Can the citizens of a country turn a simple democracy into a good democracy? (5reasons)

Asked by Kanhaiya | 27th Sep, 2015, 09:54: AM

Expert Answer:

As we know it, democracy is a government by the people in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected representatives under a free electoral system.
So, according to the definition, ‘Yes’ we have all the power to make a simple democracy into a good democracy. It can be done in the following manner:
  • At every level, we can find a community or an organisation. There is so much that needs to be done to make these things run smoothly. It requires us to jump in, pitch in, and dig in. Also, we need to participate in public forums. Thus, to get the most out of our sense of community, we need to get involved.
  • Let us stop being selfish and also look to the future. It is not just equal chance for today but about equal chance for the future. Hence, we need to think ahead and work for future generations. 
  • We need to make it a point to vote. Voting doesn’t take much effort. Though in the last election we recorded the highest voter turnout ever at 66.4%, but still it is less as compared to other countries, wherein their turnout is over 80% and 90%. This is because if we do not vote, we cannot complain. Moreover, if we do not vote, then we are letting a small group dictate what is done for and to the larger group. To participate, we need to simply vote. It is our role in democracy.
  • Running a democratic country has never been easy. It takes a lot of effort. From military to fire and police services to running for office, all take effort and risk. Therefore, we should understand the necessity of each along with the responsibility. Also, let us stand up for others and our beliefs and be open to listening and understanding of a new perspective. For younger generations, history needs to be learned and understood in order to gain the context of why our participation is necessary. Youth isn’t an excuse to shed responsibility, just as seniority isn’t a reason to squander it. Hence, to serve, we need to engage across generations for future generations.
  • To encapsulate, as citizens, we have to respect the foundational ideology of our forefathers and strive to uphold the values of secularism, egalitarianism and equality.
For all the above reasons, we must grasp our role to further the meaning of democracy because it is what good citizens and good leaders do.

Answered by Akanksha Kaul | 28th Sep, 2015, 02:45: PM

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