Social Activism is a key to survival of Indian democracy

Social Activism is a key to survival of Indian democracy

Social activism has an important role to play in ensuring the survival of democracy. It is not the only instrument for furthering democracy however. Social activists seek to engage civil society in a discourse about key issues, which is important for promoting democracy.

However, they are not the only ones who can ensure the continued growth of democracy in India. Active action by Indian citizens and civil society are also needed to ensure that democracy flourishes in our nation. It is the combination of sincere political leaders, ethical businessmen, visionary intellectuals, alert media, objective judiciary, courageous social activists and keen civic sense as well as patriotism which are important for keeping democracy alive in any nation across the world.


• Social activism alone does not lead to the progress of democracy within a nation. It is only through active involvement of all other members of society that a nation can hope to keep democracy thriving and well.

Unprincipled social activism will not help any democratic nation. On the contrary, it will do damage to our nation. Activists with agendas such as gaining power or campaigning for money will not be able to sustain themselves in the long run. Nor will they help the Indian democracy in any way.

• Social activists do play an integral role in the maintenance of democracy. But social activism is not the key to the survival of democracy if political leaders are inept and businessmen resort to bribe giving and money laundering.

In such a scenario, not even the most determined social activist will be able to campaign successfully for any cause. If society is not alert about the changes that are happening, social activism can do little to maintain the healthy functioning of democracy in any nation.

• If the media does not resist the temptation to resort to paid news and slur campaigns emanating from political bickering across all party lines, the Indian democracy will be left in shambles. Social activists can lay down their lives, but it will not help their cause if the government and the corporate leaders continue to function in a self serving coterie.

• Democracy aims at putting the power in the hands of the people. But if citizens themselves are apathetic and not willing to get involved in key issues that are important for societal growth, then social activism become empty and meaningless.

• Whether it involves social issues or ecological concerns, activists are only able to speak up for the people if the media or the lobbyists do not stifle them. Parties with vested concerns can also interfere in matters and reduce democracy to a mere joke in the country.

• The recent black out of the Parliamentary proceedings on national television during the deliberation of the bill for Telegana is one of the examples of what political camouflage can do to impair democracy in our nation. Moreover, those businessmen who resort to bribes are using economic resources in our country for their own gains. This is a direct violation of the principles of democracy.

It is only with the support of social activism by celebrities and common man along with a principled media that once can hope to achieve transparency and accountability in India. This will restore the Indian democracy to its former glory.

Even if leaders attempt to raise issues, they can be faced with opposition from rivals or warring factions. This holds true for leaders belonging to several different parties in India. If the administration does not work with the leaders to implement reforms effectively, the cause of democracy can be lost forever. Social activism is just a part of the larger picture.
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  • RE: Social Activism is a key to survival of Indian democracy -Deepa Kaushik (05/05/14)
  • Social activism is an important factor to keep our democratic set up. The en energetic social activists make sure to keep up the interest of the people. They initiate spark among the population to burn the issue well enough to hit the eye of the blinded politicians and government.

    With much corruption into the system, we definitely need some embarking factors to keep the democratic system alive and running. Without the social activism many of the social issues would go unnoticed. These movements often help in spreading awareness in the society regarding the day-to-day happenings which affect the rights of the individual.

    Social activism was of much importance earlier, especially during the era soon after the freedom struggle. But as of today, the social activists have also turned out to be professional and expect monetary gain in their work. Working for the social cause has turned out to be a point on paper without any practical utility to the same.

    Thus, the democratic system could emerge as a beautiful weapon for the citizens if the social activism prevail with conscience.
  • Social Activism is a key to survival of Indian democracy -Lubna Lakdawala (04/02/14)
  • Social Activism is a key to survival of Indian democracy

    Activism is an effort to promote, or start a social, political, economic, or environmental change. It stands for a peaceful form of conflict. There are various methods of activism such as campaigning, writing letters in newspapers, forums, protests, strikes, boycotts, rallies etc.

    Social activism in India has been around since the Ghandhian era. We won our freedom after a huge struggle. The dandi march, civil disobedience movement non corporation etc are all examples of social activism.

    But after winning the independence social activism in India has lost its prominence. India got freedom after a long struggle and formed a great constitution for betterment of its people. The has great values about every aspect of life It has to be ensured that the said values are not dying and the necessity of their healthy growth is being monitored for the survival of a free and vibrant society.

    It is a well known fact that corruption in India is a major problem. Among other social evils it is corruption that is create major havoc in the Indian society. To overcome come this the only solution is social activism it is the common people who raise a voice against the atrocities and let the world know about the same.

    They educate the people, garner their support and try to get the wrong doings rectified.

    An example of social activism is the initiative taken by Anna Hazare. Anna harzare has become synonymous with the fight against corruption. To fight against corruption Anna hazare has fasted in Delhi thrice to convince the government to pass the Lokpal bill. The Lokpal bill makes the provision to start an independent body to investigate and take action against corrupt officials. Although the Jan Lokpal Bill is yet to fully functional the government has passed the Lokpal bill owning to the demands of the people. The initiative by Anna Hazare and his team has lead to an increased awareness about social activism among the people. The protests after the Delhi Bus gang rape are another example of social activism.

    Several evils like corruption, black money, dowry, atrocities on women etc. can be dealt with social activism. While social activism has for long been an important part of democracy, the trend got a boost from the anti-corruption movement of Shri Anna Hazare, India is the world largest democracy, and in today’s times social activism is the key to survival of democracy.