Equality in Indian democracy by NCERT
Equality : Essence of democracy
You must know that India is the largest democracy in the world. But what does that mean for us, its citizens? How do the concepts of democracy and equality affect our daily lives and livelihood? Let us learn about Equality and Inequality in Indian Democracy. We live in India, the largest democracy in the world.
Gender equality should not be the concern of women alone, but of all citizens who want to live in a democratic polity and an equitable society. Sure, this cannot be achieved by dedicating one day to the cause. But that one day should serve to re-examine the work agenda towards equality and rededicate every organisation to this goal. In some parts, it is ending female foeticide and getting girls into schools. In some circles, it is progressing to paternity leave. In some religions, it is ending bias rooted in personal law, in others, it is bringing tradition and practice in line with reformed laws. In a place like Nagaland, customary law precludes women from political leadership, putting it at odds with the basic spirit of the Constitution.
Indian Diary. In modern times no state can be called civilized and legitimate if it does not guarantee the right to equality to all its citizens.
The Article 15 in Indian Constitution guarantees equality to all the citizens of the country. The article also says that no individual should be discriminated on the basis of race, caste, religion, place of birth or gender. The Indian Constitution also abolishes untouchability, ensuring that every person gets equal access to every public place. The Indian constitution also gives all the adults the right to vote irrespective of their education, caste, wealth and religion. This is known as the universal adult franchise. The government in order to implement equality in the country, implements laws and schemes or programmes to improve the lives of people. Though the Indian Constitution guarantees equality to all the Indians, religion, economic background gender and caste play an important role in the society.