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Democracy on Trial

Does the electoral victory of the NDA strengthen the moral foundation of democracy?


The results of the 2019 Lok Sabha general elections have been seen by many as the victory of the “largest” democracy in the world. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and its supporters obviously have their own reasons to celebrate their electoral victory. These supporters may also assign to the success of the NDA an enormous political weightage under which it, for the time, sought to reduce the opposition to insignificance. The NDA might even claim that, through these elections, it has got the formal truth on its side. It may choose to define this formal truth in terms of the mandate that gave it a huge majority of seats. In fact, after its victory, some of the top NDA leaders have already started universalising their truth claim by now saying that this is a victory for India. Such victories might carry a numerically spectacular political significance that such parties seem to have acquired through the formal electoral process. However, what is much more important is to ask the following question: Was the victory of the NDA the result of its truthfulness and did it present an honest testimony about the fulfilment of the promises made in 2014?

This question becomes important for assessing not just the formal political victory of the coalition, but also, the very moral foundation of substantive democracy. Put differently, does this victory strengthen the moral foundation of democracy?

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Updated On : 19th Jun, 2019
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