Good Governance: Challenges and the Islamic Approach

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By Nasser ul Islam

Good Governance is a term used in the Administrative parlance to describe how Government Institutions conduct public affairs and manage public resources in order to guarantee social Justice and welfare objectives. The main characteristics of Good Governance Include participatory consensus oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective, efficient governance which follows rule of law. The responsibility of ensuring a transparent cum effective administration lies on the Individuals and officers who are at the helm of affairs.
Now keeping all this in mind and analysing our society and region with respect to these general ideals, it is far behind these; it is, therefore, not surprising to see that Jammu and Kashmir is counted as one of the most corrupt states. This unfortunately holds Irrespective of the fact that majority of us are Muslims and we have the unending list of administrative ideals like , Prophet Muhammad(SAW),Hadhrat Umer(RA),Umer bin Abdul Aziz(RA), Sultan Sallahudin Ayyoubi(RA) and many more. We are groaning under corruption and injustice at every level of administration -schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, courts, almost all institutions).
The situation seems to be out of control and the words “Justice and welfare of all” are seen nowhere implemented but instead, nepotism, corruption and injustice are everywhere. The absence of accountability seems to be big issue and root cause of Injustice and the famous political dictum” Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely” reigns supreme. When the situation like this is all pervasive, the outcome is distress and disbelief and misery. Now, the question arises: what is the solution to all this? I have no hesitation in stating that we need a moral revolution and a system of accountability at every level.
A society can never become prosperous and developed until and unless its system of governance is based upon ideals of Justice and welfare. The glory of civilisations was based upon it and their decline was also because of its absence; the decline of the Islamic great civilisation was no exception to this and its” Great Revival” is also based upon it.

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