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International Day of Democracy – 15 September

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Today we celebrate the International Day of Democracy.

What is democracy?

Democracy is a system of government in which the common people have the power to decide who should govern (rule) over them.

The idea of democracy started in ancient Athens, Greece. Currently, India is the largest democracy in the world due to the number of people eligible to vote.

The United Nations first declared 15 September as the International Day of Democracy in November 2007. It was first celebrated in 2008.

Aim of the day

This day aims to spread public awareness about the importance of democracy. In a democracy, there should be freedom of assembly (gathering), speech, equality and voting for all.

This year, the COVID-19 crisis has led to major social, political and legal challenges. Many countries had to adopt strict emergency measures to fight the crisis.

However, it is more important than ever for governments to continue democratic principles and respect international standards and the right to justice.

Here is a short video on democracy. Video credit: MinuteVideos/Youtube

 

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