Is It Democracy Poem by Bharati Nayak

Is It Democracy

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Is it Democracy

Is it democracy
When a ballot is sold for
A few hundred rupees
A free meal, or a bottle of country liquor?

Is it democracy
If after gaining free Government
For sixty-nine years
Majority can not read and write
And at election time
Wooed to voting booths
With tall promise?

What meaning it has
For a country poor
Whose stomach burns
out of hunger
Or for that farmer
Who commits suicide
As he can not pay back Bank loans.7

If democracy stands for
Liberty, equality and justice
I think we are far way behind.

Let us work to make it meaningful
Where freedom means free mind
Ballot is not sold
Equality is not in name sake
Equal opportunity to all in true sense

Let the elections be fought for human values
Where not ballot, but life counts.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Topic(s) of this poem: democracy
Kumarmani Mahakul 28 March 2017

In a democratic country election is must and it should be on the basis of human value, not for hooch or money. Dear poetess, you have so nicely depicted this poem in an edifying manner. Last two lines give most importance on democracy and I like to quote these lines...Let the elections be fought for human values Where not ballot, but life counts. Thanks for sharing...10

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Bharati Nayak 02 April 2017

Thank you very much for your kind words.In India we have the largest democracy and proud of it.Still we ask Do we have democracy in real sense? Is there equality among people? Do all people get justice? Equality only means equal right to vote.The benefits of a democratic set up do not accrue to the poor and deprived people due to corruption at different levels.Yes, it is the duty of every citizen and a moral obligation to work for a corruption free society.Then only we can say that we have a True Democracy.

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Sekharan Pookkat 29 March 2017

democracy is the most acceptable form of representative government where high civic sense is utilised! it is the duty of a citizen to represent himself in the house of people on behalf of the the people he belongs. do not blame democracy at any cost! we should bear in mind, how to use our power while casting our votes and educate them to use our power wisely- it is the duty of every educated people to educate our fellow men to lit the light of literacy and eradicate the evils prevailed in our society- teach them to ask questions - why this to me? why that to him? do not hesitate to ask questions- otherwise yadha raja thadha praja

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Chinedu Dike 05 November 2022

Brave utterances set aside for deep reflective thought. A forthright, patriotic rendition written from the heart. Remain enriched, Madam.

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Chinedu Dike 05 November 2022

With weak institutions vulnerable to be exploited by elite state actors, most third world countries and some of the second worlds, continue to witness the rotation of like-minded political predators who have no qualms regulating the masses for poverty.

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Bharati Nayak 05 November 2022

Thank you Chinedu Dike for your wonderful comment.

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LeeAnn Azzopardi 23 October 2022

It isn't but its around the world

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Is it democracy, when a person elected under the banner one political party switches sides to another party for a few crores of Rupees? Is it democracy if politicians, MPs and MLAs are bikaoo? Up for sale? This is essentially what is happening in India today…

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Thank you Bharati Nayak. I am happy that I have a friend who thinks about the improper ways of politicians to come to power. Please read my poem 'Frailty thy name is democracy....10

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Bharati Nayak 11 February 2019

Many thanks Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair ji for kindly reading and commenting on my poems.It really inspires me.

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