Modern Democracy–Success Or Failure.

I think that the question is unanswerable in its present form. In my not so humble opinion, it is neither. It is a joke.  I am one of those who enjoy the process and see humour in it instead of getting worked up about the outcomes.

The winning side always faces criticism from the losing side which blames everything else under the sun other than its own shortcomings for its loss.  The losing side is lampooned by all kinds of pundits for being incapable of taking on the winning side.

This is more than amply illustrated by the joke that has been doing the social media rounds the last few weeks. “The USA has now realised that it is easier to get rid of foreign presidents than their own.”

There are other countries which, after election results are announced claim that the candidate has been selected and not elected.

And others where the whole world knows that the elections are rigged but, they are held nevertheless and the winner hailed.

The oldest democracy and the largest democracy in the world recently had two elections almost at the same time. The former to elect its President and the latter to bring in a new legislature and government to a large state.

Both had one significant thing in common. The losers refused to accept their losses and the following two cartoons say more than I could ever say.

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In the lower cartoon, Tejaswi Yadav the loser in India’s Bihar is blaming Rahul Gandhi whose party and the former’s party jointly fought the elections together against the winning combination. The text says – “What sanitiser have you used that victory slipped away from our hands?”

I do not wish to say anything more about the American democracy but, will about the Indian one.  To start with let me reproduce a quote from Winston Churchill.  “If independence is granted to India Power will go to the hands of rascals, rogues, freebooters; all Indian leaders will be of low calibre & men of straw. They will have sweet tongues and silly hearts. They will fight amongst themselves for power and India will be lost in political squabbles.”

This was during a debate in the British parliament in 1947.  Since then a lot of water has flowed down the Thames and India has survived for over 77 years as a  democracy  except for a short aberration between 1975 and 1977. It has had its share of heroes and villains like all the other democracies of the world.

I quote a bit from a incisive article by an eminent writer of India – “In popular Western narrative, India wasn’t expected to make it in one piece, much less emerge as the world’s fifth largest economy.”

In the meanwhile, it is interesting to note that Britain, the so called mother of democracies is supposed to be facing a crisis of democracy!

Do you now see why I think that democracy is a joke?

This is my contribution to this week’s Friday 8 On 1 blog post topic. The other seven bloggers who write on the same topic every Friday are Maria. Sanjana, PadmumRaju, Shackman , Srinivas and Conrad.  This week’s topic was suggested by Raju. Please do go over to their respective blogs to see what they have to say on the topic. Thank you.

17 thoughts on “Modern Democracy–Success Or Failure.”

  1. Based upon your text I suggest to you joke is one of your synonyms for failure. I disagree – I think it has been a success but future success or failure lies on how it is handled by India and the USA – if we cannot halt the schism in our society then civil war is possible -perhaps you are correct and it is all a joke in which case I am happy I will be leaving relatively soon and will not be around for the consequences. I prefer to think – at this point in time that between India and the US things will work themselves out.

    1. Both our schisms will resolve sooner than later and democracy will revert to the old ways. I have no doubts about that. I think that the whole thing is a joke due to current happenings. In the meanwhile just take a look at this absurd conspiracy theory. Imagine the damage that these allegations are making to the process in your country.

  2. Let’s not go all Plato and De Republica.

    Democracy NOW appears, largely, a matter of counting votes. This is evidenced by Trump who just re-counts votes till they fit his bill. After all, facts are facts, my dear Ramana. And fact is Trump has won and that’s all there is to it.

    I smiled at one recent Twitter exchange between two female readers, quoted in one of the British broadsheets. The first stating the initial and interminable WAIT (till the result was announced) was doing her head in.

    “I grew up in Brazil, we have the results two hours after the polls close.”

    met with

    “I grew up in Egypt. We have our results before the election starts”


  3. Sorry Ramana, I cannot agree. No matter how bad the instances you cite may be, the alternatives are worst. And I am not totally despairing of how things go here in Oz. But then I am a closet monarchist… God Save the Queen. (Better her than a Trump!)

    1. I am openly Rightwing Democrat Neil, and I love democracy. In the Indian instance cited by me, the winner was my party. I have issues with losers throwing tantrums. My party has lost elections and has not thrown such pathetic exhibitions of victimhood.

  4. I don’t believe positions in politics are written in stone. I despise the fact USians have to register to a party. Voting should be private and fluctuate in affiliation as needed. Otherwise the behaviour is uncritical cultism. At least that was the republican methodology (in the real sense of the word) I was taught. Res publica, if I remember my Latin correctly. For the people.

    But yes, it’s all a huge joke, except to those who are starving and homeless under a genocidal regime.


    1. Actually we don’t have to register a party in America. We have a”decline to state” option and we have candidates of many parties, but also a”write-in” candidate option.

  5. Ramana, I can see the dark humor, but that is hardly a full description. Much that is meaningful and positive shows potential to be forged from current struggles and folly. So indeed does the potential exist for much that is frivolous or negative. I am sure there will need a mix, but I think you must be caring about your approach to Maya lest you get to keep trying in an endless loop.
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    1. I agree that there is a lot to look forward to and even more, hope for. My take is on the current situation. I strongly believe that Democracy is the way for the entire world and if not in my life time, at least in my son’s time that will come true.

  6. Incidentally, I am of the view our leader’s histrionics are all part of his act to influence the cult-like portion of his followers, but with an over-riding goal of undermining our form of government to install his own vision with him as leader. A monied segment behind the scenes have their own selfish reasons to use him as he uses them.
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  7. “The USA has now realised that it is easier to get rid of foreign presidents than their own.” Indeed. There have been attempts to get rid of Trump all the way through his four-year term but none of them succeeded.

    Our so-called British democracy is seriously flawed. Yes, we can vote in elections but only for candidates pre-chosen by their parties. And once the elections are over, the same old social problems persist and we can do nothing about them – poverty, unemployment, homelessness etc. Democracy very much in name only.

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