Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Democracy Vs. Democracy

A few days ago, I conducted a workshop with some teacher educators on the subject of history. One of the activities included a comparison between two models of democracy. The analysis offered by participants was an eye-opener for me, and I learnt something new. I am offering the same activity here. What differences do you find between these two models according to the highlights given here? Please post your answers as comments below.

Democracy Model A
  • We… admire those who fight for their convictions… But in the older democracies we have learned that sometimes we bow to the will of the majority. In doing that, we do not give up our convictions. We continue sometimes to persuade, and eventually we may be successful. But we know that we have to work together and we have to progress. So, we believe that when we have made a good fight, and the majority is against us, it is perhaps better tactics to try to cooperate.
  • Come back to break my heart again, if you are still upset. Come, come back to leave me again later.
  • The minds of the masses become used to what you offer them, and it produces a certain kind of conditioning which in return leads to a corresponding reaction.
  • Well, in my view, political activists make demands not because they think it's plausible to meet in the near future or in current situation, but mainly because they are making a statement.
Democracy Model B
  • “I’m the spirit of all human beings,” said the bride. “Therefore, whoever would desire to win me, should strive for the common good of all human beings, and especially for the good of his nation.”
  • The purpose of these gatherings will be to learn about each other, and from each other, so that whatever errors might be there in the opinions of some may get corrected through others, and the course of action which seems pleasing to everyone should be adopted.
  • Why cannot you who, as a people, can well claim to be the first practical exponent of this superb conception of humanity, live and move and have your being as a single individual?
  • Now, I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in course of time Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State.
  • Every human being knows at least one thing which I don’t know. By this estimate, I know very little.
  • The making and breaking of relationships is in the hand of God. Our desires don’t count.


  1. Hmmm...the first one seems like fake, misleading, man-made model of democracy whereas the other one seems to be natural, real, original, bigger, pure, collective version of democracy!

  2. Rizwan, can you give specific examples? Such as, what flaw do u see in which particular point of the first or the other way round, and what points do you like in the other, and why? :)

  3. I like part B better than A.Part B defines democracy as something which strives for common good of all human beings especially good for his nation,this is missing in Part A.