Seeing dystopia in India’s democracy
Mains Paper 2: Polity
Prelims level: International day of democracy
Mains level: Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure
- The United Nations has declared September 15 ‘International Day of Democracy’.
- An entry on its website states that this “provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world”. To review the state of democracy in India would be timely given the times we are living through.
- As India meets fresh challenges almost daily, for us to do so is arguably more important than to celebrate independence from colonial rule, which we do out of habit annually.
- But to review the state of democracy in India we would need to adopt a suitable criteria.