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International Day of Democracy: Celebrating India’s incredible journey

When it comes to being a democracy, no one can do it better than India. Here’s why:



On 15 September, the world unites to celebrate International Day of Democracy, a day dedicated to promoting and upholding the principles of democracy worldwide. Even today, the best definition of a democracy is Abraham Lincoln’s iconic words, “A rule of the people, by the people and for the people!”  

And among all the nations that embrace democracy, India stands as an extraordinary example. What makes India the world’s largest and most successful democracy? Let us delve into the remarkable facets of our nation’s democratic journey:

India’s unique strength lies in its populace, a melting pot of diversity that encompasses various languages, religions, cultures, and geographies. Despite these differences, India thrives as a democracy, a testament to the unifying spirit that binds its people. From the Himalayan peaks to the serene backwaters of Kerala, the unity of purpose in upholding democratic values has been India’s guiding light.

At the heart of India’s democratic success story is its constitution, a visionary document that Dr. B.R. Ambedkar played a pivotal role in shaping. The Indian Constitution provides a comprehensive framework that guarantees fundamental rights, social justice, and equality to all its citizens irrespective of caste, class, religion, race or gender. It is a living testament to India’s commitment to democracy, ensuring that the nation marches forward on the path of progress and inclusivity.

India’s electoral process is a magnificent spectacle, where millions of voices harmonise to elect their representatives. With over 900 million eligible voters, India conducts the largest democratic exercise globally. Elections here are not just a ritual; they are a celebration of the people’s power to shape their destiny. India’s Election Commission meticulously organises these mammoth elections, upholding the sanctity of the democratic process.

In the realm of democracy, India shines brightly in its dedication to safeguarding the rights and freedoms of its citizens. The judiciary, an independent pillar of democracy, ensures justice and accountability. Police stations, hospitals, and schools, all fundamental institutions, strive to serve every citizen. India’s Parliament, the voice of the people, debates and legislates with an unwavering commitment to public welfare. These institutions collectively foster an environment where every citizen’s voice can be heard and every grievance can find redressal.

As we celebrate the International Day of Democracy, it is essential to acknowledge India’s global significance as a democracy champion. India’s democratic journey, marked by its size, diversity, and inclusive spirit, serves as an inspiration for nations worldwide. In a world where democracy faces challenges, India stands as a symbol of hope, a nation that has harnessed the strength of its diversity to build a thriving democracy.

On this International Day of Democracy, let us recognise India’s role as a beacon of democratic values. The nation’s ability to harmonise diversity, uphold the principles of its constitution, conduct mammoth elections, and ensure the rights and freedoms of its citizens underscores the significance of democracy on a global scale. In a world where democratic principles are constantly tested, India’s journey serves as a reminder that democracy is not just a political system but a celebration of the human spirit, unity, and the pursuit of a better future for all.

Arijit Roy is a young correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected].