What democracy Means
Democracy may be defined in the words of Abraham Lincoln as “government of the people for the people and by the people.” Thus, democracy is a public kind of government. All classes of people, from a layman to the lord, take part in democracy. That is why this form of government is widely liked by nations worldwide. It is the world’s favorite government of this age. Many people are like democracy for its favorable features. They are as follows:
Democracy impedes the way of cruel rulers. As people elect their rules, they do not vote for stern savages. They try to select those people who are polite and cultured. Then, these kinds of rulers try to solve the problems of voters. They work for the welfare of the state. Democracy prevents war. War is a necessary evil. But in this age of nuclear weapons, a war would mean a wholesale killing of humans. The democratic rulers do not take the risk of wars. Instead, they try to resolve their disputes through diplomatic dialogues.
Thus, democracy indirectly prevents wars. Democracy also brings about the prosperity of the state. The elected members of the rolling class know that they have come to the throne by the votes of the masses. Therefore, they try to satisfy their voters; otherwise, they know that people will not favor them in the next elections. Democracy safeguards the fundamental interests of the people. It helps people exercise their legal and political rights. It credits a sense of people pride among the masses to their choice. Thus, people become law-abiding. Democracy is also dangerous when most corrupt and dishonest people come to power. They misuse their power and authority.
They have won the election because their first preference is to earn money many times greater than the money they spent during the election. Let’s analyze democracy from the point of view of our country. We come to know that it has never been successful in Pakistan. The main reasons are lack of education, political sense, and interruption from the non-political elements. No government has ever been given a chance to run its affairs smoothly. But despite all this, if our political leaders pay some heed to the golden rules of Islamic democracy, they will be successful rulers indeed.
This story was submitted by Sonia Khan, a student of Tareen Education Foundation’s core school. We have made certain revisions in accordance with the rules and regulations of writing to enhance the story’s coherence and flow.
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