First of all, accept my warm wishes on this auspicious day of Republic day, which is celebrated every year on 26th January to commemorate the date on which Constitution of India came into force i.e. 26th January 1950. It means that it is the official day when India became a republic nation. India opted for democracy with the aim of keeping the ultimate ownership and power to govern the nation in the hands of the masses i.e. the citizens of Mother India. Being Democratic, on the one hand, brings with it a sense of pride; while on the other hand, it also places a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of the citizens. The citizens of a democratic nation are solely responsible for leading their nation towards prosperity and growth.
As per the dictionary meaning, the word Republic stands for “A political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them”. (Courtesy: Word Web). In simple words, Republic or Democracy is for the people, of the people and by the people. My interpretation of the last statement with regard to democracy is that “For the people” indicates Entitlement, “Of the people” denotes Ownership and “By the people” symbolizes Responsibility. This Republic day, let’s concentrate on the aspect of “By the People” in a democratic setup and the responsibilities of the citizens in a democratic nation.
The three words “By the People” in itself signifies that “Democracy is a vehicle which is driven by the People”. So in a democratic system, we the common men are seated in the driver’s place and it’s our responsibility to drive Democracy on the path of progress and prosperity. In a democratic setup people can’t shed away their responsibility just by passing remarks like “Everyone is thief”, “Politicians are corrupt”, “Government officers are robbers”, “Nothing good can happen to this country”, blah blah blah. If there is anything in the vehicle that is malfunctioning, then it’s the sole responsibility of the driver to check and repair the same before the vehicle is worn out.
Suppose, if one day, the Almighty forgets their power, then who is going to advise them that they are the Supreme Soul? Neither anyone is capable of doing that, nor anyone is going to do it, right? Yes, the Almighty will have to realize their power on their own. In the same way, in a democracy, the citizens are the Almighty i.e. the supreme power lies in a body of citizens and when the citizens themselves don’t realize their power then no one is going to come to their rescue. Ultimately, it’s the citizens who will have to realize their power and accordingly take the onus of moving the democracy in the right direction on the path of prosperity and growth.
As it is said that “Boond boond se he sagar bharta hai” (Every little effort does matter), as such, we all have to contribute our little bit if we want our country to progress. We can’t simply leave the country in the hands of the elected few, for every five years, and run away from our responsibility by claiming that we have voted and elected our representatives to govern the country. We have to ensure that each and every step that is taken by the government is in the interest of the citizens, as a whole, and not in the interest of the favoured few. As a citizen, our responsibility is not restricted to simply cast our vote, but we have to also keep a check on the functioning of the elected representatives.
In the same way, we have to raise our voice against any misdeeds, injustice, corruption etcetera that comes in our notice. We can’t simply close our eyes and pass on the responsibility on the police and law enforcing agencies. As and when, any such things come to our notice then it is our duty to surface such things in open, as a whistleblower. If we, as a Supremo are afraid, then no one can help the nation. As it is said, that “The Almighty also helps those who help themselves”. So, firstly, we have to stand courageously against any injustice and then only we can think of achieving the Justice.
At the same time, we have to make sure that we keep the environment unpolluted and also ensure that all the living beings are safe. We have to keep our planet clean and green. Grow plants, preserve wildlife, save energy and save the planet should be our motto. It’s also our duty to follow the rules and regulations that are devised to safeguard us. Live and let others live too.
We, the citizens, have to realize our power and use it accordingly. Those who want to rule over us will never let us know what our real power is all about. They will continue to exploit us forever. Awake, before it’s too late. Hope we all stand together for driving the vehicle of democracy on the path of prosperity and growth. May the Motherland India progress and prosper manifolds. Stay united and peacefully.
Happy Republic Day!