Break the country into a million governments

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Call me seditious. But I say that good governance or whatever good  will come only if you break the country up into one or two million communities and flatten the governance hierarchy making the leaders answerable face to face to the people. Now you would ask , How can we do this in a huge country?
The solution was given long back by a certain Shri Mohandas. Self sufficient autonomous communities with minimal centralisation of powers are the answer.
Every village (i prefer the term community, the so called 638,596 villages are also artificial groupings of settlements that may have conflicting communities) should be provided the inputs to become self sufficient directly by a central government along with autonomy in every governance function that is possible. Get rid of the British relics such as blocks/taluks/districts and even the state administrations. Retire most of the Government employees and dismantle everything that has become a baggage for the country. encourage local government employees to start social enterprises (as UK is doing now) that will ultimately empower communities to own and manage everything. With currently available technologies managing a million local governments by a central structure that has a minimal set of portfolios is very feasible.

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About Gunasekar C Rajaratnam

Social Entrepreneur, Guna has been working 28 years with market research and social research agencies and as an independent research consultant. Volunteers most of his time on social and public causes and has travelled extensively within India and has visited Africa. Trained as a barefoot manager, Guna leads a de-cluttered life of simplicity and personal Integrity and aims to be a 'Karmayogi'. He works with marginalised and rural communities and helps them set up sustainable enterprises in rural and urban areas. He holds these Positions: Director - Methodlabs Services Private Limited Co-Founder - Coworking Chennai Started as a freelance field data collector in 1985, grew up to a Senior General Manager in 1998 working for professional research agencies and as an Independent Research Methodology Consultant since 1998. He has designed and played a role in implementing a variety of research and analytic projects in retail markets, consumer behaviour, health, environment, social development, hard to reach communities and indigenous people. Specialities: Research Methodology, recruiting, training and managing large research teams, online collaboration tools, open source software, qualitative and quantitative research techniques, clinical and laboratory research practices and Knowledge management. Domain knowledge in Industrial diversification, marketing, retail markets, appropriate technologies, social development, health, sexual health, environment, urban wildlife, communities and indigenous people

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  1. Hi,
    This exactly is an idea I am pursuing in a private project of mine. The central theme of it being about scale. How decentralized world with smaller communities would be more humane communities.
    some of the pertinent posts I had written earlier
    http://thejinxedone.blogspot.com/2010/01/in-search-of-great-nothing.html
    an advocacy about inefficiency http://bit.ly/e2WQGQ
    playing with alternate futures and notion of nation http://bit.ly/h21jFP
    and many such thoughts in my blog. The concept of nation needs redefiniton.

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