What kind of “democracy”?


I am writing to thank you for carrying the enlightening article entitled `Assembly elections: This system of democracy needs to be changed’ in the April 1-15, 2012 issue of MEL, in response to the assembly elections held in several states across the country. While the bourgeoisie has been rejoicing that their system has got yet another lifeline in diverting the anger of the masses, and replacing one parasitic party by another as the ruling party, with incumbents reduced to the opposition in some of the states, there is little for the working class to rejoice about. As always, the people of the country have been reduced to voting cattle and little is going to change for the millions. While the bourgeoisie tom-toms this as a `vibrant democracy’ the article correctly points out that the present system has no way of bringing to the centre stage the demands of the people, including such pressing matters as the food security issue or the issue of draconian laws such as the Armed Forces Act. Thus, the system of bourgeois democracy which is the prevailing one has to be contrasted with the incipient proletarian democracy that would come into being when the working class comes to power. Central to the issue is the economic system that prevails in the country, which is that of capitalism, and the state organs that exist in order for this system to be preserved and to flourish. The history of the post-independence period in the country has shown that bourgeois democracy has allowed the big capitalist fat cats to grow at an unprecedented rate to the extent that they are now big international players. This would not be possible without guarantees they receive from the Government, irrespective of which party is in power. Thus the system serves their interests only, to the detriment of the interests of the masses. Periodic elections that take place allow contending interests to sort out their differences and is a reflection of the changing ratio of forces between the factions of the bourgeoisie. The working masses continuously stay marginalized in this system. Thus, an elaboration on the question of what is proletarian democracy, elements of which are already mentioned in the article, is an important step forward in this regard. I would, therefore, like to once again express my gratitude to you for carrying this article. Such contributions will pave the path to revolution and to the liberation of the masses in the country

Sincerely, S. Nair, Kochi


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