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ABC of democracy: Special on International Day of Democracy
As world celebrated the International Day of Democracy on September 15, it is worthwhile to revisit the precept of democracy. In a most elementary sense democracy stands for notion that it is the 'rule of the people' or the 'rule of the majority'.

But in technical sense, democracy is regarded as a system of government in which the adult citizens exercise power directly by electing representatives from among themselves to form governing bodies, such as a parliament and assemblies.

Though, there exists no consensus on the concept of democracy, however, a democratic set up has few essential attributes such as political pluralism, legal equality, political freedom, rule of law, legitimised rights and liberties protected by a constitution.

According to the UN, nations require a strong leadership to support democracy, strengthen civil society, empower women and uphold the rule of law for preserving stability and peace.

It is held by the UN that while democracies share common features, there is no single model of democracy and that democracy does not belong to any country or region. Moreover, democracy is a universal value based on the freely-expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems, and their full participation in all aspects of life.

Here is my ABC verse on democracy.

A:  Accountability and prevalence of rule of law
B: Based on natural equality of mankind and protection of human rights
C: Commitment to sharing information and power for common good
D: Detesting nexus of political power with wealth, muscle power and corruption
E: Eligible members of a state elect representatives to govern with common welfare in focus

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