The election season in India has begun and the decibel levels are getting louder and shriller. Amidst all the din & noise and the drama that is getting played out in states like Karnataka and West Bengal, one tends to ignore issues centered around Governance. While one takes a bird’s view of the evolution of Governance & Democracy in India since independence, one feels both proud and impressed. I have tried to summarize this in line with the Governance Indicators developed by the World Bank and the same can be heard in the recent speech that I gave at the Tagore Center, Embassy of India, Berlin. This talk was organized by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, New Delhi and was held on the 16th of January, 2019.
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It is indeed amazing to see how people are constantly rushing ahead with their lives. All of them seem to be in such an undue haste. Very few actually stop, take a pause and ask themselves why they are in such a undue hurry. It seems as though man is engaged in a race all his life. And in order to get a lot of things done, one usually ends up doing many things at the same time. In order to constantly stay at the top, we are taught from our childhood that doing many things simultaneously is a virtue
Living in Karnataka is like living in a world where each day reinforces one’s conviction in the existence of God. How else will one be able to explain the fact that the people are surviving and coping with what can be described as complete absence of state driven governance in managing the several crises that the State and citizens are facing. It is now more than a year since the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Indian National Congress came together to form the coalition government in the State. Somewhere along the way, both the parties seem to have forgotten the