As the year draws to a close, one can’t help but wonder what a phenomenal year this has been for democracy. Starting with Tunisia, the clarion call for the right to self-determination and democracy has spread across the Middle East and north Africa and continues to transform the region for good. Syria is fast headed to the brink, while Saudi Arabia and the rest are probably terrified as to when these mass movements are going confront them as well.
While these fledgling new democracies overcome their initial euphoria and settle down to take on the hard challenges of self-rule, India has had the good fortune of having had a stable parliamentary democracy for the last 60+ years. While we could easily give these newbies oodles of lessons on democracy, there is plenty that we are faced with ourselves at the moment.