Mumbai Mirror > YourTake [January 26 2006]
What does the word ‘Republic’ mean?
Dr Vijay Bhosle, 52, Worli
Republic means that it is for the public. But that is not how it is any more. India is a democratic country which means it is for the people, by the people and of the people. But now there is nobody for the people. The future of democracy is dark.
Sonal Jawale, 20, Marine Drive
A republic is a state in which all segments of society are enfranchised and in which the state’s power is constitutionally limited. Traditionally, a republic is distinguished from a true democracy in that the republic operates through a representative assembly chosen by the citizens, while in a democracy the populace participates directly in governmental affairs.
Brinda Toprani, 21, Marine Drive
Republic means a political order in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who are entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them. Republic also means a strong feeling for patriotism.
Nabil Chunawala, 19, Byculla
Republic means public freedom. But it has become a political thing now. It’s just a part of politics. Can we have less politicians in order to have more freedom?
Sunil Shukla, 21, Bhayender
Republic means a remembrance for the person who has done something for the country. Actually, I can’t explain the exact meaning of republic.
• Sonal and Brinda got it right.
Republic is defined as a political order whose head of state is not a monarch, in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who are entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them.