Democracy, Civil Society, and Health in India by Madhvi Gupta, Pushkar (auth.)

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In a democracy, institutions are all that stand in the way of tyranny and caprice,” writes Mehta (2013), but political leaders continue to display an “instinctive contempt of institutions” even after six decades of democracy. A similar disregard for institutions is evident in the actions of a majority of unelected government officials such as bureaucrats as well as business groups and others in positions of power and influence. Weak enforcement by the state and high-profile instances of non-compliance without adequate punishment (or none) has instilled in common people the belief that they do not have an ethical obligation to follow the laws,30 which they perceive as unfair and biased in practice.

Overall, there is a simultaneous acceptance of democratic institutions and a lack of confidence in them because of the disdain with which the country’s leaders treat the existing institutions. “In a democracy, institutions are all that stand in the way of tyranny and caprice,” writes Mehta (2013), but political leaders continue to display an “instinctive contempt of institutions” even after six decades of democracy. A similar disregard for institutions is evident in the actions of a majority of unelected government officials such as bureaucrats as well as business groups and others in positions of power and influence.

Overall, there is a simultaneous acceptance of democratic institutions and a lack of confidence in them because of the disdain with which the country’s leaders treat the existing institutions. “In a democracy, institutions are all that stand in the way of tyranny and caprice,” writes Mehta (2013), but political leaders continue to display an “instinctive contempt of institutions” even after six decades of democracy. A similar disregard for institutions is evident in the actions of a majority of unelected government officials such as bureaucrats as well as business groups and others in positions of power and influence.

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