An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Democracy isn't a lollipop!

TN Seshan is the guy who gave credibility to the elections in India. He, in his hey days, would pull up strong and powerful politicians to keep them honest and in line! Here he weighs in on the necessary requisites of a democracy.

Democracy requires admission by people to rule by consent.

I also find it intriguing that he calls the current US situation as metastasis of cancer!

Though the world knew it earlier, the United States has recently issued a statement that Islamic fundamentalism and jihadis increased because of the war on Iraq.

They are not saying that is the reason; they are saying it is going to become the reason.

I would call it the metastasis of cancer. You got cancer in some part of the body, and the doctor says, ‘It is malignant. Please remove it.’ When you cut and remove it, the cancer spreads all over the body. That is called metastasis.

So, Americans went into Afghanistan and Iraq because of 9/11 saying that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. They sat there for four, five years but could not find a single WMD.

Now, the Americans think that democracy is something like giving a lollipop. No society becomes democratic merely by holding an election. Democracy requires rule of law. It requires admission by people to rule by consent. You can’t do that by suppressing the minority, nor can you do that by allowing the minority to sit on your shoulder. You can take any example from the world.

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