civil rights issue

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Shailendra Pandey
Elections are going on in India and preparations are going on in America. There was a lot of noise in Bangladesh, whereas in Russia everything happened peacefully. On the other hand, Pakistan did not even know what happened in the elections. From Ukraine, Brazil, Indonesia… from Africa to Europe and Asia – it's election year for almost half the world's population. People of about 64 countries are going to elect their representatives. In some of these countries, elections will be held in name only. It will be made to feel more than it actually is. At the same time, the real strength of democracy will be visible in some countries. These different faces of elections are actually the face of that country and its identity.

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Civic nationalism, there is a form of nationalism
When shared political values ​​and civil rights are made the basis of national identity, rather than race, religion or culture, it is called civic nationalism. In this, the country's identity is based on values ​​like political principles, democracy, freedom and law. Whatever be the country and whatever be the system, it definitely tries to fit into the mold of civic nationalism, even if only a little. If it is election season, then consider elections only. Elections are also a form of civic nationalism, uniting the entire country for a specific purpose.

India is the world's largest democracy and America is the oldest.
The elections of these two countries are examples in themselves. The first Lok Sabha elections in India were held in the year 1951-52. He had made many records in his very first attempt. It had been four years since the country became independent and no one in the world expected that more than 17 crore voters would be able to understand the importance of their franchise and use it. But, Indians proved everyone wrong. From then till today, every election in India has been bigger and grander than the previous one. After every voting, the democratic system has become stronger than before. Similarly, in America, election campaigning takes place between two leaders, but its threat is felt by the whole world.

America has invested heavily in human rights, civil liberties, and moral values. Both India and America are proud of their electoral processes and civil systems. However, there are also countries like Syria, Mali, North Korea, Iran, Sudan, Azerbaijan, where the public does not get complete freedom to express their preferences. Have rights, but controlled by the system. Some countries try to appear liberal, while many do not mind pretending. Yet, elections are the shining face of civic nationalism. Just as sports, business and conflict have connected the world, elections have done the same.

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are the author's own.

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