Democracy- “work in progress”

Article for Blog Post Writing Competition 2011 | by Mahi Sharma

May 18th, 201112:55 pm

I shall try to correct  errors when shown to be errors and I shall try to adopt the new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views”

When I was in standard 5th, I heard the word democracy. I asked my daddy what kind of thing is democracy? He replied –it means people are their own masters. I still remember he told me the famous quotation of Abraham Lincoln-“Democracy means the government of the people ,by the people and for the people”. I just by hearted the quotation and the next day in class when my teacher asked about democracy ,I just emitted the quotation. Teacher was much impressed by my reply and I felt as proud as I was the one among forty students who replied and then my friend asked me- how you know about democracy? I said that I did a research I know each and everything about democracy. I just felt how smart I am. But I was wrong.

Today when I sat down to pen my thought on democracy; I had a sudden realization of the enormity of the tasks at hand. Can all the problems which the largest democratic country in the world is facing today will be summarized in few hundred words. I observed many things in my democratic nation but I could not find a solution to my questions- why always those who are hard working, sincere, truthful & bold is been pulled back, why no chance given to them to come up in life? Why it is always money and power plays the role, where is the gentility, why, common people who also has the equal right of choosing their leaders without any partiality, is sitting dumb! Why those who are honest should be penalized always? Is aam aadmi really free and exercising his rights? Many mind boggling questions.

I felt happy on my 18th birthday because now I have the chance to choose my representatives my leaders who will speak on behalf of me, who will understand all my problems .As a young girl the challenges which I face while traveling by bus ,when  I have to stand in a long queue than also have to pay extra bugs for the officers in order to made my license , when I have to think twice before riding my scooty because of rising fuel prices, when my mother  pay an extra amount to purchase a LPG , when my daddy always worry about my security in the  trains and buses .The people to who are   without shelters ,unable to get proper meal ,the young children who are unable to get proper education .

But I have a hope my leader will solve all my problems and he has to work for us as we elect him. In actual situation- Is government is really for the people and by the people? I think George Bernard Shaw made a right point  “Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve”.

Democracy in reality is a word with many meanings but with some emotional colors. .I often feel that this is a system in which you have to fit  whether you are comfortable or not .for example: whether I am able to sit on a chair properly or not I have to adjust myself  .I hope my point is clear here. It means I am not free. I have the freedom to speak but I am not speaking because I know I just have to sit because all are sitting and if I will raise my voice it will be suppressed by the powerful hand “jo chal raha hai chalne do”. Country like India constrained by regionalism, religion, uneven development, demand for autonomy identity politics, conflict political interests, caste and race. We are to bow over head in shame over corruption ,farmers suicide and the low moral values among rulers generally. However, democracy for a common Indian is something better than any other system. It is something he would not like to see replaced even if another system is offered to him .He has the right to choose his representatives. A common man act as an umpire. Is this the truth?

During my school days we had a system of selection of our class representative one may also call class monitor  through the voting totally democratic but the representative who were elected  by our classmates either had a large group who like them or had a charismatic personality ,some were powerful in class if you will not vote for them they will create problems while some influenced us by giving us card or other gifts .Don’t you think same situation India is facing during elections. In our democratic nation, elections are the key component to equal justice and rulings. There has been a growing concern over the years in India about several aspects of our electoral system. The election and electoral reform in India can best be described as a work in progress. As the monitor which we elected for our representation did not work properly because we chose him under some influenced same is happening on the big political stage as well.. “An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it. ”George Bernard Shaw” I think this quotation is quite apt during election situation. A strict check on the regularities needed which is in fact observed by the commissions The Vohra commission report on the  Criminalization of politics during 2004 lok sabha election was an eye opener for the country. There is the significant number of elected representatives with criminal charges pending against them. It has a negative impact on the democracy of the country.  . A question would definitely raised-Will these leaders be honest with aam aadmi? As my class monitor  during class used to distribute chocolates and cards in order to gain votes and support today many politician too “buy the votes”. They boost the things like nation and progress of the country but its easy to talk  difficult to walk they never able to set  a clear road map for the people. They often talk about the aam aadmi but each and everything benefits to the khaas aadmi of society as in my  class the large groups were benefited by the class monitor and rest were just like a puppet. Politics is an art of creating possibility but it seems as if this is an art of creating problems. Let our government works for the people .

As a young girl I always dream of India where people understand the real meaning of the word democracy. We need to instil patriotism in our hearts.

“One voice can change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a state, and if it change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world. Your voice can change the world.”
— Barack Obama


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