Is the society over – regulated?
Indian society is over-regulated and under-governed. Regulation and governance go hand-in-hand. The right regulation shall benefit the progress of the nation.
Under the name of regulation, there is this socialist clap-trap and its high time people dismantle the old system of regulation. Whoever is in the ruling party, governance is influenced by individual bias.
According to the survey by a Hong-Kong based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy, India has topped the list of over-regulated countries in the world. They made a general statement saying, regulations were complex and non-transparent, while standards and certification procedures were onerous in India.
Learning is important to avoid being anti-social or anti-moralistic. And that shall be taught through regulation. It isn’t as easy as subjects in the textbooks. You need order to get yourself in order.
Considering the current situation, it’s important to understand that democracy has already broken society into sections and devoid of any regulation, there will be only chaos. You cannot live at your free-will, because you are living in a society and you are accountable for your actions.
There’s no right or wrong, the truth lies in the perspective. And for every situation there is a right perspective. What good in being right when the one you are trying to educate is thinking that he is right? How can you succeed in bringing a change in regulation? That is when you gotta realise that people only understand from their perception and won’t try coming into your arena.
That is the crazy thing about conscience: good people don’t need it, bad people don’t have it.
There will always be a section of critics for everything that we say and do. India must have survived recession through their regulation, but India isn’t defined by the top-notch, superficial companies and employees; there are many who have lost their jobs. A quite recent example of this pandemic, we couldn’t watch the GDP fall for a few months, so many people are left stranded, unemployed. Are all of them addressed now? Seems like everybody is roaming and having fun, completely forgetting the existence of the virus. Regulations are supposed to be creating a positive impact in the lives of the citizens, if it ceases to do so, then there is no purpose.
Government imposes regulations as part of governance and want people to be in favour of the government and its policies. In that case if its the right thing that’s been done, then why is the private sector more advanced and preferred than the government sector? It is because it functions on the basis of merit, at least to a visible extent.
India is quite a liberal governing country compared to most developing and developed nations. You don’t have rules on minute actions and sadly you don’t have strong laws against punishable crimes as well. Maybe that’s why we have taken governance for granted and the society ceases to function in order.
Not just the common people, people in the government also work in accordance to the constitutional set up. The subtle relationship between regulation and outcome has to be balanced.
Amendments in regulation have to be well-thought and executed. Tightening regulation shall have unintended consequences, which calls out for de-regulation. It just leads to confusion and chaos.
A well-regulated government is participatory, consensus-oriented, transparent, accountable, effective, efficient, and equitable. It is only achievable when the rule of law prescribed is implemented in real-life scenarios and not confined to law books.
Thorny problem you picked 🙂
Its tough one to solve. One way as you seem to point out is harness the selfishness for.the greater good. But how?
The first sentence over regulated and under governed I think summarizes the disease accurately.
Enjoyed the article. Thank you
The day the common man is made accountable the governance will have meaning .The common man doesn’t find himself accountable ..he is busy keeping the onus on the government always.I find your point resonating with this point Vaishnavi.good read ,thank you