The Death of the World’s Largest Democracy

As per the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary the definition of democracy is “a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections“.

 India has often been regarded as the world’s largest democratic state, and for good reason.

Up until recently, it was also regarded as one of the pioneers, leading the way for other nations hoping to restore democracy. Not any more.

 In the days following the brutal gangrape and murder of a 23 year old girl in India’s capital, what has been noticed is the apathy shown by those in power. Although the chairperson of the UPA did come out of her palatial house to meet the angry protestors, the lack of action by the government has left everyone feeling belittled. 

 For the BJP, this incident became yet another reason for them to call for the sacking of a few ministers. Nothing new about that. We as the people of this country have suffered at the hands of politicians who have time and again failed to live up to their promises. 

 The ruling party is more concerned with finding ways to get another term in the upcoming 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Ever since the trial began, there have been no statements, no public appearances by those in power regarding the appalling safety of women in our country. All seems to have been forgotten.

 The IPC is so archaic that living by these rules seems like an insult. How can a person who committed a crime as heinous as rape and then went on to insert a rod inside the victim be treated as a juvenile. What makes it all the more ridiculous is that as per the IPC, a juvenile can spend a maximum of 3 years in custody, that too in a reform center, irrespective of the gravity of the crime committed.

 The government and the opposition, who it seems have been on loggerheads forever, have not been able to put aside their differences and come to a conclusion that guarantees tougher punishment for acts as ghastly as the one that was committed on 16th December 2012.

 All we hear about is that “today’s LS session has been adjourned”. For god’s sake, these people have been voted into power to do a job, a part of which is making sure that these sessions are not adjourned. This is the place where need to happen, gauging the progress of our nation.

 Another point that is of grave concern is the utter uselessness of the police in our country. The Delhi Police is notoriously lazy and incompetent. This has been proven time and again. Inspite of this horrendous crime, the Commissioner of Delhi police found time to praise his cadres for having nabbed the assailants in a relatively short duration.

 What were these same officers doing when this crime was bein committed. Why weren’t there enough police officers on patrol in an area which is: (a) Very badly lit, (b) Infamous for eve teasing, chain snatching and other such incidents.

 It seems that the higher one goes, the lesser he morals he/she  has.

If this isn’t the death of a democracy that we were once proud of, then i don’t know what is.

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January 25, 2013 · 7:56 pm

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