Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Government of the people, by the people and for the people!

17-Feb-09

I am sure all of you will be thinking why did I name this post with the definition given by Abraham Lincoln? Before I get to the actual point, the reason why I am writing this post is because I was reading extensively about Abraham Lincoln since yesterday as it was his 200th birthday. There were many articles on NY Times and even Washington post had many articles on his 200th year birthday. Most of the articles were drawing comparisons between Abraham Lincoln and the new 44th African-American President of United States Barack Obama. I was thrilled reading about Abraham Lincoln and his inspirational stories. I even read about articles from other country presidents on Sir Abraham Lincoln. ‘Undivided Loyalty’, ‘The path back to the Dignity’, ‘Hardworking Man’ and ‘Founding Father’; these were few of the articles of four writers describing how Abraham Lincoln influenced their countries. Well for me, just to read the title name was a great feeling and once I read the stories, I was touched, moved and inspired.
One of my friend sent a forwarded message which stated the new definition if democracy "Government BUY the people, OFF the people and FAR the people". Doesn't it sound horrible? and people just forward such messages thinking its funny. But no one admits the seriousness behind the same. Where are we heading to? is the question bouncing in my mind.
Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg address (one of the most quoted speeches in the United States History) came up with the definition "Government by the people, of the people and for the people" which is called as the new definition of DEMOCRACY. Just the meaning of it is inspiring and empowers everyone to live up to their respective countries' expectations there by solving problems. There are many great leaders who relegiously followed the above said statement and lived their legacies.

The whole point of my writing this post is to communicate to more people on what’s happening to the mindset of people here. Its either they have changed the definition of the government or they have started following some new definition which will support them with whatever they are doing indirectly or directly. The definition may be relevant given the amount of corruption in the we are seeing everywhere, but this will actually lead to the bad than the good. We will need to rise up to the expectations of our great leaders with the same commitment and dedication they had for their respective countries in the process of fighting for freedom and justice.

Do you have any other definition to state now?

4 comments:

juni said...

This is precisely the FATE of every state. According to me one option, as a corrective measure from the root level, could be to publicise -"Section 49-O of the Constitution"- to mass.
As per the 1969 act, in section "49-O" that a person can go to the polling booth, confirm his identity, get his finger marked and convey the presiding election officer that he doesn't want to vote anyone!

well...this point also could be an inspiration for your next article

Baba said...

What the senior person has said is absolutely true... Government OFF the people, BUY the people and FAR the people!”
What i want to convey here is,
Unless the root cause(senior official) is removed, a 1 MAN Army doesn't work here... Many people should work together as a team to eliminate the root cause...

Raghu said...

Yes Sri, It is absolutely true that the definition of 'Goverment' has changed. Unless the educated people and youth in the society wake up and do something, the definition holds true.

Hope many youths come forward in the coming days to serve our nation.

Raghu

Yathish said...

I actually liked the new definition given by someone over the sms. It is in fact more nearer to 'Democracy' actually present in most of the countries. As a citizen of a Democratic India, I would definitely want the Democracy to have the same meaning as said by President Lincoln. But, I also know the reality currently. It is always good to know the harsh reality and ideal state so that you know where you want to go towards.