Knowledge is power.
However, in a liberal democratic country people can freely speak against the government or ruling party leaders or government policies. Besides people media is also free to criticise government and their voice can not be suppressed.
If there is illiberal democracy in any country no dissent voice of people, media and any independent institution or body will be heard.
Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.
K Mohan @ Moga
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
In political parties also many national and regional parties are being ruled by a family and the chief will be always from that family only. This family culture is spoiling the party and its future. In some parties, at least the election for the supreme post will be carried out but once he got elected he will be the final for all the issues. But in some parties, there is no democracy even in electing the supreme of the party. That will be a hereditary post and the same family member has to become the chief. So I think there is no internal democracy in many parties in our country. There may be one or two exemptions for such selection.
A leader of a political party is actually one from among the cadres only. He gets that position based on different factors. A leader who keeps that in mind and is not worried about losing the mantle will never be autocratic. He will lead with an open mind and will be open to suggestions and criticism. He will then be able to enjoy the unconditional support of the men he leads. The support will be voluntary. But when a leader wants the followers to simply follow him without asking questions and without giving them an opportunity to express their views or ideas, it becomes more of dictatorship than leadership. And that is not good for democracy.
In a democratic set-up, dissent should be given the same importance as that of acceptance. Only then would there be constructive and fruitful discussions and outcome. Forcible suppression of views/ opinion that does not gel with the ideas of the leadership will gradually lead to autocracy.
Dissent need not be taken as a negative trait but yes, as Mohan said (this particular point only), the dissent should be rational and should be expressed with a positive intention and not just to make any political mileage, as a party or as an individual.
'To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.'-Confucius
" Be Good and Do Good "