First things first: ‘M-Governance’ does NOT refer to ‘mobile governance’. (Sorry to disappoint the few of you’ll.)
So it has been said by so many and for so long that governance in our country stinks and reeks of all sorts of ailments. However, no one has really come up with a solution to this problem. It always comes down to either blaming the government and politicians or admitting in a very
hermit like fashion that we the people are to be blamed as the power to choose our leaders lies in our hands.
However, fact remains that neither the politicians nor the people are going to change overnight, so it all comes back to square one. People move on with their lives and the scene is left to what it always was. Some blinks of hope do come along like Times of India organising a nationwide talent hunt for “leaders” but then who knows what happened to the winners or the finalists… How many of us even remember the name of the winner? It all only gets reduced to some attention seeking stunt.
When I shifted to Delhi a few years ago for my college education, I noticed that the college students were intensely politically active. There were Left and Liberal ideologies being discussed in the usual corridors and recruitment to all ideologies was on a high. That was when I realised one thing: it is the politicians who make use of the youth power in the real sense.
Even though the average age of our MPs must be above 45 years (or even 50….who knows!!) they actually work through the younger people, most of who begin their political careers at their college levels. So the youth is not being wasted anyway… it is being utilised very cleverly, though by the time a youth actually learns the tricks of the trade and comes to the chair, his youth is already long gone.
That is when this concept struck me…. WHAT IS GOVERNANCE? It is nothing but managing the affairs of the country. Managing being the keyword there. When we have some of the best managers in the world, why waste them? I mean we have the IIMs and a host of management schools that produce flocks of managers each year. There are over three thousand management education colleges in the country producing an entire generation of leaders and yet we do not have five hundred good ones? While many of the graduating managers take jobs in companies here and abroad, there are even people who have a desire to do something good for the country.
People have show interest. The youth has become more politically active than ever before. There are people with IIT or/and IIM on their list of institutions who have taken up civil services and even active politics!
People may argue that comparing a profit-driven organisation to a government is not very logical. But we are talking about shifting perspectives here. Why cannot we treat a stable GDP growth, job creation, significant upliftment of the poor and the general well being of the country as “profit”?
So why not recruit these managers to run our country? They are young, educated, sensible, intelligent and capable…. I mean who else can do a better job? When they can run multinational companies, why cannot they run respective segments of governance and thus manage the country as a whole??
Why can’t we have Management-Governance or M-Governance in our country? Any takers?