Let us take Lyngdoh Madam seriously and try to write down the exact definition of some of the simple words that we use all the time: pen, rain and love. For example, is there a way of defining a pen that distinguishes it clearly from a pencil, a brush, chalk or crayon?
(i) What have you learnt from this attempt?
(ii)What does it teach us about understanding the meaning of democracy?
(i) From this attempt, I have learnt that everything has its own identity, on the basis of which we can differentiate it from other things.
(ii) This conversation taught us that specific features of democracy can help us to understand the difference between democracy and other modes of governance. These features are the identity of democracy.
The army rulers of Myanmar were not elected by the people. Those who were in control of the army became the rulers of the country. Citizens were not allowed to give their opinions. This type of government is known as a dictatorship. This also applies to monarchies. The kings of Saudi Arabia are able to rule not because they are elected by the people but because they were born into the royal family.
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