Born and brought up in Chandigarh, Ankita is currently pursuing her B.COM degree from GGDSD collge. She aspire to be a CA and wants to contribute effortlessly towards the welfare of people.
“Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.” as taught to everyone of us. And yes, it is far better than dictatorship and absolute monarchies undoubtedly. But is it the best? Is it not having any flaws? The major snag here, in my eyes, lies in its partial nature. It is often partial and its effects are different as seen from the perspective of a rich and a poor man.
Although there is a rule of ‘one person, one vote’ that justify the equality but if we scrutinize the ‘after elections’ impact on poor- the meter doesn’t go up. The one who gets elected always frames his policies and decisions with a profit motive and the poor strata is as helpless as before. Actually, these politicians often ‘use’ the poverty-stricken people to get in power. They listen to their problems, make fake promises and when it isn’t enough they even distribute some cash and other necessary items to portray themselves as a kind-hearted and sympathetic person. But as soon as the elections are over, their true self comes and grinds the poor under their feet. It truly proves the words of John Patrick ‘Democracy is the right to make the wrong choice.’
If we talk about India, even after 73 years of independence, the country is being surrounded by poverty, beggary and others misdeeds. Nearly 27.5% population of our country belongs to ‘Below poverty line’ people. Around 4 lakh people in total are beggars. Around 45% of deaths among children under 5 years of age are linked to malnutrition and definitely India is not a country with less government revenue. Then, why the poor strata still suffering these problems? Why aren’t the government revenues being used for their upliftment? Why those who are chosen by these poor people aren’t helping make their lives better? What good of a democracy if people lose their lives due to starvation, they lack basic standard of living and can’t live a good life? How is it different than other forms of government where people have no choice than to cry over their destinies? These questions are still way too far from their answers.Poor people always have their problems unresolved. Let’s take the fresh case of Sushant Singh Rajput as an example. Many actors and politicians demanded the CBI query of the case and the investigators have been working with all their interests in this case. But if any poor man would have been murdered demonstrated as a suicide , he would have never got a voice rose for him , even if the voice have been raised ,it would have been suppressed by all means. Because here, democracy isnt for a common man. They do vote but the government is never for them.
Democracy dies when it remains only for some. So the poor should be more wise while casting their votes. The best option is to educate them because democracy gives every man right to be his own oppressor.