Book Review: ‘The Idea of Democracy’ by Sam Pitroda

A timely call to defend democratic principles worldwide?

Book Title: The Idea of Democracy
Author: Sam Pitroda
Publisher: Penguin Business
Number of Pages: 216
ISBN: 978-0143467045
Date Published: Mar. 29, 2024
Price: INR 393

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Not just in India, but all throughout the world, democracy is under siege. Assuming that people are credulous, authoritarian powers are effectively exploiting a generally compliant media for propaganda. – Sam Pitorda

Indian Overseas Congress chairman Sam Pitroda explores the urgent issues pertaining to democracy in nations like the US and India in his most recent book, “The Idea of Democracy.” With more than 60 nations set to have elections in 2024, Pitroda raises grave concerns about the status of democracy throughout the world. He highlights the emergence of authoritarian governments, the weakening of institutional autonomy, and the spread of false information facilitated by social media. During a discussion on economic policies, Sam Pitroda was in the news recently for his comments regarding the concept of inheritance tax, referencing its application in the United States.

Author Sam Pitroda draws attention to the similarities between the political environments of emerging and developed countries, stressing the difficulties presented by elite regimes and the rising unhappiness of the general public. He charts the historical development of elite organizations and notes a profound change as people seek responsibility and reform and question the status quo everywhere.

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The book carefully examines the fundamental principles and systems necessary to maintain liberal democracy as it examines the paradox of democratic success in contrast to its liberal decline. Pitroda seeks to promote discussion on the value of democracy and the role that each of us has in defending its tenets in the face of modern obstacles, especially among young people.

Amidst the fervor of the 2024 General Elections in India, books focusing on politics, especially those from different political parties, stir great excitement among readers. In this milieu, “The Idea of Democracy” has garnered widespread acclaim for its insightful exploration of the intricacies surrounding global democracy. Pitroda’s contribution emerges as a significant and timely addition to discussions on political governance and civic responsibility, urging readers to critically engage with the concept of democracy and its implications.

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