International Day of Democracy 2020: India, the world’s largest democracy, continues to inspire people globally when the country goes to the polls every five years. Social scientists attribute this unique quality to the first and last sentences of the preamble: ‘We, the people … approve, approve and give ourselves this Constitution‘means that power is ultimately in the hands of the people.’ International Democracy Day is a day designated by the United Nations, which is observed every year on September 15. This year, Democracy Day takes on a major significance amid the pandemic. Covida-19.
“As the world faces COVID-19, democracy is essential in ensuring the free flow of information, participation in decision-making and accountability for responding to the pandemic,” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on International Day of Democracy.
Good before # Covida-19, frustration was growing and trust in public authorities was declining.
Governments need to do more to listen to people who want change.
Antnio Guterres (@antonioguterres) September 15, 2020
International Day of Democracy 2020“Human rights on the front line in the fight against COVID-19,” the United Nations says in its policy as the world battles the pandemic. Some of the main areas of focus are the right to life and duty to protect life, the right to health and access to health care and the challenge to freedom of movement because free interaction and travel will not help break the chain of infection. The UN has called for specific action to address issues that could affect democracy and “increase authoritarianism” during the pandemic.
- Development of media literacy and digital security
- Fighting misinformation
- Training journalists to report on pandemic and fact-checked coverage
- Empowering women against gender-based violence
- Special focus on youth, minorities and other marginalized sections
International Democracy Day 2020: Twitter Noise
The fundamental right of every citizen, in every corner of the world, to participate in the process of democratic self-government. Democracy has always been and will remain the greatest aspiration of people all over the world who want to be free. # DitaofDemokraciaNdërkombëtarepic.twitter.com/vRRRmCcye2
Pompeo Secretary (@SecPompeo) September 15, 2020
Greetings on the occasion of # DitaofDemokraciaNdërkombëtare. Democracy gives voice to the common man and ensures that all are equal before the rule of law. I call on everyone to strengthen the foundations of Indian democracy and make it more vibrant. pic.twitter.com/5uvXytusQq
Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) September 15, 2020
Democracy is built on inclusion, equality and participation. It is the basic block for sustainable development and human rights. it # International Day of Democracy, let us reaffirm our support for our democratic values and traditions, and set an example for the world to imitate. pic.twitter.com/9ZHaGt6EHz
Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) September 15, 2020
it # International Day of Democracy, we renew our determination to defend our much-won freedom and value and respect the human rights that are essential elements of any democracy. pic.twitter.com/o5BJbWccFu
Congress (@INCIndia) September 15, 2020
Happy International Democracy Day 2020!