Despite seven decades of planned development efforts, there remains disparity in distribution of wealth in India. More than half of the national wealth is owned by merely 1 per cent of the population. In 2050, the Indian Republic completes 100 years. A hundred years should be good enough for a country to accomplish its democratic goals as envisaged by its constitution makers. Will India be able to fulfil its objectives in the next 30 years? Sustainable Good Governance, Development and Democracy addresses this question and argues that this is the time for a forthright perspective of what went wrong and how this should be corrected to make headway in the model of governance, development and democracy in India. The book argues that the three pillars of the State—the legislature, judiciary and executive—alone cannot accomplish these goals. It advocates six pillars, including the news media, civil society and political parties, to work in tandem with each other through a ‘checks and balances’ framework to achieve sustainable good governance.
Foreword by Subhash C. Kashyap
Seven Decades of Republic
Whither Seven Decades of Planned Development?
Decline in Party Politics
Country of Contradictions
Pillars of the Republic
Cost of Parliamentary Democracy
Options and Alternatives
Power to People
A Development Paradigm
Good Governance, Not Rhetoric
Origins of Good Governance as a Concept
Distinguishing Features of Governance
Good Governance: Compulsions and Characteristics
Some Differentiating and Inhibiting Factors
Proof of Pudding Indicators
Pillars of the Republic
The Executive/Civil Services/Bureaucracy
Justice System and the Judiciary
Basic Dilemma of the Fourth Estate
Civil Society: Is It Not the Fifth Pillar?
Education: A Differentiator
ICT: The Double Edger
Facilitators and Destabilisers
Negating Trends of Governance
Is Government a Continuing One?
Corruption—Public Face of Good Governance!
NITI Ayog: The New Commission?
Desh Badal Raha Hai, Not Our Leaders
Prajala Vaddaku Palana (Government at the Doorsteps)
Most Sought-after Public Services
Hire- and Fire-based Appointments
Institutions Sustain Governance
Not Without a Future Outlook
Slogans Could as Well Be the Mantras
Rights Regime and Mechanisms
Basic Public Services for Good Governance
Six Pillars of the State
Dilemma of Right to Education
RTI Crying Out for Revival
Could There Be a Formula to Go About?
Initiatives and Instruments
Is Having a Vision Not Good Governance?
It’s a Six-pronged Pursuit
Big Change with Citizen Initiatives
Systems and Institutions Are Important
Education Route—A Sure Bet
Independent Research and Training