Hon’ble Prime Minister,
What is holding back our country from emerging as a superpower? It is certainly not ability, talent, perseverance, initiative, enterprise, ideas, intent, even funds. The problem is that power is concentrated in the hands of a few, most institutions have been vitiated and lack credibility, and the system is not responsive to either the needs of the people, or the need of the hour. I need not elaborate on all this here.
What needs to be done? It is vital that the credibility of all our institutions should be restored in the minds of the people. It is only when the people believe that the system is responsive and will deliver, that they will come forward in numbers in the task of nation-building. Otherwise there is only cynicism and disillusionment.
How can this be done? Politicians need to set an example. There must be probity in public life. A lot of thought must go into the funding of elections, the political system and political parties. It must be a very transparent system.
Parliament is for debate and legislation, not boycott and disruption. The whole nation is watching with disgust. All political parties must introspect deeply and uphold the sanctity of Parliament.
Important matters of state should engage the government and it must let go of all areas which can best be managed by private enterprise, creativity and dynamism. Government should primarily be concerned with matters such as defence, foreign affairs, law & order, finance, economy, agriculture, balanced and equitable development, and welfare of the weakest sections of society.
The bureaucracy is still caught in a time warp of the days of the Raj, slothful and obstructionist. It must be made responsive and dynamic, and geared to function in a liberalised and globalised world.
Urgent judicial reforms are a necessity. Justice is painfully slow and expensive, and skewed heavily in favour of the wealthy and the powerful. Precisely because of these reasons, politicians, bureaucrats, the corrupt and habitual law-breakers are able to get away with illegal activities and high handedness.
There must be a complete overhaul of the police immediately the average citizen does not trust the police and tries to keep away from them. The image of the police needs a makeover. Not only should there be a change in their training and orientation, but they and their families must be looked after better so that there is an incentive to perform well and with honesty. Governments and politicians must stop looking at the police as a means to collect money and settle scores.
It is not possible to go into details and specifics in this forum. Suffice it to say that the government must be responsive, constantly alert to the needs of the people and in a position to act swiftly and efficiently. At the moment the people have little faith in the government and institutions. The challenge is to restore this faith.
With best wishes.
Indra Vikram Singh
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Disclaimer: The above article is the personal opinion of the author and not of the publication.