Hyderabad: In the United Nations General Assembly of 2007, September 15 was designated as the International Day of Democracy to review the state of democracy in the world, promote and spread awareness about the principles of democracy and celebrate this birthright.
During the Covid era, democracy has been put out to be hung several times. With the postponement of elections worldwide, it is especially now that democracy needs to be protected, promoted and cherished more than ever as freedom of speech has moved online and going out to vote jeopardizes the health of the people. Cherishing democracy means not only utilising it to its fullest but also not misusing it. To ensure this, it is best to improve cyber security, escalate the vaccination process, take utmost precaution and try, as far as possible, to conduct the elections as per schedule.
Just forming a democratic form of government does not allow us to thoroughly enjoy democracy. It must satisfy the characteristics described by the US President, Abraham Lincoln, i.e. ‘Government of the people, by the people and for the people.’ It mustn’t be democracy on paper but democracy in practice. This implies giving people the right to choose in a free and fair election process.