“The best argument against democracy is a five minute

conversation with the average voter.”

–Sir Winston Churchill

Born to an aristocratic family in 1874, Winston served in the British military and worked as a writer before going into politics. After becoming prime minister in 1940, he helped lead a successful Allied strategy with the US and Russia during WWII to defeat the Axis powers and craft post-war peace. Elected prime minister again in 1951, he introduced key domestic reforms. Although he was a much-loved elected, democratic leader his views indicate his lack of awe for democracy as he truly understood what it really meant in a place where your average voters are not aware of their basic rights and can be led by a mob mentality.

This stands particularly true in Pakistan, where political participation is low as it is and politics hold no meaning in the life of the average citizen. Political parties will keep buying votes and the mandate eventually goes to whoever can afford to buy it. Time and time again democracy is pushed out of the way to make space for the armed forces so they can do, what is essentially the government’s job, to maintain law and order in the country. Pakistan is yet a long way from attaining true democracy.