Democracy is a system which provides equal opportunities for every individual to grow with his/her own views, thoughts and style. It empowers people to change their leaders whenever they want to. It gives the freedom of speech and thought. Democratic governments are setup by the people, run by the people and can also be removed when needed by the people. Hence, democracy is all about what public want and what public donâ€™t want. It is no doubt the best government system ever introduced and with its continuous success over the past few centuries, people have started believing in democracy in such a blind way that they rarely think about some other governance system. Amidst of all these pros of democracy, I would here like to put up a strange but different question in terms of Pakistanâ€™s democratic performance in its past 60 years. My question is Do we deserve democracy? Do our illiterate people deserve free and fair elections? Is less corrupt military dictatorship not better than totally corrupt democratic governments?
Education is the theme for any nationâ€™s prosperity and success. Today the countries which are ruling over the world had focused a lot on their education. Be it America, UK, Japan or China; the prime focus of all these developed nation was and still is education. But again, the question that pops up is, Does every educated person always behaves like an educated person? Obviously not! There are people everywhere around us who are educated but with the behavior they exhibit; they simply seem like the uneducated ones. To me, before education, first important thing is to create awareness among the masses about right and wrong and then surely comes the proper education. The reason I am giving too much stress on the education is that we can never achieve a pure democracy without awareness and education.
Pakistanâ€™s government system has never been renewed; so are the people. The same old leaders and politicians are tried over and over again. And the funny part of the thing is that it is the people, our very own people, who every time elects these corrupt leaders amidst of their past behaviors. Unfortunately, due to these corrupt democratic forces, GHQ has always benefited from it and after every few years; we have a military take over. So why we allow military dictators to interfere in our politics or in simpler words why we select such democratic systems which are corrupt and which have less chances of survival?
The answer is very simple. We donâ€™t have the adequate potential and skills to elect honest leaders. Our most of the public only listens to their â€˜Landlordsâ€™ or â€˜Vadairasâ€™. Yes, our people (specially the uneducated ones) were and are the victims of this emotional blackmail. As I had already mentioned in one my previous articles that our emotional behavior towards various aspects is another thing responsible for our downfall. And this emotional behavior always takes away our awareness to decide that who is right and who is wrong. We are afraid of some unknown sources and again vote for the people who are already been tried and dismissed from our political scene.
The conclusion, which I have reached after thinking and analyzing the situation, is that we donâ€™t deserve democracy. We, surely, are not in a position to select MNAâ€™s and MPAâ€™s, PM, CM and even the President. We donâ€™t deserve to set up a parliament and make it run. We can not just do it before we create awareness among people and make them educated enough to differentiate between the right and wrong. Democracy is vibrant in its meaning and to make it applicable is also a major challenge. It is very easy to talk about implementing democracy but to be very honest, it also requires a lot of courage and awareness to select a loyal and working democratic government. The fault is not with our politicians, the fault is within us. We have to make ourselves able to decide about the right path (currently we are not). I, personally, would prefer military to handle this country unless and until we are sensible enough to change the way it needs to be changed. I agrees that military also needs to be accountable for some bad things which they have done to demolish democratic institutions. I still believe that democracy is the only and only solution but for the time being, my vote goes for non-democratic army leaders.
Please save this country!