Democracy is an important value. India is a democratic country. The freedom each Indian enjoys now is the gift of this great value the visionary leaders who once sacrificed their lives for the country gifted. To understand the true value of this invaluable gift the country possesses, it is important to look through the windows of another country which lacks this gift.
Let’s look through the windows of Hong Kong. Definitely, Hong Kong is much more developed and financially secured than India. It has an enviable infrastructure; it is known as the city of skyscrapers.
Each Hongkonger now understands that if one does not have democracy the luxuries around him is of no use.
For the last few months, a large section of people of Hong Kong has been aggressively fighting against the attempt to stifle the value of democracy the city has inherited from the United Kingdom.
Hong Kong was once a part of the Colonial Briton. Though post World War Two the UK awarded the freedom to many of its colonies, including India, this territory remained in the hand of the European master.
The city was thus special for many reasons. It was a business hub. It offered shelter to many western companies.
Under the tutelage of the west, the city emerged as an Asian version of Europe. It was a testing ground of liberalism in the continent.
Things were going smoothly until the UK finally decided to hand the region over to an Asian hegemon, China.
The region was handed over to China based on the agreement that it would respect the democratic values it inherited from the western liberalism and would be ruled as per the agreed concept of ‘one country two system’.
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