Minsk, Belarus: On November 3 Sergey Cherechen became the head of the Belarusian Social Democratic Hramada party, BSDH in a historic party election. The election of Mr. Cherechen is significant on several key points.
BSDH was lead in the past 20 years by none other than, Stanislav Shushkevich, who is the father of modern Republic of Belarus. The changing of the guards not only, bodes well for democratic process of Belarus by showing a vibrant political party system. It more importantly signals a strong vote of confidence for Mr. Cherechen and his political astuteness.
A businessman whose political views adheres closely with the BSDH, has both a strategic view for his country’s future as well as a practical approach how to engage his constituent and engage them into his vision and further into the political process.
He is a keen observer of both the European and the American’s campaign management as well as the social economical underlying sentiments of Belarus.
What he is revealing so far about his vision, centers around a plan to create a sense of empowerment among Belarusians. Tactically, he wants to work with BSDH members and target any city larger than 10,000 and start building a grassroots political empowerment system.
In his view, democracy does not start or end with voting, but it’s a state of mind more than just the election process. The belief that the actions and opinion of every individual has an impact on the country and its future and everyone can make an impact. It’s the lack of this exact kind of self-empowerment mindset that permeates many post-Soviet countries and leads to political apathy.
It’s this sense of empowerment that Mr. Cherechen sees as the key to unlocking his political vision but more importantly the future of his country. He not only wants to make people feel they’re empowered but that they have a patriotic duty to participate in the democratic process. He takes this sense of strong Belarusian nationalism further and has a view of galvanizing that to push his country further into economic growth.
He calls his vision, active nationalism. He believes that globally many leaders are using nationalism to just win elections. Great patriotic slogans that are not strategically planned to help the country in the long-run He sees political engagement as a first step to bigger goals and active nationalism to awaken an underutilized power and resource to fuel his country’s economic engine of growth.