17 - 01 - 2019

Good Governance: Secular, Democratic and Sovereign

The culture of a country is known by the governance it exhibits to the people. The ultimate requisite for good governance is a good policy.

According to the UNDF (United Nations Development Fund), governance can be deemed good only if it comprises the features of being Participatory, Transparent and Developing.

 Other factors on which governance depends upon are public perception and performance numbers. In reality leaders have forswore everything that is good for the people but is bad for them. The idea that hasn’t been still deciphered in our democratic structure is the horizontal deployment of good governance technique across states. So setting high targets will help in improving the standards of governance.

However good governance is not only  about providing superior policies and implementing protocols; it is also about being secular, democratic and sovereign; especially a country like India which claims secularism, sovereignty, republic, democracy  and integrity.
We have seen that  people did not desire to be ruled and yet, a government emerged. People perpetually look for social progress from the part of government. Even if they do not wish for social progress, people wish for their individual progress at the slightest.
Throughout the history, it can be seen that people have revolted against the government  when they feel that the government is not up to the mark in aiding services and facilities for social progress.
Hence people expect a lot when they support a government; They wish the government would wipe the terror of their eyes.
But it is sad to see that,  usually people are getting fed up of their governing party; that is why they are randomly altering different Alliances. if we consider UPA( United Progressive Alliance) government’s past ten years of ruling, people got fed up of their governance;  so they sought a new governing body which  would wipe down their tears.
There is a lot of anticipation while electing a new government; but now again,  people are starting to disapprove the newly formed NDA ( National Democratic Alliance) government. It is to express their disapproval that they are returning therewards provided by the government. 
The recent Bihar Legislative Assembly election verdict is an appropriate example of the people’s disagreement with  Narendra Modi’s NDA government.People are being calmed with their policies and governance.  People are seeking social progress, which the governing body should have provided.
The government is the primary institution for providing social progress; if a citizen or a private firm fails to contribute to the social progress, people would tolerate. But if the government itself is a failure, people no longer feel associated to it.
Even though, is it the government alone who needs to take care of social progress? No; each  person and every institution must strive for social progress. All  institutional forms are a part of society.
In this contemporary era where governments are gradually moving away from the duty of providing basic facilities, every person is supposed to contribute for social development. We are social beings. We cannot afford to be in a lonely island.
We have to be a part of society, support each other and grow together, because this is the essence of constructive social development.
 One of the basic features of society is cooperation. Hence,  social progress is not a trouble-free dealing; government institutions and people must  work hand-in-hand in order to achieve it.
As already mentioned social progress can be measured by looking at the availability of resources to satisfy basic human needs, foundations of well being and availability of opportunities. Looking at various dimensions,  we see that economic progress is one among the many which add to the social progress of man.

Stijo Sebastian

The writer of this article is a BA(Hons)- Journalism and Mass Communication student of English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Shillong campus.