Are we, the elites, ready to overcome our pet peeves and narcissism of small differences? Are we ready to trust our people to make choices, commit mistakes and improve the common good out of enlightened self interest, just as they participate in the market for their own benefit and facilitate collective gain?
Dr Jayaprakash Narayan served in the IAS for 16 years. He resigned in 1996 to build a reform movement, and is the founder of Lok Satta and Foundation for Democratic Reforms. He has been an MLA and a member of National Advisory Council, Second Administrative Reforms Commission and Vigilance Advisory Council.
We need to change the way we run our politics and government; we need to accelerate economic growth; and we need to enable all sections to enjoy our liberty and prosperity. Changes in technology happen swiftly, and often conquer all barriers and change lives instantly. But changes in laws and institutions are more uneven and halting.