Democracies - in India and around the world - are only as sound, vibrant and aware as the ones who participate in it.
While across the world, democracies are lauded, in essence they are still more or less dysfunctional and a universal franchise never has nor ever will be the answer to basic issues like development, equality and justice. Over the years, the world's oldest democracy and the world's youngest democracy have been plagued with identical problems. In the United States, equality and gender discrimination, not to mention colour, remain hot potato items much like they are in India.
We were lulled into believing that the Tiananmen Squares and Tahrir Squares of the world would usher in everlasting peace. They haven't and both the countries continue to battle with basic freedoms for their peoples. Much like the situation in Russia.
We continue to see American liberation of erstwhile dictatorships falter when morphed into democracies. This is the fundamental flaw with democracies and the manner in which they have evolved over time. Democracies falsely lead you to believe in the concept of fundamental equality and one which is shorn of privileges and access and yet the Deep State remains active no matter which democracy you shine the torch on. The argument that there is no better system of governance than a democracy is equally Utopian. The question that begs the answer is, whether democracies as we know them, with their imperfections, are the best for governance