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Published On: April 11, 2019 12:00 PM NPT By: Faris Shamim

Is Democracy Dying?

Is Democracy Dying?

The word democracy comes from two Greek words ‘demos’ and ‘kratos’ which means common people and strength respectively. One of the greatest promoters of democracy has defined democracy as “the rule of the people by the people for the people. The ruling system of democracy was introduced by Cleisthenes also known as the father of democracy in around 507 B.C. later it was re-introduced by John Locke also known as the father of modern democracy in 1680.

According to Google, democracy is a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. Democracy is really the people's government for the people by the people. There are numerous advantages of democracy.  One of the wonderful things that democracy provides is law enforcement. Another vital element of democracy is that this type of government is based on equality. It provides equity on all levels from sex, gender, race, religion and many more. Democracy is really and indeed very open and welcome to diverse people. Also in democracy, everyone has the same rights. There is no one that has an upper hand on others. Fair trials and courts is a special thing unique to democracy. A real-life example is that every citizen has a right to fair trial in a democratic nation. The beauty of this system (democracy) is that the majority rule and the minority rule come in play quite a lot.

Despite a number of advantages, democracy has its disadvantages too. It was Winston Churchill who said, “Democracy is the worst type of government ever invented, except for every other type.” And it is very obvious that democracy has flaws. In a democracy, the intelligent and well-informed are completely at the mercy of the ignorant masses. And without a well-written constitution, democracy can devolve into a tyranny of the majority. In a democracy, the public is granted with freedom and at times these results to creating an adverse atmosphere in the country. The case in  New Zealand, when a 28 years old Australian youth entered two mosques and started shooting randomly at the Muslims praying at the house of worship. Over 50 pilgrims were dead and more than 50 were injured.  On 15 July 2016, a coup d'état was attempted in Turkey against state institutions, including the government and President. During the coup, over 300 people were killed and more than 2,100 were injured. Government buildings, including the Turkish Parliament and the Presidential Palace, were bombed from the air.

As democracy provides an excess of freedom to people, various evil acts have started taking place around the world. I think that the ruling system of democracy isn’t worth in a world full of evil people so a new form of government must be introduced in the world or else there will be conflicts between people, organization and even among the nations. A form of government where their democracy is practiced partially and the people are not given excess freedom, they are kept under supervision. There must be strict rules and regulation for the criminals. The country must be made free from different types of anti-social activities.

In conclusion, I would like to sum up saying that the government or the ruling system of China is the best form of government. A country must possess this kind of ruling system. China has been ruled by only one party for many years that is the communist party. In China, there is no direct electoral system but the people in the party choose for the cabinet. So in this form of government, there are both democracy as well as autocracy

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