The idea of good governance is commonly used for more inclusive process that mainly focuses on the active participation of public in the decision making, as well as implementation. In other words, it is a process of making public administration more responsive, transparent and people centric so that citizens could be transformed as an active stakeholders in pursuit of collective goals. In short, good governance means governing together. Here, you will know about the true state of good governance in India.
Meaning and definition of good governance
Unlike traditional governments, good governance is a set of processes of widening the scope of public administration in the interest of people by incorporating the vital principles of transparency, accountability, participation, equity and fairness.The rationale behind good governance is to minimize the gap between governing agencies, especially administration and public, eradicate corruption, ensure active participation of people in the process of decision making and implementation, and to strengthen democracy.
Right to information act 2005
In order to bring better transparency in the functioning of governing agencies and ensure the faith of people, the UPA government under the leadership of Manmohan Singh passed the RTI act in 2005. Definitely, it was a praiseworthy step taken by government in the process of ensuring the decision making more open and understandable. By this act, citizens were empowered to demand information regarding any work done with the help of public money. Despite this, large number of incidents of corruptions were noticed in the regime of UPA government itself.
State of public participation
In India, the degree of public participation in voicing opinions to shape decisions, is too poor compare to others. Largely, the public participation is restricted to only voting at the time of elections. Even in respect to more sensitive or important issues, media institutions are shrudly misused to manipulate the opinions of masses in favour of wrong decisions, such as the propaganda operated in the time of demonetisation and lockdowns.
Examples of demonetisation and lockdowns
It was the worst form of authoritarian decision making without understanding the degree of negative impacts that common people were going to face. And, obviously, the fallouts were disastrous — loss of businesses, jobs, and even lives. Most surprisingly, both highly sensitive decisions were taken haphazardly and untimely in the so called largest democracy in the world. So far, no person is held responsible for the grossly failures and there is no chances of evaluation.
Incidents of lynching and rule of law
In the last five to six years, hundreds of people were lynched by unruly mobs on the name of to protect cow slaughteing. No due process of law were followed to trial these people in question for cow slaughteing, under law of soil. Then, what about the adherence to law or rule of law which is the basic principle of good governance.
Religious intolerance and discriminatory tilt
It is another one jolt on the claims of good governance that people in power are frequently making. Without equity, the idea of good governance is worthless. Growing communal rift, targeting minorities, partiality in favour of majority to garner votes is the worst form of tactics to remain in the power. The voices of civil society citing the issue of religious intolerance have been systematicly buried on the name of patriotism. And, at the present, it is crime to speak in favour of pluralism and tolerance. Then, let me know how the process of governing together is possible in such divisive atmosphere. In short, the state of good governance in India in the present context, is below par and need to improve it to justify the legitimacy of largest democracy. After all democracy without good governance looks redundant and meaningless…