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Responsible citizens and law-abiding society must be for national development

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National development policies and programs in India are mainly focused on economic and infrastructure development, yes, infrastructure development creates a development vision in the public eye and increases Economic growth creates the basis of victory for this Country on the global stage. But when it comes to the impact of economic development on people’s lives and well-being, economic development and infrastructure alone do not measure the happiness level of the community. vast field.

India’s impressive economic growth

No doubt. India has done very well on the economic front. The US$3 trillion economy ranks sixth among world economies in terms of GDP size and third in GDP by purchasing power parity. But when it comes to happiness, India comes in at 136th out of 146 countries, almost among the 10 worst in the World Happiness-2022 Report, recently published by The Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a United Nations Global Initiative. The report measures each country’s progress towards implementing the United Nations Resolution “Happiness: Towards a Holistic Approach to Development”, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on July 19, 2011. The United Nations resolution primarily aims to invite governments to “place happiness and well-being more seriously in determining how economic development is achieved and measured.” and society”.

What makes a country happy?

This is the time when one needs to stop and reflect on what makes a happy country. Finland and Denmark top the list of the happiest countries in the world, and so are most European countries. The reason is very simple that the governments in the happiest countries care about their people and their lives. For example, Finland and Denmark are among the countries in the world that do not charge tuition fees for quality education from primary to tertiary level, regardless of the field of study. What’s more, even international students don’t have to pay for the quality education they receive in these countries. The same is true of the health sector. Furthermore, the effectiveness of civil services and the internal layers of security and safety leave no room for one to be dissatisfied or dissatisfied.

Those in power and policy-making architects and growth and development strategists need to acknowledge that National Development is more than just GDP’. Likewise, good governance is all about people, not just infrastructure and economic growth. Finally, for citizens, it is the effectiveness of citizen services, internal security and corruption fee management, and safety that matters.

Government for the people, not just for the people

Compared to the happiest countries in the world, when we look at India, we find that the quality of education right from primary to tertiary level is high and very desirable in terms of the efficiency of public services. people. Governance is still far from being the “government for the people” as expected for a well-functioning democracy. When Abraham Lincoln spoke of democracy in 1863, it was assumed that a government of and of the people would function as a ‘government for the people’. But, in practice, the people elected by the people were often not seen as representatives of the people and crusaders for their aspirations, they tended to think that they were here to rule, not to serve the people who elected them in a democracy. It is this malice of democratic governments that Lord Hailshamlong previously labeled a ‘Dictatorship with the right to choose’ in his maiden speech on the BBC in the form of a Richard Dimbleby tribute lecture in 2008. 1976 during the time one of the authors of this article, was in England. Much of the unhappiness alongside the effectiveness of civic services has to do with the alienation of elected delegates from their privilege of serving the people.

Respect the law

Moreover, besides the effectiveness of civic services, people’s trust in laws, rules and regulations will create happiness in a democratic society. Because the law is a great friend of the people and society. They are seen as a means of providing great consolation and satisfaction, and not merely a means of punishing the guilty as is widely recognized. A well-functioning democracy requires self-discipline and law-abiding citizenship, not today’s law-fearing society. In general, the law is here to guarantee you your freedom and liberty but not to infringe on the liberties and liberties of others. Unfortunately, freedom in a democracy like India is often misinterpreted as ‘infinite freedom’ while it must be seen as freedom at a cost. The price to pay is respecting the liberties and liberties of others. The dancing processions of marriage proposals on the roads of India that clog traffic and cause inconvenience to the public are a classic example of the limitless freedoms enjoyed by India and its people. in the name of democracy. Similar is the case with loss of sense of citizenship in society and sense of traffic on India’s beautiful roads.

Human behavior and attitude problems

Here, those in government and those who lead the country’s development affairs should realize that just building beautiful roads and highways is not enough to ease congestion, it is at least a know how to improve road safety because road safety depends not so much on road infrastructure but must carefully and cautiously follow the traffic laws of the driver. We still have a lot of work to do in improving India’s road safety record, which is one of the world’s most unsafe countries in terms of road safety. Technology can be of great help in modifying driver behavior and also making our roads and highways smart through the integration of Intelligent Transportation Systems, ITS. One wonders why we sit idly when we have a lot of work to do in improving road safety in India.

War Footing Actions Needed

Strategic actions against the outbreak of war and community awakening will be pursued together for rapid progress towards creating a happy and healthy India that can meet the challenge The great thing is to meet the aspirations of 660 million Indians under the age of 25 who are turning to policymakers in India who understand that along with infrastructure development comes investment in people and strategic actions. strategy to create a law-abiding and responsible citizenship to create a happy, prosperous and sustainable India.

Author: Aishwarya Sharma and Professor Pritam B Sharma

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