Monday, August 28, 2017
Most Important Difference: Present Indian Governance and Governance in Progressive Nations
[If you've been a thoughtful Indian citizen, you might have asked this question yourself and tried to find out your own answer. This has come to my mind as well. Let me share my thoughts on it with those who might be interested!]
Let us analyse it this way.
What is the most important thing for a normal person living on earth?
The usual answer would be Roti, Kapda aur Makan which translates as food, clothing and shelter.
Perhaps that might be right fundamentally when we consider human beings as simple animals.
Sustaining life is and getting essentials such as food, shelter, clothing and other essentials of biological life sustenance are no doubt, important.
Nevertheless, humans are animals with a mind that is creative, inquisitive and curious.
So, humans need inputs that are essential for maintaining the health of both body and mind.
For modern day man who has the means of satisfying the essential demands of the body, satisfying the demands of the mind becomes very important for a happy life.
It is not difficult to find that man needs to do some vocation or engagement that satisfy his body and mind in a balanced manner.
Man or woman without any work engagement or employment or job is perhaps one who is very unhappy with life.
Hence, in my opinion the most important requirement of modern man is his engagement in some vocation that takes care of both body and mind in some appreciable manner either directly or indirectly.
Imagine the situation wherein all persons are provided with food, clothing and shelter without doing any work. Will they be happy? I doubt. Had it been so, those in solitary jails would have been the most happy!
Going with that logic, it is not difficult to find that man with lot of money and wealth without a worthwhile vocation would become unhappy and dejected with life.
But how could we keep all engaged in some work? In other words, how could be sustain money and wealth and at the same time employment for all?
Perhaps the work of ten percent of the populace in the fields would yield all the food that the entire people need. Then what the rest of the people would do? Had it been the way that existed in the primitive world, there would not have been this problem. In the primitive society every one had to work to fetch food. That is the law of the jungles. All animals have to fetch their own food!
But progressive evolution of human kind has reduced the physical efforts for generating food, shelter and clothing to a great extent.
Thus in the modern world, finding employment or engaging all in some vocation is indeed a big task.
In other words, the most important single task of any modern day government should be generation of employment to its people.
For any right thinking person with average wisdom, this is nothing big to deduce.
For all modern day progressive governments in the world, generation of employment to its citizens is the prime responsibility and concern. In reality, they keep thinking of ways to enhance employment. Unemployment, therefore, is the direct measure of non-governance or poor governance for all progressive modern day governments.
Unfortunately, in my considered opinion, this is one thing that makes India different.
For Indian governments and Indian politicians, employment generation is not the first concern!
It may be one of the agenda in the list of several agendas.
And that makes the whole difference in India.
India keep lagging behind the rest of the world in human development index and human happiness index because unemployment in this most populous country is very high and it keep increasing.
With such high unemployment rates, India cannot boast of any good governance at any time.
If the situation has to change, Indian governments and the political systems that culminates to democratic governments in India should keep employment generation as their first priority.
In my considered opinion, all other factors of good governance would naturally fall in line automatically.
All rules and regulations and policies should be made keeping employment generation as the first priority.
Policies that eliminates employment and employment potential should be reviewed several times before it is adopted.
Business and businessmen who keep generating employment should be honored. They should not be treated as anti-nationals so long as they do not violate any law purposefully. They should be honored citizens.
Politicians and the people should not be worried when corporate entities make profits by doing legal business operations.
Governments and bureaucracy should not treat business houses as exploiters. Instead they should be honored as wealth and employment generators of the nation.
The company that creates maximum satisfied employees should be the Bharat Ratna company!
Contribution of a company should be measured in terms of the total income and other taxes that company paid to the government. Total income tax should include the taxes paid by the employees as well as the company itself.
Yes, in my opinion, it is time that India and Indians change their perceptions and attitudes!
If it does not, Indian governance would always remain as a pathetic residue of experimental development lagging behind several nations in the world!
Posted by Rajan C Mathew