September 15 is observed as International Day of Democracy by the United Nations General Assembly. The purpose of marking a day for democracy is to review the state of democracies in the world and to strengthen the democratic spirit. The first International Day of Democracy was celebrated in 2009. Since then, every year politicians and citizens of democracies renew their pledge to pursue governance of the people, by the people and for the people.
On Wednesday, Indian politicians took to Twitter to discuss the fate of Indian democracy and reflect on where its headed. Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje wrote, “On this day, let’s pledge to uphold democratic values and promote harmony.”
Member of Parliament (MP) from the BJP, Vinay Tendulkar, wrote, “Democracy is not only about casting vote to your favourite leader. It is about inclusion, it is about participating in a collective process which shapes our country’s future. As part of world’s largest democracy. Let’s be an example for the world(sic).”
Bhupendra Yadav, India’s minister for environment forest and climate change tweeted: “On International Day of Democracy, let us remind ourselves of what PM Shri Narendra Modi has said: We are not just the world’s largest democracy but the nation where democracy took roots. In India, democracy has been a value, a way of living and the soul of the nation’s life.”
MP Diya Kumari called upon citizens to reiterate their commitment to democratic values and nurture the spirit of democracy to improve the quality of life of all citizens.
The International Day of Democracy observance by the United Nations affords a unique opportunity to reflect on the challenges plaguing democracies across the world. The theme for International Day of Democracy 2021 is: Strengthening democratic resilience in the face of future crises. This year’s thing takes the conversation ahead from 2020’s International Day of Democracy theme of “COVID-19: A Spotlight on Democracy”.