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“Without facts you cannot have the truth, without truth you cannot have trust and without any of these things you cannot have a functioning democracy” – Maria Ressa

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators;

7. What does this quote means to you? (150 words)

“Without facts you cannot have the truth, without truth you cannot have trust and without any of these things you cannot have a functioning democracy” – Maria Ressa

Difficulty level: Moderate

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Quotes Wednesdays’ in Mission-2022 Secure.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by explaining the importance of truth in a democracy.

Body:

First, highlight on the necessary factors for a functioning democracy such as fact, truth and trust

Next, elaborate on the inter-linkages between these factors with suitable examples

Next, mention few instances of democratic breakdown due to failure of one of the mentioned factors.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising the points discussed above.