What is democracy and why is democracy? A nation can only be defined as a true democracy if the incumbent government rules in accordance with the majority, while respecting rights of the minority. The government of the people, for the people and by the people is the right meaning of what the word democracy suggests. Democracy is meant for the welfare of the people; however, we Indians are not justified in calling our nation a true democracy because we are actually not living in one. If you do not believe this then read the top 10 reasons why you are not living in a true democracy.
10. Non-inclusive growth:
The democratic set up works on the main objective of providing equal chances of growth to the citizens of the state. However, since most of the countrymen are devoid of equal social and economic rights, our nation is getting closer to doomsday. The growth is non-inclusive and irrelevant. It clearly shows that the Indian democracy is most likely a farce or even fake.
9. Sluggish judicial system:
The state of judicial affairs in India is regarded as one of the slowest in the world. The rate of disposal of pending cases in the courts is slower than that of the laziest snails. This has led to a feeling of disgust towards the legal system of the country. Judiciary is considered as one of the four strong pillars of a true democracy and plays an important role in taking the nation forward. However, the rate of performance of our judicial set up is not too pleasing to make our democracy truly potent.
Bureaucratic framework has become so rigid and unproductive that the country should be renamed as “Babustan” than “Hindustan”. The prevalence of Red-tapism is so wide spread that no paper moves an inch before several months or years pass by, unless you’re some big shot or have the power to bribe. The speed of execution of policies is getting slower and slower as the number of pending files is only rising.
7. Corrupt media:
Media is one of the four pillars of our democracy and plays an important role in nation building process. However, the degeneration of the state of affairs in the media world has further weakened the democratic values of the country. Paid media channels are ruling the roost and present only one side of the picture. All possible efforts are made to conceal the truth.
6. Unfair elections:
The state of affairs in the interiors of states, such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand to name a few, are too depressing. The way common man’s votes are acquired by the politicians with a criminal background is no hidden secret. Although, the Election Commission of India has worked hard over the last few years to improve the situation on ground, badland politics emerges fearless at every level of the election process.
5. No transparency in system:
Farce is the word used to describe the opaque and lacking political system in the country. Not only do political parties prefer to maintain distance from the general public after gaining power at centre or state, they make it certain that zero level of transparency is maintained in the workings of the government. It assists them in carrying out all the possible malpractices behind curtains.
4. Government is not of, for or by the people:
What is democracy and why is democracy? Abraham Lincoln had rightly opined once that democracy is a system where “Government is of the people, for the people and by the people.” However, successive governments in our country have failed in winning our trust. This is because of the corrupt nature of most of our elected representatives. The words of the famous US President could easily be re-arranged as “Government of the fortunate few, for the fortunate few and by the fortunate few,” in the present context.
3. No social justice:
Social justice is the corner stone of any political ideology, be it based on Communism or Democracy. However, as years passed, the definition of social justice became meeker. Not only is there a clear economic divide prevalent in the so called largest democracy of the world, the Indian society still remains divided into sections of minority and majority on the basis of caste, religion and political inclination. The disadvantaged and marginalized sections are the ones that face the wrath of every defective policy of the government, while the few rich happily accumulate more money at the cost of the poor.
2. Protest is an alien concept:
Democratic unions provide equal rights to every citizen of the state to protest silently and present their disapproval to the government. However, it is amply clear to the people of the country that any anti-establishment agitation or the demonstration against corrupt nexus of politicians and criminals meets a brutal end. Therefore, similar to many other dictatorial regimes across the world, our nation is running on the same concept of ‘rule of stick’.
1. No free speech:
A true democracy is known to propagate the idea of free speech and thoughts, and this is why democratic nations are most advanced in the present times. However, openly stating your opinions and putting forward any anti-government agendas is almost next to impossible in India. Your actions and words are always under the surveillance of the government watchdogs, who won’t allow any negative information about their leaders or their policies out.