The Status of Indian Democracy in 2020

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The Status of Indian Democracy in 2020
January 24, 2020 Chaitya Shah


On 26th January 2020, Bharat Ganarajya (Republic of India) and 130+ million Bhartiya will celebrate their 71st Republic Day. On this day, the Constitution of India came into effect in 1950.

The question to millions of Indians every Republic Day is how do we celebrate? For what? and Why? In my opinion, to truly celebrate Republic Day we should start introspecting. By going back in history. Understanding our past. And by acting on the future.

From Mukesh Ambani to Jeff Bezoz – one is the richest Indian and another is the richest in the world, both of them think the 21st century belongs to India.

Really? I don’t think so?


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Because we don’t have any idea about our nation’s past. When we don’t have any idea of what our family history is who we are? We will be an easy target for our relatives to fit in whatever they want in our minds. Be it for our ancestors or grandparents. Because we don’t know in-depth information about our grandparents or our family history we tend to become a soft target and come under anyone’s negative influence. All this happens as we haven’t read about them. We haven’t sat and talked with them to understand who they are as a person. The same is happening with India and Indians for many decades.

Understanding of our past

We know India is great. We know our ancestors were great. We know Indian kings and queens were great. How? Sorry, that we don’t know. Because we don’t have time to sit and read. We don’t wish to know them. We were told how powerful they were. That’s it. We believe them.
But what we miss out in knowing is why and how they were great? What all efforts they put in to be that great. Right from the Maurya to Gupta dynasty , Chanakya, Chattrapati Shivaji to Jhansi ki Rani or for that matter from Lal Bahadur Shastri to Subhash Chandra Bose. There are thousands of great people India have produced. From mathematicians to scientists. We know there is someplace called Ajantha caves. But, why it is famous? Who built it? Why? How? Sorry. We do not wish to know it because that’s our past. Our argument would be why to hang on to the glorious past? Let’s dive into the future.

Nothing wrong in that. But the problem is because we don’t know our past we are struggling to get into the future. We believe in what the outside world tells us. Or what any powerful leader dictates us. Be it through generations or since independence in 1947. The Hooligans who attacked us, destroyed our houses, raped our women are worshipped in the name of great rulers and kings. How shameful is that for a society which has a history and data that goes back to the formation of this very universe. Instead of learning from them, what we know is the spoon-feeding history of the last 500 years.

Blind Worshipping of Secularism

The Mughals broke temples, burned universities and tore the social fabric of society but we are made to believe they were “Great”. How can you be great by destroying someone?

The architecture of Taj Mahal is mediocre compared to the skills, concept, and purpose of Ajantha caves. But we do not have time to study the Ajantha caves.

The British divided us in name of religion, caste, creed, colour, language and what we still study is their law and their language belittling our mother tongue.

Kashmiri pandits were forced to leave their home, killed, burnt and raped in the very 1989-90 which is many years after the Indian constitution was established and many republic days celebrated. What we are doing since then is supporting the people of Kashmir’s dictate where no one can buy land until the very important law 370A was inoperated a few months back.

A few anti-national elements can easily shout ‘Bharat tere tukde tukde honge inshallah inshallah’ right in the heart of India and wish to cut down India into pieces what even a terrorist will fear to shout in open. This is our democracy where people live life, study and feed their family at the cost of taxpayers ie. Indians and yet the democracy allows them to break our motherland down into pieces.

Our democracy is where it takes 7 years for the Supreme Court to decide whether a person is a rapist or not? Like seriously? You have the entire state’s machinery. You are highly capable of hitting down a terrorist camp in URI but you are not able to decide for 7 years whether a person is a rapist or not?

Our democracy is where the urban naxals, the so-called ‘liberals’ or the educated and a privileged lot of the society be it intellectual writers, painters, actors, or directors go out to support anti-India operations. It is more harmful than a terrorist attack. It gradually kills the thought process of Indian youth and creates chaos and confusion in their mind for their own nation. This activity is not less than a direct terror war.

Looking at the ongoing discussion about CAA. The Muslims themselves do not worry about it but the majority of non-Muslims have participated in the discussions on behalf of Muslims. They are talking about fear instilled in minorities. Why aren’t the Jains, Parsi’s, Jews, Buddhists not worried about and jumping on roads to protest to protect themselves?

Our democracy is mainly giving protection and reservation rights in the name of caste, creed, and religion and not on the basis of a disability of a person. I remember until early 2017 the deaf and blind kids were not even considered a citizen of India. Leave apart their special rights of education, home or food.

In the name of a secular state, anyone can come and harm India. I don’t see any democracy here. This is a complete misuse of freedom. If we can’t understand how to use democracy then we have no right to misuse it too.

In the name of human rights and religion, the pillars of our democracy have been misused and weaken.

Enemies Within

Bharat, since its inception is not killed, destroyed or ruined by invaders, foreigners, terrorists but has been killed, burned and raped because of enemies within the state.

No nation can succeed with internal enemies. The very basic principle of Jainism says to consider the ideology of ‘Anekaantvaad’. We appreciate all religions, caste, creed, colour and most important the thought and perspective of all. We respect differences. The base of the Indian constitution. But not at the cost of breaking our nation. The nation comes first before religion. We Indians need to understand it. No religion is bigger than our land. No book is higher than our motherland.

It’s high time for the Indian government and supreme established bodies to understand and make the necessary alteration to the laws where democracy is not sold so cheap. Democracy is the way to progress but what we are doing is the contrary.


We use to say Democracy is the beauty of India. This is not beauty. This is stupidity. This is not the type of beauty I would want in my country. This republic day we need to change our thought process and understand what is right and wrong, what is worst going on in the country in the name of democracy. A nation with majority of youth we need to change our mindset for better India. Wrong is never right. Damn democracy. You burn my public property, you kill my innocent people, you shout to cut down my motherland and we know what to do to stop you! Right at that moment.

We can’t be superpower even in 2080 if our fundamental is weak. We cannot afford to wait for ‘Apna Time Aayega’. It is us, the common Indian citizens who need ‘Azaadi’ from the urban naxals, fake seculars and anti-Indians whose aim is to create uncertainty and divide the social fabric of this nation in the name of Democracy!


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