“Tell me O great scholar, the son of Vishrawa, the quintessence of Wisdom…Tell me more about good governance” Said Lakshman, with folded hands.The vast expanse of the ocean was absolutely still as if grieving the fall of this great warrior and scholar. Ram stood far, mentally fathoming the conversation between his younger brother and the great Dashanan. The Vanar-Sena had stopped the Shankhnaad and Jaighosh. They were calm now. The adrenaline rush was over. They had come to terms with the fact that victory had kissed their foreheads.“Tell me O great Dashanan, the master of Vedas, the great Rudra devotee…tell me about good governance” Lakshman urged.
“Dear noble prince, with folded hands I bow to thee for I know you are the great Shesha, you are the companion of Vishnu. And since you asked about governance, I’ll tell you the facts later…for now I’ll make a prophecy” Ravana opened his mouth with great pain. Blood gushed from his navel. The arrow of Ram was still stuck. The sharp metallic head of the arrow was inside Ravana’s belly, the wooden shaft was outside.
“There will be a time O noble prince, when the administration will be in the hands of the populace. People will rule and there will be no monarchy. They’ll elect their representatives. The representatives will govern the states. And if the representative fails in his duties, people will dismiss him and elect a new one. Those will be bothersome times prince. Those will be the times of confusion” Ravana said.
“But why? If people are ruling the nation indirectly, that actually will be beneficial. They know their needs, their demands, their worries, and their problems better than us…They can make better plans, better schemes and they can administer themselves better” asked Lakshman.
“Dear Prince, don’t you know the people? They are stupid. They can never rise above communities and races and castes. They’ll prefer a bad person from their caste over a good individual from other caste. They’ll always think that people from their own caste will stand for them. And imagine if a new concept like religion comes up, they’ll be divided furthermore. In a nutshell, these people will never be united. They’ll keep fighting over trivial issues of caste and religion and the ones they elect will attain godly status over a period of time. That’ll be worse than Monarchy, O dignified prince” replied Ravana who was composed now.
“Hmmm…that’s a sad thing to know O possessor of The Chandrahaas, I hope that never happens” replied a worried Lakshman.
“That will happen Saumitra, mark my words…That will happen” replied Ravana.
(This conversation is a figment of my imagination)
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