Indu Balakrishnan

Majority Rules. It does not matter what the answer is. If the majority vote for it, that’s what is ‘correct’. What was considered scandalous last century is now passé. Drugs and alcohol. Premarital sex. Live-in relationships. It does not matter what it is. As long as the majority approves, it is considered accepted. Doesn’t majority define democracy? It is the binary rule that influences decision-making. Everything goes when more than 50% agree. Seems rather fair. But then when we have Trump and the likes winning, shouldn’t we question the sanity behind it? Does the majority still rule?

Navina Anand

“But EVERYONE is going to the party Dad!”, she said beseechingly with her beautiful eyes. Her look said ‘You are ‘uncool’, a tyrant and a sadist’. “No chance,” said her dad. Sorry but we cannot allow a bunch of unsupervised teenagers’ party at a remote farmhouse. “I don’t care if the majority of the parents are ok with it, I have one daughter and she is not going anywhere”. There was intense grieving. Came to know that the ‘majority’ of the parents had been informed that the ‘majority’ had agreed. It had been a centralized strategy. Teenagers!

Subhadra Jayaraman

Joanne sat there expectantly, jiggling her knees. It was her thirteenth try. Where did she go wrong? She had put her heart and soul into it. She had starved and cried. Yet, every single time the response was ‘We think it is great work, but the majority has decided not to publish. Good luck.’  As she chewed her fingernails, Barry peered out from behind her draft and read out loud, “Mr. and Mrs. Dursley of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much… I want to publish this!”


  1. Indu B – Even as individuals, we live by our likes & dislikes. As family, we go by the majority when we decide on anything, be it a choice of movie or eating out etc. As an extension, the society goes by the decision of majority. Just as a dissenting family member who doesn’t like the choice of others, there would always be a minority everywhere. Why bring in Trump here, poor fellow!

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