When in May 2019, the Bhartiya Janta Party came to power with triumphing victory people felt assured that democracy is going to be even stronger in the country as after 35 years a single party had got a clear majority to form the government. But who had thought that power could be overused and in the free will country decisions will be imposed on people?
The situation in Delhi about the farmers’ protest is a current example of how laws and policies are forcefully imposed upon people. A similar thing was done when articles 35 (A) and 370 were abrogated. The guideline to work on the path of democracy is the constitution. Unfortunately, that is also been amended as per their convenience. Citizens of Jammu and Kashmir had to live without any access to the internet connection. Even the political leaders were kept inhouse arrest.
Every social media platform had to change its policy as per government norms. Cases were filed against those who criticized the government. The central Government pressurised social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to delete posts. The most important feature of democracy is freedom of speech and expression and it is gradually been curbed by the ruling BJP.
Not just this when India had to take a stand in the United Nations over the issue of a military coup in Myanmar, India did not take a stand in favor of Myanmar’s people. India skipped voting. And the other countries that skipped voting were China and Russia. India did not stand in favor of democracy. This should worry us Indians because if India is going to walk on the path of China then we are on the path of becoming a stringent authoritarian country.
The misuse of man, money, and power was experienced during the elections in West Bengal. From Media, ED, ECI, and CBI every possible institution was used against Trinamool Congress though they failed there attempts were undemocratic.
If we look back in the history before 2014 and after 1977 India had many coalition governments. Be it Morarji Desai’s term, PV Narsinharao’s tenure, Atal Bihari Bajpayee’s regime, or Manmohan Singh’s incumbency all were alliance governments. And all of them were running
When there is a coalition government decisions are taken collectively by taking into consideration all different perspectives. While when there is a single-party majority government decisions are made fast but without consulting and considering other outlooks that many important aspects get missed.
Democracy is about two-way communication. That lacks in India today. Ever since Narendra Modi became prime minister he has not conducted even one press conference. He always prefers to have a one-way conversation through Mann Ki Baat or in his address to the nation. Though nowhere it is written that Prime Minister is obliged to conduct a press conference; but every profession has unwritten norms and this is the unwritten norm of politics and democracy which he is yet to follow.
Democracy died with the death of father Stan Swamy. Democracy is an ideology and way of governance which stays alive when it is performed rightly. When government welcomes critics not suppress them and respect opposition not mock them that will make democracy alive in true form in India.