Democracy does not abolish public protest...!

Democracy was conceived to attain public interest not to abolish it. It is therefore strange that some government officials have the knack to chide the pubic when it protests legitimately against government shortcomings.

The Greeks, from whom we inherited the democratic concept had an element of recall in  political institutions, to emphasise the fact that fulfillment of the public interest was key to incumbency phenomenon. Abe Lincoln, the American president summed up the concept for practical use, by defining democracy as ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people!’ Democratic offices are created for the objective of serving the represented!

It is wrong, altogether wrong, to see elected representatives pursuing their personal, sectarian and partisan interest instead of the public interest. It is even more wrong for the chosen few to take offence when they are pilloried for neglecting the public interest.

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