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What is the democracy / Street pool in Baku streets

October 1, 2013

Democracy? What is it?

Baku, Azerbaijan

What’s people concept about “democracy”. Surely, now you think  people’s answers are very similar. But our street pool in Baku streets made us very surprised. Before checking our street poll’s results let us describe the origin and meaning of this word in two words: The term originates from the Greek δημοκρατία (dēmokratía) “rule of the people”, which was coined from δῆμος (dêmos) “people” and κράτος (kratos) “power” or “rule” in the 5th century BCE to denote the political systems political systems then existing in Greek city-states, notably Athens; the term is an antonym to ἀριστοκρατία (aristocratie) “rule of an elite”. While theoretically these definitions are in opposition, in practice the distinction has been blurred historically.

Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens participate equally—either directly or through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. It encompasses social, economic and cultural conditions that enable the free and equal practice of political self-determination.

Unexpected and surprising answers we have got again proved that the ideas and tastes may be different as their owners.

Let us see how Azerbaijani people understand the above mentioned notion

Bahar Haji-zade, BEIC manager (50): “Democracy – everything for me. It is my life. Azerbaijan needs in democracy very-very much. I manage my staff  through democratic principles. Of course, it also has negative sides but it is proved way.”

Firuddun, barber (55): “This word has a deep meaning. It is freedom of thought. It is happy future for our children. Their well-being. Some people think they can do everything they want. But it is wrong. There is a border for everything. Wearing open clothes is not a democracy.”

Zemfira, economist (54): – “Democracy means a freedom. Freedom of sharing your minds, freedom of thoughs.”

Amanov Anar, foreman in Russian company (36): “It is freedom of people. It means free elections. I live in Russia. There is no even democracy shadow  nor in Russia neither in Azerbaijan. A little have in Europe. In America they have 2 leading parties. People cannot quote to any third party except of these 2 parties. How can you speak about democracy? There is a democracy in Iran – about 80%.”

Sevinc Qasimzade’s (secretary at American Councils, 23) answer – “freedom of speech, freedom of election, free media and human righst.”

An English teacher Zumrud Ibrahimova, 31, says that heard about democracy from TV-s. “Democracy is ensuring the right of all people. TV-s says that we live in a democratic and free country. Yes we have better conditions. In other countries there is tyranny and lawlessness,” she says. But then she adds, “Several time ago I wanted to work for a one company. The salary was better there. But I was told that if I need to work there I must open my hijab. This is not right; I think our president doesn’t know about this situation.”


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