He worked for Misurata varsity

People living in India may not realise it, but our democratic form of governance is incomparable, says S. Srinivas Patra, who returned his home here from strife-torn Libya. Mr. Patra was a faculty of the Pharmacy Department of Misurata University of Libya. Mr. Patra has said he never expected such a major uprising in Libya. “I always thought peace prevailed in the country but I had missed the simmers of discontent boiling in the minds of common mass against the autocratic governance in Libya,” he says. He joined the Libyan university in 2009. After spending a year of peaceful life in Libya, he preferred to take his wife Rina, five-year-old daughter Sreya and seven- year-old son Soham to Libya to stay with him in September last.

According to him, long dictatorial rule has led to massive accumulation of discontent among the general public. “Outsiders like him have not been able to assess this antipathy and anger towards the government in the minds of general public.

Terror tactics

Terror tactics of the Libyan government, especially that of the personal security personnel of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, had kept the voice of the public suppressed.” The democratic movements in Egypt and Tunisia triggered off the bomb of discontent that the dictatorial rulers of Egypt were sitting on, he adds.

India with its democratic system would never experience the anarchy that Libya is facing now. “We in India should realise that in our democratic system we always have the right to voice our protest and also have the power and hope to change governments which still remains a dream for the people of Libya,” he says.

He criticised people of our country who at times disparage our democratic system without realising the vagaries of other forms of governance where basic freedom of expression is curtailed.

‘No corruption'

However, Mr. Patra says during his stay in Libya, he had not come across cases of corruption like in India.

According to him corruption may have prevailed among the higher-ups in governance but the common mass did not face it in their day-to-day life.

He is no more interested in returning to Libya in near future.

  • He joined the Libyan university in 2009
  • Long dictatorial rule has led to massive upsurge, he says