Systems exist, and they function because there is always a framework within which they are relevant. Most modern systems of governance and administration are based on democratic principles first defined by the Greeks and later refined by the English; these are political structures where checks and balances are installed to regulate a people and their societies, to ensure order in an otherwise chaotic environment. But what happens when these systems fail? The most pertinent applications of these democratic and free systems have conventionally involved the division of power between the legislature, the body of the system responsible for direct governance, and the executive, responsible for the administration of the elements of the framework within which the legislature functions. This separation of powers that defines most independent and free societies is now undergoing a transformation; the classification of powers and responsibilities of governance and administration now includes the civil society, the judiciary, and independent institutions. Continue reading
When a system fails the very people it is meant to govern, it becomes imperative that it be replaced by a structure which works and protects society. History is strewn with examples of uprisings, rebellions, and revolts – a direct consequence of the discontentment and displeasure of the populace over systematic administrative and social failures. The inability of a government or any system of administration to recognize and respect the fact that it exists simply to protect and serve its people, combined with methodical abuse of the exclusivity of power, will lead the masses to rebel and repel the established order. It is in this context, that I believe the Jan Lokpal movement has opened a new chapter in India’s history. I do not know if the Bill will become a reality or how effective it will prove against corruption, but this movement has issued a stern warning to the political clique, one that gently reminds them of the neglect and disdain with which those in the corridors of power in New Delhi have administered this nation.