Indias democracy faces major challenges?


Democracy means a political system, which is recognized and form by the citizen of the country and its ultimate authority belongs to citizens of country, who have full right to participate in decision making process and to elect or dismiss the government. It other words an active participation of all citizen of the country in choosing the government and involved in decision making. In democracy every people live in rule of law, in which law applies to every citizen equally. Democracy also means rule by majority, but main element of democracy is how majority people look after the minority, how power full people look after power less people. In India we live in democracy so it means the minority has equal rights too no majority may violate. But by looking over the recent situation and news it makes me think are we honestly living in pure democracy? Mr.Arjun Singh is busy in implementing the quota system, Shahi Imam is sending out the message that singing our national song is against the Islam, Medical student are on hunger strike for reservation system, some stupid people are opening the restaurant in Mumbai Naming Hitler Cross, and in Interview owner and MD is issuing the statement that its only “surname” in Germany nothing wrong with it. This sort of things makes me wonder, is this sort of democracy we really wanted, when we got freedom? Is this is the dream of Ghandiji democracy? Today out politicians are making laugh and joke about our democracy and our democratic values. Minister are busy in pleasing some particular segment of society, just because bloody vote bank politics, religious leaders are sending hatred messages, no one is bothered about the student who are on hunger strike, People who has opened restaurant didn’t realize or don’t want to realize that it might hurt the feelings of minority Jews community. Big question are we heading in right democratic way? Or we loosing out the main core values of democracy? In my point certainly not, we are not heading in right way, we have lost many core values which makes full word called Democracy. Take a case of Mr.Arjun Singh, if he really wanted to go ahead with reservation system, first of all why they didn’t declared in their manifesto in last election? When student and doctors, engineers went on strike in May and in June, why he never thought instead of implementing the quota system, which is based on 1979 report, and data was based on 1930 census should be put again for assessment, before implementing? Every one knows that since implementation of quota system in 1990 by our Ex. Prime Minister Mr.V.P.Singh, many OBC/SC/ST has become cream layers of society. So question arises why these people who have already taken the benefit of this quota system from 1990 till today should be made eligible for quota system again? They had made their life better and now it’s their own duty to help their family members. I wish we had some sort of law which prohibits these politicians to make any major change in law which have major affects on our society and lives as whole, without going through proper voting process through voters, who had elected them in first place, as democracy says that government ultimate authority belongs to citizens of country. Either they must declare in their manifesto before the elections or go through voting process and involve every citizen in making any major decisions. We as people of this country trust these Minister and leaders to make decision which benefit the society as whole not just particular segment of society. Mr.Singh you let us down, as you had showed the true colours of bloody vote bank politics. I have been reading news today about students who got detained while protesting against the quota system, and released later on. So are we heading towards communist rule? In democracy every citizen got the right to protest, freedom of speech and freedom of expression. Putting these student in jails who are the future of this country and challenging them that government will cancel their registration, is just childish way to deal with the situation. Either government is not taking this particular situation very seriously or they are short of diplomats to sort the situation. You cannot take this sort of situation specially where youths of the country is involved in light weight, and I still don’t understand why other politicians from different parties are not coming out to support these student are they scared that they might loose vote bank? Well one thing is clear it is vote bank politics’ I don’t know how many politicians will get benefit by this vote bank politics but one thing I can bet that normal citizen of this country either from upward class or backward class or SC or ST are going loose. Shahi Imam of Delhi Jama Masjid issuing statement, it is wrong for Muslims to sing Vande Mataram, adding those advocating the song were deviating from the religion. Well Mr. Syed Ahmed Bukhari can certainly argue and come out to say, well I have got freedom of speech and I am the leader of Muslims community so I am entitled to raise the issue which I think is wrong as it is democracy. According to Mr. Syed Ahmed Bukhari singing the song is against Islam, because in Islam nothing is above the Allah including motherland. Well Mr.Bukhari, let me clear few things first of all it’s not a Hindu song it is a national song, second if you really live in democratic country then you should realize that every citizen got right freedom of speech. So singing a song or not singing should be leave up to individual’s decisions? You are not allowed forcing anything on anyone. Third even like in UK or in USA you have liberal democracy and you have full right, but you don’t have right to issue any statement against your country national flag, national anthem and on national song. I don’t think singing a song does make some one patriotic, or not singing a song doesn’t make you traitor, but its treason to issue Fatwa or statement against country national song asking whole community to boycott the national song. So please try to bridge the gap between divided communities as a leader of one religion, instead of create more gaps between communities. Opening a restaurant with “Hitler Cross” is shame, loads of people argued about this, some people even owners says that’s its just place to relax nothing to do with war, its just a “surname” we are using which is common in Germany. Well people who think it’s not a big issue opening the restaurant with this name, then I would request you to go and analysis the situation again. As we live in democracy, then we should think and always think about minorities living with us. You have certain rights, but remember democracy give the equal rights to minorities too. As we live in democratic country it’s our duty to protect minorities’ rights and make sure their feelings don’t get hurt. Wendell Phillips once said: “Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protection: they have many friends and few enemies.” Restaurant name is associated with dark history of the last century, where loads of innocent’s people got killed and burned to death. By saying this is not about war, make me laugh well why anyone should choose this name, this shows the type of mentality owner and people advocating this got where they are not concerned about minorities Jews feelings and want a cheap publicity. I find it shocking that this fact is not more shocking to the citizens of this country. Of course it was just in the opinion section and not the conclusion of a rigorous investigative reporting piece, but at least it’s something. As any country can only become super power when their citizen does works towards the betterment of society. We need citizen of India, who wants to put their head and neck in development of this country as whole. Famous American consumer activist, Ralph Nader, once said: “The most important question that can be asked about any society at any time is how much effort do citizens spend exercising their civic responsibility. We cannot possibly have a democracy with 200 million Americans and only a handful of citizens.” We got more than 1 billion populations but question arise how many citizens we got out 1 billion?

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