Tuesday, October 1, 2013

In the World's Largest Democracy

The ideology of Democracy is great. The rich feel safe knowing that the government won’t snatch their wealth away, while it provides hope to the poor as it preaches equality for everyone projecting a ray of anticipation that they have a chance to climb the social ladder.

Communism is even greater than Democracy as it promises a classless, moneyless and stateless social structure. Though Communism might scare the rich while the poor rejoice at the thought of an equal social structure yet the 1.4 billion homeless Chinese and the 7 million undernourished North Koreans might not agree with the classless, moneyless and whatever ideology.

Democracy and communism are two completely different political ideology but with one aim, for the betterment of the people and the society. Maybe it might have worked out back then but somewhere down the line, something very terrible happened or else 70 million Indian won’t be homeless in a country which believes in the 'Government of the people, by the people, for the people'.

Equality in most cases is for the rich and the powerful. Especially when you live in a country like India, you realize that more often. In the world’s largest democracy, you can get away with most crime if you have enough to pay for it. When it comes to becoming a leader of the state, a criminal record can’t do a damn in the world’s largest democracy. Just some months ago, in a certain state in the North East region of the country, a certain cabinet minister was caught with illegal firearms, good enough to start a small militant group and cash large enough to feed the entire state for weeks. This happened just some days before the election. Though the minister had to spend the night in the police station but won the election and now he is a member of the cabinet. This is just one instance out of the thousands.

Article 14 of the Constitution reads: “The state shall not deny to any person equality before the law or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India". I guess, in the world’s largest democracy, though the equality before the law is very strongly documented but it does not apply to the rich and the powerful. But what if it was you or me, would the state still treat us with the same leniency.

The World’s largest Democracy spend crores of Rupees to calm the internal chaos that is spreading, while some leaders blames foreign hand behind the countless of militant groups breeding in the country but can it be possible that it all started because the State failed to enforce the Articles 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 of the Constitution of India.