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Creating the nation

The larger question here is how important is the right to vote for the average Indian? How satisfied is the average Indian with the nation's tryst with electoral democracy?

Praveen Chakravarty 

Let us indulge in a thought experiment. The government runs an all-India referendum today and gives people two choices.

One option is for the people to give up their right to vote in return for a monarchical system of guaranteed rulers with a responsibility for social and economic well-being of the citizens while the other choice is to continue to have the right to vote with no guarantees. Would Indians, after experiencing seven decades of the right to vote, give up their right or would they implicitly distrust rulers and prefer to keep their right to vote and keep governments in ...

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First Published: Mon, February 10 2020. 23:55 IST
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