November 23, 2009

Words of wisdom: Shortcomings of democracy

Democracy assumes/gives all citizens of a nation a power (and duty) to decide on its leader. However, one of the biggest shortcoming of it is the assumption that all those who vote love their country in equal quantities, which intuitively is false. Azharuddin's rise to power is one such example of how such a democracy can go horribly wrong. Further, it is by far one of the best real life examples of villains one gets to see in the movies.

The mentors of Azhar, the breed of goons turned politicians, kidnaps girls, make them whores, use them with liquor during elections, and get voted to power. Now with armour of a filthy interpretation of the constitution to protect them they relish on the money and muscle power (including the police) to kidnap more girls and sustain this self feeding cycle of lust and power. The modus operandi is simple, once voted to power cleanse the sins legally and become a new messiah. Sadly this works because most of us have become short-sighted. Further, the press is filled with celebrity orgies, and socialites burning candles; events bombarded at people ensuring these so called celebrities are not forgotten in this world filled with people with limited and hence short term memory. Short sighted behaviour has been studied and the scary part is that such systems are sensitive to external behaviour (a villian from another land trying to destabilise the nation). A stark reminder that freedom which is an ongoing process that can be lost!

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