In­dian Democ­racy

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Long long ago some­one de­fined democ­racy as a gov­ern­ment of the peo­ple, by the peo­ple and for the peo­ple. When we ap­ply this con­cept on In­dian democ­racy, we can say that the Ra­jas, Ma­hara­jas, Monar­chs and the im­pe­ri­al­ists have gone, but we must ac­cept that the peo­ple who are rul­ing over us are not peo­ple from amongst the peo­ple. They are those peo­ple to whom the Bri­tish had handed over the charge of this coun­try in 1947 and it is also clear that the Bri­tish had given them some in­struc­tions to rule over the coun­try and the peo­ple while fol­low­ing those in­struc­tions gave us fam­ily rule, then party dic­ta­tor­ship and then in­di­vid­ual au­toc­racy.

It is very much right that peo­ple are with a right to vote and they are in­vited to take part in this re­hearsal. But the peo­ple know that they are just vot­ers and the peo­ple who are stand­ing as can­di­dates are nom­i­nees of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties and we also know that the peo­ple nom­i­nated as can­di­dates are never from amongst the peo­ple and there­fore, when they are elected, they just sit in the au­gust houses and do not work for us. Most of the peo­ple present in our au­gust houses do not know the prob­lems of the peo­ple nor do they know any sci­en­tific method to solve the prob­lems.

The peo­ple in pol­i­tics know our prob­lems, be­cause they are for­ward­ing all those prob­lems be­fore us and are found promis­ing to solve the prob­lems. They get our votes and then sleep over the prob­lems. That is the rea­son none of the prob­lems of the peo­ple could be solved by these peo­ple. Rather the prob­lems have in­creased in num­ber and all the prob­lems have be­come com­plex and com­pli­cated.

And if this process of democ­racy con­tin­ues with us, no prob­lem shall be solved and the peo­ple will never re­alise that they have at­tained in­de­pen­dence and democ­racy. The peo­ple could at­tain in­de­pen­dence from the Bri­tish be­cause they were from an­other coun­try, but the peo­ple shall never get in­de­pen­dence from these sets of politi­cians, be­cause they are In­di­ans and they know the weak­nesses of the peo­ple. The peo­ple shall never be al­lowed to send their own peo­ple in the au­gust houses and there­fore, the democ­racy in In­dia shall re­main half-way. The peo­ple shall re­main vot­ers and be­cause of elec­tions the peo­ple in power shall be in a po­si­tion to tell the world that they are main­tain­ing democ­racy in this coun­try.

— Dalip Singh Wasan

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