RIP – Democracy

Am i supporting a autocratic form of government by stating RIP democracy ? Probably yes.

In a nation which is comprising of 1.2 billion people, many of them do not even know their basic rights, democracy is a demon in disguise. To dive deeper into my argument let me state basic definition of what democracy means- and should do.

Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens participate equally—either directly or indirectly through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. It encompasses social, religious, cultural, ethnic and racial equality, justice, liberty and fraternity

My basis of disagreement with democracy for India is best explained if you peruse through the underlined words. First is Eligible citizens. How do you define eligible citizens ? Illeterate, unemployed, and most important – un aware. Irony is Indian politicians have taken full advantage of this gullability of electorate and hence issues like – religion, quota  etc are foremost in speech of every political party. I do not think democracy is right for India because we DO NOT have enough eligible citizens to decide who is good for them and hence we will see repeat of fractional mandate year on year. Be ready for a hung parliament. Unless you find middle ground of a authoritarian leader in a democratic setup.

Second reason to believe that India does not need democracy is the fact that we do not have a Social, religious, cultural, ethnic and racial equality in this country. A country where we have 69 % of population classified as rural, where barely 63 % of population has literacy level of 7 + years of education. More than 8-10 religions being practiced.  Which state, city, locality, household practice equality. There is no equality of labour, caste, religion. Contrary,quota system and religious bias is being preached and practiced. How could you allow democracy to survive when none of the parameters essential for democracy to flourish are being adhered to.

I firmly believe what India needs is a middle path of an authoritarian primes minister and not a sissy, sucker head of the state. Few years of authoritarian rule under a democratic garb is the best medicine for this great nation.

 

 

Self Belief or Heroism

So who is a Hero ?

I ask this question many a times to many a people and I am surprised by the answers I get. Some people take refuge in old fable/stories from Hindu mythology – Ramayana and state hero as someone like Ram who fought with Ravan thus celebrating victory of good over evil. Or Arjun from Mahabharata who fought with Pandavas to take revenge.

Some people equate Hero with someone with extra power and skills – it could be a super hero like Krissh, or spiderman, or someone who can woo girls, win a loosing battle, etc etc.  Bottom line is – A Hero is somebody extraordinary, talented and gifted.

To me this is the biggest myth we have been made to believe since ages. Irony is we still teach this to our children. We pass on this white lie about Heroes (Not to say that most of the time Hero is a He and not a She ?)

To me Hero is all of us – common human beings.

By giving that extra power, extra gifted from god and other such adjectives, we only make our self belief in us less. A hero is not someone who is extra talented. A hero is someone amidst us, but someone who is not blaming others for his/her problems and taking charge of his destiny to drive change.

A hero is someone who is self motivated, initiated and not an arm chair critic. To critique others is the most easy escape route we find and search for a hero to come and help us get rid of our problems . Why cant we make change happen ? Basically majority of us are lazy and hence want someone else to be that hero. If we have to get access road improved to our house/building, we will hardly make efforts but cuddle up to a politician, suck up to him and make him a Hero in eyes of other people ? What extra powers does a politician has ?

This lack of self confidence and lazy ness has costed this nation in a big way. From mythology to current new age, our search for heroes has always been external, but never internal. Why cant your daughter, your son, your father, your sister, your wife, your husband can be a hero who drives change.

If we have to progress as a society, time we start believing in us, and celebrate heroism in ourselves.