeks accounting for about 15% and concentrated in the
The Valley was divided among the three
The southern city of
According to BBC reports, about 300,000 people have
fled their homes, while another 75,000-100,000 people - not counting children
- are thought to have taken refuge in
Many people are in a state of deep shock after their houses
on the outskirts of
According to a spectator, outraged mobs have been knocking on the doors of our neighbors asking where the Uzbeks live. They are threatening to set fire to surrounding buildings and to our block of flats. I've overheard them say that they will burn the buildings and shoot us when we flee. I could even see the flames from my flat. Shops have been looted and gangs have occupied the streets. I heard that they were cutting people with knives and killing them.
"It was quiet and then suddenly I heard a crowd yelling in the street," a hotel employee said. "Suddenly about 200 people stormed the building; they were equipped with sticks and rocks. It was chaos. They destroyed everything, the doors, the windows, smashed all the TV sets and other equipment. Our guests were so scared."
It was a night of looting and shooting. The next day, thousands of residents in the city woke up to chaos. Hundreds of shops were looted and people unlawfully seized land, private property and businesses.
During the clash, there is also a shortage of food. Shops and markets are closed. People who are stuck in their homes are running out of supplies. Prices are doubled in a few open shops.
If we look through the modern history of the country, democratic credentials were regarded as relatively strong in the immediate post-Soviet era, but this reputation was lost when corruption and nepotism took hold during President Akayev's years in office. Parliamentary and presidential elections were flawed, opposition figures faced harassment and imprisonment, and opposition newspapers were closed.
His successor after the 2005 revolt, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, failed to restore full confidence in state institutions at home or abroad. His time in office was marred by political instability and an almost constant struggle with parliament over the constitutional balance of power.
Civil tensions again came to a head in April 2010, when Bakiyev himself was toppled and an interim government was set up under the leadership of former Foreign Minister Roza Otunbayeva.
Among the Kyrgyz population, pro-Bakiyev elements organized resistance to the interim government by seizing government offices and taking officials hostage. As Roza Otunbayeva, the interim president, struggled to control the south, well-established criminal elements and drug dealers exploited the power vacuum.
The spark for communal violence was provided by a clash
between Kyrgyz and Uzbek gangs. It soon turned into street fighting among the
Since 1990, the Kyrgyz part of the
Successive Kyrgyz governments failed to deal with growing corruption and crime. Collapsing infrastructure and widespread poverty contributed to deep public resentment.
The situation of
The main lesson of this story is that poverty is the mother of violence. If we want to avoid any carnage, ferocity and upheaval in our society, we must wage a "Jehad" against the poverty. We should go into overdrive to fulfill at least the basic needs of our poor. We must not wait for the government to help such have-nots. It is our responsibility to start the ball rolling.
Corruption is another major cause of chaos and anarchy because it eventually widens the gap between rich and poor. Writing articles, telecasting talk-shows or arranging demonstrations against the corruption of the government do not change the big picture. It only adds fuel to the flame of frustration.
The character of rulers, whether good or bad, is nothing more than a manifestation of moral and ethical climate of the society. Instead of treating the symptoms, we have to get to the bottom of corruption which is the moral degeneration of our society. We have to fight tooth and nail against it.
Overthrowing a corrupt ruler by a revolt does not solve any problem. When things get out of hands of the government, criminal networks fill the vacuum of power and go off the rails. The corruption and injustice of a government is limited to a few people but the criminals don't care about anything. It opens the floodgates of inflation, poverty, lawlessness and eventually more corruption.
If a camel gets his nose in a tent, his body will follow. Similarly, when the immorality penetrates into the veins of a society, it produces its offspring. Dog-eat-dog attitude becomes normal. People start selling their souls for a few bucks. Entire society falls from grace as a result of moral disintegration. Debased religious leaders sprout out who consider themselves holier-than-thou.
If we look through the history of revolutions, we find that such political revolutions merely change the faces. These revolutions only replace a characterless ruler with another who is also cut from the same cloth. Erstwhile aristocracy is subverted by another elite class which is not very different from its predecessors.
A revolution can never be the real solution to corrupt regimes. The only real and solid solution is an evolutionary and gradual process of intellectual and moral reform of the society.
Think about it!
· What is the solution of widespread corruption?
· What lessons do you derive from the story of Kyrgyzstan?
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Unit 1: Relation with God & His Prophets
In the name of God, the most Beneficent, the Eternally Merciful | The Treasure’s Map | The Month of Ramadan: What to achieve? | The Prophet’s Love | The Basic Premise of the Religion | Who is like You? | Pure Monotheism I | Pure Monotheism II | Who deserves the Paradise?
Unit 2: Elimination of our Negative Personality
How to get rid of Poverty? | The Report of Transparency International and a Hadith | Justification or Admitting One’s Fault | Artificial Colors of Glamour | Religious People & Ostentation | Character of Ancient Religious Leaders at Jerusalem | Attachment to a Group is irrelevant for Success | Successful Life | The Revolution Occurred! | Form & Spirit | Jealousy & Modern Testing Techniques | How to overcome Procrastination? | The Difference between an Extremist & a Moderate Person
Unit 3: Development of our Positive Personality
The Quranic Strategy for Personality Development | How to get rid of Poverty? | Character builds the Nation | The Sermon of Mount | Success: What is it? | Success Secrets | A Positive Attitude affirms the Life | Road Block | Thinking after Writing! | Trust is Golden | Getting off to a good start | The Lesson of Arnold Schwarzenegger | Unlocking the Gates to Success | Admitting One’s Fault | Top 10 Qualities of Excellence
Unit 4: Relationship with Human Beings
Unit 5: Our Responsibility, Vision & Mission
The Love of Prophet Muhammad with Knowledge | Traditional Mentality | Strange Similarities between Christian & Muslim Histories | The Relationship of Revelation & Intellect (Part I) | The Relationship of Revelation & Intellect (Part II) | The Problem of Aurengzeb Alamgir