India 2014: The Democratic End
However, the greatest danger to Indian democracy comes from its treatment as an end in itself. The people who imagined Indian democracy saw it as a means: To greater liberties, as a means for holding the powerful to account, to ensure equitable development. Trading off such aims to treat democracy as enough, and to speak moist-eyed about how there was a polling station at even the remotest part of the country (no mean feat), and accepting poor education, poor healthcare, corruption and lack of accountability as just ways of Indian life, poses the greatest challenge to sustenance of Indian democracy. Democracy isn't a substitute for public accountability; democracy does not guarantee meritocracy, so on and so forth. Democracy makes all those things possible, indeed, only if we care about them. It is time for Indians to wake up from their democratic stupor and start working towards some of those other goals.