A nation like a family
The metaphor tells us what we need to know. Nations largely depend on their governments, families on parents. Governments enforce law and order, and parents enforce discipline. Governments build infrastructures and parents build characters. Governments give incentives, and parents give encouragements.
Governments are responsible for fairness, justice and equitable distribution. Parents have to see that all their children get love, care and equal treatment. There are children of varying ages in a house as there are citizens of varying interest groups in a country.
Parents arbitrate quarrels amongst children, when the older ones try to bully their younger siblings. Food at the table must be equally available to all so that each can eat according to his appetite and nutrition. There will be bright children and poor performers, but parents are responsible to see that they get equal opportunity and the same attention.
A government can be no less responsible. It has citizens of divergent clouts and interests ó the clever ones, moneyed ones, muscled ones, crooked ones, brilliant ones and boorish ones. It has men and women. It has the children, the minority and the majority. It has the literate and the illiterate. It has the privileged and the underprivileged, the aristocrats and the riffraff, the strong and the weak.
Needless to say, the government has a critical role to play in the life of a nation. It has to be strict, fair and alert to protect the rights of its citizens. While all governments are elected with the money of the rich and powerful, they also need the votes of less fortunate people. A truly democratic government belongs to all people. Ideally, it shouldnít belong more to some and less to others.
That brings us to the crux of the problem in this country. The country is comparable to a house where parents are away most time of the day. The children are unruly, free to do what they like. They fight, empty the refrigerator, and dump their clothes all over the place. They ignore their studies, donít do any cleaning and the older ones deprive the younger ones in terms of food, space and other shared amenities. Parents return late at night like governments do before elections.
ó Courtesy - Daily Star. The writer is Editor, First News and an opinion writer for The Daily Star.