Mumbai: Developing and preserving good
governance is essential for the country and it must become the
passion of future governments, according to Congress MP and
former minister of state for external affairs Shashi Tharoor.
"Good governance transcends all administrative
frontiers. It requires politicians of all parties to recognise
the importance of working together for a common goal."
"When you see some parties disrupting Parliament...you
see them marching into the well and shouting slogans so that
the Speaker can`t be heard, thereby getting Parliament
suspended, there you see a classic example of a lack of
quality leadership in our political system," he said.
Tharoor was speaking at the IMC Ramkrishna Bajaj
National Quality Awards and IMC Juran Quality Medal function
here Friday night.
Quality solutions in a democracy like ours require a
quality debate, the former UN diplomat said. "I think the
pursuit of quality in India cannot happen without engendering
a new political ethos. We need people in politics to provide
quality leadership, just as we are doing in other areas."
"By and large, a leader is expected to lead. Even from
time to time, a good leader must also know, how to be a good
follower," Tharoor said.
"We have to identify quality solutions across the
board to our long-standing national problems. Problems of
clean drinking water, clean air, energy sufficiency,
affordable housing, good health and education, the nature of
our problem has not changed since Independence."
"We still have not solved the problems of providing
the ‘aam admi’ with ‘roti kapda aur makan’," the Congress MP
from Kerala maintained.