The burden of democracy by Pratap Bhanu Mehta is one of the most cognitive and pragmatic descriptions of the term democracy, ever told or written in the finest words of wisdom and intellect. The book fosters the mind with the overall understanding and grasping of the term democracy, intellectually and academically at large. At times of its crisis, as the state fails to deliver and doesn’t let citizens have its purest form into practice, this book got to be the must-read in your reading list of the year. Pratap Bhanu Mehta is the intellectual of the era, He has a great clasp on topics related to Secularism, Political representation, and nationalism, corruption, terrorism, and language. If you happen to be the reader of Indian express newspaper, you are well-off to go through his finest critical pieces about the contemporary topics of the state affairs.
Taking the fortunate opportunity to hold and relive the fundamental understanding of the broader term of democracy, and then, it was the time to get hold of the term Indian Democracy. In times of decades, there are dirges that the Indian Democracy is in predicament. The nature to rejoice the Indian Democracy has passed through vicissitudes in the coming times, to talk about the very central one, it is especially the Indian Democracy taking the deliberative stand. This is why it is making all the meaning and disparaging to the debate when we come to talk and discuss the critical approach to the sense of the Indian democracy.
The burden of democracy is wrapped up in just 175 pages, but let me tell you, it is filled with scintillating wisdom and attributes towards witnessing the vibrating meaning of Indian Democracy. One might dwell into it, what consist of the words that all the time makes the buzz, the Democracy. To make the point, it’s the narrative your government sets to address the citizen of the country and vis-a-vis.
The book will take you through the very rational journey of the political system, governance, social structure, Justice, and talks of political thinkers that will, later on, build the fierce stature of the book, that democracy is in making of the wrong plot. Just as our constitution is the living document of the country, the Indian democracy is, for now, termed as the living document, that has changed to its very low meaning. The author with solemn note gives a caveat for the readers, that if you are looking for the solutions to the Indian Democracy you will be disappointed, this is sheer critical thinking of Indian Democracy.
There are numerous questions that will arise while you read this book with a sensitive note to understand the term democracy. What is Democracy up to? Why democracy is failing its significance towards deliberation? What is the role of the citizens with the government? Why is the government failing to meet the requirements of Democracy? What is the nature of political thinking that brings Democracy into the light? Why is Democracy taken as the tool to be often termed as vacuous? Why democracy is not more important than nationalism in contemporary Politics? Why ideologies subvert the ethos of democracy in the land where the constitution of India is living documents? Why democracy is defined by some groups of people as a roughshod?
As you go further, leafing over the pages one by one, you will be caught with some of the one-time vibrant terms that have been used in the political system of the country. The burden of democracy is one of the most crucial and matured read in the recent times, at times when you are being familiar with the term “ailing democracy” because you will discover the reason behind all these.
Note: If you haven’t gone through the basic reading of Indian Democracy and constitution of India and the polity, don’t choose this Book, things may stump you at the end, you will lose the mature ecstasy of the book.