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Democracy as rule of the politicians, for the power, by hook or by crook


Author: Prakhar Prabhat Srivastav, a student of National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam. 

It’s very disheartening and unfortunate that we are not able to inculcate the Democratic principles and ethics that we fought for with the Britishers for hundreds of years and for which freedom fighters sacrificed their life gaily. We are no longer in work to fulfill the Baba Saheb’s dream of India with peace, harmony and comradeship among the citizens that he tried to realize through his marvelous Constitution. It’s regrettable that Abraham Lincoln’s definition of democracy i.e. “Democracy is rule of the people, for the people and by the people” has lost its magnitude to a certain extent in the modern society. My concerns raised above may sound a bit incapacitated but when we look around in the Indian domain we may easily witness that the democracy’s definition has been altered by the present day so called secular rulers to “Democracy as rule of the politicians, for the power, by hook or crook.”

The main motive of my writing is to make each individual realize how we are contributing knowingly and unknowingly in decline of the democratic values and ethics fighting for which our brave leaders like Rani Laxmibai, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad and countless freedom fighters sacrificed their lives. We being the largest democracy of the world have the right to vote like other democracies but the power given to us has no longer an absolute existence or I can say that the politicians have altered the domain of our power. This particular scenario can be understood further with the help of the certain incidents that took place in the recent past, like the removal of the elected government of the Madhya Pradesh due to the reason that a powerful leader of the ruling party was no longer able to exercise his supremacy and as a result decided to join another party with his loyal supporters that abolished a democratically elected government in the State and my question here to you all is that, “is it not the disparage of those voters who voted for someone else’s rule but due to the self egotism, the elected Members of Legislative Assembly left the particular party and joined hand with others”?

Another similar incident took place after the Assembly elections in Maharashtra where a particular alliance received the majority to exercise the powers of the State Legislature, but they parted their ways due to a conflicting desire of two major partners to have their own Chief Minister. The above incidents clearly indicate that the voice of common has lost its magnitude over the past few years due to the shift of the politician’s purpose from being a “public servant” to being a “self-serving servant”.

Another development that happened in the recent past is the increase in communal violence. One of the recent examples of the communal riot is the Violence in National Capital Territory of Delhi that started on February 24, 2020 due to clashes between the two diverse religious communities whose ground was set after the Parliament passed a legislature that barred a particular minority community to claim citizenship on the basis that they were not in minority in the countries from where they migrated. This is definitely not the crux of our constitution and this must not foster in
a democracy and we being the responsible citizen of the country should not let that happen. There is a question that we all need to answer that “Are such riots not the blemish remark on our marvelous constitution that advocates a secular and peaceful India?” And ultimately who all are responsible for this, the answer is “We the people of India” and the reason being that we are allowing a handful of so called secular politicians supporting an agenda which has no difference from that of Britisher’s “divide and rule policy” to profess, practice and propagate and we instead of opposing that extremist idea supporting it and ultimately paying for its repercussions as well.

Another aspect is the political violence that we are witnessing currently in the state of West Bengal where the elections are scheduled to be held in April-May 2021, the state has witnessed numerous deaths of the political workers supporting different ideologies. Is this the way to context elections?

Is it not the abuse on appeasement of our federal structure? It’s unfortunate to witness such things happening in the country of Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda and other intellectuals who were the true worshippers of non-violence and peace and it’s even more unfortunate that despite being aware of the circumstances we are simply acting as a bystander instead of working to eliminate such destructive powers from the society.

The above mentioned instances clearly signifies the need to come forward in order to safeguard our democratic principles and ethics that’s continuously degrading due to the politicians who have obliterated their duty to serve the people and are instead busy in serving themselves. It’s high time for us to stand against these partitioning powers who in order to safeguard their petty interest and to remain in power play with the interests and emotions of the commons and underprivileged. These political personalities exploit the harmony of the nation and provoke communal violence in
the territories in order to polarize their share of votes of a particular community. With the Swami Vivekananda’s quote
“Let men have light, let them be pure and spiritually strong and educated, then alone will miser cease in the world, not before.” I humbly request the energetic youth of the country who have the tremendous potential to transfigure the existing system to come forward for the sake of the nation, for the sake of the humanity and to actively participate in the decision making process of the country with the motive to regain the ethics and the morality that has steeply declined due to the present day politicians.

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Siddhant Singh
Siddhant Singh
10 months ago

Very nicely written and facts are presented frankly…very good👌👌

Srija singh
Srija singh
10 months ago

Great one!

Navneet Kumar Yadav
Navneet Kumar Yadav
10 months ago

Article written by a true citizen of a democratic country. Congratulations to him.

Nitin Kumar Singh
Nitin Kumar Singh
10 months ago

Artical written by real citizen of a democratic country.congratulations for this type thinking and writing skills