PM: New technologies should not undermine democracy

He says democracy is within the people, will continue to deliver

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, the basic strength of democracy is the spirit and ethos that lie within our citizens and our societies

NW DELHI, Dec 10 (The CONNECT) - Emerging technologies like social media and crypto-currencies should be used to empower democracy, not to undermine it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said.

Democracy is not only of the people, by the people, for the people but also with the people, within the people, Modi said in a statement at the Summit for Democracy, the virtual event hosted by the US.

The event, he said, provided a timely platform for furthering cooperation among democracies. “India would be happy to share its expertise in holding free and fair elections, and in enhancing transparency in all areas of governance through innovative digital solutions,” he said.

“I am proud to represent the world's largest democracy at this Summit. The democratic spirit is integral to our civilization ethos. Elected republican city-states such as Lichhavi and Shakya flourished in India as far as 2500 years back. The same democratic spirit is seen in the 10th Century "Uttaramerur" inscription that codified the principles of democratic participation,” he said.

This very democratic spirit and ethos had made ancient India one of the most prosperous. Centuries of colonial rule could not suppress the democratic spirit of the Indian people. It again found full expression with India's independence, and led to an unparalleled story in democratic nation-building over the last 75 years, Modi said

The India story has one clear message to the world - that democracy can deliver, that democracy has delivered, and that democracy will continue to deliver, he said

The Prime Minister said, the structural features like multi-party elections, independent judiciary, and free media - are important instruments of democracy. However, the basic strength of democracy is the spirit and ethos that lie within our citizens and our societies, he added.

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