We always feel proud when we say that India is the largest democracy in the world. But, do we really understand what it means? Do we understand what is so valuable about it? The constitution defines Indian democracy as “the rule of the people, by the people, for the people.” What does this phrase really hold?
Democracy holds that in a country, citizens are primary. Nothing is more important than its citizens. The right to vote gives the citizens an indirect power to govern themselves. The fundamental rights like the right to education, right to life, etc. are aimed to provide strength to the people.
A common citizen of the country does not understand the meaning and importance of democracy. People discuss various political issues but they do not discuss the fundamental constituent of the nation. The lack of awareness in people about their roles and rights weakens the democratic spirit of the nation.
Democracy maintains that no one’s voice remains unheard of. The power to criticize and protest against government policies helps raise voice against unjust. However, if the citizens do not understand their role and rights, then democracy becomes useless. Discussion, debate, and criticism are important.
People must understand that the government is not the actual ruler, but the people are. People should avoid treating the political leaders or elected government as gods and goddesses and should hold them accountable for their actions.