The “snippets” series will be sporadic posts commenting on random issues, what’s the difference between them and regular entries, you may ask……well the difference is hardly significant, however snippets as the name implies are generally very short entries on topics that need more elaboration that might or might not come in future entries.
Snippet # 1 :
The democratic Alternative; A Clash of Generations.
A few days ago, a coalition of the Sudanese opposition as well as the vocal political forces joined hands in signing a charter titled: The democratic alternative charter. Ok, so first things first, on so many levels, this is a significant initiative, it indicates that the opposition has some sort of faith in the recent uprisings, fact that this acknowledgement came over two weeks into it is besides the point, or is it? The charter is eloquently articulated, offering a comprehensive agenda to address the situation post revolution. The status quo of the political scene in The Sudan is deeply polarized as a direct result of the current system’s effort to paralyze the effectiveness of the opposition. The signing of this charter triggered different responses from the youth and the older generations, resulting what can only be described as a clash of generations.
Now all political correctness aside, the charter wasn’t received as well as expected by the youth for several reasons, but one reason that seems to be agreed upon almost unanimously is the fact that youth groups like “Girifna” and “Sharara” were marginalized in the sense that the charter wasn’t signed by representatives although a clause in the charter stated the importance of involving nameless “Youth groups” in the transitional government and what’s to come. There groups serve as an umbrella of unity uniting the raging youth who come from different backgrounds under the common goal of ousting the current oppressive regime! Social media outlets were bustling with dissatisfied youth debating a more optimistic group regarding the level of faith in the opposition and the charter. The charter acknowledges the presence of youth groups, but their role in the stages following the downfall of the regime wasn’t explicitly specified resulting in the skepticism and a fear of marginalization in future endeavors to rebuild the nation.
The older generation received the charter with great enthusiasm and was very disheartened at the fact that the youth didn’t come running with open arms to embrace the charter and offer their unconditional support! Which brings this rant to a significant point…..The older generation though supportive of the youth is still skeptical and critical of their approach to revolting, which is understandable because this same generation witnessed and led the previous popular uprisings , but it is unfair to expect identical approaches when everything is different, the times, the tyrant and the mentalities !
Adam and myself are torn, on one hand we think the charter is a great initiative , its addresses key points and it’s a testimony of the support of the opposition and a form of positive feedback to the recent uprisings , however, the skepticism is absolutely legit and justifiable , because as of this moment, the opposition had been all talk . All in all though, we take a stance of support to everyone who comes along under the common goal of toppling the tyranny.