Is Democracy in Crisis?

India is a democratic country and democracy is the sole thing of any country.B.R Ambedkar has defined democracy as a means to bring about a significant change in the living conditions of the depressed without resorting to bloodshed.

“Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.”

But after 70 years of Independence, there seems to be no change in the system and people.Recent activities within the duration of 2-3 years have made to think on the subject.India has always been a country where equality is given to everyone irrespective of his caste, creed, religion but nowadays all the things are looking different and changed.Talking about the recent activities happening in the country like JNU incident to BHU incident all seem to have a similar motive.Whatever may have been the vision of India’s founding fathers, democracy has not lived up to its expectations.As a matter of fact, it has worsened a more.There has been a far too little effort in Indian Public Policy to make a fair and free interaction.

“Modern democracy is a tyranny whose borders are undefined; one discovers how far one can go only by traveling in a straight line until one is stopped.”

Our Prime Minister has always spoken on the global fora about the unacceptability of terrorism in the country.But now the assaults on the Dalits, rape of women across country and intimidation of Muslims in Uttar Pradesh brings home the terrorism among us.

Indian politics is a multi-party system. But politics has become a game of opportunity and corruption. There is corruption in every stratum of the society. Bandhs, strikes and terrorist activities have punched a big hole in the democratic ideals.

In its inability to contain these forces, India’s democracy can be seen failing.

So, from the above brief analysis, it appears that most of the conditions that make democracy a success are absent in India. But owing to a long struggle against imperialism, an anti-imperialist, anti-fascist and anti-authoritarian outlook has developed in India. The masses, by and large, seem to be aware that democracy is the only choice for them. Communism has proved to be a failure and, let alone India, it will not work even in Heaven.

The success of the Parliamentary democracy in the last few decades is indeed a proof of the fact that democracy in India is keen to check the decline of the constitutional morality. All these processes are surely helping to build in India, a democracy that is not only in name but also in soul and essence.

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