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India’s multi-parties democracy is much loaded with politics for power and authority. Thus, “the victim of democracy is the politics itself.  People as voters have been strongly getting priority to the leaders of the political parties. Every political party bats to make all voters of its supporters. Leaders of all parties are the strategic followers to ruin their counterparts.  The ruling party of any government of India’s federal system uses to use exclusively and inclusively its power and authority for political gain. The ruling party uses to administer different schemes purposively. It selects beneficiaries of different schemes conditionally to bag captive votes. Therefore,  the political dynamics, characters,  and role-relationships of the political leaders are like as feudal lords.  

The role of democracy has been derided.  Generally democracy ‘stands for the common man and his welfare.’ But it has gone to ruin in India. Is “survival of democracy in India” in peril?  “The fact is that Indian democracy is not just in crisis,  but there is a deep diminishing of hope at this juncture….” That’s why, Vladimir Lenin was doubtful about implication of democracy. He opined,  “democracy is the form of governance in which many evil elements like pettifoggers, necromancers, scoundrels, anti-social and anti-national elements endowed with the despicable traits like conceit, deceit, corruption, fraud and threat ruled the roost and indulge in all sorts of atrocities like loot, rape and murder further accentuated by looting the government exchequer to become millionaires at the cost of the very people who voted them to power.” 

India democracy system eventually proves Lenin’s doubt through democratic activities of the political leaders. It is a fact that freedom is an essential part of democracy for both the rules and the ruler. But unfettered freedom brings with it its own hazards that would undermine the institutions that help sustain democracy. 

Local leaders and local problems are not ‘significantly correlated with the likelihood of voting, compared with dissatisfaction with non-local leaders because of their political activities and attitudes. Political awareness and political participation of the poor and the under-privileged are usually determined by ‘receipt of recurring benefits (such as employment, credit and subsidized agricultural inputs), one-time benefits (ration cards, government provided housing and toilets, drinking water access) and some informal benefits.  Consequently, it ensures ‘political participation (ranging from participation in elections, village meetings, political campaigns.

‘This type of give and take policy is the cause of dissatisfaction of voters with local and non-local political leaders in different dimensions. It promotes the growth and development of feudal lords as autocrats. People at grassroots are  under fear and threat. Their voices are dominated and there is hardly democratic priority. Every function of democracy depends on the decision of feudal lords (as per hierarchy of organization of the particular political party),  It is the greatest mischief to the people.  These feudal lords use to report wrongly to their top hierarchy. And overall political system is trapped within the realm of attendance of the supports in political gathering and activities. Gradually as well as ideally people are detached from ethics and morality. Further, these political feudal lords were involved in rampant discrimination, and they were blind to use the administration for their own benefits.

As a result of this, people in Indian democracy are too tired because of political feudalism and leaders’ behaviour as feudal lords. There is hardly any ethic because ‘politics has no policy.’  Various problems (economical, social, etc.) are deeply rooted, and these are becoming stronger every day. Government and political leaders are deliberately making strategies, policies and programmes for temporary relief with making division of supporters and non-supporters. Today’s democratic people only seek for benefits from the particular party. Morality, integrity and love towards the Nation are not considerable factors to them as citizen. Of course, people of India are still residents, and they have not yet got the status as citizen so far as our different identity proofs i.e. Aadhar, voter ID, etc. are concerned. This democratic political system has been teaching to enjoy some gain from the government as rewards of voting to the particular party (ruling).

So, democracy has lost it’s true identical characters. People in this democracy are misguided and ill-motivated as far as their voting rights is concerned. They use to make wrong every time. They do one wrong to remove earlier wrong.

Indian democracy is in peril, and it is nothing, but a shadow of feudal system. Every democratic citizen should raise their voices for reformation of ongoing policy and system.

The views and opinions expressed by the writer are personal and do not necessarily reflect the official position of VOM.
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