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Middle East Unrest: ‘Bahrain’ too?

The newspaper/ media headlines scream –

– ‘Demonstrations have been taking places in Yemen where anti-government protesters are demanding that President Ali Abdullah Saleh leave office immediately’.

– ‘Witnesses have told the BBC that Libyan troops have opened fire with anti-government protesters in the city of Benghazi, killing an undetermined number of people’.

– ‘Thousands of Opposition supporters are protesting in Iran with two people getting killed in the clashes between the protesters and the armed forces’

Now the unexpected – Bahrain – a small island in the Persian gulf with a population of 1.2 million – becomes the latest gulf nation – and falls victim to public unrest! Thousands of Jubilant Bahrainis returned yesterday(Saturday) to Manama’s Pearl Square, the focal point of anti-regime demonstrations, after police and military troops withdrew in what appeared to be a conciliatory move. Crown Prince Salman bin Al Khalifa ordered that Police/ troops should stay away from the protesters. Why is this happening? Is it the result of a ripple effect of what happened in Tunisia/ Egypt? Or, should we blame the Media??

Democracy need not necessarily succeed everywhere; these nations are small and monarchy ruled for very long time! I think – due to media exposure, people are getting emotionally swayed and these moments of uprising are only aberrations that need to be corrected. I have been to Bahrain and so, it surprises me; I am wondering why this ‘public unrest’ in Bahrain? Bahrain is a constitutional monarchy and the king has taken good care of the people, it is a wealthy country – there were reforms implemented recently! I do not think Bahrain will face a similar situation like the ‘ousted’ governments faced in Tunisia or Egypt. People are getting astray! Oh, how media can be so counter-productive, at times?


About Raman Ramamurthy

I am a Management consultant, an avid reader, play Lawn tennis in my leisure time and love Music. Presently, I am settled in India along with my wife and my son.



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