New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra today underscored the need for good governance and honest administration for the development of country even as he decried clash of erstwhile ideologies and traditions with new ideas and perception.
Noting that India is a large, populous country with many religions, old orientations, diverse socio-religious and socio-cultural elements, Vohra said clashes of ideas is not a very good mixture in terms of management and governance.
“In our totally free environment of democracy that we have, some of these erstwhile ideologies, traditions, come to clash with new ideas and perception, some of which emanate from electoral politics. This leads to not a very good mixture in terms of management and governance,” he said speaking at the launch of his book ‘Safeguarding India’.
His comments came against the backdrop of the hotly debated issue of nationalism and right to dissent in the wake of the JNU controversy.
Vohra said the unity and integrity of the country is to preserved.
“Needless to say, we need good governance. No growth and development is possible unless there is efficient, honest administration,” he said ahead of the lauch of his book by Vice President Hamid Ansari.
The Governor stressed on the need for to have a safe and secure environment.
“Not only within the vast territory of ours but also in terms of how secure are our frontiers, how well prepared (we are) to ever increasing challenges we face today, from sources both known and unknown, state and non-state actors,” Vohra, a former bureaucrat, said.
Vohra was in the Indian Administrative Service between 1959 and 1994. He also served on the National Security Advisory Board from 1998 to 2001 and headed the National Task Force on internal security.