It is appropriate that the system of governance in India is a collection of one and many.
Given the land’s geographical expanse, large population, bio-/geo-diversity of various regions, differences in the nature of the air, socio-cultural specialties of people, and differences in traditions and administrative organizations, it is inevitable that the Central government is one and inside that, the Regional or State governments are many.
ನನ್ನ ಜಾತಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾವ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಐದು ವರ್ಷಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ದುಡಿಯುವ ಯೋಗವಿಲ್ಲ ಎನಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಇದ್ದುದರಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾರತೀಯ ವಿದ್ಯಾಭವನದ ನೆರಳಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನಾನು ಐದು ವಸಂತಗಳ ಸಂತಸವನ್ನು ಕಂಡದ್ದೇ ಅತಿಶಯ. ಕಡೆಯ ವರ್ಷದಲ್ಲಿ ಆಡಳಿತದ ಮಾರ್ಪಾಟಿನ ಕಾರಣ ಅಲ್ಪ-ಸ್ವಲ್ಪದ ಇರುಸುಮುರುಸಾದರೂ ಅದನ್ನೆಲ್ಲ ಮರೆಸುವಂಥದ್ದು ಭವನದ ಬಾಳು.
Administrative Intelligence of the Dewans
Before 1940, all those who administered the State in the position of the Dewan were loyal and competent in their own ways. As mentioned earlier, there are two levels of State governance – 1. Development (Progress) and 2. Day-to-day administration. Likewise, there are two different standards of people who run the State’s administration – 1. Statesmen and 2. Administrators.
That doesn’t mean we don’t want democracy at all. The State must be dependent on the citizenry is an important principle. The policies of the State as well as the rules and regulations must be in harmony with the majority. The extent of politics necessary (or adequate) for the majority to express its true opinion should be the extent to which their rights need to be protected. Democracy beyond that may lead to extremes.
There is yet another instance. Vidvān Brahmaśrī Chappalli Viśveśvara-śāstrī of Bangalore was a Sanskrit Scholar at Central College. He was an outstanding scholar of grammar and literary aesthetics. He was a person whose conduct and faith in traditions were worth being emulated by everyone. One day, he went to Dewan V P Madhava Rao to make a request. Rao received him with a lot of regard and asked him what the purpose of his visit was.