Monday, December 22, 2014

“GOOD GOVERNANCE IS....!”-Fr. Cedric Prakash sj*

                                                              -Fr. Cedric Prakash sj*

Good Governance is
the courage to protect the sanctity of the Constitution
not doing or permitting anything towards its destruction

Good Governance is
about the rights and freedom of every citizen
not by treating some citizens as alien

Good Governance is
the honesty to mainstream ‘satyameva jayate’
not indulging in lies and myths extremely petty

Good Governance is
about authenticity and transparency
not about hype and false vibrancy

Good Governance is
preserving our environment and our fragile bio-diversity
not allowing it to be destroyed by the likes of Ambani and Adani

Good Governance is
about genuine development with a human face
not through terror, plunder and loot which is often the case

Good Governance is
owning responsibility for those killed in the Gujarat Carnage
not letting off the guilty who went on rampage

Good Governance is
always taking a stand for what is non-violent, just and right,
not crushing human rights defenders with all your might

Good Governance is
reaching out to the country’s marginalised and poor
not by making the rich and powerful your core

Good Governance is
ensuring that all freely practise and propagate their faith
not subscribing to a fundamentalist and fascist bait

Good Governance is
about meaningful and participative democracy
not about dictatorship and controlling authority

Good Governance is
celebrating the birth of Jesus on Christmas day
and His message of peace, love, hope and joy

Good Governance is
to be observed on 25th December for sure
but what about the other days of the year?
22nd December, 2014

(*Fr. Cedric Prakash SJ is the Director of PRASHANT, the Ahmedabad-based Jesuit Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace)

Address: ‘PRASHANT’ (A Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace), Hill Nagar, Near Saffron Hotel, Drive-in Road, Ahmedabad-380052
Phone: (079) 27455913, 66522333       Fax:  (079) 27489018                             

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