International Day of Democracy

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2023 Date15 September 2023
2024 Date15 September 2024

International Day of Democracy

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International Day of Democracy is an annual event observed globally to raise awareness about the importance of democracy and to promote democratic values and principles. The observance serves as a reminder that governments should prioritize human rights, hold free elections, encourage public participation, and take essential measures to ensure the rule of law. The underlying aim of this day is to ensure transparency, accountability, and rule-based governance across nations.

The United Nations General Assembly established International Day of Democracy in its resolution A/RES/62/7 on November 8, 2007, in response to the global need for democratic societies. In India, democracy is the backbone of the political system, having the distinction of being the world's largest democratic country. India's diverse culture, multiple languages, and varied customs require a robust democratic system to ensure equal representation and participation of all its citizens. The day has a special significance as it echoes with the fundamental values enshrined in the Indian Constitution, safeguarding the rights and liberties of the citizens of India.

International Day of Democracy is observed in India through various programs, events, and seminars that engage citizens, especially the youth, in discussions about the challenges and solutions involved in fostering democratic ideals in the country. Various governmental and non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, and civil society groups collaborate to organize and participate in these activities. International Day of Democracy is celebrated every year on September 15, reminding all Indian citizens of the essential role democracy plays in ensuring good governance, unity, and progress in the country.

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Facts about International Day of Democracy

  • India is the world’s largest democracy with a population of over 1.3 billion people.
  • The 4 countries in the world that do not claim to be democratic are: Saudi Arabia, Burma, Brunei and the Vatican City.
  • The ancient Indian republics of Vaishali and Lichhavi are some of the earliest examples of democratic societies in human history.
  • Since its adoption of the Constitution in 1950, India has practiced universal adult suffrage, meaning every citizen over the age of 18 has the right to vote regardless of race, gender, or economic status.

Top things to do in India for International Day of Democracy

  • Attend the “Space for Civil Society” event that was held at the UN headquarters in New York. It is composed of a sub-group of the UN executive committee that is working in cooperation with the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. It promises to be a riveting discussion about democracy today and in the future.
  • Spread awareness by using the hashtags #InternationalDayofDemocracy, #StrongAndFree and #DemocracyRules.
  • Watch Jai Bhim (2021).
  • Read India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha.

References and related sites

www.un.org: UN Day Of Democracy 2022

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