Democracy is a form of government in which the citizens choose the people who govern them as opposed to autocratic form of government, in which the citizens have no say in choosing the leaders who govern them.In a democratic political system, the government is chosen by the people that work for the people. The term democracy originates from the Greek dēmokratía "rule of the people", which was coined from (dêmos) "people" and (kratos) "power" or "rule" in the 5th century BCE to denote the political systems then existing in Greek city-states, notably in Athens.
The main benefit of democracy is that every eligiblecitizen regardless of race, religious belief or gender has the same political rights as each other. People living in a democratic society are protected from oppression by laws and limits on governmental power. Democratic governments put laws into place to protect their citizens and to ensure a safe and fair society. The people who lead a democratic country have to obey the same laws as everyone else.
The essence of democracy lies in the welfare of the society.Democracy brings stability and facilitates development and social changes. Democracy is the best forms of government provided people are educated and they choose the right government. Democracy can provide for changes in government without violence. In a democracy, power can be transferred from one party to another by means of elections. The jurisdiction of the citizens of a nation determines its ruling authority. Moreover, any government is bound by an election term after which it has to compete against other parties to regain authority.
This system prevents monopoly of the ruling authority. The ruling party has to make sure it works for its people for it cannot remain being the authority after completing its term unless re-elected by the people.This brings in a feeling of obligation towards the citizens. The ruling authorities owe their success in the elections to the citizens of the nation. They feel grateful towards people. It can serve as their motivation to work for the people for it is the common masses that have complete power over choosing their government.
Another important advantage of democracy is that the people gain a sense of participation in the process of choosing their government. They get the opportunity to voice their opinions by means of electoral votes. This breeds a sense of belonging towards the nation. Most of the non-democratic governments across the world are cruel,authoritative, corrupt and unjust; whereas the democratically elected governments have improved the lives of its citizens. Undemocratic governments are a serious and real threat to their own citizens and they resort to violent and corrupt practices to remain in power. We, the citizen of the nation are at the center of democracy and we have the responsibility to maintain the democratic nature of our nation. Democracy holds the promise to create a powerful, progressive and inclusive nation; fulfilling the dreams and aspirations of its citizens. Democracy provides the ideal ground for protection and realization of human rights. Let us pledge to show our total commitment to democratic ideas and values by fulfilling our democratic duties and responsibilities – and our democratic rights will be fulfilled automatically.
“ Good Governance is my Democratic Right.”