25 June, 2021

Crowds And Power

It was a measure of historic justice that Milosevic, the man who had introduced crowds into Yugoslav politics, was also deposed by a crowd.

Crowds And Power

Recently, in one of the Indian dailies, I read the simplest account yet of what the revolution of the Serbian people against Slobodan Milosevic was all about. The account read: "This time, the Serbians chose to go with the Americans, already on the right side of history, rather than their old friends and allies, the Russians. They probably know it's the only way they'll survive". How very simple. And how very wrong. For all their influence in the world, and for all they did or didn't do to Yugoslavia, these countries were irrelevant to the people who converged on Belgrade from all over Serbia on October 5. Each of them had a personal account to settle with Slobo. Until Milosevic's rule, they were on the right side of history. He changed that. Rising to power on their pride, he took it away from them. And they went to the streets of Belgrade to reclaim it.

I had a ring-side seat in Belgrade during Slobo's grab for power and I wish I could have been there with those who destroyed his trappings of power. I too have an account to settle with him. He...

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