Democracy: The existence of dissent is what makes democracy alive
Anil Trivedi (Gandhian thinker)
Democracy is not just a system of consent. Everyone has to agree in everything, it may be the life force of monarchy, feudalism or dictatorship, but the presence of dissent in a democracy makes it alive. Even if a single person disagrees, then one may not consider such a lonely and fearless voice to be a minority, to ignore, deny or suppress it as a dictatorship, mere arbitrariness or the exclusive right of the majority, but such behavior is alive in any form. Certainly not democratic. It has to be kept in mind that democracy becomes perfect and effective not in name but only by letting the fearless single voice continue to be raised and raised.
Democracy is a system of rational understanding of pros and cons. In a democracy, dissent is inherent in everyone’s fundamental right to express their views or opinions. No one can be stopped from ideological expression. Decisions in a democracy may be made by the majority, but the fundamental right to disagree with the majority is always available to the dissenters. In a democracy, both the majority and the minority have the right to freely express their views, listen to each other, understand, then decide.
More than seven decades have passed for democracy in India. India is the largest democracy in the world. Yet disagreements and disagreements are not taken hand-in-hand among the people of India and the political, social, family and administrative system of India. All agreeable views are immediately attacked by disagreeing views. Agreeables feel that disagreements hinder their work. If disagreements had no meaning, the idea of democracy would not have been born in the world. Thinking of it from this perspective, it is only through the co-existence of disagreements and agreements that true democracy can be truly carried on and nurtured. From bottom to top we have this understanding that having elections and winning elections in any way is the core of democracy.
We talk about democracy, but the conduct of all of us is often the source of feudal tendencies. Today, even after nearly seven decades, we have not been able to enhance the democratic values and psyche in the public life of India. Due to this, both the citizens and the system do not show the devotion and awareness towards democracy. Life is not possible to go on without awareness and presence. Yet we believe and take pride that India is the largest democratic country in the world. Many weaknesses in our democracy are felt or are clearly visible.
The elected government should try to make democracy as strong and effective as possible. The participation and power of the common people should be felt. Democracy is born of the people, by the people and for the people. Maintaining this basic form of democracy is also the duty and collective responsibility of the people, the government and the elected leadership or unelected influential people. If everyone remains adamant about democracy, then we can keep remembering the name of our freedom and democracy, but we will not be able to realize freedom and democracy in private and public life. This is the biggest challenge of today’s India.