POSTED BY Buzz ON Oct 03, 2011 AT 02:21 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 03, 2011 02:21 IST

Intelligence Squared Debate
Royal Geographical Society
September 27, 2011

Watch out for the full debate, featuring Suhel Seth, Mani Shankar Aiyar, William Dalrymple and Patrick French, that is likely to be available on the intelligencesquared's YouTube Channel

Full Audio is available here courtesy Intelligence Squared:

Democracy is India's Achilles' heel by intelligence2

Patrick French for the motion:

Democracy as it is practised in India today is potentially a fatal weakness, an Achilles' heel

William Dalrymple against the motion:

POSTED BY Buzz ON Oct 03, 2011 AT 02:21 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 03, 2011 02:21 IST
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9/D-77
Oct 26, 2011
03:44 PM

"The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter." (Winston Churchill)

Ali
Panchkula, India
8/D-6
Oct 24, 2011
02:24 AM

Democracy is rule of majority.

Majority should be tolerant.

Else ut would be dictatorship of the majority.

madhu shakelli
east brunswick, United States
7/D-163
Oct 17, 2011
11:11 PM

 The democracy which India has was conceived by great minds in the early years of India's independence. Democracy is a very noble ideal. But Nehru could function as India's first Prime Minister, and Mrs Indira Gandhi could not justify her Prime Ministership during the Emergency. We have improved on our institutions of state. We have the Election Commission, and the Right to Information Law. Is it Indian Democracy, that has let us down, or those who represent us? Or, has India let herself down? Dr Ambedkar said, that if the Constitution was ineffective in the future, than the Indian citizen would be vile. This was said when the Constitution was drawn. The far sighted visionary did not comprehend that the Indian citizen would be corrupt, and indirectly, vile. I use the term 'vile' with reservation, since I, too, am an Indian,

Aditya Mookerjee
Belgaum, India
6/D-90
Oct 12, 2011
07:25 PM

Worthy one.  Thanks Editor.

Somasundaram
Chennai, India
5/D-97
Oct 04, 2011
09:30 PM

Charan (Post # 4)

First para: China is miles ahead of India. Its pointless to even have a comparison, unless it is to fool ourselves. Obviously, there is something good about their governacne model that allowed it such rapid march. Pakistan's best days have been under dictatorship or army rule, not under democracy. Democracy in India has become a sham because the votes are openly traded for money, booze, caste/relition pandering and personal favors. 

Second para: Completely agree.

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