Imam Ali’s thoughts on good governance
After the horrific accident in Bahawalpur, one of the key questions everyone is asking is who is responsible for it. Is it the poor lot of people collecting fuel from the old tanker? Or the state that leaves its citizens in such a destitute condition that they have to risk their lives to fend for themselves?
Indeed, with the JIT verdict just around the corner questions around what constitutes good governance and what is to be done when rulers do not fulfill their responsibilities are at the forefront of our minds.
Specifically, what are the ethics of good governance? What responsibilities does the state have towards its citizen? What must happen when these responsibilities are not fulfilled?
Shenila Khoja-Moolji is a Postdoctoral Scholar at University of Pennsylvania. She writes at New York Times, Huffpost, Washington Post…on International Development; Gender Studies; Youth Studies, and does Fieldwork in Pakistan and USA. Dr. Khoja-Moolji teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the fields of gender and sexuality studies, and education. @SKhojaMoolji