What are the shortcomings or weaknesses of democracy

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What are the shortcomings or weaknesses of democracy.

Answer:
In spite of certain achievements, Indian democracy has not been able to solve the problems in
entirety. There have been certain shortcomings. These include the following:

  • Though GDP has increased about 50 per cent, children below five years are still malnourished.
  • People are still living in abject poverty, illiteracy and unemployment.
  • More than 60 per cent of Indian people do not have access to sanitation.
  • Economic development has not been accompanied by institutional changes.
  • About 35 per cent of the Indian population still lives below the poverty line.
  • Women representation in governance is not even 6%.
  • Socio-economic inequalities continue to exist in our society.
  • Society is divided along casteist, communal, linguistic and regional lines.
  • Politics has been criminalised. Use of money and muscle power has shaken the faith of people in democracy.
  • Society has been divided in the name of caste, religion and creed.
  • Increasing corruption has shaken the faith of people in the political system. Democracy is considered to be a means of making easy money at the cast of public welfare.
  • Wholesale and mercenary defections have made democracy a farce.
  • Failure to evolve a strong and effective Opposition has led to complacency in the ruling party.