Fu­ture Prospects

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

In­dian econ­o­mist and philoso­pher Amartya Sen deems the emer­gence of democ­racy to be one of the key de­vel­op­ments of the 20th cen­tury. He says democ­racy should be rec­og­nized as a com­plex process in­volv­ing the pro­tec­tion of hu­man free­doms and pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion in po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion-mak­ing, rather than be­ing a sim­ple ma­jor­ity rule. As en­vis­aged by Quaid-eAzam Muham­mad Ali Jin­nah, Pak­istan was sup­posed to be a truly demo­cratic coun­try. How­ever, cer­tain de­vi­a­tions from democ­racy in the form of mil­i­tary coups and po­lit­i­cal in­sta­bil­ity, posed a se­ri­ous threat to the fu­ture of democ­racy in the coun­try. Though Pak­istan is con­sti­tu­tion­ally rec­og­nized as a demo­crat­i­cally func­tion­ing coun­try, it has yet to prove its demo­cratic cre­den­tials. In view of Sen’s propo­si­tion, in a so­cio- eco­nom­i­cally strat­i­fied so­ci­ety like ours, where the greater pop­u­la­tion is il­lit­er­ate and is de­void of ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties of life, pop­u­lar demo­cratic ideals have no scope. To be very hon­est, a rad­i­cal pri­or­ity shift is re­quired to turn the coun­try into a demo­cratic, pro­gres­sive na­tion.

No­vaira Khan,

Karachi, Pak­istan.

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