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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Governing for the last mile
Nations around the world are challenged on how to ensure the benefits of governance and development reach the last mile. When all things are said and done, what really matters is whether the person at the end of the road is feeling the impact of, and getting the benefits of good governance. ‘Antyodaya’ & ‘Janabhagidari’ are powerful concepts that India is keeping as the paradigms to ensure this. Prime Minister Modi refers to this repeatedly and exhorts all stakeholders to ensure that no one is left out and all are included in the growth journey of India. I wrote about
Laying the foundation for Amrit Kaal
Understanding Atmanirbhar Bharat
‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ – one must have heard this call for action several times over the last few years. When I interact with Civil servants and citizens, I find that each one has a perspective on what it means. Most of them relate it to economic independence, self-reliance or producing goods and services within India. This call given by Hon Prime Minister Modi includes all this and much more. Have tried to share some of my views and perspectives on this and this was published in Indian Express, Jan 17, 2023. You can read this at https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/atmanirbharta-for-new-india-8385703/ The article is also