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GS 1 prelim 2017/42

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updated on March 26th, 2019

42. Democracy’s superior virtue lies in the fact that it calls into activity

(a)the intelligence and character of ordinary men and women.

(b) the methods for strengthening executive leadership.

(c) a superior individual with dynamism and vision.

(d) a band of dedicated party workers.

Answer is ‘A’

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Option A: Democracy allows you to vote (by exercising your intellect), it gives you liberty and freedom of expression (so that you intellectual potential is fulfilled), and ensures adherence of moral values (character) such as justice and equality. So, A seems appropriate.

Option B: There is no ground for this statement.

Option C: Since it specifies a “superior individual”, it attaches a sense of privilege to selected people, which is against democratic values. It also does not clarify what the dynamism and vision means.  

Option D:  No ground.

So , Democracy is a form of government in which the sovereign power lies with the people. They take part in the governance of the country through their elected representatives. It is through representatives, the will of the people is expressed. So, the intelligence and the character of ordinary men and women should beefficiently used in order to express the real aspirations of the people.   

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