Monday, March 10, 2008

Reference: Political parties in Iraq

The formation of political parties in Iraq strictly along communal lines does not bode well for the future of that country. Political parties that represent religious or ethnic groups are recipes for the failure of the nation-state they are supposed to form and for its ultimate dissolution. The Muslim League of India was a political party that wanted to form the government of India but ended up breaking up the country in order to carve out a homeland for the Muslims to be called Pakistan. In turn, the country called Bangladesh was carved out of Pakistan as a homeland for the Bengalis, who were represented by a political party called the Awami League. I would like to propose that the overarching charter of a democracy include mechanisms to ensure that political parties remain purely political.

Cha-am Jamal

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