By Mahmoud A. Suleiman
Today, Wednesday 21 October 2015 marks the 51st Anniversary of the Outbreak of the Glorious Sudanese October Revolution of the 21st of October 1964. The outbreak that ousted the military regime of General Ibrahim Abboud who took power on November the 17th 1958 through a military coups d’état, dissolving the parliament and the nascent democratic government that replaced the Anglo-Egyptian Condominium Colonial rule on January 1st 1956.
In the glorious October Revolution; the Sudanese people gave enormous sacrifices for freedom, democracy and a decent life and break free from the clutches of military dictatorship and totalitarianism. The October Revolution was a result of the people of Sudan’s refusal of humiliation and hatred of gagging and suppression of freedoms imposed by oppressive regimes that usually goes hand in hand with military rule.
General Ibrahim Abboud’s government was six years old at the outbreak of the October 21st Revolution in 1964. Abboud’s government was not corrupt or committed genocide or racist as the current criminal regime of the National Congress Party (NCP) led by the Muslim Brotherhood Movement (MBM), which claimed applying Islamic rule, though they turned out to be nothing but warmonger lying hypocrites, 26 years on.
At this juncture one blames himself and others from the Sudanese people and asking what happened to our patriotism which was characterized in the past by toppling military regimes and dictatorships, longing for freedom and are now bearing the holding arbitrary dictatorship for twenty-six years and the opposition remains divided while the Sudanese people continued suffering from hunger and deprivation. Moreover, the NCP regime worked hard using its supremacist racism for the separation of the people in Southern Sudan. What is left of the land of Sudan has been given to foreigners to become home for mercenaries. Furthermore, the NCP regime continued causing systematic destruction of resources and the infrastructure of the economy guided by privatization and favoritism.
Nevertheless, on this occasion my memories of my classmate at former El-Fasher Secondary School, Ahmed Al-Gurashi Taha, one of the Martyrs who had fallen during the Glorious October Sudanese Revolution night at the University Khartoum’s Students residence, AKA Barracks, remain vivid.
I mentioned the name Gurashi because his name coupled with the Glorious October Revolution of October 21st 1964. However, this does not mean that I do not remember and I salute the rest of the souls of the martyrs of the revolution in October 1964 and 1985 April revolution and the martyrs of September 2013 and before them of the martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for Sudan without mentioning names, and they are many, God bless them all.
We also will remember and bless the souls of the victims of the regime of the NCP in Darfur and the Nuba Mountains and Southern Blue Nile and the Beja in eastern Sudan and the martyrs of Manaseer and Kajbar of Nubia area. We ask Almighty God for forgiveness for their virtuous souls.
We , the people of the remaining land of Sudan our Last word on the occasion of the anniversary of the Glorious October 21 Sudan Revolution is squarely directed first to ourselves and secondly to the components of political opposition, both civil and armed, to keep united by putting aside differences which are mostly driven by jealousy, greed and selfishness. We have one and only one archenemy, the regime of the NCP, which should go today before tomorrow, whether like it or not either approved or rejected it. Our tool is protected popular uprising, akin to the 6th of April 1985 Uprising and /or the deluge!
John Kenneth Galbraith a Canadian and, later, American economist, public official, and diplomat, and a leading proponent of 20th-century American liberalism is quoted as saying: All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door.
Dr. Mahmoud A. Suleiman is an Author, Columnist and a Blogger. His blog is http://thussudan.wordpress.com/