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WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?
By Mohan Shenoy
        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 constituents.

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 non-sense.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.
        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 indecently.

        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 activity.

        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.


Concluded

12th December 2018.
        The results of the five assembly polls confirm the democratic institution in India is very strong. Democracy thrives when there is a strong opposition party, as strong as the party in power and the general election results are neck-to-neck between the two.
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