Democracy

The most sought after form of government in the world is Democracy. Abraham Lincoln described democracy as a government,“of the people, by the people and for the people.” This line perfectly sums up the purpose, meaning and the soul of democracy.

For the majority of the existence of mankind, one section of the society has suppressed the other, sometimes even gone as far as completely exterminating them from the face of the earth and now they attempt to co-exist and sort out their differences by sitting down and talking and not standing up and fighting. Therefore, I consider democracy to be one of the greatest inventions by man.

Democracy consists of a government that is chosen by the people. Yet it is also a very slow form of administration due to its nature of ‘belonging to the nature’ certain actions and processes that are to be carried out immediately are delayed. But these deliberations ensure that each and every single move and action is thoroughly thought through and debated upon to avoid any rash decisions which could harm the people and the country. It is also a system of checks and balances i.e. no single person or organ in the government has power polarized around itself/himself/herself, i.e. no absolute power and zero accountability.

This government form is ideal for countries which have a developed and educated society. The United States of America is one of the oldest democracies in the world. It is a developed country with the majority of the population literate and connected to a common culture and heritage. Being literate allows the people to make informed decisions and avoid misleading information and actually have the liberty to choose, whatever they think is right according to them.

On the other hand there is India, which is a relatively younger democracy that has the majority of the population living in rural areas, who fight for basic amenities on a daily basis, who are illiterate and to top it all off, are culturally and historically diverse. Analysts and experts would say that India shouldn’t have a democratic form of government as the people are ‘not really free.’ People can be easily influenced and manipulated by individuals and organizations who can use it to gain or retain power. India is also a prime example of why democracy is required? Democracy is required in a country like India, because of the vast diversities that are present. It will ensure that no single section of the society will hold power and use it against those who oppose them.

At the same time, the diversity makes it difficult for the government to function effectively while protecting the interests of each and every single section of the society. This process is made easier via representation of all the sections in appropriate platforms, which wouldn’t be possible or allowed in a non-democratic form of government.

Therefore democracy is not a very ideal form of government, no form of government is. But it protects the interests of the people and therefore it is a relatively better form of government and those who have this should value it as they do not know what it is like to live in a country where the government tells you how to cut your hair and enforce it by law.

Priyamvad Rai

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