The idea of democracy is based on this one import word. However broad and however sacred the idea of democracy is, man has defined a jurisdiction for it and hence is rendered useless beyond borders.
The time has come when democratic countries force democracy, ironic to the definition, on non-democratic nations. There are both good and bad outcomes to this. Yet, freedom being the most important of all human needs, their actions are, in my eyes, justified.
So, in a broad sense, when these developed democratic countries mind their business about Bahrain or Saudi Arabia and interfere with Iraq, the inconsistency and hypocrisy can be considered admissible for the greater good on a long run. The reason being - 'Representation' (or for that matter, lack of it)!
If there is no representation for (sect of ) the people of a country, there is no way their problems can be solved with the help of other countries. So, for a considerable amount of time - the time till they have powerful representation, the women of Saudi Arabia, how much ever are against Sharia, will have to endure it.
Why am I interested in "Representation - பிரதிநிதித்துவம்"? I am a Tamilan (pronounced Tha-mi-lhan : lha - roll your tongue and touch the back most part of your upper palette) . I am from Tamil Nadu, India and an Indian citizen. Tamil is recognized as one of the national languages and I have all the constitutional rights as an Indian from any other part of the country. I have people representing Tamil Nadu in the Lok Sabha (House of Commons - UK/ House of Representatives - USA). If there is something wrong happening to the people in Tamil Nadu, there is constitutional mechanism for our representatives to bring up the matter in the Parliament and cabinet meeting and have it discussed. There is a mechanism to solve the problems.
But what if, God forbid, what if Tamil Nadu people do not have representation in the parliament and have a problem that questions their livelihood?
Nothing will happen! Not because other people don't care. Not because the world is fundamentally sick. But for the simple reason that they simply cannot assume responsibility for the sufferings of a bunch of people who are inconsequential to them and their livelihood. The same reason why Iraq got so much attention while Bahrain did not. Iraq did not have good representation, and has a lot of oil and hence is more 'interesting' than the little autocratic blip of a country, like Bahrain, on the globe which killed its own people when they demanded democracy.
Like nothing happened to the hundreds and thousands of Tamil people in Sri Lanka. They don't have representatives discussing their problems today and have not been having one for the last so many years. Their only recognized representatives were the LTTE and they were to become a 'Terrorist organization' over time and hence the people became illegitimate. Besides, they did not have diamonds and oil to offer.
The nearest of the kin they know of are the Tamil people in Tamil Nadu, India. So, the people of Tamil Nadu, India and Tamil Eelam, Sri Lanka are connected by a thin powerful thread - Tamil, the language they speak. And they are all Tamilans - Not for the reason that they are from Tamil Nadu or Tamil Eelam. But because they speak Tamil. So, when something happens to Tamil Eelam people (or any one who speaks Tamil for that matter) there is a justified hue-and-cry in Tamil Nadu. For the same reason, the Jews in the USA raise their voices in favor of Israel!
The sense of association one has with a country, state, city, etc. has a variety of reasons. Both language and religion are powerful reasons.
The reason why I have written this blog is the funny faces the people make when I make a hue-and-cry about the sufferings of the people of Tamil Eelam.
The reason why I have written this blog is the funny questions the people ask me why the representatives from Tamil Nadu talk more about Tamil Eelam, Sri Lanka than the naxals in West Bengal or the terrorism in Kashmir.
The reason why I have written this blog is the sense of association one has towards whom they consider kith-and-kin. For me, when a person in Tamil Eelam, Sri Lanka is killed in the ethnic war, it hurts more than when a person in West Bengal is killed by naxals.
After all, ones sense of patriotism, nationalism, loyalty, etc. is inherently flawed if it is not for the mankind and earth as an entirety and is only for a fraction of it - like their country, continent, race, state, cricket team, city, language, religion, community, etc.