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Accountability: Angst, Awareness, Action by Jay P. Desai

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The Origin of Angst

Set up eyes and ears in your kingdom that pick up weak signals before your enemies.

 

Machiavelli, 1469–1527

Every country's culture represents a refracted image of its past, a reflection of its present, and is a repository of its future. The convoluted trajectory of India's history has an ambidextrous impact on our lives, sometimes positive, and occasionally negative. Social institutions like the caste system, which originated thousands of years ago, are still pervasive and impinge on the political and social environment of modern-day India. Similarly, the deficit in accountability visible today is not just a product of the present, but also a victim of our past.

The current concept of accountability originated more than ...

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