Good Governance Day: Not a luxury to miss Christmas

By Fr Paul Melwyn, Pamedi, Capuchin

Dec 25:
Anniversaries are conscious social acts of commemoration and celebration. December 25 is the birth anniversary of many. Madan Mohan Malviya (Freedom Fighter and Founder of Banaras Hindu University), Atal Bihari Vajpayee (Former Prime Minister of India), Mohammad Ali Jinnah (Leader of All-India Muslim League), Isaac Newton (physicist, mathematician, Astronomer), Nawaz Sharif (present Prime Minister of Pakistan), Louis Chevrolet (Founder of the Chevrolet Motor car Company), a few personalities to mention were born on December 25. "Manusmriti Dahan Divas", a different type of anniversary has also been celebrated on December 25, since 1927. It was Dr B R Ambedkar, who led burning of the Mansusmriti to assert symbolically the civic rights of Dalits, who were suppressed and oppressed.

Today, December 25, is the first anniversary of ‘Good Governance Day’. It will continue to be an annual observance to mark the birth anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former Prime Minister of India and the first President of BJP. Objectives of ‘Good Governance Day’ are several. To put the record straight, is to provide an “open an accountable administration”. According to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “good governance is putting people at the centre of the development process.” It is an empowerment of disempowered. In India, a “Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic” celebration of good governance is not a luxury, but a fundamental requirement to achieve sustainable development. Good governance, cannot be achieved just by organizing variety of activities in the government offices, schools, colleges and other educational institutions. No doubt, essay writing competition, debates, group discussion, quiz competitions, and sports may lead to awareness of good governance, but it is the existence of strong, effective and efficient parliament that plays a crucial role in promoting and achieving good governance.

The existence of a parliament is not synonymous with democracy, but democracy cannot exist without a parliament. A parliament is an oversight body. It is in the parliament the democratically elected representatives of the people have the honourable responsibility to ensure government by the people and for the people. Members of the parliaments gauge, collate and present the views and needs of the people. They articulate the expectations and aspirations of the people and determinate development agenda. Unfortunately, in the present scenario it is not happening in the Indian parliament. We have been witnessing how parliamentarians behave in the parliament, a deciding body of good governance. Much time is wasted criticizing, defaming and accusing one another often ends up in disruption, acrimony, agitations and forced adjournments. In short, citizenry is robbed of the celebration of good governance. The affirmation of the first anniversary of ‘Good Governance Day’ then is an occasion to ponder over.

Christians around the world celebrate arrival of Jesus on earth on December 25. He, the Son of God entered into humanity for humanity’s sake. This unique event called Christmas has become a universal festival and is hugely celebratory in nature. People irrespective of their beliefs enjoy being part of Christmas celebrations. Last year, 2014 Narendra Modi took to twitter to wish for Christmas. He tweeted, "Merry Christmas to everyone around the world. May this day enhance the spirit of harmony, peace and brotherhood in society." His intentions were clear. The ‘Good Governance Day’ has no reason to ignore Christmas nor can one miss it.

Who then will miss Christmas? The first Christmas was missed by King Herod. He was a paranoia personality. His entire life was one of plotting and execution. He was a ruthless murderer and killer. He never wanted any competition for his throne. He was well informed about Christmas event. It was no surprise he panicked when he heard Jesus, the King of Peace was born in Bethlehem. He was deeply troubled and pretended that he wanted to Worship Jesus Christ. He was unsuccessful in his mad efforts to wipe out one child ‘Jesus’ but ended up only massacring scores of children. He saw Jesus as threat and missed Christmas.

The celebration of Christmas is not a threat to any individual person, religion, culture and nation. Jesus and His message of peace, forgiveness and love is no threat to anybody. However, anyone wrapped up in his/her own pride and arrogance, fear and anxiety, cannot create an atmosphere of spirit of Christmas. Resisting Christmas celebrations, become alien and foreign only to those who consider God is irrelevant in their lives.Activities, during Christmas, such as shopping, gifts, banquets, parties, concerts, carols, Christmas tree and decorations, make celebration more vibrant and joyous. No doubt Jesus is the reason for the season. Besides, we are actually celebrating the God-Man’s arrival and not celebrating just a date on the calendar. Christmas is a reality to accept and not to miss. May the blessings of Christmas be ours and our leaders to promote good governance.



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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    Good governance is not only on Christmas day on 25th December.

    Good governance should be on each day and our Lord Jesus Christ will take up good governance on each day because Prophet Isaiah says THE GOVERNMENT SHALL BE UPON HIS SHOULDERS in chapter 9:6

    For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

    May our the Lord Jesus Christ shower wisdom and knowledge upon all the rulers so that they may govern the people unbiased so that people will have everlasting peace.


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  • Alwyn Crasta, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    For good governance to happen, let the political class first work for the benefit of the poor, downtrodden, marginalised, starving crores of citizens of our great country, majority of whom have voted them to power, instead of greedily fighting to enrich themselves by asking for doubling of their pay & benefits every now then and making a mockery of good governance.

    Let them first follow their conscience, the religious teaching of all major religions (including Christianity), i.e., to work for the upliftment of the poorest of the poor, rather than to disconnect December 25th from Christmas, which is universally celebrated on that day.

    Lord Jesus was indeed the champion of the poor, the marginalised, the downtrodden and fought for their rights and for good governance.

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  • Anp, Bluru

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    Good article
    But was Jesus born on 25th december ?

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  • John Tauro, M'luru / Kwt

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    Mr. Anp, B'luru,
    The exact date of Jesus’ birth is not known. In the Bible only the events surrounding His birth have been mentioned and not the date. Celebration of Christmas as Jesus’ birthday was initiated by the Roman Emperor Nero in the 4th century after his conversion to Christianity.

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  • Anp, Bluru

    Sun, Dec 27 2015

    John tauroo.
    Nero was converted ?
    Check and see dont just rattle names to please yourself !

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Sat, Dec 26 2015

    Dear Anp, Bluru,

    Do you believe Jesus was born on in this planet earth ???

    Even the years 0001 to 2015 is on the assumptions, not from the correct date.

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    Fri, Dec 25 2015

    Excellent thoughts Fr. Melwin. However your views"Unfortunately, in the present scenario it is not happening in the Indian parliament. We have been witnessing how parliamentarians behave in the parliament, a deciding body of good governance. Much time is wasted criticizing, defaming and accusing one another often ends up in disruption, acrimony, agitations and forced adjournments. In short, citizenry is robbed of the celebration of good governance" needs a relook. If a government with a brute majority in the lower house is allowed to bulldoze the opposition and parliamentary debate and proceedings, then the dalits and minorities will become victims of their nefarious and malicious decisions. For the next couple of decades India needs a coalition government till sense prevails among our Lawmakers. The present government even threatened to get the bills passed by holding joint session of Parliament with the intention to sideline the Rajya Sabha where the Government is in a minority. Such dangerous thoughts by the Central Government does not augur well for democracy and Good Governance. The Central Governments' hand picked governor in the north east and Arunachal Pradesh has put parliamentary democracy under threat.Power corrupts and absolute Power corrupts absolutely.Let the present Central Government team learn from Jesus what "Good Governance" is - "Do unto others as you wish to be done to yourself" "Forgive your enemies and bless those who persecute you" "Love your enemy" - just to name a few. Mr Modi should be taught the "LORD'S PRAYER" taught by Jesus - a complete prayer in all respects which is the yardstick and Golden rule for Good Governance. Amen.

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  • Fr. J. B. Sequeira, Capuchin, Venafro, Italy

    Fri, Dec 25 2015

    Good write-up Fr. Melwyn. Jesus' message of peace made practical in the Indian context.

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  • Declan, Mumbai

    Fri, Dec 25 2015

    Wonderful writing Reverend Father Paul. Wishing you, the DW management and team, all DW readers and commentators and all people here in India and all over the world a very happy Christmas !

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  • Bro. Victor Crasta, OFM Cap., Mangalore/Bidar

    Fri, Dec 25 2015

    Excellent Fr. Melwyn. Congrats. This is the first gift from you after receiving your doctorate in Systematic Theology. Hope to have many more such inspiring and thoughtful articles from you soon. God bless all of us

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  • Chetan, Udupi

    Fri, Dec 25 2015

    Timely, relevant and point-blank thinking. Good Governance day on Christmas smacks of other motives than true governance.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Dec 25 2015

    Good Governance day was celebrated in RUSSIA ...

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