Government by People.
What is Democracy?
"Let us lay the foundation
of our democracy on the basis of truly
Democracy by definition means the government by
people. That means that all the people should be able to have their say in one way
another in everything that affects their lives. Dictionaries usually say that this
right can either be exercised directly (by every member of a community having the
possibility to enter personally, without mediators, his position on a particular
issue into the decision making process - modern technology is able to provide this
possibility for increasingly larger and larger communities), or through representatives
(members of legislative bodies). This second arrangement is then called Representative
Representative democracy would be fine if the representatives would really make
all their decisions only after consulting their constituencies. In the least,
after having a clear idea about the views of their constituents on a particular
issue, and trying to accommodate these views as best as possible (or postpone the
decisions until an overwhelming majority of the constituents would be happy with
Unfortunately, a vast majority of countries that call themselves Representative
Democracies are not true democracies according to the above definition. Most of
them are actually just Elected Dictatorships. People can vote usually only once
every four or five years. They do not vote on any issues. They just elect their
so called representatives who then until the next elections have no obligations
by law and little incentives to base their decisions on individual issues on the
wishes on their electorate. They hardly ever bother to consult them on their stands
on various issues. Therefore, legislative bodies composed of such "representatives"
act in a very dictatorial manner between the elections. The only country that is
quite close to the definition of Democracy is
Switzerland (more or less since 1291).
Any governmental system is fine if the people subject to this system are happy with
it. Perhaps, in most of the above described "Elected Dictatorships," such a system
of government is still the best one under the current circumstances.
What do you think? Are you happy with is? Isn't it time to do better? It all should
depend on you, the citizens - which system you prefer. Are you willing to give some
of your free time to be interested in public matters, and to participate in decision
Join us, take the challenge and help us to make Pakistan a sovereign and stable country.
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