- Subject index
‘This collection of essays by a number of scholars from India and Europe addresses economic, political and social issues of great contemporary significance. The most attractive feature of the volume is the comparative and inter-disciplinary approach which gives it its distinctive orientation. Munshi and Abraham have held diverse but important themes together in an exemplary manner’
- Andre Beteille, Chairman, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata
‘This is an outstanding book on an issue easier talked about than acted upon. The editors have brought together in this rich volume a wide variety of essays which focus on India and Europe and clarify that it is necessary to contextualise good governance. The comparative perspective has the additional advantage of extending the analysis beyond the realm of the ...
Chapter 12: Governance Reforms in India: Responsible Civil Servants’ View from the inside
Governance Reforms in India: Responsible Civil Servants’ View from the inside
The Historical Context
Indian administration is a mix of diverse practices that have been assimilated over centuries. The classical tradition of statecraft is well documented in Kautilya's Arthashastra, which was written sometime between 321 and 300 BC. Proceeding from the premise that the state was an institutional necessity for human advancement, the book outlines how the state should be managed for the maximum happiness of its citizens. Perhaps this treatise should be regarded as a responsible civil servants’ manual for those times, balancing the needs of daily operations and policy advisory functions of the civil services, with a rather high-minded view of kingship.