Some thoughts on Transparency
Sep 01, 2009 05:30 AM
Recently when I visited a state government website in the USA, I looked at
the site map and was surprised and impressed to find Transparency as one of
Obviously, in the 21st century, transparency is becoming easier to implement
with the help of Internet. All meetings can be streamed on-line and can also
be archived for later viewing. All documentation can be put online and can
be viewed any time.
In the USA, it is a legal requirement that all public bodies have to meet in
open meetings and criminal penalties are there if anyone violates it. In the
wisdom of those who formulated these requirements, they found it is a great
safeguard to protect the public interests to prevent backdoor secret
decisions hurting the public.
The recent events in TS has high lighted the need for transparency. Starting
with the untruthful information about the health of the sitting president at
the time of the election and subsequent shocking attempt to secretly
disenfranchise all members and seize the power of appointing the president
leaves much of a choice to members. These actions and continued silence of
the leaders, elders, long-time members, and other well known members, does
not help increase the trust members have in their leaders.
Unless members are alert and vigilant, the continued inaction in the
bringing about transparency at the autonomous Section level activities, we
do not know what danger is being cooked behind the scenes. This is all the
more important because, the strongly divided voting pattern in the last GC
meeting says a lot. It is in stark contrast with the almost unanimous
pattern that is the norm since the days of Olcott.
Fortunately, we are blessed with the benefit of the Masterâs warning -
MISLEADING SECRECY HAS GIVEN THE DEATH BLOW TO NUMEROUS ORGANIZATIONS.
Let us benefit from it. It is high time members demand their Section leaders
to immediately implement total transparency. It is very easy to do it.
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