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    Why dissenting voices remain unheard?

    It is said that Indian democracy is the largest democracy in the world. There is no doubt about that given the number of voters it has and many people are equally cautious about their democratic rights. Let's not go into the details of the rights people enjoy or the advantages of democracy and concentrate on how people interpret democracy. You will find political parties and at times people also complain that something is not done in a democratic way. Be it the passing of a bill without proper discussion with the opposition or unilateral decision of the management without consulting the employees there is a dissent among a lot of people on some issues. There must be some dissenting voice in a democracy without which, there will be little progress and people, in general, do not like unilateral decisions in any way and they always prefer consensus. Do you think the political parties in this country function in a democratic way? Why I am saying this is because every political party, be it national or regional, is controlled by only a few people and their decision becomes final. No political party tolerates dissenting voice inside their own party and those voices are suppressed. When such leaders retire from politics their parties lose the prominent face and fare badly in successive elections. So, when leaders themselves cannot tolerate dissenting voice in their own parties can we expect them to listen to the dissenting voice of the opposition or people at large? Members, do you think this is the reason why dissenting voices remain unheard?
  • #723665
    Whenever a regime is there, dissenting voices will definitely be there. It is a part of democratic system. The problem comes when dissenting voices are not coming from the common people and are actually coming from the evil elements who have control on the dissenting people. Govt understands these games well because the politicians of any party are well experienced in these matters.
    Knowledge is power.

  • #723667
    In democracy opposition parties are dissenters by default. It is also claimed by every political party that they have democratic system within their respective parties but reality is otherwise. Dissent voice is suppressed on every level. Athouritarian attitude of leading people in a party don't welcome any dissent or resistance from any other leader and it is bitter truth .
    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.

  • #723668
    Dissenting voices are necessary to be present in a healthy democratic set up. The ruling party or the managing body should take it in a normal way. If due to fear there is no dissent then one day the monarchial system would collapse.
    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

  • #723670
    Yes, you are exactly right. In Indian politics democracy is like that what we are seeing. Whether it is in the national party or regional party there will be supremo or bosses will dictate the terms. They will dictate the terms and no one dare to show dissent voice against them. Whatever the supremo say, the bhakts of the party adore them. Especially the present ruling party there is no internal discussions in any issue but one or two Supreme personalities decide any issue. Even in the past Congress has such thing but this party has more internal democracy to talk even against the party. Actually dissenting voices against the government always help to better their governance.

  • #723678
    Fortunately in democracy we have been given rights to express our dissent voice against the governance or the new rules, But the dissent voice should be with reason and have the proof of discontent among the lot. Democracy is all about majority and any thing done with major consent cannot be questioned even by the court. In that case if handful of discontent group raise the voice of protest is nothing but snatching the rights of majority people who are with the govt and the laws that were made as rules. And the dissent voices are instigated to bring the defame and instability to the govt and that is seen clearly and if some outside elements are also joining the moment that becomes more nasty and their moves are branded anti national. The day the majority has the decent living that is called the winning democracy.
    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #723708
    When there is a strong opposition party in the parliament/ assembly, there will be a check on the ruling party. Both the ruling party as well as the opposition party should keep up the interests of the people in high esteem. If this happens we can say that democracy is in its real position. But the ground realities are different many times. The politicians go selfish and get their personal agenda into the forefront rather than the interest of the people.
    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.

    always confident

  • #723762
    Giving it a bit of twist, let me quote the old popular remark by Lord Acton, 'Power must not corrupt and absolute power must not corrupt absolutely'. When power corrupts, leaders tend to make use of their influence and relies on force rather than on authority.

    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

  • #723853
    The political parties are not functioning in a democratic way. The present party in power does not allow dissent and is not tolerant of criticism. The leaders of such parties may be out of power or retire from politics at a later stage but they are doing all the damage to the system meanwhile. The youth of any country is the nation builders. They are exuberant and exciting. Their thought process is different from old generations. They should be encouraged so that the new out process may open new ways for the country. Unfortunately, the younger generation is not encouraged and is now fearful of expressing freely. The dissenting voices whether they belong to the young or otherwise are suppressed. The press is also not doing its duty properly. They are becoming the voice of those in power but not dissent.
    " Be Good and Do Good "

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