Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Synonyms to Sushasana
Arjun Ram Meghwal
The Good Governance or Sushashan is an imbibed inheritance of India’s ancient culture and ethos. The democratic values retrieved through the Gan Sangha of Buddhism, Anubhav Mantap system of 11th Century AD established by Lord Basveshwar, Chankya’s Arthshastra, Civic Planning during the Indus Valley civilization, Legacy of Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, among others, are inherited wisdom towards better Governance.
On the occasion of Good Governance Day to mark the Birth Anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, it is imperative to throw light and contextualize his remarkable role in institutionalizing the excellent Governance measures in independent India.
After independence, Good Governance remained a focal point of the governance reforms, but in discourses only. In Constitution Assembly debates or institutions like Planning Commission, the duly crafted policy discussion remained on paper with poor implementation measures.
With the visionary leadership&statesmanship of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Nation witnessed historic good-governance efforts that brought fortunes to the lives of the masses.
A long stint as a Parliamentarian having ten terms as a member of Lok Sabha, two terms as Rajya Sabha member Atal Bihari Vajpayee, kept on throwing light on good Governance’s nuances. As an Opposition member, his reasoned argument and constructive criticisms carried much gravity to aspire for a welfare-centric governance system.
During his Prime Ministerial tenures, the people-centric initiatives emerged as milestones in India’s transformational journey.
The improving farmers live by introducing Kisan Credit Cards, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna, Infrastructural boost by Golden Quadrilateral scheme, the conceptualization of river interlinking and National Rural Health program, educational reforms through Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, constituting a separate Tribal Affairs Ministry, among others, are a few measures that have touched every section of societies.
The quasi-judicial Central Electricty Reguralatory Commission was set up, and the age-old electricity Act was amended in the power sector to improve the regulatory framework.
In May 1998, conducting nuclear tests at Pokhran Rajasthan catapulated India’s status to nuclear wepon State as part of his National governance agenda. The famous Vajpayee doctrine towards solving the complex Kashmir problem echoed the popular wisdom of ‘Insaniyat, Jamhuriyat and Kashmiriyat’ meant for humanity, peace, and sanctity of Kashmiri people.
His foreign affairs-related insights that ‘You can change friends, not neighbors’ continuous source of engagement at all platforms.
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