Are we, the people of India, mature enough for a democracy?
Are, WE, the people of India, mature enough for a democracy? A very pertinent question has been put forward by the author. As the Preamble of our Constitution amply makes it clear that the power to govern the state lies with the people of India (through the elected representatives), do we take our responsibility seriously? Do we make it a point to select the best candidate in the fray and also to follow up whether he is acting effectively as our representative? Let us consider all related points and discuss the issue rationally and also suggest possible solutions in this thread.
Democracy is the rule of the people. The people elect the representatives from among themselves to govern the country. In effect, it is a Government by the people and for the people. The majority will rule the country. Elections are the process through which the representatives will be elected by the people constituency wise. The election of appropriate representatives for good governance is the most important factor in a democracy.
India is the largest democratic country in the world by virtue of its population. The Indian democracy is considered to be the best by the way the elections are conducted every five years and the peaceful transfer of power. Now the questions that remain to be answered are, whether the people of India are electing eligible candidates or not? Whether we know what our obligations are for the effective running of the elected government?
In our country, we have a multi-party system from which we elect the representatives. The political parties select the candidates by judging the pulse of the people for a winning candidate. The criteria for measuring our maturity to elect a good government depends on the casting of vote by all the eligible voters for choosing the best among the contesting candidates irrespective of religion, region and caste. After the elections are over and the government is formed, does the public take interest in how the government is functioning and how it is fulfilling the promises made by the parties during the election canvassing.
Members, express your opinions by considering all the points mentioned above as to whether we are mature enough for a democracy?