Democracy is collective leadership of the communities.
Democracy settles differences amicably. Democracy
gives voting rights to all so that everyone can put their
view on the table for discussion. This is good and
acceptable to all. But it has to be done in a systematic
way. There are different ways democracy is practiced in
different countries around the world. How does a
community go about selecting the leader?

  The next immediate election is being held in Karnataka
and we the Gowda Saraswath Brahmin (GSBs)
community are involved. There is a large population of
GSBs in Karnataka. It is necessary for the people of any
state to vote for their preferences so that they will not be
left behind when choices are made with regards to rules
and laws, arrangements for finance, budgeting, taxes,
land and rent regulations, etc. There are many parties
and many candidates standing for election. The
members of GSB community have to chose from these
parties and candidates to vote. By voting for their
choices they might be able to elect their preferred party
or leader.
                     The parties can be classified as national
parties and regional parties.

  Then the party fields the candidates to stand for
election of the leader of the community, town
municipality, state assembly, parliament, etc. All this is
written down in different laws that are formulated in the
democratic country.A democratic country also has what
is known as a Constitution. The constitution is a written
document of principles of governance, rights of the
citizens, eligibility for citizenship, etc. This document tells
us how to manage and administer the country's
finances, business, defence, borders. supplies,
demands, etc.

  India is such a democratic country and India gained
independence on the 15th August, 1947. Since then
India has been holding elections again and again, ad
libidum. Since India is a vast country with more than 24
states and many centrally administered territories, there
have to be elections to all the little bodies, like
panchayats, taluqs, districts, state assemblies, etc.
  The national parties are the ones who can set their
governments in many states and also in the centre. A
regional party can not get elected to govern the country
because the number of parliament members it can get
elected can not be sufficient to form a government. To
form a government at the centre there is need for a
simple majority of members agreeing with a common
minimum administrative set of rules and policies. It is
preferable to elect a national party to lead in the state so
that it can influence the decisions more substantially
than a regional party in the national circles. If the people
of the state are less mindful of the integrity and
sovereignty of the nation then regional parties come to
the fore and national parties are rejected. But India can
not be broken down so easily like the Soviet Union
broke down into many smaller independent nations.
Therefore for the sake of the unity of the people and to
obtain a more forceful democratic set up it is preferable
that the national parties are voted to power in the states
as well.
      Then it is important that the local leader of a
national party is fit to be elected. He or she is fit to be
elected if he or she has concern and capacity to work for
the welfare of the local people and area. If the candidate
is an absent legislator then the needs of the local people
will not be met effectively. These concerns of the people
have to be addressed by the leaders of the national
party and they should select candidates to stand for
election from among the best. The candidate should be
sufficiently concerned about the local issues as well as
the national problems. The candidates should undergo
training and counselling in these matters so that they
become aware of their duties and demands of their

A famous Artist renounces Indian Citizenship
The print media and the electronic media in
collaboration with some of the intellectuals (herein
referred as 'the pseudosecularists') try to misrepresent
the fact that if a famous artist renounces his citizenship
of India then it is a matter of great shame. This is
      On the other hand if the Indian government restricts
the freedom of the painter in choosing his citizenship
then it will be a shame. There are several lakhs of
citizens of India who after living abroad have renounced
the citizenship of India and chose to become citizens of
the country of their residence.
What is democracy?
By Mohan Shenoy
Adyar Gopal Parivar
News Items published on this website in the past
What is Democracy?
     By Mohan Shenoy
  The pseudosecularists contend that Indians should
ponder important questions relating to democracy, rule
of law and public culture. I say that the
pseudosecularists should study the Indian Constitution
for answers to these questions.
                The term democracy means only that the
form of government is such that the citizens have the
power and they decide the form and functions of the
government.   The Indian democracy is fully compliant
with this definition of democracy and its reputation can
not be blackened unless the government becomes
non-democratic. The Indian Constitution under Article
25 gives every citizen the right to freedom of religion.
The rule of law in India is one of the best in the whole
world. The public culture most peace-loving in general.

             The pseudosecularists keep harping that
there are thugs in the Sangh Parivar. If there are thugs
in Sangh Parivar then any one has the right to lodge a
complaint with the nearest police station. The Sangh
Parivar is pictured to be a monster larger than its size,
while it is really not the main body that creates
disturbances at the exhibitions of paintings of the
artist. All Hindus dislike what the artist-painter has
painted in his paintings showing the Hindu gods

             These pseudosecularists commit a grave
error by terming the large groups of Hindus belonging
to Bhajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad as
‘lumpen arms’ engaged in illegal activities. Obviously
the big crime of the famous artist in painting the Hindu
gods in indecent pictures is, in their view, not an illegal

             And that the leadership of the Sangh Parivar
is responsible for the latest decision of the artist-
painter in not returning to India. That is utterly non-
sense. None other than the government can prevent
artist-citizen from returning to India, until he is branded
as a criminal and not welcome, and could cause a law
and order problem here. Many good Indians have
renounced their Indian citizenship on personal
grounds. Mere renouncement of citizenship does not
result in refusal of visa to them. If the artist intends to
come and stay in India he will be issued a visa since
he is a person of Indian origin.

             The artist-painter decided to stay away from
India because he has realized that he has committed
grave sins by misusing his artistic ability to hurt the
sentiments of Hindus.

             Only the pseudosecularists are sympathetic
to the viewpoint that the artist’s ability to paint is
always greater than what he depicts in his paintings.
No matter what an artist paints, he should be revered
as an asset belonging to the country, is what their
definition of democracy is. I am sure this is not an
accepted definition of democracy.

             India can not depend upon the world for its
reputation in terms of  freedom granted to its citizens
outside its Constitution. The Indian Constitution clearly
states by Article 25(1) that freedom of religion also has
to take care that in its wake there is no law and order
problem arisen, in this case by hurting the sentiments
of many Hindus. Democracy is the religion of India and
none in the world can point a finger at Indian
democracy for what it is.

             After misinterpreting the meaning of
democracy at the beginning, the pseudosecularists go
on towards the end to accuse the state governments
of mishandling the case of the famous artist. The
democracy which they talk about is not true
democracy but a democracy in which the lunatic artists
who habitually offend the Hindu community are
allowed a free hand.

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