|Editorial - July 2009|
|Written by Dada Santoshananda Avadhuta|
New ideas for new era
The future of India as well as its democratic system depends on the quality of governance provided to its people. For the fulfillment of all the needs of the people—physical, intellectual and spiritual—it is important that the government sets meaningful goals. And, only then can these goals bring about all-round satisfaction.
The founding principles of Indian Constitution provide for equality and equity, which can only be achieved through suitable laws and not those that have been left behind by the British Raj, because they were meant for the benefit of the then rulers.
What we need are new guiding principles and policies to uplift the masses of India—physically, intellectually and spiritually. It is only then that the attitudes of people will change for a morally responsive society. To achieve this objective, we need new guidelines inorder to impregnate the minds of the children who will govern the country in future. We need especially-designed courses to create a moral society and integrate of all sections of our society.
The question on hand is the empowerment of women, and the question of reservation in terms of the statute proposed in the Indian Parliament. Reservation should only be provided to intellectually and morally competent women, who can contribute to the legislature. This criterion should equally apply to men since it is desired that the representatives of people be able to formulate and help implement the laws of India. So far quality and merit is concerned there should be no gender discrimination.