The Evolution of Democracy
Many thousands of years ago, when men wore no clothes and there was no way of outsourcing their primary occupation of hunting there were simple ways of resolving disputes.
Often times these involved some sort of violence, a club or two, and a defeated man sprawled on the ground.
Gradually man become more sophisticated. He started this system of government known as Democracy where he would elect the leaders who would be responsible for the various policies that determined man’s life.
There would be a Judiciary. There would be a court and judges to whom he would go for resolution of disputes.
A great man once said – Democracy is government by the people, for the people.
History would erode the last few words of that definition. Democracy became government by the people, but not necessarily for them. Man being the eternal optimistic, kept his faith. He kept on voting year after hopeless year, in the belief that he was the one determining the direction of his life by electing his government.
Governments kept changing, but the common man became an inside joke.
We will just tell him that we are devoted to working for his benefit, and the silly guy will vote us to power. We will spin a web of deception. We will split up the society on the basis of caste and religion, and they will vote for us. If nothing else works, we will give money to these hungry wretched people. We will do whatever it takes to gain power.
Now as it happened, the government controlled the central investigating agency, commonly known as the Comical Bureau of Intelligence (CBI). The leaders kept doing their thing, and nothing would ever happen to them. They tore up the nation. They killed countless people in their quest for power. They were not bothered about the law. Nobody could touch them. They always had the CBI to give them a clean chit. After all, they ran the damn organization.
The common man waited patiently.
He voted hopefully.
He kept waiting.
He kept voting.
Things kept getting worse.
Eventually his patience ran out.
The water breached the dam. The camel’s back was broken. The last nail was driven into the coffin.
Common man finally lost hope. He gave up on the government. He gave up on his belief in justice.
And the Common man threw a shoe in the face of the Politician.
A big, smelly, unhappy, impatient, disillusioned shoe.