Chapter 1

NCERT
Class 9
Political Science
Solutions
1. Ribiang went back home and collected some more famous quotations on democracy. This time she did not mention the names of the people who said or wrote these. She wants you to read these and comment on how good or useful these thoughts are:

Question:

Ribiang went back home and collected some more famous quotations on democracy. This time she did not mention the names of the people who said or wrote these. She wants you to read these and comment on how good or useful these thoughts are:

(i) Democracy gives every man the right to be his oppressor.

(ii) Democracy consists of choosing your dictators after they’ve told you what you think it is you want to hear.

(iii) Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.

(iv) Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.

(v) All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy.

Answer:

(i)This statement is true to some extent because the leader we choose takes advantage of his power by exploiting people sometimes. But this is not the mistake of democracy but of the leader whom we choose. This is really a misuse of democracy.

(ii) If we see this statement in the present scenario, this applies to our democracy. The people we choose as our leaders, sometimes ignore our problems and think about their profits but this situation is against the principles of democracy. These types of practices do not have any place in a democratic country. We should choose our leaders wisely.

(iii) This statement says that if a man accepts justice then it makes democracy possible. But if a man follows injustice then democracy becomes necessary to give justice to others.

(iv) This statement suggests that there should be a balance between the form of government and our needs. A balanced democracy should recognize the needs of its people and deal with that because all citizens deserve nothing less than the best.

(v) The last statement suggests that there is a scope for altering the features of democracy as per our needs. In a true democracy, there is transparency and participation of people. With this increasing agreement of people, the struggle reduces and this leads to peace in the country. This peace takes the country towards prosperity. Hence, this statement has great importance.

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