Of Democracies and Kings


I was just wondering what if I was born in the era of the great kings. May be I’d have made a history of some sorts. I could have been a great warrior who single handedly won many battles. Or I could have been a great scholar and might have written the greatest of all literatures. Or I could have been one of the greatest painters. Or… well the list is endless. I could have been any one par any one’s imagination. May be a King myself? Who knows?

Frankly speaking I’m a person too unimportant to imagine myself as anyone. Let us imagine some one like Dhirubhai Ambani or Bill Gates. What if either Dhiru Bhai or Bill Bhai were born in, let us say, Maurya dynasty? They were both visionaries and innovators. They earned their wealth by making good products and doing exceptional marketing. It wouldn’t stupid to believe that Dhiru Bhai or Bill Bhai earned more wealth than the GDPs of many countries. But traditionally, in the eras of the great Kings, it was the royal families who owned all the wealth. They had all the access to the best of luxuries in their kingdom and had the right to declare wars on the neighbouring or far off kingdoms. They were the ultimate power.

Now consider a hypothetical situation that they both (Dhiru and Bill) were born during the Maurya Dynasty and earned wealth of similar nature. Doesn’t it make them able enough to own and enjoy the luxuries presently available only to the kingdoms? And what about giving them the ability to rule the kingdoms? Practically it should have happened that way. But I always thought it did not happen that way until I gave a closer look to the democracy today. Who’s the most powerful nation today? Arguably United States. Some might say UK or Japan or whatever. Had it not been the burgeoning industrial and commercial growth in these countries, they wouldn’t have reached the paramount of economic and military power. No wonder why an entire nation of China gets threatened by one man’s search engine, his company. No wonder why the governments of countries such as Saudi Arabia, India and few others are fighting it out with just one research in motion.

I get my answer why there were no Dhiru Bhais or Bill Bhais in the age of great dynasties. Because there was no democracy. There was just one man who ruled them all, just one man who decided the fate of many. And there was only one man who decide who grew and who did not. One man was the King… sigh! I wish I was a King!

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9 thoughts on “Of Democracies and Kings

  1. “One man was the King… sigh! I wish I was a King!”

    Hmmm…do I smell treachery in my kingdom? Call the war council. I want it crushed before it begins to rise.

  2. “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.
    – Shelley

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