LS Speaker lashes out at critics of democracy
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 04, 2012, 21:02
New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Wednesday lashed out at those who criticise the functioning of Indian democracy and seek change, asserting this is the only democracy that provides a "level playing" field for everyone.

"What system do you want to bring. Has human mind discovered a better system. This is only democracy which creates a level playing field for everyone," she said while releasing a book on late President R Venkataraman here.

The Speaker said this while condemning people "who I have heard of saying what is this democracy... things don't move, the system should change".

"I shudder to think what India would be if it was not a democracy," she said while describing the "great contribution" made by Venkataraman to strengthen the pillars of Indian democracy.

"It is love for democracy is what made him my father figure," she said.

Observing that the country's democratic set up has evolved and strengthened over the years, she said countries across the world also hail with "great admiration" India's progress.

"Whenever I go to these countries, all of them without fail tell me how impressed they are with India which has been able to strengthen its democracy despite its complexities and unmanageable population".

Kumar in this regard, especially sought to refer to some of the countries in Asia and Africa who gained independence along with India but have either weakened or have failed as a state over the years.


First Published: Wednesday, April 04, 2012, 21:02

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