Covid spreading has been exponentially rising still some of our states acting like everything is under control.
States like telangana(home state),west bengal etc are publishing false report (though every state is doing but these states has doing in much greater way) & also testing rate is very low.
Here my question iswhy does Democratically elected governments becoming more authoritarian in recent past(though covid pandemic showed them in bright colors).
Does accountability and transparency will be consider as cardinal values of public service (govts) in future.
why does Democratically elected governments becoming more authoritarian in recent past=Post truth era calls for mass mobilisation based on ideology rather substance+ there is a civic activism whic has led to political participation of general public of highly divergent orientation.In a system which follows the representative form of governance regular civic participation is not good. I guess this dichotomy is making the leader much more cynical, also, rather following the catch-all ideas of bygone politics there is a surge in banking on limited vote bank. (in USA trump rallies around few but significant white states+ in India up Bihar Hindi belt).
combined all has led to systematic othering of a certain population. therefore to sustain they need to work with an iron fist
Does accountability and transparency will be considered as cardinal values of public service (govts) in future.
accountability=Yes ,essence of any form of public service
transparency=Complete transparency is not possible neither desirable
I would like to add points from 2 perspectives: temporal and spatial.
1.Temporal: Earlier, the emperor was there by "divine rights", and no one could question this right or disobey the orders issued by them. So, obedience was considered a great virtue. Then began the fight for religious freedom and later for political freedom. These were the struggle against authoritarianism. People were somewhat successful in getting freedoms. But after industrial revolution, people realised that there could be no real freedom without economic freedom. So they started fighting for economic freedom. These were seen in the form of communism, nationalism etc. But these were again co-opted by authoritarian regimes like Mussolini, Stalin etc. Currently, there is a threat of authoritarianism by the democratically elected governments only. This is because they have more power than any emperor in the past and also because of lack of freedom of conscience among people. People can believe in anything. So the citizens ensure accountability and transparency in govt’s functioning.
2.Spatial: People of different regions have different predicaments. It is influenced by what was the process of their evolution. If democratically elected governments have not done well in the past, the chances are, they will look for a leader who has authority to do anything for development. There can be many more of such factors. In case of Telangana, because it is a newer state, people have more expectations from the govt. They can’t let their expectations to wither away. Also, people often over react to the situations. They were more afraid when the cases were less because leaders were more active to contain the situation and trying to popularise their efforts, but in many states they have failed. To prevent people from over reacting to the situation and to gain politically, they are tweaking the data. For example, in West Bengal and Bihar, where there are upcoming elections in near future.