By DR. DJUWARI
All of us—especially the politically minded—know the scary people power. Everywhere people in the world have known the tragedy induced by people power. People power refers to the populist driving force of any social movement. It is a real social movement invoking the authority of grassroots’ opinion to have unconsciously organized forces.
Learning from the past history, any national leaders everywhere should keep the country free from this tragic force: power people. This people power—in some cases—is triggered by so sensitive aspects. In the developing countries, it is easily induced. But, it can also happen in even the developed or modern countries.
Issues that are “good” to be used for driving the people power in developing countries are so varied. They can be a social condition, public service problem, and economic problem. But, the most effective weapon to trigger such a huge and scary power is religious and discrimination or “fascist” issues.
Religious issue is also the sensitive issue. This can belong to racism due to the different people with their different life histories. In my country—Indonesia for example— the religious issue is the most prevailing issue to be raised. When it is really related to this issue, people power comes up so quickly and dramatically.
I believe this issue above can even be also sensitive in modern countries. Let us take for example in Germany and the USA. In the USA—whether it is really valid or not—it is recently discrimination related to fascism. News in the media is apt to be “engrossed with these issues. They have—even up to now— been dragged into this issue: the indigenous and the citizens with their immigration process.
Racism is a prejudice, discrimination. It is an antagonism directed against someone or group of society of a different race. They base it on believing that their own race is superior. This is the worst issue when it is used for driving people power. As human beings wishing for a life in harmony should not be trapped into this coward issue. Yet, it tends to be the effective trigger for people power.
Fascism is the dictatorship by the strong power of the government against the opposition. Yet, Fascism can also be the symbol of liberal democracy which is deemed to be absolute. They tend to see themselves as the totalitarian power as mobilization under the society. It, however, can also be triggered by the oppositionL They feel having a huge number of grassroots..
Both of the two above—racism and fascism— are dangerous issues. Never do any mobilization using such two issues. If so, we are coward and of course against our Creator creating all the human beings for peace and harmony throughout the globe. Be cognizant of these two issues. These two issues had been the real and valid shreds of evidence during the world wars—probably till nowadays.
When the issue is related to the existing public survives, it can be good. The issue can be used for input to make better policy for the whole nation. When the issue is concerned with the economic problem, it can also be beneficial because the government can create a new strategy for making the economy better. When the issue is about a social problem, it can be a useful trigger to make the social condition better.
It spends a huge energy. It drags the nation into chaos. It even makes everything look blurring. The whole nation can be in jeopardy. They are all dragged into living in full of tense— every second. Both the government and the rest of the people as the opposition feel so scared.
If the condition is so scary, people can’t maintain stability in the country. Violence and riots are really vulnerable to everyone in any part of the whole country. It is even more dangerous than a tsunami. It is even more disastrous than earthquakes. All in all, it is the reflection of badly political attitude around the the country.. We have to learn from the past: a lesson learned is required to pay attention.
In order to avoid such a tragedy—any political parties or national bodies in the country should be consolidated. It is the time for all people to bring the nation into a better life. Life is too risky to think of the worst issue for people power. The rest of the globe is now racing for a better future for their future generation.
As a developing country, we have to keep our nation going beyond. Going beyond-- in the sense—is that we have to lead the whole people to make our country peaceful. Future generation should be framed from now on to have them prepared for their life which is full of uncertainties.
Lives are to be based on the compromise for the best quality of human resources. And, this is a good issue. Never be dragged into jeopardy: people power based on the two issues: racism and fascism. These two had been the real and valid shreds of evidence. Learn from the past..
Dr. DJUWARI is the managing editor of the journal and book division, STIE Perbanas Surabaya; editor of some reputable international academic journals; the advisor of Indonesia Association of Press Practitioners/ Journalists in East Java province (HIPSI), Indonesia. He is also the president of the International Association of Scholarly Publishers, Editors, and Reviewers (IASPER).
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