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India: The largest experiment with democracy

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With tumultuous cacophony of elections times ahead us, there is no doubt that most of us will soon be tired of screaming politicians and we all would like to go back to some peace and quiet once the outcome of the mayhem is regurgitated by EVMs.

But, as a citizen, I need a personal closure before it all ends because the process is bound to bring out a lot of cynical intellectuals creeping out of the wood work, who will be competing over social media to see who can make more articulated fun of the our political leaders and our democracy.

While many of us are busy thinking that we are a hopeless nation ruled by idiots or criminals (as per our personal fetish); for me, there is absolutely no doubt that half the world population is in utter awe of us, as democracy, that we have taken for granted by us, is not available to them.

If self-rule is the cherished system of governing humanity, the world has to acknowledge India with utter reverence because, not only we are the largest democracy, one third of all the free people of this planet live on our soil.

Let us realize that USA, the second largest democracy hosts only 100 crore less people than us. So, even though Indian liberals love to claim that we are a chaos, the scale of Indian democracy makes it an incredible example of self-organization achieved by humans. Our nation is almost a miracle, because a system of self-governance borne at a town level is extrapolated to govern a billion people, and it is still holding on.

Let us grasp that democracy is not only the youngest system of human organization, it has also emerged naturally in human history very rarely. The few examples of democratic models that we can find in history have worked only at micro-scale of towns.

On the other hand, Autocracy is far more natural system as it has governed humanity throughout human history. There is absolutely no doubt that autocracy, with centralized decision making and suppression of counter-opinions, is a far more efficient method of governing people.

As democracy demands consensus, it is like a tortoise to the hare of autocracy. So, if there is a head-to-head completion, democracy has no real hope to match up with autocracy. So, autocracy has always been a norm and democracy a rare exception.

For us living in a democratic nation, it is not easy to notice that democracy that we have presumed to be a model for future world is actually just another system competing with autocracy and can easily get obliterated if it can’t fight back. But, there is absolutely no doubting the fact that democracy is a model of governance that is far more likely to get extinct if it is to compete with autocracy on the world stage.

Let us realise that the most brutal reality of our time is that autocracy is making a massive move forward and democracy is likely to face an existential crisis.

China, the largest nation on earth is currently enjoying benefits of autocracy and is rapidly growing to be the strongest nation on Earth. This has become possible because inherent chaos of democracy is slowing down growth across the globe while China is able to capitalize on the enormous technological advancements that are going on right now. Unhindered by public opinions and democratic morality, it is clearly in pursuit of global supremacy.

There is no doubt that this is the watershed moment for democracy, and if India is to bear the torch of this amazing model of human governance, there is a special role that we all need to play.

The only hope for democracy is in it getting appreciated and cherished by those enjoying it. If intellectuals of the largest democracy are busy only finding faults in it, it is very easy for autocratic forces to destroy it.

Let us understand that our nation is the largest experiment with democracy that humanity has ever attempted, so we are the torch-bearers of this wonderful way of human organization.

Democracy is in dire need of us, so let us not play with fire of cynicism. If India will fail democracy, humanity is unlikely to get another chance for a long long time.

I am happy to admit that I have managed surviving till now with minimum effort as all my intellect has be used to avoid doing anything meaningful. As I needed to while all the free time I generated in course of being lazy, science has been my favorite muse that I have enjoyed company of. As an effort to kill time (in a way, to get even with it) one fine day I decided to write a science column, more for my personal amusement than to attract readers. After getting educated about the attention span of modern readers from my editor, it became more like a challenge to tackle esoteric subjects in 600 words that I have managed to remain interested in for more than a year now. I do not want to add my worldly profile here as these are ideas that need to be considered only on the merits they carry and not as an opinion of a certain human being.

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