In reference to the chosen theme by me for this challenge, Governance is the first thing that strikes my mind for “G” - expected to be a clean and transparent one for the people, by the people and of the people. And this being the most talked about topic in last couple months in the frenzy of political campaign, justifies the relevance and significance.
From time immemorial when society got formed, it needed a way of managing itself and governance came into being. Not all governance fashioned by the people at the helm of affairs, was good and prosperous all the time and hence history has classified different eras as Golden age or Black age. This was true in ancient civilization, during Roman civilization and even in the modern age.
Good governance makes the difference for a country towards prosperity and development while a poor one pushes it towards civil war, lawlessness, impoverished health and financial calamities as observed in many countries of the world across continents and geographies.
While India is quite well placed in terms of basic governance compared to many countries, we deserve better. We are yet to see semblance of governance that is accountable and responsible. Yes, we are a democratic country and we can take our decisions to replace one bad governor by another, supposedly good one, but the sufferings, we – the common people, go through in between is too much to deal. There are enough laws and regulations in place but the enforcement machinery is hardly there. While I am aware of the challenges faced by our country with the burden of a huge population and lack of infrastructure, some people with vested interests know the helplessness and loopholes of governance pretty well and don’t think twice before exploiting them. The leadership, hand in hand with common folks, need to plug those gaps and bring the miscreants to justice saving the governance from further decay. At the individual level, we should govern ourselves with dignity with genuineness. Being Genuine goes longer in life.
A better government of India needs to focus on literacy, clean water with other infrastructures, creating opportunities for its masses through industry and agriculture, gender equality and welfare of its fellow citizens as it was in the lines of Abraham Lincoln –“We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”