In a few hours from now, US President Barack Obama is scheduled to address school children all over the US. The democratic process being how mature it is in the US, the Obama administration has had to mend its ways following widespread criticism of the intent and content of such an address.
As soon as news broke out about the proposed presidential address, many US institutions and people raised objections expressing concerns such as - is Obama trying to convert school children into being his junior lobbyists? Is he trying to indoctrinate children into believing the ideology of his party? Etc, etc. There was widespread opposition to some of the "pre-work" wherein students were apparently asked to write down what they'd do to support Obama. Many analysts and parents were outraged that children were not being allowed the choice of either supporting or not supporting Obama - in whatever he was scheduled to say! Ultimately, the Obama administration was forced to edit out some portions of the proposed "pre-work".
Remember that these were objections raised against the single most powerful human being on the planet. Obama had to bow down to the principles of democracy.
In the meanwhile, India prepares to celebrate the undemocratic imposition of Hindi on the whole of India on September 14th. Three score and two years have passed since India became independent, and the Central Govt. and schools all over India continue to indoctrinate Indians that Hindi is the language of a greater God - giving it names such as "National Language" and "Raj Bhasha" - and making them believe that it is the duty of all Indians to give Hindi speakers an unfair edge in obtaining jobs in banks, the railways, and central-government institutions all over India.
Is there a chance that Dr. Manmohan Singh follows Barack Obama in bowing down to that founding principle of democracy - unity in diversity - and shows he's got what it takes to rip Hindi off its exclusive status in India? Will Dr. Singh re-establish our faith in India being a democracy?