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Good governance : fundamental right in a democracy

In order that governments do not take their masters (citizens) for granted and recognise their existence only in the run up to the elections, it appears prudent for progressive democracies to include good governance, liberally defined, as a fundamental right of citizens. This alone will make governments in developing democracies accountable to the citizens.

Governance issues in democracy are many and varied. Poor governance include discrimination in application of laws, non responsiveness to citizen issues, transparency of rules and their effective and uniform implementation, corruption, misuse of privileges and office, lack of public debate on larger issues, nepotism in dispensing state benefits and favours, opaqueness and evasive tactics, delay in award of justice, low access to information, misuse of state machinery.

Good governance should be made a fundamental right to be enforceable through a court of law

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Author: subbu

An Electrical Engineer (NITK/KREC) Fellow in Management (IIMB) - Consultant, author, MBA academic support, mentor and trainer with three decades plus experience in management consulting, research, academic support, training and management education. Consulting experience encompass infrastructure, utility and energy sector, investment planning, financial analysis and feasibility, organisational transformation, e-governance, strategic planning, development sector consulting funded by the UN, World bank, EU, OECF, training assignments on reforms for government officers, business development, contract management and program management. Led a two year post graduate level infrastructure management (MBA) program for engineers. Led management programs in a Private University. Independent Consulting, Academic Support and Research for Management students across geographies. Mentoring for mid career professionals.