Friday, 13 April 2012


     Democracy is often defined as ' the government of the people, for the people and by the people'. Since the main stress in any democratic set-up depends on the people, democracy is the system that is the most acceptable. Every single individual in the country is part of the process of governing. The legislature is elected by the people. It makes laws for the people. The executive, selected from the legislature, runs the country from the people. If he is corrupt or fails in its duty, it will not be re- elected the next time.
     This does not mean that democracy is a perfect system. Democracy also has its drawbacks. It does not always guarantee the accountability of the elected representatives. Sometimes those who wield power may be corrupt.
      If democracy is to be effective, the people have to be alert. They must continuously keep track of the activities to those to whom they have given their votes. They must learn to raise their voice against injustice and corruption. 
      Democracy is better that the other forms of government such as monarchy and dictatorship. In both monarchy and and dictatorship, the ruler- individual or group - wields absolute power and the people have no remedy against its misuse. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. There is no individual freedom, freedom of speech or expression...
      The most important attribute of democracy is that everyone is treated equally before the law, irrespective of caste , creed or sex. Everyone is entitled to freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom of occupation and freedom to move throughout the country. The dignity of man is recognized and respected. People are given ample opportunities to move ahead in life...

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