Arguably, the most famous of all exhortations for democracy ever made by man is Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address of 1863: "... government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Many take those three traits as the defining characteristics of representative democracy. I live in and follow news from India. Times are such that no matter how much ever I resist myself, I cannot stop short of redefining Indian government as a "government for the rich, of the rich, and now, by the rich."