Archive Lecture Series: Can a State Love its People? Reflections on governance
Source: BLiSC India
Published on: Aug 13, 2021
One way to think about governance is as a contract between the citizens and the state, one that relies on trust, caring and civility. The talk is a reflection on a simple question: Can a State and its institutions love its people? In Mahatma Gandhi’s words, can it wipe every tear from every eye? Today, the calamitous pandemic has often revealed States that abandoned their citizens when they most needed them. As we look forward, on the other side of the pandemic, can we imagine – and build – a just and caring state? The talk would draw from personal experience both within and in resistance to the government, unpacking the idea of fraternity in the constitution, and the journey of seven decades of the Indian republic.