Friday, October 9, 2015

Acquainting myself with this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner.

The Nobel Peace Prize of '15 has been awarded to the "National Dialogue Quartet" of Tunisia.

1. It would be in the fitness of things to understand the contributions of this unusual organisation to win the most coveted prize in the world.


2. To understand the evolution of the dynamic quartet one must go back to the Jasmine Revolution
- Jasmine, incidentally, is the national flower of Tunisia - which began, in Tunisia, on 18 Dec '10. On the previous day, 26 year old Mohammed Bouazi, an unemployed street vendor lit himself on fire, sparking off the political earthquake. High unemployment, corruption, social inequalities and political repression precipitated an intensive campaign of civil resistance - a combination of demonstrations, general strikes, self immolation and spontaneous uprisings. It eventually led to the ouster of its longtime President Zine al Abidine Ben Ali in Jan '11 when he fled to Saudi Arabia.

3. This transition led to a thorough democratisation of Tunisia which saw the holding of a free and democratic elections. The coalition of the 'Islamist Ennahda Movement' with the centre-left 'Congress for the Republic' and the left backing 'Ettakatol' as junior partners, won the elections.

4. During the summer of '13 when the democratisation process looked to be in jeopardy and falling, the National Dialogue Quartet came into being, comprising the following:-

        (a) Tunisian General Labour Union
        (b) Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts
        (c) Tunisian Human Rights League and
        (d) Tunisian Order of Lawyers.

5. Tunisia, now, has a democratic government and the contribution of the National Dialogue Quartet has become folklore. It had brought all the political parties on to the negotiating table to find a peaceful solution.

My take.

Heartiest congratulations, National Dialogue Quartet of Tunisia, for your well deserved recognition!


The Jasmine Revolution had triggered off the famous Arab Spring, that saw regime changes in Egypt, Libya, Yemen and the ongoing strife in Syria.  

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