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The Government We Deserve

The Government We Deserve

It is aptly said that people get the government they deserve. Are we satisfied with the government we have? Do we really deserve it? If not, then who is responsible for it? The system is ailing & is in a mess, making good governance an unattainable dream. Corruption, lack of accountability, absence of a strong political will to tackle the problems glaring on our face from both within & without, like Chinese incursion into our land, Pakistan inspired terrorist activities, Maoist attacks, atrocities on our women folk, violent activities aimed at disrupting peace & harmony between the communities by communal forces are enough to prove the inefficiency of the government in power.

What do we expect from the government? When we vote a government to power, it is but natural that we want it to come up to our expectations in delivering the goods. We want a government with a vision, which can take the country on the path of progress & achieve new heights. It must be strong enough to handle the border problems with subtle diplomacy without having to compromise with the sovereignty, integrity & security of the nation. It must have a strong political will to take stern measures which may make it unpopular but benefit the nation in the long run. It must see the effective implementation of the rule of law & show zero tolerance to its slightest violation. It must give preference to transparency in all its dealings except matters relating to defense & security of the country.

What are the roadblocks that affect this government or for that matter may affect any government in successfully executing its day to day business of governance? A coalition government is based upon the theory of marriage of convenience, where each component is always eager to get its pound of flesh & ever ready to blackmail if its interest is slightly hampered. The government remains constantly in fear of falling down any moment, which incapacitates it to take any major decision. Collective responsibility, the sine qua non of Parliamentary democracy, is the first one, which is being sacrificed at the altar of partisan interests. Ministers, appointed from the smaller groups of regional parties, shamelessly dole out largesse to their home states with a view to safeguard (reserve) their berths in the next election with complete disregard to national interest. Often these ministers indulge in large scale corruption, leaving the government red faced & vulnerable to opposition attacks both inside & outside the Parliament. In the midst of all these the actual business of governance of the country gets neglected & progress hampered.

Secondly, on demands of propriety, it is imperative that once a government is formed, the party must distance itself from the day to day affairs of the government & in principle should refrain from interfering in its decision making process. But sadly in UPAII, though the Prime Minister is theoretically at the helm of the affairs of the government, in practice, he always waits for the green signal from the Party High Command before taking any major decision which is undemocratic & against the principles of Parliamentary form of Government. As a result the position of the Prime Minister becomes precarious and often being criticized as a weak Prime Minster, fails to evoke any respect. This sort of functioning tells a lot upon the health of the UPAII government & is considered as the biggest cause of its inefficiency.

While there is nothing wrong constitutionally, if an MP from the Upper House of the Parliament (Rajya Sabha) becomes the Prime Minister, it practically makes a lot of difference to his position, vis-a-vis a Prime Minister directly elected by the people to the Lower House (Lok Sabha) as an MP. An MP of the Lok Sabha becoming Prime Minister certainly has an edge over the MP from the Rajya Sabha as his support base is larger & he doesn’t have to depend upon the blessings of the Party High Command & remain ever obliged to her (as in the case of Dr. Man Mohan Singh) for holding the post, inadvertently making him weak as the legislative head of the State.

As India is a welfare State, the primary duty of its government should be to take care of the aspirations of its citizens & work towards the fulfillment of the needs of the people like safeguarding their constitutional rights. It must ensure the rule of law in every department of the government & uphold the spirit of the constitution by all means which is pathetically lacking.

As the next General Election of 2014 is round the corner & we are going to have a new government in less than a year’s time, it behoves upon us that we get a government, we really deserve. We must elect a government which would not only be up to our expectations & cater to our needs but also function in a way as to take the country ahead on the path of progress & enhance its prestige in the international community; so that the name of India would become a force to reckon with.


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Nani Manna


Orissa ,  INDIA

I started my career as a teacher, became a banker & after taking voluntary retirement practiced in the Bar as an advocate. Writing is my passion & I began writing when I was in class nine. Several of my poems, short stories & articles in Odia have been published in newspapers & magazines in Odisha. Now I am writing the biography of my teacher, Sri Bhikhari Charan Sahu. I have also translated four Hindi novels & one Bengali novel into Odia. Translating Ayn Rand's Fountain Head into Odia is my pet project. Besides writing, I love reading & listening to ghazals, Bengali songs by Manna Dey, Bhupen Hazarika & Chitra Singh, old Hindi film songs & soulful bhajans in Odia.

I also love to do social service. During my short stay for a few years in New Delhi, I associated myself with Lead India Movement & Teach India Movement sponsored by Times Of India. As a volunteer teacher, I taught slum children for two years at Okhla Mandi, New Delhi. I was adjudged as one of the best bloggers of itimes, a portal of Times of India in 2010.

I am a learner & I love to learn from anybody irrespective of his age, gender or social status. I am a lover of nature & every aspect of nature fascinates me. I consider God as my friend, philosopher & guide and see His doings in everything that happens around me or concerns me in any way. I believe in "Thy Will Be Done".

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