Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Looking Inward- the lesson of Mumbai
I have written a short piece here in India Together on the lessons that we can learn in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks. Essentially, I argue that our governance institutions are seriously undermined and there is a governance crisis in the country. Except for a few commentators (like Arun Shourie and Pratap Bhanu Mehta), very few have focused on the crisis of governance following the Mumbai attacks. The majority seem to be happy to blame an outsider for our problems (which while probably true in the current incident will not help us in future), but I argue that blaming the outsider is of little use when we are facing an internal governance crisis. I stress the need for developing a personal, societal and institutional integrity if we are to revive our governance mechanism.