Democracy v/s Dictatorship
1. Government is the indispensable necessity of any country.
2. What is democracy?
3. Democracy is considered the best form of government.
4. Democracy is distorted in the third world countries.
5. Democracy has a large many advantages.
6. Democracy is not devoid of disadvantages.
7. There are certain requisites for successful democracy.
8. What is dictatorship?
9. Dictatorship is always full of many demerits.
10. Islamic concept of democracy is different from modern concept of democracy.
11. Pakistan shows a gloomy and painful picture of deteriorated and decayed democracy.
← Main is a social animal. He can’t live alone away from his fellow human beings. Therefore, he forms societies and countries. No country can run its affairs smoothly without a government. Surely, government is the indispensable requirement of any country.
← Democracy is a form of government. Its literal meaning is ‘power of the people’. According to Abraham Lincoln, “Democracy is the government of the people, by the people for the people”. It means that in a democratic country, people are the real masters. The government has complete trust and confidence of masses.
← Democracy is considered the best form of government. It has both merits and demerits, but its grandeur can’t be denied. Islam also appreciates a democratic government. It favours unanimous decisions. The Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) laid great stress on mutual consultation on all essential matters. Surely, democracy is a civilized form of government. It exists in advanced countries of the world like America, England, France, Canada etc.
← Democracy follows its own mechanism. In a democratic country, there are many political parties. They take part in the election. The party that wins by the majority vote forms the government. The rest of the parties sit in the opposition benches. In the assembly, important issues are discussed and debated by both the ruling party and the opposition party.
← Democracy is distorted in the third world countries. Politicians always try to befool and hoodwink the people. The gain power for their own interests. Under the cover of democracy, they hold a totalitarian rule. In these poor and backward countries, the definition of democracy is somewhat like this “ Government off the people, buy the people, far the people”
← Real Democracy has many advantages.
i. In a democratic country, people take part actively in the affairs of the government. They elect the members of the parliament. Their representatives in the parliament reflect their will.
ii. People can keep an eye on the performance of the elected members. The prime minister and the cabinet are answerable to the parliament. People can change a ruler through unanimous vote.
iii. All people enjoy respect, importance equality of rights and justice irrespective of their colour, caste, creed or social status.
iv. People enjoy freedom of thought, action, expression and publication. They can both criticize and give suggestions to the government.
v. The press and the electronic media can discuss and debate the policies and decisions of the government
vi. Intelligentsia, different organizations and opposition parties may hold public gatherings. They can use the services of radio, televisions and newspapers to convey their views to the government and public.
vii. All decisions are made after mutual consultation and discussion.
viii. Democracy allows variety of opinion to flourish.
ix. Democracy cares for the needs and wishes of public. It tries to satisfy them and raise their standard of living. It works for their welfare. Thus, it proves a stable form of government and reduces the chances of revolt.
← Democracy is not devoid of...
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