PUTINISM TO ERDOGANISM: CIRCA 2017

Its official now.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is the next dictator-cum-strongman of Europe – in fact the only one after Vladimir Putin in Russia.

As ‘Putinism’ is used to describe the dictatorial run of Vladimir Putin, another dictatorial style complete its gestation period today – ‘Erdoganism’ – with his designs for an all power presidency in Turkey.

Today, Erdogan killed the Turkish parliamentary system and gave his coronation as Turkey’s undisputed, unbridled, unchallenged (and hardliner) ruler a presidential makeover. Today, Turkey, the only Muslim country with a modern cultural outlook today completed its journey to become a man’s fiefdom.

Today’s referendum has given unparalleled (and unquestioned) powers to Erdogan. Now he will appoint and sack his cabinet as he pleases. Now he will choose who will deliver justice in Turkey’s courts. Now he will dissolve the parliament, that has already been reduced to a nominal existence, when he feels so.

And it is not without public support. The 2016 Turkish coup against Erdogan failed because public opposed it. And swathes of public could be seen in long shots of Erdogan’s victory celebrations today. He is riding high on a nationalist fervour.

Something that Putinism has done with a panache.

Putin has been ‘democratically’ elected dictator of Russia since 1999, 18 year now and is poised to remain there for decades. Erdogan has ruled Turkey’s power corridors since 2003 and with today’s move, he also cemented with position for decades to come. They both have abused democracy to give democratic sanction to their ruthless power grabbing acts.

The 2016 Turkish coup, in fact, was the last remnant of the secular thought process – the hallmark of the Turkish military once – that saw its disoriented expression on July 15 last year.

Tens of thousands have been arrested and purged and it is still ongoing – with ruthless finesse. It is expected to last till every voice against Erdogan is effectively silenced. Erdogan was doing it for long but the coup (or the failed coup) exacerbated it. With today’s coup, Erdoganism has tried to give it a sort of democratic garb.

Would the European community act? Would the European nations take note of it?

Well, this question was raised every time Putinism displayed itself and it will continue its tradition with Erdoganism, as has been the case when signs became visible that Europe’s next dictator had arrived in Erogan.

The answer never came. Turkey has become the next Russia for Europe. And European nations cannot do anything about it. Today, the only secular Muslim country of the world initiated its journey back to religious fundamentalism under a ruler who is a Islamist and was jailed for hurting Turkey’s secular credentials. Today, the right wing politics prevailed in yet another country.

©SantoshChaubey

PUTINISM TO ERDOGANISM!

Is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan going to be the next dictator of Europe – in fact the only one after Vladimir Putin in Russia (and in some post Soviet countries)?

As ‘Putinism’ is used to describe the dictatorial run of Vladimir Putin, are we staring at yet another dictatorial style to emerge – ‘Erdoganism’ – with his designs for an all power presidency in Turkey?

There are both lines of thoughts open right now – that it was a stage-managed coup by Erdogan to cement his position further – or that it was the last remnant of the secular thought process – the hallmark of the Turkish military once – that saw its disoriented expression on July 15. Which way would you want to go?

Over 9300 have been arrested. Though Turkey said today that all those involved in the coup had been arrested, the purge that began on Saturday, is to expected to last till every voice against Erdogan is effectively silenced. Erdogan has been doing it for long but the coup (or the failed coup) is expected to exacerbate it. Let’s see what sort of democratic garb Erdoganism gives it.

If the coup was real – as images of protesting Turkish people suggest – would they (the Turkish people) raise their voice against Erdoganism – if it comes to dictate the Turkish way of life – a clear and present danger now?

Would the European community act? Would the European nations take note of it.

Or will they still admit Turkey in the European Union – after this failed coup – if Erdoganism delivers on the financial front – even if democracy is effectively crushed?

Will Turkey become the next Russia for Europe – or energy politics make them different case studies to handle? Many European nations need Russia’s energy exports – an advantage that Turkey cannot boast.

©SantoshChaubey