Democracy? Are you sure?

Winston S. Churchill once said, “Democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others”. His statement rightly reflects today’s world approach towards the democratic system of government where 40% of the world’s population lives in countries that hold free and fair elections. Since the foundation of democracy lies in equality of all in the eyes of law, thus this system is equated with the noble ideas of liberty, equality of opportunity and promotion of constitutional principles. The developed world, considering democracy as a pre requisite of modern development, promotes the democratic values through diplomatic, economical and political means. However, recent international events have shown that with the advance of global democracy there is a gradual decrease in freedom. Freedom House reckons 2013 was the eighth consecutive year in which global freedom declined. Since 2000 the cause of democracy has experienced many setbacks. Such as there is a gradual slid of newly democratic states towards autocracy, where they may contain democratic institutions apparently but have autocratic elements playing a significant role. The two major reasons why democracy has halt to advance are the financial crises of 2007-08 and the economic rise of China. The financial crises of 2007-08 were largely due to fundamental weaknesses in the West’s political system. Moreover, the Chinese Communist Party has broken the west’s monopoly on democracy and has shown world another competitive path towards economic progress. The 2013 Pew Survey of Global Attitudes showed that 85% of Chinese were “very satisfied” with their country’s direction. In addition the interventionist role of America in Middle East and other parts of the world to promote democracy has played a vital role in democracy’s halt because international political analysts take the growing chaos as a proof that American led promotion of democracy is a recipe for instability. Pakistanis have yearned for democracy since its birth but has seen many hurdles in achieving this status due to the interventionist role of military and many carefully orchestrated conspiracies against it. Even today Pakistan is fighting hard to keep itself a strong democracy, the risk of reversal is still there. Yet, there are many among the intellectual circles in Pakistan who are skeptical about the promotion of democracy and ask the public “democracy? are you sure?”


2 thoughts on “Democracy? Are you sure?

    1. yes education and strong institutions are the significant pre-requisites for democracy. But question arises that is it possible to achieve and sustain education, institutional strength and economic well-being without democracy? In case of China, we see that possibility happening.


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