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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Democracy the real face.

[b]Democracy the real face.[/b]

By Dr. Victor Ragunathan

Since my last posting in Asian Tribune’s forum, I realized that the term Democracy become Demo-Crazy raised many questions than answers among the forum members. I have put forward a context of what is democracy as a review and I did not want to stop only with the term democracy as it has a thick relationship with some other related topics in the current world of politics.

To begin with the question - what is democracy?

Democracy is about the people and their power. The power or authority exercised in a democracy is derived directly or indirectly from the represented people in one of two forms. One is Direct democracy and the other is Representative democracy.

In a direct democracy everyone is given the opportunity to participate in making all policy decisions. In countries and large organizations, direct democracy is rarely utilized because it would be cumbersome and inefficient. No decisions would ever be reached.

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