I have read with keen interest the article titled "The rising political tide" by Dr. S. M. Rehman (The Nation July 10, 2007). It is, indeed, a very thought-provoking and informative write up. It gives a clear insight into the dynamics of democratic culture. His analysis as to why we failed to establish real democracy is quite objective and relevant. While he is optimistic about change in the society some people are still skeptical about the feudal legacy that Mr. Zardari represents. It could destroy the essence of democracy. In western democracies, heads of parties sometimes propose policies at the party level but the Parliament remains paramount. In our parliament, other parties like Muslim league (Q), MQM and ANP etc also have a role to play. But they have been marginalized. At the moment, two forces are working in the country, one very enlightened, the other status quo oriented. The President and his yes men are working hard to ensure democracy doesn't take hold. The 58(2B) is still threatening demolition of democracy hanging like a Sword of Damocles over 'will' of the people. Surely people want empowerment of the Parliament. Unfortunately, Mr. Zardari is obliged to the President for NRO. I would like Dr. S. M. Rehman to answer: how can these forces be neutralized so that the dream of full democracy comes to fruition? -RUBINA KISHWAR, Rawalpindi, via e-mail, July 10.