India has been hailed for the largest democratic set-up in the world but is it the true meaning of Democracy or have the politicians in our country twisted it beyond redemption, just to suit their corrupt, baser and criminal interests. What is democracy after all? It has been defined as a unique conception of a government by the people, of the people and for the people.
We have examples of this in the Greco-Roman Age but in recent times, it started off with the French Revolution and was followed by the English who inspire of having a crowned head formed the House of Commons as the most powerful governing body comprising of Commoners elected on the basis of popularity and agenda. It was an age of compromise, a factor necessitated by the yawning gap between the rulers or aristocrats and the commoners, the unlimited exploitation of the working class, the luxurious living of the industrialists compared with the abject poverty of the workers. England was simmering; brutality was at its peak and the situation ripe for a revolution. This is when the conception of democracy was experimented and proved to be a huge success. But the success was achieved by the sincerity of the political representatives, their clear cut values and infallible implementation of agenda.
Gandhi, the Mahatma, advocated ‘Ram Rajya’ for India where the necessities of the downtrodden, the welfare of the commoner and the progress through indigenous industry would become the hallmark. It was an unfortunate twist of history that a person who failed to shine as barrister at law was superimposed in politics by his father. We are talking of the first Prime Minister of India – Jawaharlal Nehru. He succeeded in politics because of the close proximity of his father Motilal Nehru – a great lawyer himself and Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi, later known as the father of the Nation. When it came to matters of Nehru, Gandhi turned his Nelson’s eye and that is how it came to pass that Jawaharlal and the then Viceroy Lord Mountbatten and his infatuation with the post of Prime Minister led him to agree to the partition of India.
The stepping stone to our democratic setup was washed with the blood and rape of millions and none could question these so called leaders as to who gave them the right to divide the country. It is still to be questioned today and who will do it