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Mock Group Discussion: Are we Indians really fit for Democracy?

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 Are we Indians really fit for Democracy?

There are 6 members in this group and they will discuss the given topic with each other in the stipulated time period. This Group Discussion will decide who out of these 6 participants will be selected for the admission in a top B-School.
Mayank: Good morning dear friends. We have been given a topic with so much of scope for discussion. I am very hopeful that we all will give our best shot and this discussion will be very enlightening for all of us. Friends, I have never studied Political Science as a subject during my school and college days. So now when I am discussing democracy, it is more a laymen’s feeling towards the political system of the country I’m living in. It’s more objective than subjective and needless to say, politically incorrect. In the phrase of Abraham Lincoln, democracy is a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people."  What I make out from the word democracy is that it is government by the people in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system. But do these elections change anything in our country? Whichever party forms the government, they claim to remove poverty and unemployment, hunger and disease, but what I have seen in last few decades that poor is getting poorer and the hunger and disease situation is getting worst than ever. Seeing this, I really sometimes feel that our country does not deserves to be a democracy, rather we should call ourselves a bureaucracy. 
Vineet: Good morning friends. I differ a bit on the opinions presented by our friend Mayank here. I was introduced to the word ‘democracy’ in my civics class a long time back. After that, I have learned practically what democracy is and how to make the best use of it. As citizens of one of world’s biggest democracies, India, most of us use our rights to the fullest. Do we stop it there? Sometimes, we tend to go overboard and abuse our rights. I guess we are living in one of the few countries where even a common man criticizes prime minister publicly without any fears. This kind of freedom is not enjoyed by many of the people in this world democracy in India is about freedom and that we enjoy in our motherland. Of course many other countries in this world enjoy better facilities, sophistication and luxurious life, but even after all that, I feel the kind of freedom that we have in India cannot be matched by any country. 
Jatin: I completely agree with you Vineet. To validate your point, let me take the example of a democratic country which is close to us, Singapore. My recent visit to Singapore gave me an opportunity to talk to a commoner of Singapore; a taxi driver. That conversation between us made me realize what we actually think about India is not exactly what it is. He told me so much about Singapore, which is such a developed country now, and to ensure you all, I have checked the authenticity of the statements made by him and believe me the facts and figures did matched. He told me that Indians criticize the rampant under table corruption of their country but here in Singapore corruption happens over the table. It is a democratic country but no one has freedom to criticize the government officials, even reporters cannot write badly about them. The ruling party ‘PAP’ has been ruling Singapore since it has become democratic and only Lee’s dynasty is ruling Singapore. People cast their votes with fear, as Government can even find who have voted against their party. After doing all these, the members of the parliament are paid an unimaginable salary which is tax free. We enjoy great freedom in India, but are we really making use of it in the right way? Never! We are all looking for opportunities to exploit the rights that we have. 
Jyoti: Hello friends, I think all of you are correct in your own arguments. I would like to make a point here that there are some crucial preconditions for democracy to work. However in reality, what we see are far from the norms that requires for the democracy to function in an effective way. First is the press – In India the media is free and speak whatever they feel fit and proper but no right comes without responsibility. It’s the duty of the media to create well-informed and enlightened citizen but it has failed in its duties a lot of time. Then it is Free and fair elections – but it is nothing more than a jargon. Third and most important is the Responsible citizen - the citizens of a democracy should be well aware of their rights and responsibilities and are supposed to act and behave accordingly. But here, are we really responsible citizen of India? How much we are concerned about our duty to take part in the elections? Mostly we finish all our duty with a single statement like ‘all politicians are corrupt’, ‘that the system is not working’. We hardly try to look inside these statements and try to do something for its betterment. Honestly, I am very much part of this “we”. So, if democracy is not working in India, then we are as much responsible as the Government is. We cannot deny our irresponsible behavior towards our motherland.
Gautam: I agree with my friend Jyoti, but we cannot let the Government free just because few of the citizens behave irrationally. After all, it is the duty of the government to take care of thing like poverty, unemployment, inflation, education, food and much more. For this, the government collects crores and crores of tax every year from the citizen. But if we will look at the statistics, there have been 14 general elections and seven changes of government since 1977. But not even a single government has fulfilled its promises. More people go hungry in India than in any other country. In four of its largest states the situation is ‘serious’; in 12 it is ‘alarming’ and in one it is ‘extremely alarming’ according to the Global Hunger Index. Also, half of Indian children under five are under-developed. Fewer Indian children of their age group go to school than in Bangladesh. The largest number of complaints is not about security but about corruption. No one takes seriously the claim that the rule of law prevails in India. If one wants something, one needs personal connections and money. Public accountability is still in its infancy. Indian per capita income is below the threshold of risk to democracy and the services provided by the Indian state to its people are still below those of countries which are neither democratic nor economically successful. After considering all these facts, how can we say that we are truly a democratic country?
Rahul: I think, friends that India is a very unique country in itself. It is the biggest democracy with different hues and shades of opinion that can be attributed to the migration of different races to this country. As per the ancient history, the Dravidians took control of the land followed by the Aryans, the Macedonian people, the Mauryas, the Guptas, the Delhi Sultanate, the Mughals and lastly the British Raj. The Fathers of the Indian Constitution post-Independence thought it was correct to instill democracy in the country for proper governance. But the political honchos of today are only engaged in usurping political power and monetary benefits rather than serving the people of India and developing the nation. 
Mayank: Friends, I think it is time now that we conclude our discussion. I would like to reiterate the main points that we discussed today. Most of us present here agree that the state of Indian democracy is very poor and we need to do something very urgently about this. Though few of our friends also discussed that India is still better than many other countries of the world and we should be grateful for that. And everyone present hare in this room agrees that we all need to work together for the betterment and upliftment of our country. Everyone – politicians, citizens, common man, VIP’s – everyone needs to work hard and honestly for a better tomorrow and to justify that we deserve to be a democratic country.
The group discussing the topic was highly energetic and eager to participate. Everyone was having their own opinion and point of view which they expressed in a very effective manner. No one tried to imitate others thought by changing their language. Rather everyone was very original in their thought. The whole team concluded at the right time without any argument and this represents the great team spirit attitude of the team. Overall, a great and enlightening discussion! 
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