How do pressure groups and movements strengthen democracy? Explain.
Pressure groups and movements certainly have an impact on our Democracy.
It is argued at times that groups and movements tend to disrupt public order, they may wield excessive power and influence on the government without being accountable and responsible to anyone, they tend to accumulate money and have a narrow outlook as they focus on a particular issue catering to a particular section of society but the importance of these groups and movements cannot be ignored rather they have influenced the political system in the following manner and that their influence is desirable for the very reason they have strengthened and expanded our democracy:
a. They have raised the democratic consciousness of the people.
b. These movements have deepened democracy, they have ensured greater participation of people through meetings, processions making people more aware and vigilant.
c. They have rather helped in the due representation and accommodation of diverse interests.
d. They have put pressure on the government making it more accountable and responsive to the needs of the people.
e. They have ensured a balance of power among different conflicting groups and interests.
f. Their influence has ensured greater transparency in the functioning of government as they strive for good governance.
Right to Information, Lok Pal, Domestic Violence Act are rather the result of their influence.