Monarchy in Democracy

In layman’s term, monarchy sits as a symbolic figure of leadership, royalty, and honor. As one can put it, it’s an ornament in a bigger picture. Democracy on the other hand is a direct and immediate system of governing. There is direct and constant participation. And it makes it all promising in light of all social problems and issues.


During elections, we are made to believe that we have all the freedom to choose our candidates. It makes it very comforting so to say to seemingly be in control of our future. In the course of the campaign period, we get to see people tirelessly working and sweating just to show they are one with the people. This is the dramatic picture so to say of the whole election fever in a democratic set-up. Once winning candidates are seated, it may either be just the same or partially active. But in the general sense, it’s just the ordinary workings of democratic leading. We still believe, however, that these candidates are closely working in line with the many issues and problems people and society have. And we just leave everything there.

What we somehow don’t see is how these candidates are voted to represent us. Though they may be expected to work really hard, in reality they are there as a representation of our voice and need. But do they actively and directly go around resolving many issues? Some may do, but in a more generalistic discussion, democratic leaders are not any different from the monarchial counterparts. The symbolism of being seated loftily with the seeming free and open decision is what it is. I just think that these leaders get to have legal counsels, staffs, assistants, writers, speech writers, and organizers. There is no constant and direct action on their parts. They are seated to be protected so as they can represent the people better. But in the end, the idea of actually working so actively is made apparent and understood when in reality action should be done outside the armchair comforts. They are well dressed, they take modes of transportation with security, and they enjoy the benefits of  a supposed leader.

It is not an easy job to be a leader. It takes wits and experience. But in a democratic set-up where opinions are expressed and collective action is more of  right, there is seeming distortion of the actual, which happens to be resembling that of the kings and queens. Our leaders may not be wearing the studded crowns, but they represent the way any monarchial head would.

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