“Popular struggles do not end with the establishment of democracy, they are integral part of the working of a democracy”

“Popular struggles do not end with the establishment of democracy, they are integral part of the working of a democracy”. Explain this statement with reference to the struggle in Bolivia.

The popular struggle for establishing democracy in Nepal and the people’s struggle against privatisation of water in Bolivia remind us that popular struggles are integral to the working of democracy:

  • It is only in democracy that different individual groups can express their feelings. It they do not agree with policies of the government, they can oppose it with all their might. They can start struggles to achieve their goal.
  • As you have seen in the case of Nepal, many organisations were involved in the struggle other than political parties.
  • The protest against water privatisation in Bolivia was not led by any political party. It was led by an organisation called FEDECOR.
  • This organisation comprised local professional including engineers and environmentalists. They were supported by a federation of farmers also.
  • The struggle in Bolivia involved claims on an elected democratic government, while the struggle in Nepal was about the foundations of the country politics.
  • Both these struggles were successful.