The New Generations in Sudan

Dr. Elshafie Khidir Saeid

The mass movement in Sudan is not just a passive recipient of the instructions of the political leaders, but rather it is an active & proactive party searching for the resolution of the Sudanese crisis. The various factions of the political forces are indeed striving to seriously address the crisis questions, but it is clear that today they are facing a dilemma in providing convincing and inspiring answers that heal the esteem of the youth.

The new generations are accusing the political forces of getting lost in the labyrinth of sterile binaries, in politics, organization, and alliances, far from discovering the necessary code to inspire the people.

Unfortunately, we did not give good attention to these accusations while we should have studied them carefully with open minds that welcome the criticism, review, and reconsideration, accepting the fact that no one monopolizes the truth and dropping off the concepts of the winner or the dominant in the political action, from which we only reap the exacerbation of crises.

The vast majority of the Sudanese people hated the old stereotyped politics, which our parties, left or right, have been practicing for a very long time, and they are looking forward to opening the gates of imagination and innovation in search of a new understanding of political practice, entitled to put forward the right slogans at the right time, which are embodied in concrete demands that stem from the direct concerns of the people.

The world today is witnessing a huge leap in accelerating the maturity of the subjective factor of change. The modern technological revolution, as much as it broke the monopoly of tyrannical regimes for information, and reduced their ability to monitor, spy, hack and paralyze the popular movement, as it also broke the elitist bureaucratic mentality of opposition activists, and created virtual spaces, fields, and organizations to expand the horizons of political action towards the broadest form of participation and interaction, which can be translated into a miraculous force for change.

I think this was the case during the Arab Spring! However, the tools of the modern technological revolution, including social media, will remain mere deaf machines if they are not managed by effective minds that improve reading reality and its transformations and translate its data into innovative initiatives in all political, economic, cultural, and social fields. Of course, the youngsters are the best ones to undertake this.

Equally also, the modern technological revolution has imposed a set of shifts that deliver dramatic changes in sociopolitical life. Such shifts include the transition from the idea of ​​waiting for the charismatic leader and the savior hero, to the idea of ​​the leader being the responsible president amid a collective leadership equal in duties and rights, the shift from the idea of ​​the old-styled professional struggler to the idea of ​​the field activist who is also a struggler but with creativity and innovation in dealing with the achievements of globalization and the technological revolution.

The shift from a closed, deaf system to a vast open space for deliberation and interaction, so that everyone contributes to the act of change that is no longer the act of vanguards and canned organizations, but rather the revolution of the ordinary human being who inaugurates a new era in which he or she acts as a full participant in the act of change, while in the past he or she was just a recipient cheering for the eloquence of the assumingly inspiring leader, and for those who think and decide on his/her behalf.

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