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Indian Administration by Pankaj Singh, Hoshiar Singh

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Problems of Governance in India

Governance has always been a difficult task. Around 2,000 years ago, Confucius, the Chinese philosopher and patron saint of administrators, was asked ‘What is government?’ He replied, ‘straightening’. Even today government means straightening—thinking straight, making straight policy, taking straight action, ‘straight’ meaning that which always serves the public regardless of any sectional group, party or personal interest. Nowadays, because of exposure of all sort of scams and Tehelka.com crusades, everyone talks of corruption-free, accountable and transparent governance. Recently, ‘good governance’ entered into the vocabulary of public administration via the World Bank. The chapter discusses the meaning of ...

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