School of Democracy and Indraprastha College for Women held a lecture on ‘Democracy: By, Of and For Whom?’
The lecture was delivered by renowned Indian political and social activist Aruna Roy, founder of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan. It was organized in the Indraprastha College Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.
She argued that the basic definition of Democracy is: the government of the people, by the people, and for the people, as given by Lincoln, is known to us all by heart, but we do not know its true meaning. We do not know what it implies.
She spoke about the present political scenario, exploring topics like the Beef Ban case and the killings of rationalists and progressive thinkers like Narendra Dhabolkar and Govind Pansare. She emphasized the concept of rationality and the need to question the status quo present in today’s political front. Also, she focused on how people kill in the name of their religion, while true religion never propagates killing.
She used quotes, slogans, and music/songs to reach out to the audience and make them see her point of view, and broaden our viewpoints.
In a nutshell, she tried to explain that all the fronts of society can only work properly and achieve its goals, such as communal harmony, women empowerment, equality, etc. if democracy works properly. So, we have the burden to point out where the government is going wrong because democracy is, after all, for us, us, and us.