08 March 2009
Modern democracy, which may be identified with popular sovereignty, majority rule, constitutional Liberace, participation in decision-making at all levels, egalitarianism, protection of minorities and much else, is a complicated package. No matter how composite it may look, however, democracy is incompatible with terrorism. 1
Fascist parties excluded, most political groupings and governments have seldom failed to claim a democratic legitimacy. Democracy, which seems to promise a form of government based on the harmony between the rulers and the ruled, is irresistible, at least as a slogan. It is conceivable, however, only when sectional as well as public interests are acknowledged and organized for political action. Another assumption is that no state is seriously democratic unless opposition is permitted to organize and participate in the contest for power.
In some countries, opposition rests on tribes or regions, which may not accept a common good in the overall state. In societies where opposition forces arc of this type, democratic institutions lead to flashes more than bringing harmony. In such instances, some kind of unifying principles in the form of an ideology, "guided democracy" and "army above politics" may . .
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