Thursday, July 4, 2013


VOICES FROM THE STREETS - Egyptians are reacting to the fast-moving developments in their country, after the army ousted President Mohammed Morsi and put him under house arrest. The top judge of Egypt's Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmud Mansour, has been sworn in as interim leader, saying that fresh elections were “the only way” forward, but gave no indication of when they would be held. Here, Egyptian readers give their reaction to Mr Morsi's removal.
Reem Shalan, Cairo: “There were so many people out on the streets on Wednesday night and the atmosphere was so patriotic. There were patriotic songs and fireworks. There were small kids, old men and women, people of all ages and from all backgrounds. A couple of months ago, people were skeptical of the army. However, we have now seen our faith restored. This is not a military coup, as many are saying. Muslims, Coptic Christians, the rebel movement - we all wanted Morsi removed.”

Islam Hawala, Giza: “This is a full-blown military coup. The military are using the people as an excuse to remove a democratically elected president. They have pushed the people to the streets so that they can gain power. I can't accept it. I can't live in a country where my voice is not heard because of the military. I will continue to protest against this. We don't have a democracy anymore. I have been to many pro-Morsi protests over the past few days. There were many people there and they have been peaceful. The people who wanted Morsi removed have their right to protest too, but protesting doesn't mean overthrowing the president. This is not democracy. 
It is anti-democratic to fight the system. When Morsi came to power I thought he would be able to change many things, but he didn't. But what we need to remember is that he was elected democratically.”

Egypt woke up to yet another new ruler today after President Mohamed Morsi, the democratically-elected Islamist president, was ousted in a military-led coup. After days of growing protests across Egypt, the military has removed embattled President Morsi and suspended the country's constitution, paving the way for an interim government ahead of early presidential elections. Mr Mansour, Egypt's new interim head of state, has promised fresh elections and he has offered an olive branch to the Muslim Brotherhood, saying that “nobody will be excluded” from building the nation again. In our pursuit to attain peace, the real struggle is to find a harmonious relationship between enjoyment and renunciation.

Though the vocation of each individual is different, everyone’s goal is the same - the attainment of peace. If we ignore the Emperor of Peace and simply devote ourselves to worldly duties or to our work, thinking that peace will come to us through material learning, wealth or riches, then we are destined to fall into the pit of misery. The consequences of this attitude are clear - people are becoming more and more selfishly oriented and thus actually ignoring the interests of their society and country. They have forgotten that the struggle for enjoyment or renunciation is not the essential struggle in life. We achieve real enjoyment by renouncing our own selfish interest in favor of higher purposes like society, country and God.

Śrīla Bhakti Bibudha Bodhayan Mahārāja :
“Sanatan Hindu Dharma - The Way to Harmony”

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"

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