Wednesday, May 21, 2014

#BookReview : Governance for Growth in India by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

On the jacket:

As India chooses its 16th Lok Sabha in 2014, and voters across the country are debating and discussing matters related to governance and elections, this book, from someone who has observed our national life at close quarters, is a visionary statement for every citizen to read and understand. Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who was India’s eleventh President, and has been a scientist, a technocrat, a teacher and thinker, brings his vast experience and keen eye for detail to bear in discussing various aspects of governance. He articulates a vision for India and what each citizen must do to make it a reality—it is only by being honest, morally upright, and by working hard that we can achieve the mission of a developed India. Dr Kalam also proposes realistic, step-by-step solutions to issues of corruption, governance and accountability. Optimistic, progressive and positive, he dreams of an India that can achieve wholesome development for every citizen. Farsighted yet practical, 'Governance for Growth in India' is a timely roadmap for every citizen to imbibe so that they can exercise their franchise in a thoughtful, analytical manner and bring about real change in India.


 In this introduction, Dr Kalam talks about the time when he was in Punjab to address and interact with students, when a  group asked him something on the lines of - why do we need to vote when we know none of the contenders are suitable for the position. Answering their query, gave birth to this book. At a time when we have a recently elected prime minister and widespread views for and against all leading parties of the country, this book comes as a guide for voters/citizens.

The thing about Dr Kalam's books is that when he has something to say, the reader listens (reads). I know, I do. Every word written comes as a word of wisdom and only benefits the reader; a result of years or experience of a learned man. In this book, he talks about igniting the faith of the voter, the role of youth in governance, creative leadership, good governance  and then he moves on to what is bothering the average Indian the most - corruption.

I wish more people could have read this book before we voted, because of the clarity of thought it creates. Yet, better late than never!

Rating: ****

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