The highly regressive and continually deteriorating plight of our large populace is no secret. More than 100 crore of India's population exists under highly impoverished and wretched conditions. Forty percent of our country is infected with Maoism, Naxalism, Terrorism and Seditious activism. Consistent failures of our Legislature and Executive are no more acceptable. The basic objectives of our Constitution, ‘economic freedom’, ‘dignity’, ‘equal status and opportunity’ and ‘fraternity’ must now be fulfilled.
According to Agrawal this can be accomplished only by a responsible and accountable system of governance. According to him good governance is like a good mother who works hard for her living and rearing her children. The children also cling to her in affection because they know their mother was doing her best to taking care of them. The book attempts to find out that mother for the people of India.
Since our Judiciary is the custodian of the Constitution and responsible for its implementation, the book attempts to making the Judiciary realize of their basic obligations and implement the Constitution.
Elections every 5 years are a sacred process to elect worthy guardians and establish a responsible and accountable system of governance. But our present due process of elections is highly abusive and obnoxious and a self inflicting curse for the people of India due to luring the voters. Luring masks the performance of the Legislators and shifts their focus from constructive work to reliefs, handouts, dole-outs and freebees etc. also accusing, nagging and denouncing the rival parties and candidates. All such acts germinate into no responsibility and no accountability of our guardians and encourage incapable and dubious characters enter the politics.
Just and fair elections must take account of the actual developmental work carried out by the parties and candidates in the past and their future plans to accomplish the Basic Objectives of the Constitution. There is no other purpose of elections than this. For the first time in 2014 General Elections Narender Modi(then Prime Ministerial candidate) remained averse to dole-outs, quotas and reservations and talked of development in real terms. It is a step forward in desisting ‘vote bank politics.’
Agrawal also talks to stop criminalization of politics. For this to happen he proposes the Judiciary to debar a tainted candidate from contesting elections and so also a sitting Member of Parliament or State Assemblies until he is acquitted by the law. Presently the Parliament and State Assemblies have large numbers of such persons. It is not only a blemish on our Parliamentary system of democracy; it also acts as a horrendous retardant in the proper governance of the country. History of post independence era of 67 years is a witness of gradual dilapidation of India’s governing prudence and lack of fiduciary relationship with the people of India.
Agrawal also suggests to upgrade CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) on the lines of a ‘third eye’ or ‘over view’ system similar to that of USA, to have a surveillance of the Legislators and the Executives on a real time basis to monitoring their activities and performance on real time and nipping the rising occurrences of scams and corruption in the system right in the bud and save precious time of CBI and Vigilance Commission in investigations and that of learned Judiciary in their adjudications.
Part III of the book with the concept of City Centres narrates how we can still place our country amongst the most prosperous and powerful nations in the world for the present and the posterity through a responsible and accountable system of governance by making optimum use of our resources.
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