In an imaginary country called Happyland, the people overthrew
the foreign ruler and brought back the old royal family. They
said: â€œAfter all their ancestors were our
kings before foreigners started ruling us. It is good that we
have one strong ruler, who can help us become rich and
powerfulâ€. When someone talked about democracy
the wise men said it is a foreign idea. Their struggle was to
throw the foreigners and their ideas out of the country. When
someone demanded freedom for the media, the elders thought that
too much criticism of the ruler would not help them improve their
living standards. â€œAfter all, the king is
so kind and interested in the welfare of all the subjects. Why
create problems for him. Don’t we all want to
After reading the above passage, Chaman, Champa and Chandru made
the following observations.
Chaman: Happyland is a democratic country
because people were able to throw out the foreign rulers and
bring back the king.
Champa: Happyland is not a democratic country
because people cannot criticise the ruler. The king may be nice
and may provide economic prosperity, but a king cannot give a
Chandru: What people need is happiness. So they
are willing to allow their new ruler to take decisions for them.
If people are happy it must be a democracy.
What is your opinion about each of these statements? What do you
think about the form of government in this country?
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