Insights Weekly Essay Challenges 2016 – Week 13: Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes

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Insights Weekly Essay Challenges 2016 – Week 13


27 March  2016

Write an essay on the following topic in not more than 1000-1200 words:


“Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes”

  • Night thinker !!

    Thanks insights! 🙂 🙂
    Good morning dear people! 😀
    Naaicee topic!
    Happy writing! 🙂

    • Good Morning Night 😀

      • Isha

        Good morning madam :p 😀

        • Jaya Swatantra

          Hello Isha dear,
          kaisi hain aap… please review essay na as per your convenience…:)

          • Isha

            Hello Jaya, Check your blog behen. I did 😛

            • yogi

              Bhai ka bhi kar do 😛

              • Isha

                Aa rahi bas, ruko bhai 😛

                Dhunda tha pehle, mile hi nahi

        • sankar

          have a look at mine………thanks

        • Iconoclast

          Pls review mine essay

      • Night thinker !!

        Hey Night! 😛

      • P.s

        Hello mam , these days why are you not writing secure questions? Not only you I haven’t seen answers from @serious. , @batman @lordtuktuk. Are you dedicating full-time to prelims preparation? ( just to know the strategy of serious aspirants)

        • Hey P.s
          I guess it’s time we go full time for prelims. Mains is being taken care of since some time now 😀 After all, we cannot think of mains if we can’t clear prelims right?

          • P.s

            Does it mean are you not reading optional now. Do you think India year book is worth reading for prelims ?

            • hello p.s.
              I am not writing but I am doing mains only. more time to optional.
              from April I will start prelims (not fully but along with mains portion -optional subject to be precise)
              I don’t write here but I make my own notes for important questions (from the Hindu)
              Regarding India Year Book, it is up to you. Nobody can predict how the paper will be. If you can manage your time you can read it. provided you find time to “Revise”
              Personal view : economic survey I will be reading. but not the year book.
              and mostly things are covered in various test series. so practicing them is of utmost importance.

              all the best 🙂

              • P.s

                Thanks for reply.
                All the best?

          • P.s

            Thanks for reply serious. ALL THE BEST

          • Night thinker !!

            Review my essay when time permits! 🙂

          • Iconoclast

            Hey Pls review my essay

        • Hi P.s., my strategy is bit different and I do not devote full time to prelims. There should be a balance between all quarters. I had stopped writing from 15 March 2016 and will try to get back on track from 1 April 2016. Glad that you remembered me 🙂

          • CSE2016 aspirant

            Batman – came to know that you write well – I think preparation of mains and pre should go on side by side (atleast for now).
            Last 50 days – we can have full time go at pre

            • Thanks Virat 🙂
              Bhai tum b acha likhte ho, I have seen your answers on iasbaba, just bring some specificity in your answer with examples 🙂

              • CSE2016 aspirant

                Hmm, I need to work on this issue. Thanks for encouraging words and constructive criticism on my writing skill.

          • P.s

            Thanks for reply Batman. What is your opinion on INDIA YEAR BOOK?

        • Hey P.s
          I’m actually having some backlog to cover, so unable to find time to write! but will continue asap!
          i think you should prepare for mains too side by side(at least write 1-2 answers daily). Insights also says the same and i can bet they are not wrong! Also, start revising the previous content!!
          All the best dear 🙂

          • Jaya Swatantra

            May you please review… 🙂

          • P.s

            Thank you. All THE BEST for you too LORD.

      • Night thinker !!

        Review my essay when time permits! THANKS 🙂

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Hey Namita… please review!!

      • Iconoclast

        Pls review my essay

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      Good morning captain !!!
      Hope today we play well

      • Night thinker !!

        We will! 🙂 🙂

        • CSE2016 aspirant

          That’s the way Mahi way
          Again – I played well and you hit winning runs

          • Night thinker !!

            High 5! 🙂

            • CSE2016 aspirant

              Dhoni girl also rocks 🙂

  • aashish 2000

    Hi Friends… Link is in yesterday Debate Page…

    For convinience..
    All the best… I will post the answer link here…

    • Night thinker !!

      Thanks a bunch Aashish! 🙂
      Only a few can do such selfless acts! 😀

      • minaxi

        Hey Thinker.. Plz review my essay. I will review after some time.

        • Jaya Swatantra

          Hey Minaxi,
          Please review dear .. would really love to review yours

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Please do review mine as well.. would love to review yours.. 🙂

        • Iconoclast

          Hey Jaya Pls review my essay

        • Night thinker !!

          I will! 🙂
          Waiting for your feedback 🙂

      • sankar

        madam rvw mine plz

        • Night thinker !!

          I’ll review yours but you review mine first 😛

      • Ash

        Hey Night Thinker! (:

        COuld you plz find time and review mine! 🙂

    • thanks bro… good morning… ??

      • sankar

        plz have a look at my essay……..thanks

    • BST

      How much for correct and wrong answer…

      • aashish 2000

        It’s mentioned on the first page… 1/3rd of the question…is negative mark

      • sankar

        pzl rvw mine……….thanks

    • aashish 2000

      Time’s Up… Friends….
      Thank you all who has written the exam…
      Answer sheet has uploaded….Please click on the same link…
      Happy Sunday… See you in the next test….

      • Pooja Pandey

        Thank you Ashish 🙂

      • Rimi cse

        hi, which exam sheet is it?

        • aashish 2000

          CSAT….UPSC Practice test….

      • sankar

        hey aashish, which exam…….plz rvw mine

        • aashish 2000

          CSAT….UPSC Practice test…

    • aspirant

      iwrote the test. its very good.

      • aashish 2000

        Thank you….

      • sankar

        which test………….plz inform and rvw mine essay………thanks

    • Ankit

      Thank you.. It helped to boost my confidence again 🙂

      • sankar

        plz rvw mine bhai….thanks

    • Shrunga Chandrashekar

      Thank you aashish 🙂

    • Raveesh

      can u share solution.

      • sankar

        rvw mine plz

      • aashish 2000

        Sorry…dude… Because we need to learn the method…not the problem… I feel… Keep working….
        If you find trouble with any method… reply back I may help you…

    • Friends, please review my essay when you find time =>

      Accept love from Chhotu 🙂

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Please review my essay as well

        • sankar

          have a look at mine too……….ill too by late

      • sankar

        bhaiya rvw mine plz………thanks

    • Mrinal Mukherjee

      Could you please tell me from where did you get these answers from ? Did you solve them ? because my answers are different from the answer key for a couple of questions (specially in the english passage) ..maths seems and logical reasoning seems fine

      • aashish 2000

        All the mentioned answers are relevant to the questions asked…. I cross checked the answers and did myself once…..Please put forward if you have any doubts…

        • Mrinal Mukherjee

          Q 2 : Why can’t it be very simple lives.. what’s so wicked about it ?
          Q4:Why can’t we say that because managers had little knowledge of the technicalities and possibilities of new developments and electronics , they felt a little out of step with the the work environment (opt C unlike A)
          Q5: Didnt attempt .. Kindly explain
          Q7:Isn’t the author indifferent to buy a mixer.” …..conspired to sell the mixer or grinder to me whether I want it or not. Of course, my wife wants it.”
          Q9: How does education sharpen wit … I marked option D (inherent values wala)..The passage clearly says : “Education should be the drawing forth of potential values, it should not be….”
          Q11-15 : I just got to throughly confused by mere glance at the question …Any trick brother ?
          Q22:Why Matthew ?
          Q23 : Whats your final answer ? I got summation X as 600 So acc to the question the new avg is (600-92-Lowest)/8=81 =>Calculate Lowest , which apparently comes -140 ??
          Q27 : The high level of competition faced by Asian students in America :helps them overcome their lazy habits.(my answer).Isnt this given in the paragraph …”helps them overcome their lazy habits.”
          Q28: Explain
          Q33, 34 and 35
          Q38 : Amount is 450 =>principal is 450-81(interest) =>369 then ,use S=(P*R*T)/100 were S=81 ,P=369 ,R=4.5%..Ans : 4.87years~5 years
          Q41 and 42 Solution required ..Coudnt attempt
          Q57:Pls Explain how b ?
          Q65 & Q 66
          Q68: I got Ashok’s age as 20 years
          Q70 : After interchanging , 12th from the right is nothing but 22 from the left , so consider :

          111111111111111111111 1(Srinath)11111111111 (I hope you got my method) = 33 students

          Q74 : Foolish girl question : Kindly explain
          Q80: Isn’t multiplying a number by 3/2 same as diving it by 2/3(after dividing 2/3,2 remains in the denominator whereas 3 comes in the numerator with the number) EG lets say ,
          10*(3/2)=15 whereas 10/(2/3)=10/0.66666….~15

          • aashish 2000

            Q 2 : Why can’t it be very simple
            lives.. what’s so wicked about it ?

            Because it clearly mentioned in the
            passage their lives is artificial….
            With artificial….it is wicked….

            Q4:Why can’t we say that because managers had little knowledge of the
            technicalities and possibilities of new developments and electronics , they
            felt a little out of step with the the work environment (opt C unlike A)

            First we have to say what authors
            view… so author clearly mentioned it… in the last would reveal their
            ignorance and redundant.. so it should be A not C…

            Q5: Didnt attempt .. Kindly explain

            What is the suitable theme for the passage… It is clear by the
            options… d is the right choice because author clearly discussed about the
            sections in the organisation… so D must be the right choice we have..

            Q7:Isn’t the author indifferent to buy a mixer.” …..conspired to sell
            the mixer or grinder to me whether I want it or not. Of course, my wife wants

            See the statement itself explains… my wife wants it… it says he
            doesnt want it….. So answer is C… Indifferent is not suitable because… he
            is not blank minded or not opposed….

            Q9: How does education sharpen wit … I marked option D (inherent values
            wala)..The passage clearly says : “Education should be the drawing forth
            of potential values, it should not be….”

            Because he mentioned Culture is not
            knowledge and in the last author mentioned education is of potential values…
            So it concludes A is suitable….

            Q11-15 : I just got to throughly confused by mere glance at the question …Any
            trick brother ?

            11 question: Its clearly said 3 men = 6 women; so if 1 men works 2women must work…
            They worked
            for 16 days… It means one day work is

            So we have to find
            12 men and 8 women…. Take 8 women is nothing but 4 men… (if 1 men works 2
            women should work…8 women means 4 men is working..)

            So total is 12 men
            is already there and 4 men also working… all you have to find is how many day
            for 16 men….

            So 3—16 days….
            16 men ….. x days…… if you solve
            16*3/16= x…….X= 3 days…

            12 – 15 is easy…
            Please practice these type of sums…

            Q22:Why Matthew ?

            A.. What did you answer for this…?

            Q23 : Whats your final answer ? I got summation X as 600 So acc to the question
            the new avg is (600-92-Lowest)/8=81 =>Calculate Lowest , which apparently
            comes -140 ??

            Ans: yes, you are right it is -140….

            Q27 : The high level of competition faced by Asian
            students in America :helps them overcome their lazy habits.(my answer).Isnt
            this given in the paragraph …”helps them overcome their lazy

            Ans… D is the answer… Its clearly stated in the first two lines.. Please
            read again…

            Q28: Explanation: The author talks about non resident Indians
   No matter how significant…. It states the option B.

      • aashish 2000

        i will get back to you as earliest… Please bear me with patience…

    • Neha Jha

      Thanks a lot for this….

  • Jaya Swatantra

    Thanks Insights…….. and good morning friends!!

  • Dheeraj Kumar

    Good morning

  • we are a diverse society. but only this thing will not ensure the difference between individuals. the difference could be found even within the people of same community, neighbor hood or family. It is a popular say that ‘all five fingers of one hand are not equal’. But that’s what makes us beautiful. The difference has to occur. And just because somebody is different and acting differently in similar situation does not permit us to criticize them. any such behavior of individual is guided by different socio-economic settings in which s/he brought up. Moreover, life time experiences may add to the learning of a man. In my school times there was a story in my English text book that how a soft hearten farmer turn highly rude and cruel in his span of life. He after being ignored by the society for various reasons develop a sense of grudge in himself and start hating all his villagers, wife and even kids. But later he found love in few sparrows and died. The story talks on the circumstances which made him like that. It was not all of sudden process.

  • Supermanreturns

    good morning everyone ..enjoy writing..;

    • Thor and Miolneer

      Reminds of someone 🙂

      Good morning.

      • Night thinker !!

        Ohho! Aisa kya Thor 😛 😛

        • Thor and Miolneer

          Yups 🙂

          • Ab

            Gaurav Aggrwal:-P

        • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

          Plz review my essay too , I you have some time

      • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

        Plz review my essay too , I you have some time ..

        • Thor and Miolneer

          Sure brother..
          I will come @3 and review.

      • minaxi

        Good Morning Thor…
        when ever time permits, plz review my essay.Thank you baad me bol dungi. 🙂

        • Thor and Miolneer

          Good afternoon minaxi,
          I will be back @3 to start ‘mission review’.

  • CSE2016 aspirant

    Good morning friends !!!
    Enjoy my game tonight
    Bharat mata ki jai
    Thank you Insights !!!!
    Happy writing 🙂

    • Lol. Bhai aaj match jeeta dena bhai. Aur haan, Anushka ko nai bulaana match dekhne :3

      Bharat Mata ki Jai 😀

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        I do not see anushka. I only see the opponent bowlers and ball while playing
        Anything for my Bharat mata

        • Ab

          Bharat Mata Ki Jay 🙂

          • sankar

            have a lootk at mine essay

        • bhai aaj tumse kuch special move chahiye… jitana jaruri hai… Bharat Mata Ki Jay…!!!

          • CSE2016 aspirant

            And I obliged

            • thanks bhai… u r great… ab Mumbai me moholll kar dena… good morning… Bharat Mata Ki Jayy…!!

        • Ab

          With a hindsight, your comment seems so true.:-P

      • sankar

        have a look at mine plz

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      This essay topic reminds me –
      Before criticizing Indian team – please understand the difficulties faced by them 🙂
      Sitting in your comfort zone and criticising any person is easy, but executing that job is difficult. It requires loads of hard work, practice, determination and patience.
      So, take game as a game 🙂 . Enjoy it.
      We all know how difficult is executing our job – clearing CSE

    • Eswar Sai

      Hai future captain of Indian cricket team, hoping today you will make India win and will pave the way to semi finals. India i.e Bharat will win the match with your effort. Bharat Mata ki Jai, Jai Bharat Mata, Jai Hind.

  • Mahi

    Criticism has become the habit of almost everyone. Everyone is criticising somebody else . it seems that criticism is something without which life can’t run smoothly.
    In a diverse society like ours where people of different religion language culture tradition custom live together, it is quite but natural that there will be not a single uniform thinking or view point.
    Diversity demands different perspective and ideas . In this context is quite natural that we debate discuss and criticize and this helps in the process of evolution.
    No doubt criticism is required and we have every right to criticize whatever we feels is not good , progressive , unethical and immoral. This is called healthy criticism and it helps in bringing the shortcomings in light and thus to find avenues to rectify them. Criticism allows a person to mend his ways and bring necessary reformation in himself/herself .
    If we criticize apersom for his/ her bad deeds it may be possible that he understand his/ her mistakes and learn from them. Criticizing the government policies which are not progresive and against the rights of people is very much important. It make government at the helm realise that it is losing popularity amongst the people and will take steps to correct its policies and programs to make them more citizen friendly.
    We in India criticise our cricket team whenever it loses a match and it makes them respond through their cricket in future matches by performing well. We criticise our police force for their inactions or actions and it encourages them to make the police system more robust and efficient.

    However instead of healthy criticism what we are witnessing is that we have become highly critical.criticising has become our daily routines and not only this we criticise without understanding the complete picture.
    We are hell bend on criticising each and every thing . we criticise the government of the day, we criticise our administrative system , we criticise our police force , our intelligence bureau , we criticise our sportsperson, we criticise our railways , we criticise our fellow beings . In nutshell we have become the master of criticism.
    But this criticism of others is without understanding their situations and problems.We don’t realise why a person is behaving or acting like that. We don’t see the circumstances and we criticise just for the sake of criticism as it has become our habit and we enjoy it without understanding the consequences of our actions.
    We criticise the government without trying to understand how difficult it must be to make policies and programs for ahuge and diverse country like ours. Government has to think about each and every single citizens benefit which is quite a difficult task , but it tries to do its best to ensure development of every region and citizen. No doubt there may be some shortcomings in the process of policy making and implementation .But instead of criticising it we must suggest the ways to improve it. Some people have taken a pledge to criticise every action or inactions no matter whether it is for larger public good or not. This kind of unnecessary scepticism is a hurdle in the path of growth and development.
    We in India criticise our police force without understanding there problems and how difficult their task is. They have to deal with communal situations , hard core criminals etc. And they may some time not perform the way they are supposed to. And we don’t leave any chance of complaining without realising that they are also humans not robots.If somebody commits a crime police is made responsible for it and many people don’t even help them in the process of investigation. Being a citizen of this country it is also our responsibility that we keep our eyes and ears open and not leave everything on the government and police.

    We criticise that our cities are not clean and modern .But for making them clean when our PM take initiative we don’t respond . We don’t realise that without the participation of citizens no government can make our cities clean and rejuvenatevour rivers. We are responsible for the sorry state of our rivers and cities and for it we can’t blame others .and we must not indulge in criticism but amend our ways and be more responsible to our country..
    We are cricket crazy nation and cricket has become like a religion for us . And we expect that our team wins every time it walks on the field. If they failed to do so we criticise our captain our players coach and don’t even hesitate to burn their effigies and attack their houses. But in the process what we forget that cricket is just a game and winning and losing is part and parcel of it. We forget that our players are also humans and not machine who can give the best output every time. We don’t see the fact that other teams might have played much better and we don’t see any positive .
    We criticise that our education system is not efficient and world class but we don’t realise that ours is a huge country and we are not having that much resources to bring the change overnight. We forget that we have made substantial progress and in future we will be amongst the best.
    We criticise the problem of naxalism and which is right but we forget why it took birth in the first place . We don’t realise that in the name of development their land is being taken , their livelihoodvis being snatched and they are rendered homeless. They are being alienated and this forces them to take arms which is no doubt a wrong step, but we dont take necessary steps to bring them into mainstream .
    Criticism is important but we must realise that before doing so we must look into the overall situations circumstances and problems before making any point.we must try to look the situation from others perspective as well. If we do so it will be better for the individual society and nation.

    • Mahi

      Good morning guys … Plz review critically….

    • Ram

      frnd u have used the words we criticize several times.
      we think, judge, analyse, practice not only criticise as expressed above.
      however good effort. plz review mine

  • bakir malik

    you are not supposed to do that. act mature, you dont have a proper life. these are somethings we shoot at people more often than not when we hear about their actions , directly from their mouth or stories making rounds of hundred mouths that reach us.

    we often tend to place people in a perfect structure of ideas and encompass them with our own frame of behavior. we we look at actions, hear about actions , or try to persuade some body, keeping our own mind set , our situation at the core, deliver a speech and anticipate that people are going to act in that particular fashion.

    people are different. difference whether subtle or large is a very important phenomenon of our world. our own five fingers are not of same size,. they vary, and provide shape to hand. members of our own family are different. not just physically but intellectually , ideologically. we often see discussion , whether calm or stormy, in our family life, there are differences and there are concurrences. regardless of the fact that we are related by blood we all have a different set of ideas and we all act differently in certain situations.

    situations that we may see are easy can be difficult for some one else or difficult for us easy for someone else. As a child or teenager working for family, to run family as a unit, to keep it together, all this seems vague and Utopian. But when we see our father , mother or somebody else doing this to put these ideas into action we define their steps from our own perspective. Our father asking us to do certain this, mothers hoping for us to do certain things in a certain way, often goes against our perspective of these things. we often tend to criticize these actions , thinking that’s not the way to act but without knowing their situation. In a sense we dont know about there scenario and where these ideas come from.

    there are conflict of ideas in our whole life from public to personal , from home to office. A women ,a housewife who is sitting in her house and her husband is working a 9 to 5 job , both take matters differently. A wife wants her husband to act in a particular way. she wants to take her out, talk with her , make trips to relatives together. But not understanding the situation of the husband , his long day work, stress that drains him out , these demands made by a wife tend to draw their meaning from her own perspective and does not take into consideration the situation of her husband ending up in a judgmental case of criticisms and confrontations. the vice versa can be the case with women working double time in our society, office as well as home, being at the other end of criticism.

    Judging people on actions they do at certain point of time tend to make us judgmental and if these actions collide with our own set of ideas we tend to be critics of their actions. the criticism that flows from own mouth , may have a good intention of correcting the way people act but mere outer layer knowledge of their actions does no help us to provide strong argument for them. Shooting from a distance has a very good chance of missing the target. we have to be close enough . to see the point clearly , we sometimes have to be that point by ourselves. When we try be that person by ourselves, we understand the situation in a perfect way and realize why someone or somebody acted in a particular way.

    from that point we may be able to justify their actions. we was still find a different way of handling the situation or concur with them. To provide a better idea , one day CM in a famous bollywood movie nayak was an example of walking in somebody’s else’s shoes. The protagonist criticizes the CM character for his malicious practices and agrees to walk in his shoes for a day. But instead of doing the exact something as the CM he acts differently but understanding situations and his judging of actions and criticism was right even when he walked in his shoes.

    Judging people has become part of our life. From sunrise to sunset. Judging people can be a good boon if it is backed up by inquiry and a knowledge of people’s situation. Throwing stones at people without knowing that they are carved out of stones will end up igniting fire and cancel the friction in our social life. Understanding before criticizing has the power to shape peoples ideas and the way they look a life.

    • Ram

      bro its very general.
      depth of thought is missing.
      keep on writing.
      good effort. plz review mine.

  • Ab

    Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes

    The plain meaning of this phrase is, “know the situation /condition of a person before being critical on him”.

    Why we Criticize?

    • We don’t find the result as we expect.

    • Out of envy.

    • Out our of vested interest

    • We don’t like the approach of the person towards a certain goal/ideology

    Problem with criticism, without going in to the depth.

    • Unaware of the ground reality

    • Hostility with the one whom you are criticizing

    • Chances of learning contracts

    Historical Examples:

    MGNERGA and AADHAR schemes were first criticized by the present government, but when they knew the importance, they have to accept it and implement it.

    • some time we never undrstud d actual conditions of any person nd criticise with him… without forgatting his kindness,, love for us.. aftr that.. all things hum sochate ye to god hai yaar mere liye…!!!

  • Eco-friendly

    “Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes”

    Manu was the head of a nuclear middle class family. His earning are just enough to run his family. His wife and children often complain him of not being able to go to hotel and watch film even in two months. But the problem he has to face is not being understood by his family. Market is slowing down, there can be a recession around and his company may go for jobs cut. There is no promotion from last 20 months and due to bad monsoon for consecutive two years, food inflation has reached double digit mark. In these situation he is just able to run his family and at the same time able to send some money to his old parents living far away from him. But these problems are not being acknowledged by his family because they are not facing such situation directly. They are just worried about their own comfort and enjoyment. So it is rightly said that before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes. Until and unless a person do not face what the person who has been criticized of doing something wrong has faced you cannot draw the full picture and remains biased by looking at one side of the coin.

    Criticism is becoming a common thing that one experiences in his day-to-day life. Be it a common man or a minister or a bureaucrat. In this regard Max Weber has rightly said that any phenomenon that takes place has infinite reasons, no one can investigate those all reasons. Similarly anything done by a person can have multiple reasons and because of our limited knowledge and experience whatever we thinks we feel is complete and unable to see the other side or actual reasons and end up in criticizing the person for his erroneous decision.

    Every year budget is prepared by our finance minister. And every year there is change in situation of society, their needs, and macro-economic growth. He makes the budget in his capacity by consulting various people of various background and then tries to fulfil the demands of all. But every year some or the other person criticize govt. and its finance minister of either spending more or spending less in some or the other sector. If defence budget is increased then people will say that govt. is not spending enough on social sector schemes, if health and education is given more money, then national security may become the topic of discussion. It is like we do not want to understand whole situation.

    Looking things from other’s perspective is what is needed in today’s society. Man being a selfish animal do not want to look to the other side. If net neutrality is being upheld by the TRAI then big telecom industries and social networking sites will say that the poor is not give due consideration. If taxes are increased then corporate people have problem, if a mother asks his child to study instead of playing then also she is being criticized for not considering his right to play. We must understand that a person taking decision in his capacity cannot make everyone happy, but everyone can be satisfied if all try to get the thought behind his decision, hence it is necessary that we take all the stake-holders in confidence before coming to a decision.

    Any activity done by a person directly or indirectly affects his society and surroundings eg- a person peeing on road side effect his surrounding by making conditions unhygienic and unhealthy, hence will be criticized for such acts but what could not be considered is the absence of public toilets. Similarly prostitution is considered bad for the society, but has anyone considered why such institutions have been established and who these people are. But we criticize and feels that our work is done. To feel why such institutions are being established we must go and talk to them. Empathy is a rare value that people have now-a-days. May be there can be reasons for this too. So, no one can actually get insight until you walk a mile in similar conditions.

    We are a diverse society where multiple religions, sects, castes all life together and every person given his way of socialization has different thinking and way to conduct things. But one should not criticize another person just because his way of life, culture is different from him. He may act in similar manner if his socialization, upbringing is done in a similar manner. From thousand years, India culture is being intact and flourishing because we accommodate each other, and this quality of assimilation and respect for each other’s religion results into peace and harmony.

    Similarly if every person tries to understand each other and is able to see the other side of the coin then we may not have riots, clashes, wars and disputes. Situations like a countries freedom fighter is another country’s terrorist may not arise. Poor may get the most out of these things as it is the one who suffers the most during such clashes. Our society will be happier and our HDI or Happiness index will be higher. There will be lesser cases of divorce and litigation. Respect for each other increase and we can show the path to the world which is reeling under such war of thoughts and perception.

    • Eco-friendly

      Pls review frnds…….
      And pray that today will be last day for Shane Watson to play International cricket.

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        I am naa, you do not take tension

        • Eco-friendly

          Bhai ho sake to review bhi kar dena……..will pray that u make century in this match….:P

          • CSE2016 aspirant

            Hmm , will review

      • Mahi

        He is such a clean striker of the ball ….stand and deliver …why do u want him to quit….

        • CSE2016 aspirant

          Mahi bhai, agar uska aaj last match nhi hua – to India ka last match hoga is world cup ka.
          Watson has announced his retirement after this world cup
          Mahi bhai – aap kiski taref ho – aap to captain ho waise bhi 🙂

          • Mahi

            Oh sorry actually I was not aware of this fact that he has announced his retirement.. And without An y doubt I m with India …meri dili tamana h msd cup uthaye once again…but I love the way Watson plays …when he strikes he Stoke it hard and clean and it is just amazing …PR bhai match toh hme hi jitna hh hh. …and we have a dependable player and he goes by the name of VIRAT…

            • CSE2016 aspirant

              Hehe, I guessed it that you are unaware 🙂
              I was kidding, don’t take it on your heart. Your name suggests u are MSD fan

              • Mahi

                Bhai aisae mat kro….and yes m a msd fan …but Dravid is my all time favourite…. Or bhai aaj match jitna h…

                • CSE2016 aspirant

                  Aaj jitayunga main match – chinta not mahi bhai

        • Smart Work

          kindly review mine too

        • sankar

          bhai pzl rvw mine too……..thanks

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      Eco bhai
      As I have not written today’s essay, I have not walked a mile in your shoes. So criticism from my side would be unjustified 🙂
      But I would like to point out some issues which I noticed
      (1) Avoid use of words like ‘I , we’
      (2) Use more formal language
      (3) Examples are good 🙂
      (4) 2nd last para was best 🙂
      (5) Take this point positively : Proper flow is not maintained in your essay. Inter-connectivity b/w different paras is missing. It is the most difficult task in writing essay. But, it is the most vital part.

      Keep writing and I hope you will not take any offence in my review.
      Aaj to Aussie ki aisi ki taisi kar ke rahunga

      • Night thinker !!

        Virat bhai, captain ka bhi review kardo! 🙂

        • yogi

          can u plz review mine, 🙂

          • Night thinker !!

            Bhai review mine as well! Aapka I will review raat KO! I need to know the flaws! LOL

      • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

        Plz review my essay too , I you have some time …

      • Eco-friendly

        I will work on the shortcomings pointed by you. I do not write essay actually, this is my 2nd one. Ur appreciation will be a booster…..thanks…..
        And all the best……..I wish Rohit bhi aaj runs bnaye. Want full team to perform like a champion

        • CSE2016 aspirant

          thanks guys – cricket and insights connect us 🙂

      • vengeancee

        @Civilserviceaspirant:disqus Bhai, review kar do please.

        • CSE2016 aspirant

          Hahaha, uske liye ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ bolni padegi 🙂
          just kidding – I just saw your post and was to review 🙂 🙂

          • vengeancee

            Proudly “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.
            Aaj k match mei bahut ummedien hai aapse Virat bhai.
            Ache din aane wale hai.

            • Jaya Swatantra

              please review mine if time permits

        • sankar

          mera bhi kar do plz ……..thanks

      • Bhai sabka review kar rhe ho to mera bhi dekh lo. Dua lagegi virat ko 😛

        • CSE2016 aspirant

          I will review while watching match 🙂 – time conserve hoga aur khushi milegi to reviews bhi jordaar aur acche honge – to wait for night.

          • haha..not a problem brother, review at your ease 🙂

            • sankar

              bhai have a look at mine plz

            • yogi

              Batman Bhai, review plz 🙂

          • Affu

            doing the samething viratjee

            • CSE2016 aspirant

              Abhi kuch jaan main jaan aayi hai

        • Iconoclast

          Hey Batman Pls review my essay

      • Pooja Pandey

        Please review mine 🙂

      • Saurabh Gupta

        sir please review my essay.

        • CSE2016 aspirant

          I am not sir :), I am an infant in CSE preparation

      • Bura na maano kohli hai 😛
        please review my essay when you find time
        thank you !! 🙂

        • CSE2016 aspirant

          Sure namita sharma ji – aaj india ko jeeta kar sabke essay review karunga – is tareh jashan manana hai mujhe

        • CSE2016 aspirant

          Aap abhi meri batting dekhiye 🙂

        • CSE2016 aspirant

          Namita ji ,
          Bahut hi simple and straightforward essay hai aapka. (Good)
          Aap jo convey karna chahti thi – wo mujh tak pahuch gaya
          You have asked questions in between – ohkk – good – structure maintain kiya. It created jigyasa (curiosity) in my mind ki what’s the answer to it.

          I think, examples could have been more diverse. Case study of Annie aunty was good. You could have mentioned circumstances which forced her in becoming single mother. Because, as of now I feel she is really fine with adopting her and leading a good life. Isme jara doosri mahilaon ka unke joote main pair daalne ka case weak padta hai.

          Terrorists ka case accha hai – morally wrong 🙂

          aur kuch solid examples ki kami lagi.

          Coming to using the technical jargon part – I felt they were not used frequently ( okk you should not use it often and keep it simple – but use of some fancy words will save your word space and make it look that you are a serious candidate – try to use ethics main pade hue words in it.

          Overall , refreshing article (very good) !! But improvement could be made 🙂

          PS – I am a beginner – so this is purely my ideas – I am not so frequented with UPSC style.

      • Ankit

        Bhai sachi me kardi Aussie ki taise :))
        Please review my essay if u find time.

    • ajay

      Well written. Eco friendly u have shown multiple dimensions in a nice manner. The flow and content also seems gud and appropriate .maybe conclusion can be made more healthy

      • Night thinker !!

        Review mine as well! Thanks 🙂

      • Eco-friendly

        haan thoda actually bich me me kisi aur kaam me lag gya tha to conclusion bigad gya…..

        Ur appreciation will keep me motivated to improve further….:)

      • sankar

        plz rvw mine…….thank you

    • Profoundis

      if a mother asks his child to study instead of playing then also she is being criticized for not considering his right to play……i feelthis one is awesome among all ur examples

      • Night thinker !!

        Review mine too please 🙂

      • Smart Work

        kindly review mine too .:)

      • sankar

        plz rvw mine…….thanks

      • Ash

        Hey Profoundis! (:

        Could you please review my essay! 🙂

        • Profoundis

          would do after dinner ..meanwhile review mine if u find time

    • pranay rajput

      very nicely written….

      • Night thinker !!

        Review mine as well! 🙂

    • Profoundis

      if this statement and answer have worthwhile in practise then there won’t have any enemies for anyone be it individual/govt…

      can’t we interpret this statement in other way like /….

      if a person commits a murder as per law/social norm he would be treated as a criminal n put behind bars/abondoned, even if it was for self defence or to protect his/her loved one’s …..if we walk a mile in his/her shoe then he/she won’t be treated as such bcz then we would feel the act was done for a good cause we feel he/she must be scot free , if we done like this in every case then there won’t be any crime at all..

      if a man rapes then he would be dealt accordingly , if we walk a mile in his shoe we would feel like where would anyone go to relieve his sexual urge(it is the male who has more urge than female in this patriarchy, had the whole world been otherwise (matriarchy) then there won’t be any rapes at all,matriarchal societies has less no of rapes, since rape is an act power) when a society is banned like sex before marriage/ no place for sex for consenting unmarried couple / u raid hotels/ beats couples in park even for togetherness/ freedom of sex is also crime only for men outside marriage which is a ground for divorce/ prostitution is a crime to height of this only man was seen as a criminal and women as victim even if she herself doing for her livelihood….
      then we would see this case as like ..who steal money ? majority the one who don’t have any support to feed for himself or for family….this is like when “suppression becomes DUTY resistance becomes RIGHT”. so it is the RIGHT which should have the primacy at any cost sometimes at someone’s cost….would this be justiciable ?

      what my point here is does this statement subjective or objective ?

      • Eco-friendly

        To the points raised I would say that yes we need to understand point of view of so called criminals and because of that only govt’s social policies like MGNREGA, Food security act, etc are there in place. May be all these are not adequate but that does not mean that a person takes wrong way and commit crime. If everyone think like that and start acting like that then there will be chaos, anarchy and whole social structure will be destroyed.

        The thing is simple we need to understand each other and that can be done only by walking a mile in his shoes but at the same time we have to upheld the law, constitution. Punishment for reformation, not to take revenge (As said by Supreme court too in one of its judgement (i just forgot the case)).

        • Profoundis

          no u misinterpreted my case studies ….
          doesn’t the upholding the law/social norm and walk in someone’s shoe who treated as criminal seems contrast ?
          its like we can’t walk in someone’s shoe if we treat him/her criminal and vice-versa….

          • Eco-friendly

            well we also cannot treat him as reformer too.

            Generally laws and policies are made by analysing data like Juvenile justice Act….by analysing problem areas and how we can reform existing law. A person in conflict with law should be treated as criminal otherwise judge will be in dilemma whether to punish him or to ask govt to bring reforms. both reform as well as punishment are needed.
            We have separate bodies to do their work. Judiciary to adjudicate, Parliament to bring laws…may be by walking in shoe’s of people in conflict with law or poor people, and executive to implement those laws….so no need to do both (treating him criminal and walking in his shoes) at the same time.

            Do i now got u??

            • Profoundis


            • Profoundis

              reviw mine plz as like reciprocity

              • Eco-friendly

                yes sir….i will do it by tomorrow….:)

      • Tanu Singhal

        Hey review mine pls…..

        • Iconoclast

          Hey Review my essay

      • Pooja Pandey

        Well pointed out.Hence criticism becomes conditional . After full analysis of situation only one should be criticised without bias.
        Please review mine 🙂

      • Amruth Kumar

        Statements is subjective, you can interpret in any way we want. But our interpretation should match with an ideal servants thought. And it should be in a direction of finding practical solutions for the problems we raise. Points you have raised are good, but it can be ended in better way

        • Profoundis

          thanx would think of them

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Dear Eco friendly , I have read few essays now so that i can compare :-

      1) Flow of essay is good till the end. ( although in para 2 ,3 & 4 inter connectivity can be made better)

      2) Intro is good & relevant

      3) 900 words ( short & simple )

      over all , a good read…

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        Intro – such a big example – i think it should be avoided.

        • Smart Work

          kindly review mine too .:)

        • sankar

          despites your busy schedule, before defeating aussie, plz rvw mine……..thanks

        • Ash

          If you could plz review my essay! 🙂

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      review mine also plz

      • Eco-friendly

        bs thoda time do bhai

        • sankar

          bhai rvw kar do plz…..thanks

      • Jaya Swatantra

        please review mine as well

        • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

          Good essay ….

          You have given example of English Vighlish – what if the examiner has not seen that movie.

          Intro was good…

          Good flow & conclusion,,

          • Thor and Miolneer

            I didn’t see the movie..and I will not cut her marks for something I didn’t do it.

            • Thor and Miolneer

              I put myself in examiner’s shoes and walked a mile. 😀

              • yogi

                Bhai pls do the same for me 🙂

                • Thor and Miolneer

                  Yo 🙂

                • Thor and Miolneer

                  Yogi, Could you please tell me whether I could work on your last week’s review or not?

                  I wrote them just after my essay.

        • yogi

          Jaya plz review mine 🙂

          • Ash

            Reviewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! I will review yourz! 🙂

          • Jaya Swatantra

            sure.. 🙂

        • Ash

          Hey Jaya! 🙂
          Could you plz review mine! I will review yourz! (:

          • Jaya Swatantra

            Ash dear.. i will.. 🙂

      • Ash

        Hi Harsh! Could you review mine plz! I will review yourz! 🙂

        • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

          Hi, i m unable to find ur essay ?? Where is it ???

          • Ankit

            Mera review kardo 😀

          • Ash

            Visit my profile … you will find it! 🙂

    • Night thinker !!

      Hi eco bhai,
      Don’t start your essay with example mujhe Kisi ne last time bola tha 😛 I’m passing on the gyan to you!
      Conclusion is not upto the mark!
      Examples are good
      I liked your approach!
      Keep up review mine too! 🙂

      • Eco-friendly

        ohkk….i will work on conclusion part and will next time start my essay differently.

        review karta hu….bs thoda time do

      • Smart Work

        kindly review mine too ..

      • Saurabh Gupta

        sir please review mine essay also. help me improve.

        • Night thinker !!

          You review mine! I’ll review yours 😛 tit for tat!
          Ps- not a sir! 🙂

          • Saurabh Gupta

            As i said i am new to essay writing and this was my first essay.
            I found your essay a bit different than others and really liked it.
            Thats why i asked you to review mine.

            • Night thinker !!

              Sure Saurabh bhai! I’ll straight away rreview yours

    • Ram

      influence of economics is more
      one or two places grammar required to be checked.
      max weber’s statement should be used more for sociological cause rather than general cause
      the narrow meaning of criticism implied which the broader on neglected.
      however, a commendable job.

      • sankar

        hey ram………plz rvw mine…thanks

    • Nivedita Singh

      nice attempt……

      Please review mine if you get time…..

      • sankar

        ma’m plz rvw mine……too

      • Eco-friendly

        ok….give some time

    • warrior_pandit

      The story line is good! relevant points raised but, I find arguments a bit shallow!! Well began is half done but well ended takes score from X to 2X!! 😛 keep writing! kindly review mine!! 🙂

      • Smart Work

        kindly review mine too ..:)

        • warrior_pandit

          bro! first review mine! 🙂

      • Eco-friendly

        thanks will review tomorrow…..:)

    • Hey friendly, your content is well and good. The examples are fantastic. However, in your conclusion, you have so many things. I believe that conclusion is there for giving a concrete and definite end to the essay. Whatever you wanted to say should have been said in earlier paras. Rest is good.

      Review mine when you get time 🙂

      Thank you friend 🙂

      • charu

        Hey ur essay has good flow n u hv structured it well.

      • Eco-friendly

        will do it tomorrow for sure

        will work on points raised….thanks

      • rakeshk

        Good essay overall friend.
        Good examples. Only SC rarest of rare eg seemed less relevant.

    • Pooja Pandey

      You covered a lot of aspects
      Flow is good
      Conclusion could have been better.
      Overall a good essay.
      Please review mine :).

    • Thor and Miolneer

      Disclaimer : Nothing extra has been written by me. 🙂

      Overall a good read.

      I think that the story is fine but I too need to find out whether giving a story full of examples is the right approach or not.

      I do find it in almost every essay here. and here is the place that I have learnt all that I know.

      I too was of the view that the conclusion has too many things.

      Max weber is good.
      I think that — One can write the name of thinker both in general or in a subject.
      However, I usually find you a little tilted towards Sociology. I am sure you are studying the optional nowadays.

      Keep up the good work 🙂

    • Arthanari

      A nice work, but connectivity is missing between paragraphs.

    • warrior_pandit

      bhaijaan! we mere mortals also need a review of our essay. 😛

      • Sudanita Sanchez

        Definitely BACHA! PEHLE mujhe like LENE do apna….fir TUMHARE BHI Bari ! 😉


    • The Lone Seeker

      over all good essay
      -some grammatical errors (e.g.- person do not in 1st para)
      -Max weber analogy is good
      -Budget example is innovative one
      -“man being selfish” -i do not think we can generalize like i would avoid such statements
      -I think more focus on criticism side and less on how to handle it.I think the essay should reflect a hope of betterment.
      please review mine

    • Amruth Kumar

      Niice short essay, flow is good but can be improved, Intro is good. Budget point is innovative, but you could have added statement like criticism is required, only then improvement is possible. But criticism for sake of it is bad. your point puts criticism of budget in bad light.

    • Ambarish

      Hi Eco Friendly please find my inputs below:
      1. Language can be tightened and polished a little
      2. You can work on your transitions better
      3. A role play story is a good ploy, however it is, if I may put it a little cliche 🙂 May be you can put on your thinking hat and try to write an essay which will catch the examiner’s attention
      4. You could have covered additional points as well, however you got stuck in the action-reaction repercussion paradigm

    • Ash

      Hey Eco-friendly! (:

      1. Max Weber point is good
      2. English at some places is not used correctly — could be typos .. just chk!
      3. We must understand that a person taking decision in his capacity cannot make everyone happy, but everyone can be satisfied if all try to get the thought behind his decision — Good point!
      4. prostitution is considered bad for the society, but has anyone considered why such institutions have been established and who these people are. — I don’t know what you did here

      You have two ways to take this forward.. either you take the side of the prostitutes and say many are pushed into it and have no other go or you talk to men who go to brothels and side them.. the former sounds a way better option though!

      You could talk of constructive criticism which gives way to changes… I have a different take on this.,. Please review, may be you find something there! KWAR! 🙂

    • Chandan

      All points are really Good……………….what is secret of your writing ! :):)

    • InsightsOfficialReview

      In your essay, you have given multiple examples and your thought process is coherent. But, what is lacking is a general connectivity, a message/theme, something which makes your essay sort of perfect. The biggest drawback is that you introduced your essay with an anecdote of Manu, but he finds no mention in body or conclusion.

      Bring connectivity in your introduction, body and conclusion. Choose a central theme and work around that. Be critical in your thought process. And most important give practical solutions in your essay in the end. (Ex – what could have been practical solutions to Manu’s problems)

      Marks – 60/125

      • Ankit

        Could u review my essay please??

      • #Respect
        Posting essay in morning and now reviewing the same 🙂
        Sir, if you get time, please have a look at mine as well and give your constructive criticism 🙂

        • Ankit

          Batman this is Superman 😛
          Could u review my essay??

          • Will do in a while 🙂

            • Ankit

              Thank you 🙂

      • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

        Sir plz review my essay too …. I really need your comments on my essay to improve it further.

      • Don John

        I have few questions about anecdote usage.
        1. I see most of people using a anecdote, where they assign names to the character. Is that a good practice. (I can see they might give personal touch, but they would also create prejudice(like why Manu and not Javed or Sita))
        2. I see lot of people starting essay with a anecdote, Isn’t that mostly a feature of personal essay that is written for college admissions and the anecdote is mostly a personal story of writer.

        I would love to know your views.

        Thanks in Advance !

        • InsightsOfficialReview

          You can assign any decent name to your anecdote characters. Using anecdote to start an essay could be used in UPSC mains examination also. Personal essay is related to your personality and experiences, while general essay anecdote bring home some point which you want to convey as central theme of your essay to the reader in an interesting way.

    • mth_im


      1. In starting u wrote Max Weber…”infinite reasons”
      2. conclusion doesn’t match with intro.. wht u thk?
      3.Riots War, Disputes is complex phenomenon–> hatred,hate speech, vote bank politics, Communalism, Depravity.Trust Deficit.
      4. Let’s Take Development Vs Environment evn if we try to understand both side of the coin. Then also we are harming, destroying, effecting numerous variables integrated in it.
      5. Solution should be to follow middle path. as u have mentioned taking views of each “Stakeholders” to “satisfy” each ..
      6. Ur last para is killing ur entire essay. sorry to be tooo critical:)

      • Eco-friendly

        yes u were correct in ur review…..conclusion and last para must be according to intro and body plus there must be soln provided to the problems raised.
        riot, wars ,dispute are complex but to some extent they do have some element raised by me
        the debate is not dev vs envt but it should be dev along with preserving envt… both have to be done….dev cant be stopped and without envt living is not possible…..

        Thanks for reviewing

    • Varun Upadhyay

      admired totally , you nailed it bro.

    • Buddha

      what is the word limit for the essay in the UPSC ?

      • Eco-friendly

        1000 -1200 words per essay now

    • soloman

      i think you did a great job. As our subject of the essay allow me to criticise ,then i would say you should also include some positive points about criticism. As criticism shows the whole picture of a situation, and sometimes criticism tries to help or improve others in many ways as it shows where they are lagging. So i would like to say ,your essay was great and to make it even better you can add these points too.

  • pink

    sir pl advise us wrt when do we start full prelim oriented studies .

  • The Lone Ranger

    Once there lived a newly learned painter. He painted a picture and placed it in the street for the reviews of people. He mentioned in the bottom of the painting as ” Please mark X if you find any mistake in the painting “. The next day he found his whole painting marked with X. He felt bad and approached his master.

    On seeing the painting, his master praised him and told him not to worry. The master also asked the same replica painting to prove his painting good. The painter unwillingly painted the same. The master kept it on the same street with bottom note, ” Please correct if you find any mistake “. The painting was not even touched for days.

    It is easier to criticize others, but following the same is difficult. The man who first discovered earth as a sphere was heavily criticized without even examining his claims. The British initially criticised Indians as uncivilized. But later with the Indological studies they were able to discover the India’s Glorious past and culture with outstanding scientific inventions in all the fields.

    India was criticised for its animism and spiritualism. But when you explore these things, the scientific approaches were concealed. Brahadeeswara temples shadow won’t fall on the floor. Konark Sun temple wheels show accurate time by just using sun and shadow. Yoga now able to conquer world was also a part of Indian Spirituality.

    Women were criticised for the physical weakness and considered as child producing machines earlier. But after understanding their situation, leaders like Rajaram Mohan Roy, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Gandhi, etc are able to fight for them. And now women are able to shine even in the combat military roles.

    The LPG reforms were criticised for being subdued to International agencies. But when you examine the situation of the BoP crisis that time it was the only move by which India can be saved.

    Refugees from Syria and west Asia were prevented and sent back by some European nations like Hungary, etc. These countries criticised them for their mass migration and treated brutally. These people are facing several serious life threats which forced them to migrate. Even after the picture of offshore dead child and numerous death tolls, these counties are not thinking from their situation.

    The peace clause of WTO Agriculture agreement was criticised as disturbance to trade. Only when these countries visualize the successive draught and increasing farmers suicides in India, they will understand the importance of this flexibility mechanism. The generic drug industry and compulsory licensing of industrial production were frequently raised by US on WTO. But being Pharmacy of the world, India is able to provide low cost affordable medication to many African nations.

    However constructive criticisms are essential for any system to improve. The government should be open to hear criticism. It express multiple views and gives stability with improvement. Sedition should not be used as a tool to control the constructive criticism. The aadhar bill is now criticised for its privacy issues. This kind of criticism makes the bill to improve further.

    It is easier to criticize, but DIFFICULT TO IMPROVE. Critics are Useful till you Limit Them to positive lessons only.

    • Hi your answer had aroused a thought about how I have to write an answer.
      Starting with a small narrative, rooting with the global ancient critics and taking it to the Indian greatness, allowing room for women, and moving to economy of the nation and then connecting it to the global economy, from there diverting to the global crisis and above all ensuring that the latest developments getting their opt place with an equally constructive conclusion makes your words worth reading. I got an idea about how one should depict an essay. thanks a lot and wish you the best.

      • Pooja Pandey

        Hey please review mine too!

      • sankar

        sir plz rvw mine………..thanks

    • Ram

      wonderful compilation of events around us
      very good start.
      would definitely fetch u good marks

    • warrior_pandit

      each para is a new example!! where is the argument? Were you writing a gs paper or an essay? However, examples used by you are very good but try to limit them! Coonstructive criticism is the whole crux of the essay..use it as a centre core not only at the conclusion! keep writing !! sorry for being blunt. 😛
      Kindly review mine! 🙂

    • Pooja Pandey

      Starting is interesting, conclusion seems hasty, need to show greater relevancy in examples.
      Overall a good essay.
      Please review mine 🙂

  • Smart Work

    The above line highlights the importance of rational thinking before reaching any conclusion, and the importance of developing empathy for others so that we are able to put ourselves in his/her circumstances before commenting on the act of others.

    A small incident occurred in my life which totally changed my perspective of viewing others through a narrow lens of preconceived notions. Few years back, I was travelling back home from my college in a train. An eunuch/transgender boarded the train and started asking for money from the passengers. I usually used to avoid any conversation with them, but that day i decided to have a brief talk. I asked why they beg inspite of being young and able-bodied. H/She suprisingly took interest and sat beside me and explained her circumstances which forced him/her to do so. H/she narrated how on their birth they are dicarded by their families, raised in slums, undergo social discrimination, treated as untouchables, suffer sexual assaults, and even if they are willing to work are not employed by any one; so having all doors closed the only option which remains is to beg. H/she left the train , but i was left with tears.

    Empathy and emotional intelligence are very important virtues. A common trait among efficient leaders has been their ability to empathetically react to circumstances.Empathy is essential for the “Social Capital” of a society.Unless people do not put themselves into the circumstances of others, a society cannot harness the benefits of social capital.

    Empathy is a virtue which is not only limited to humans, but also extends to other living being as well.Man-animal conflict has become a buzzword.Often wild animals are held responsible for trespassing into human habitations and blamed for killing animals and humans. Forest officials under pressure from government neutralise the wild animals.But if we look from a broader perspective, it is the wild animals who are victims. Forests are being cleared drastically, the prey-base is declinging fast, poaching is rampant; forest fragmentation is on the rise, animals corridors are encroached by humans, which forces the animals to stray into human habitations in search of food.Therefore, before putting the blame on wild animals, it is high time to introspect and implement sustainable development concept in spirit.

    Often tribals and forest-dwelling communities are criticized for being roadblocks in the path of development.But if we look from their perspectives, tribals always have suffered due to the negligence of government. As a result of development projects , they get alienated from their ancestral lands, and are left at the mercy of nature. However recently, the enactment of forests right act, PESA, and mandatory approval of gram sabha have come as a relief to the tribes.

    So how do we inculcate the quality of rational thinking and empathy among people. Here comes the importance of moral education. Moral education should be made a compulsory part of curriculum, so that right from childhood we get enlightened about these virtues. Leaders also have an important role to play to act as a guiding light to people. Leaders (political, religious and social leaders) should speak, act and react to situations based on evidences and facts , and note merely on hearsay or public perception. This small effort will definitely pass on a very positive signal to the masses.These virtues and qualities will trickle down to the entire society ultimately.

    The importance of fact based criticism is very high . We all know, how US and its allies attacked the Saadam hussain ruled Iraq accusing him of developing weapons of mass destruction. Ultimately, the entire middle-east turned into a geo-political battleground which has led to a domino effect. Moreover, it was concluded that the accusations were false.The resultant migrant crisis, rise of ISIS, Yezidi genocide, all are repurcussions of the geo-political instabilty of the region.

    However, criticism and debate are very essential as long as they are fact based and rational in approach.A thorough understanding of circumstances helps to provide a holistic and unbiased view .

    Afterall, constructive criticism is the soul of a vibrant democracy and a civilised society, and every effort must be made to propagate it.

    • Smart Work

      Kindly review friends 🙂

    • Ram

      appears to have interest in sociology
      eunuch tale was worth sensitizing
      can moral education bring cognitive thinking and analyzing capacity? or just empathy
      entering into someones shoes is not just empathy but goes ahead.
      over all good endeavour. plz review mine

      • Smart Work

        Thnks for review!

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Good one … Story is good but trim it a bit…

      Intro is good.. Some part of it can be transffred to the conclusion.

      Overall a goid read..

      Plz review mine too

  • Krishna

    “Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes”

    ‘4 runs to win of the last ball and Dhoni is on strike, Can India make it as the champion of the tournament!’

    ‘And thats OUT!, India has lost by 3 runs’

    “Entire cricket team is corrupted with fixing and scams, its a shame to have such players in team”, said he in displeasure.

    Criticism, one of the beloved things to pass time at the cost of degrading other’s efforts, is prevalent in the society. The more public an effort is, the more is the criticism. Sport and film persons, politicians etc., are criticised for their failures, not by the critics, but by the people who actually have very little knowledge about it. We have also seen a surge of ‘comedians’ who criticise them for generating a degrading comedy. On a lighter note, this criticism is for entertainment purpose, but when a series of these,based on half knowledge facts are being aired, there is a greater damage of those being inculcated in the minds of the mass.

    Every action of every person, good or bad, is a result of the past experiences he/she has. Criticisms on language,be in grammar or pronunciation or enunciation, is very common these days, but before criticising, if one could understand the reasons behind one’s lack of credibility in a language, a completely new picture is evident. The reason might be that the person is one from a country where English is not recognised, or may be from a section of society which couldn’t afford to send the person to an English medium school. Several reasons which are part of the history of a person shape his/her present. They share a legacy of difficulties for all their incapabilities today. An insight into those difficulties is necessary before throwing a word criticising their efforts.

    Democracy provided every one with a right to express his views. This right if utilised properly will do a great good to the society. A proper, educated view of anything will add value to the society by making others knowledgable. But when this right is used to put other’s efforts at contempt, it is counter-productive. It adds no value to the society, and in addition makes the society blind to the portion of goodness in those efforts. This is very evident in politics where the opposition and its sympathisers’ only aim is to criticise the government. Surprisingly, the government would do the same when it becomes the opposition. Every policy of the government is thoroughly studied and framed by a series of educated policy makers who work for the betterment of society. But when these policies are acting as political tools, they are prone to criticisms by the rivals to show their presence. This is leading to unnecessary delays in governance.

    Criticism for good. It is true that a person with out a critic is a person without success. But when criticism is aimed at disparaging one’s efforts , it does no good. It only keeps the person at contempt. A constructive criticism of government policy, of a batsmen’s play, of an actor’s act will make them ponder over their shortcomings and work to provide better to the people.

    Lets respect the dignity of the person by respecting his/her past, by walking a mile in his/her shoes to see the world as he/she sees it, before using our words to criticise the efforts.

    • Krishna

      Please review, found it difficult to write this :/

      • Mahi

        But u have written well

        • Krishna

          Thank you 🙂

    • Ram

      vague start.
      in exams no body will care about run and deliveries.
      u have limited words and limited time don’t utilize it in explaining cricket at length.
      lesser content as written around 600 words
      dont mind. review mine

      • Krishna

        Hey, thanks for the review.
        I started with the most common crticism we see daily and I thought it is very relevant to the essay. But will take your point, thank you, will review yours


    Hope this article helpful to all our inshightns… nice Article by VINAY SiR… ????

  • Night thinker !!


    Appreciation is a beautiful feeling. It is a thing we enjoy the most. We all like people around us praising us and appreciating for our efforts. Don’t we? But how many of us can boldly take in criticism? We often find it easier to find flaws in others, to point out their mistakes and tell them where they went wrong! But when the same words bounce back at us, then it becomes so difficult for us to digest.

    As humans, on one hand we are advancing and touching new heights, on the other, we are losing the beautiful practice of appreciating others and encouraging them. Criticizing others has now become a part of our daily routine. It starts in the morning with a cup of tea, while we read the newspaper and criticize the Government for its policies and plans, to either think too much of the marginalised sections or to not think of them at all. We criticize our sportsmen for not winning tournaments or matches for us. We criticize our film actors for the kind of films they do. Yes, because finding mistakes is comparatively an easier task.

    But then, I don’t say that criticism on the whole is a bad thing. Often, criticizing others, work for them! They improve and get better in whatever they do. But before criticizing someone, it is very essential to walk a mile in their shoes. To know what all they have been through. What all circumstances made them so?

    To walk in their shoes means to view life from their living conditions and to feel what it feels like to be that person. To experience the world from another person’s perspective. It is then only we will realise if criticizing the person was a right thing.

    Like, it is easy for the world to laugh at a person who is physically challenged, to mock him for his disabilities , to comment on his physical appearance. But it is when you step into his shoes, see the world through his eyes, keep yourself in his place, you realise of the humiliation they go through. How surviving each day becomes a challenge for them?

    We often find it easier to find flaws in a weaker person. This because we might have never come in contact with such a person. And we could not develop empathy for them, to understand their hardships and sufferings. A person who has not experienced life closely, would never understand the situations of others.

    Take for instance , a person who has never failed in life, has never gone through the pain that failure brings, would not be able to connect with a person who has freshly experienced failure. To him, the person might have failed due to lack of hard work or lack of belief in his dreams. But that is not all. There might be various situations that took away success from an honest and hard working person. To understand those situations, is to walk in his shoes. And this will be the time when your perspective towards him will change.

    In most of the Indian families too, a husband expects his wife to look after him, his parents, his children, his relatives. He expects that his wife should finish off the work even before it is said! And when the husband is in a bad temper, the first thing he points out that his wife stays in the house idle for the whole day. But when the husband steps into his wife’s shoes, then he gets that she is the only one who works even when her health is not fine, she works like a robot even when she doesn’t will to do so. It is when the husband understands his wife, appreciates her work rather than finding flaws, respect for each other will develop.

    When we step into someone’s shoes we develop a feeling of understanding. We realise that, we are not the only ones who are striving towards happiness and peace. Others too wish for joys and harmony. And who knows, we might help them in that process! In today’s era, we have developed the feelings of conflict and competition. But in this process we forget that others too are on the same boat. By developing the emotions of compassion and empathy towards them we might make the journey more enjoyable.

    It is also seen that we judge people too early, we develop a perspective towards them without even knowing them properly. But once we get to know them, the situations they go through each day, then only we are in a position to form an opinion about them, judge them or even criticize them.

    But, it is also of immense importance that criticism is not always meant to defame others or insult them. Criticism that benefits someone is known as constructive criticism. Without constructive criticism, the all round development of an individual stagnates. When we look at the Indian Government, we find it asking for feedback on its plans and policies, via online platform or media. This is because, it wants to involve common people in the process of policy formation. It wants to know what the public actually wants so that the government can work accordingly. Now it is upto the public to understand the complex task of policy formation. That in this task, how difficult it gets for the Government to incorporate all the sections of the society, to take care of the needs and requirements of all. When this balance gets created, the feeling of understanding between the Government and common people develops, then only the ideals of a vibrant democracy are held high.

    But the line between criticism and constructive criticism is very thin. Some words might hit the wrong chords and give rise to conflicts. It is required to look at the other side of the coin too, understand someone’s conditions too, develop the feelings of compassion and empathy. The need is to respect fellow beings where intentions won’t be to defame others instead to help others grow as well. Then only, the humane feelings of love , care and affection would emerge as winners and this world would become a better place to live.

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Over all a good read … Few observations:-

      1) it looked more on philosohical side ( few examples could have been added)
      2) husband wife example is good , but arrange that paragraph ( i mean it could have been written is better way)

      Conclusion is very good (best part of your essay).

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        I agree with you harsh

        • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

          Mera bhi review kar do bhai…

          • CSE2016 aspirant

            Kar rha hoon 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        Thanks Harsh!
        Sinxe the topic was philosophical I kept confined it to philosophical approach! 🙂 I’ll write a better one next time 🙂

    • Nivedita Singh

      a well balanced assay which in my view fulfilling the demand of topic……after reading your assay now I am feeling the balance approach is missing in my assay…. Please review mine and suggest me how should I improve.

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        Ya, it looks well balanced, i think article will get good marks because of this approach

        • Night thinker !!

          Thanks Virat! Ab dekhna aap century banaaoge aaj! 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        Thanks for the encouraging words! 🙂 I’ll review yours for sure give me some tine please 🙂 thanks

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      Excellent point – The person who has never failed will never understand the hard work required.
      Constructive criticism point is good.
      To some extent, I feel that the last 3-4 paras have good connection between them.
      Examples are beautiful. But, I would recomment not to use words like I, We.
      Language in first few paras was not formal enough.
      But, I would say last few paras were beautifully written.
      Starting two paras was innovative!! Bonus marks for that intro 🙂
      Keep writing captain. I think if you work hard, you can write an excellent essay

      • Night thinker !!

        Thanks Virat bhai! I’ll write a better one next time! 🙂 🙂

      • Ankit

        As far as I have heard we must not be much formal in an essay because it is like a conversation between us and the reading and an expression of our emotions specially the philosophical ones. Correct me if I am wrong 🙂

        • CSE2016 aspirant

          Communication needs to be presented in a formal way just like Hindu editorials to depict your seriousness. That is what I think. You can use some informal terms in between – but only if required.
          You should have an art to make formal thing interesting

          • Ankit

            I’ll get back to you on this one. But thanks for the reply 🙂
            And Hindu ke editorial interesting ni hote 🙁 they are a necessity rather than being delightful to read 😛

            • CSE2016 aspirant

              True that !!

              • Ankit

                Formal formal formal.. UPSC ki na dosti achi na dushmani.. To dur hi rehna padega 😛
                Please review my essay if u get time!

                • CSE2016 aspirant

                  Hmm i will just wait – let me celebrate – in night I will go through all of the essays – tum log accha likhte ho

            • yogi

              Ankit Bhai can u plz review mine 🙂

    • Ram

      over all a very good English
      criticism is a heavy term but it appears that u have equated it with fault finding or mocking at.
      examples are general some specific examples required.
      constructive criticism and positive side of criticism are admirable

      • Night thinker !!

        Thank you Ram for your feedback ! I’ll write a better one next time! 🙂 🙂

    • Profoundis

      i feel there is much repetition of words in most of paragraphs …general examples,..choose beyond the curtain examples like who are constantly criticised for crossing the line and succeeded ..ex Queen, my choice
      u could have explained constructive bit more how it could helps in one’s terms.

      • Night thinker !!

        Hi Profoundis,
        I agree there are repetition of words I realized while writing
        Next time will bring in better example 🙂 thanks a bunch!

        • Profoundis

          review mine plz as a gesture of reciprocity…since i feel it is my right to expect in return

          • Night thinker !!

            Hahaha! Sure friend

    • bakir malik

      hi thinker . its a nice write up. please review mine if you have time and provide some insights. thanks in advance

      • Night thinker !!

        Thanks Bakir!
        I’ll review your for sure
        Give me some time 🙂 thanks

    • yvr

      Hi thinker,a beautiful and lively essay,I really enjoyed it.Nevertheless a few more examples could have been added.Keep writing.

      • Night thinker !!

        Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂 🙂

      • sankar

        plz rvw

        • Akhil

          Sankar bhai mera essay bhi review kar dena please. Mai tumhara kar dunga

    • Eco-friendly

      Nice one yr……some things that i missed u incorporated like- Appreciation, constructive criticism, failure–> success one. You can give more examples.
      Being female u tilted towards the plight of a wife……nice addition though…hahahahaha
      Happy learning….:)

      • Night thinker !!

        Lol! You got that right 😛

    • vengeancee

      Very nice Essay brother.
      Few things: Avoid writing I, u have done that once. Also, u can write more examples specially related to historical perspectives.
      Dimensions u added specially of constructive criticism was very well mentioned, introduction was very good, household example was good.
      Keep writing.
      Review mine too.

      • Night thinker !!

        I will review 🙂 thanks so much! 🙂

    • warrior_pandit

      “Criticizing others has now become a part of our daily routine” also mention terms like ‘armchair criticism” as we all indulge now days!!! very nicely written essay..can be easily understood! Kindly review mine. 🙂

      • sankar

        plz rvw mine

        • warrior_pandit

          where is my review shankar! 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        Thank you so much! Yup I’ll read yours 🙂

    • OK

      You have taken a very well start in this essay. In general, essay on this topics goes in only one direction. But you started in very different way, then covered all the aspects of criticism, and then tactfully stabilise it according to the requirements of essay. (Just read your introductory part and liked it).

      • Night thinker !!

        Thank you so much! 🙂

    • Smart Work

      very nice essay .. husband-wife example is very innovative … u may incorporate various dimension too.. overall good..
      plz review mine 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        Thank you friend 🙂

    • Hello Night thinker, my views:
      1)Coming to the main point perhaps took a little long
      2)Loved the philo touch !
      3)Few more examples could have been added-would give a perfect blend of philo and GS
      4)Constructive criticism-Can you tell the rationale behind adding this point, not able to connect with it properly with regard to theme of essay 🙂
      5)Conclusion was quite good
      Overall, it was a very nice read. Please have a look at mine as well 🙂

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Please review mine as well … Batman (P)… 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        Sure! 🙂
        Thank you so much! 🙂

    • Hey thinker, it was a good read. Introduction and conclusion is apt. But be more formal. Also, more examples could have been included. Keep writing friend and review mine when you have time.

      Thank you friend 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        Thank you Bhaiya 😛
        Yup I’ll check! 🙂

    • Ankit

      Aj nahi jeete to Dhoni girl ka criticism pakka 😛

      Just kidding 😛

      Nicely written. But I feel the husband example should be avoided. What if the husband is of patriarchal mindset? Suddenly he’ll be offended and fir 80 marks ke wo 40 kardega. Avoid such examples. Rest of it is beautiful.

      Please review mine when I write it later 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        Thanks anyway 😛

        • Ankit

          Apne mera essay review ni kiya isliye aj Dhoni ki back me problem hogaye 😛

          • Night thinker !!

            This comment of yours ached my heart *cries*
            I’ll review straight away so that he rains sixes in the next match! 😛

            • Ankit

              Hahahaha comment worked!
              Btw congrats Insights ne apko vijeta ghoshit kardiya hai 😀
              Btw hum to Bharat ke blind supporter hain kuch bhi hojaye World Cup to hamara hai 😛

              • Night thinker !!

                You know what I was reading insights ka comment only! <3 <3
                ! 😛 but promise I'll read yours hehe

    • Mahi

      Nicely introduced…and very good e.g starting from tea to Hus wife…. If possible review mine

      • Night thinker !!

        Thanks Mahi! Pakka I’ll review yours 🙂

    • Thor and Miolneer


      –because finding mistakes is an easier task compare to ……

      No CRITICISM– isliye nahi that I am empathetic here but isliye kyunki I don’t find any area of improvement to suggest.
      REad it one and a half times.

      Keep up the good work 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        Compared to appreciating others 😛
        And thank you so much! 🙂

        • Thor and Miolneer

          You are always welcome.
          you didn’t review my essay today.
          must be busy watching the match..

          • Night thinker !!

            Lol I was! I’ll review yours for sure how can I leave reading your essay 😛

    • One of the better philosophical essays I have read in a while! Keep writing. Much Much Muucccchhh Better than the previous one! Keep writing 🙂

      Read this whenever you have time. Thank u 🙂

      BDW, is your optional philosophy?

      • yogi

        Joker Bhayya review plz 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        Thanks dear friend! 🙂 🙂
        It boosts my moral! 🙂
        I’ll check in a while! 🙂

        No my optional is public administration 🙂

    • minaxi

      Beautiful Essay Thinker…

      • Night thinker !!

        Thanks dear!
        I’ll review yours in sometime I was out today came back now! I REMEMBER REVIEWING ALL THE ESSAYS 🙂

        • minaxi

          Do at easy,,, friend No hurry,, we can empathize with you.

    • Affu

      Hi,apologies for not being able to review ur essay last time,so doing it on priority basis this week….
      very engaging intro-good u asked questions and drew attention of examiner
      however,provide a framework or ask furhter questions inorder to make the job easier for examiner
      the social aspects of ur essay are too good to find any flaws.However,u could have explored political and economic aspects as well
      as u said we criticize govt-u can quote any situation
      gandhiji was criticized for abrupt withdrawal of non cooperation movement
      as architect of modern india our PM nehru faced many criticism
      similarly,if u could think of any global example,its good(im unable to do so;-)
      on economic front
      u can quote economic reforms-how they were criticized
      constructive criticism point was very good
      Overall, a very good read,keep it up

      • Ankit

        Maine Gandhi ji ka criticism hone se bachaya 😛 but merko review ni mila.. Rashtra pita ke naam pe hi review kardo 😛

      • Night thinker !!

        Thank you Affu!
        Your suggestions and feedback are important! THANKS FRIEND!

    • My God! 😛

      I started same and wrote mostly similar to you (your’s is much much better)
      hi5 Night 😛

      You write awesome !
      Simplicity and lucidness is what I loved in your essay. Sorry no critics for this time
      please review mine at your convenience. Thank you!

      • Night thinker !!

        Hey Night!
        I’m glad you liked it! 🙂 🙂 I’ll review yours too pakka promise! 🙂

    • pranay rajput

      honestly speaking it is a tough topic to write an essey on. its just a proverb and generally mind become silent after writing 400 words. it might be easy to find error in ur essey but as i myself have tried to write in this very topic, i can say u have written nice one. ur flow was nice which kept me reading throughly. good job …keep going….best of luck

      • Ankit

        Mera bhi review kardo.. India ke semi final me pahuchne ki khushi me hi sahi 😛
        And this review is genuine and sweet buddy.. Good job

      • Night thinker !!

        Thanks Pranay bhai! 🙂

    • InsightsOfficialReview

      Nice essay. You have beautifully connected your points around keywords ‘criticism’, ‘appreciation’ and ‘constructive criticisms’. The connectivity in your answer is very good. You quoted problems in starting and provided solutions for the same in the 2nd last paragraph which gives your essay holistic touch.

      Marks – 75/125

      • Night thinker !!

        Oh my! *_*
        The comment! The marks ! 🙂 🙂 happiest moment! THANKS DEAR TEAM INSIGHTS I’LL WORK HARDER EACH DAY! 🙂

        • yogi

          do u still want my review 😛

          • Night thinker !!

            Hahaha 😛 that review is priceless! *_*

        • Jaya Swatantra

          Yes i feel the same.. 🙂

    • yogi

      Truly a marvellous piece 🙂
      so simple yet powerful , enjoyed reading it
      there is no scope of criticism from my side,
      thanks 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        This means a lot yogi bhai 🙂 thank you!

    • sankar

      this is twenty world cup………………awesome……..mam
      sorry..iws suffering from net problems

  • Nivedita Singh

    Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes

    “Construction and destruction are the part of natural course of conduct, criticism lies between them….”

    A girl from a small town came to a big university where all students were from good schools and their standard of living was also higher than that girl. One day an event happens where all students has to share their life goals. A girl from small town said she wants to become a civil servant. She was heavily criticized on her dream. She was criticized on her ability, on her higher ambition and her courage. She was forced by her friends to limit her ambition and stop her fly by showing her weakness in front. But that girl had never looked back and the day comes when she became an IAS officer. Those criticisms had not weakened her but strengthen more than before and she did all her activities to achieve her goal.

    Criticism is tool to understand the real strength of self. Criticism is an instrument to generate the hidden capability in more constructive ways. Criticism gives a sense of realization of our weaknesses and gives opportunity to convert all weaknesses into strength and possibilities to achieve whatever we want to. It some time makes the people weak further and he starts to demoralize himself rather working to strengthen himself. Thus it is up to us how we take the criticism. Criticism has power to construct as well as destruct our destiny.

    Life is a journey. We all have different experiences in our life. One experience may match with others but this is not always being likelihood. The way of seeing the situations might be different for everyone, this all dependent on the experiences we have acquired in our life. If someone feels something is wrong and he fights for that wrongness. But at the same time others feel there is no wrong and they start to criticize his fighting. Criticism is also the result of experiences in our life. This can be explained more broadly by the life of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. He devoted his whole life for the upgrade of downtrodden. He criticized heavily the existing system of discrimination and he fought against the discrimination based on caste which was coming from the centuries. He not only raised voice against this evil practices but tried to eradicate these practices right from the root. His activities were heavily criticized by the orthodox Hindu pundits and others. Hence here we can say criticism is taking place from both sides but the origin is based on the different experiences of life. In this case these criticisms were completely independent to one another. One was advocating for the equal right whereas others were advocating to continue the existing rule of Hindu law. The people who criticized Ambedkar did not want to feel the plight of the untouchables. Another man who gave his life to upgrade the status of Dalits or untouchable despite he was not belonged to this community was Mahatma Gandhi. He lived his life in poverty and experienced the plight they suffered. Then he decided to work for them. He supported Ambedkar and also on individual level he did lot for upgradation of downtrodden. He also criticised Ambedkar in his separate electoral by saying this move would separate Dalit forever from Hindus but will not give them the equal social status. Thus this constructive criticism gave a constructive result in form of Poona Pact and further secured the right of untouchables in our constitution.

    Our freedom struggle was the result of the heavy critics of our early nationalist like Dadabhai Naoraji, R.C. Datta, M.G. Ranade and many more. They started to finding the reason for the plight of the country. Dadabhai Naoraji had given “Drain of Wealth” theory which gave base for the organized nationalist movement against British rule in India. These criticism were based on the facts or figures. Hence criticism is important but along with this it required a support that gives strength to any criticism. Criticism does not mean to only pulling somene but it means to push him for the greater development. In freedom movement the role of various newspapers, press and many organizations played significantly by criticizing the policies of government. It created a sense of unity in political form by generating awareness about the right. The larger outcome of these criticisms was the rise of nationalist feeling in the masses that created path for the active freedom struggle in India.

    Critics are required to make change in existing thinking if the thinking and ideologies are not securing the modern need. In the 21st century of India, people consciously or unconsciously becoming part of globalized world. Their way of thinking has largely changed. But still age old evil practices are running in background which is slowly undermining the very fabric of India in form of regionalism, communalism, racialism etc. After about 70 years of Independence still a large portion of Indian population is under poverty. Government policies are not much effective and supportive in eradicating the name of poverty from the face of India. Many scholars and civil activist heavily criticising any anti poor move of government. These criticisms make people aware about their rights. They stand out for any form of injustice in society at any level. Criticism is a need for the vibrant democracy to work effectively in our country.

    Criticism is the way to make the things better but criticism should be constructive. It should have weight to change the thing in positive way. It should have capability to bring a constructive change in not only views but also be visualized in ground.

    • Nivedita Singh

      Friends Please review my assay……

      • Night thinker !!

        Review mine..I’ll review yours 🙂

      • Iconoclast

        Please my essay

    • Ram

      start was compromised. the girl was ridiculed rather being criticized or mocked at. grammar also required to be taken care of. criticism was more stressed and walking in ones shoes a bit neglected. however comparatively a better one. plz review mine.

    • Hi , an excellent piece of article about criticism and difference of views .This lucid narration Would have made your presentation fetch good marks ,if the track hasn’t been totally deviated from the desired destination i.e. topic under discussion is not about advantages of criticism rather about the knowledge one should posses if they have to criticize.

      art of writing is good but understand the question you can make wonders with this type of writing skills.

  • Aravind Varier

    “Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes”

    In the early morning on a day to my school , I was annoyed to find the breakfast to be more spicy and started criticizing my mother for her negligence while cooking .My mother kept silent and accepted the criticism without opposing it and later on my way to school in the school bus , I realized the grave mistake of criticizing my mother when i thought about the household chores she take up daily and do perfectly to make our family comfortable which could have been impossible for me to do what she does .

    This event from a family shows that , before criticizing a person , we should try to know the difficulties he/she take up while doing a task or decision . The following paragraphs clearly brings out the context of the essay from the events of few individuals and organizations who had to take up criticism from various quarters due to the complexity of the situations they have been into ,while rendering their duties .

    During the time of partition and independence , India was passing through one of the toughest phase in history and the Political Leadership of the country was heavily criticized for not regaining the control of Kashmir during the 1947 war with Pakistan and going to United Nations for the peace process . If we rationally look into the matter , there was a heavy flow of refugees from Pakistan in the west and from the east Pakistan in the eastern region of India which was straining the economic security of the country and it was the stern decision of the political leadership to use the armed force for rehabilitation of the refugees rather than fighting in the High mountain ranges of the Himalayas .

    The criticism against this decision was made without looking at the tremendous pressure on the leadership of saving millions of lives of refugees .This event clearly showed that ” we should stand in the position of the POLITICAL LEADERSHIP to understand the rigorous challenge they faced during that period .

    Though the political leadership might have faced criticism for pulling back the army in 1947 from the high mountains but the army men themselves was not spared from criticism after the war of 1962 against china for their failure in defending the North Eastern region from the aggression .
    When Indian army men could not withstand the Chinese army for long had to face criticism from many people across the nation but the persons criticizing should have understood the bravery of the Jawans ,who even sacrificed their life in keeping the Chinese invasion under check for long till the advent of winter which ultimately led them to retreat .

    The MILITARY had to taste the condemnation for their failure but we should understand that the ,Indian Army was just evolving into a strong organisation after the Independence and was yet to learn the intricacies involved in a Warfare at High Altitudes .
    But the critics had to keep quiet later because our Nation today possess one of the best disciplined and efficient armed force in the world which did not loose a single war after the events of 1962 .

    Our criticism did not stop here but kept on continuing on the best brains of our nation who dedicated their life in building a place for our nation in the Space exploration for their initial failures .
    Indian Space Research Organisation ( ISRO ) during the beginning of the project of Satellite Launch Vehicles ( SLV ) in early 1960s had to listen to the criticism of being called as Sea Launch Vehicle ( SLV ) from people for its continuous failures in placing the satellite in orbit which kept on landing into the sea .

    The scientist were criticized without understanding the complexity involved in their mission and the difficulties they had to meet due lack of technology . But , today the same ISRO have the feather in its cap of launching an orbiter to Mars with the lowest budget ever on such a mission which is a fitting reply to the critics .

    We might have an ISRO today which taste success after success after every launch giving no space for criticism but , during the growth of ISRO into a powerful organisation in the post 1990s, our ECONOMY was also seeing drastic changes . The Liberalization of the Indian Economy which had to face severe criticism from various conservative leaders who resisted the opening up the Indian economy to the private sector .These criticisms were unnecessary during that time because , India was on the verge of a Balance of Payment crisis and had the obligations of the International Monetary fund ( IMF ) to take up the reforms .Today , in 2016 we see the post 1991 economic reforms , we can say millions of youth are being employed due to the crucial decisions taken during those difficult times were the critics have no answer .

    But ,Does this mean we cannot criticize anyone for their actions ?

    Yes , criticism is very much a part of any democracy but the the most important aspect before criticizing anyone is that , we must feel our self well versed in the subject we are going to criticize and should be able to understand the challenges a person faces in his/her actions .An example of a Teacher criticizing constructively his/her students will help him/her rectify the mistakes is always a necessary aspect in the learning process and there are many other fields which does require criticism that help improve the person being criticized .

    Constructive criticism is welcome, followed by suggestions for improvement which should be the norm of any society , but criticizing a man without walking a mile in his shoes shows the critic is unwise rather than one who possess wisdom in thinking .

    • Ram

      more of history stuff about one fourth to one third. influence of indian army evident. the inception was a bit docile. isro story could have been the beginning.although a good effort. could fetch u about half of the allotted marks. plz reviw mine.

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Good one arvind ..
      Intro is very good
      but example of partition and independence & army is too long (it can be cut short)
      Isro example is good
      Conlusion is good , but it has too be eloborated further…

      Plz review mine also…

    • Profoundis

      plz if u find time review mine since i feel ur review is compulsory whenever i write of any type …be critical as usual plz

    • Ankit

      ISRO example is the take away.
      You write way better than this. Something was missing in the essay. The intro had that spark but then it was all pretty ordinary. And then the ISRO example again raised it. Conclusion could have been better.
      I hope I’ll get a review 🙂

    • yogi

      Hello Aravind Bhai 🙂

      Intro: short and simple ,I liked it 🙂

      War part is very good, but u delved too deep in explaining the details, which left less scope for adding other dimensions.

      ISRO exmaple is good

      Combing ISRO and Economic reforms in a para did not bode well, I was confused for while,

      today the same ISRO have the feather in its cap of launching an orbiter to Mars— I liked this sentence very much 🙂

      But ,Does this mean we cannot criticize anyone for their actions ?—u could have written more under this, this was going to add another dimesnion to ur essay.

      Conslusion: came suddenly, and u did not elaborte that well. I suggest u to have a look at ur last week conlusion, that was really impressive.

      No doubt ur essay is good, a little bit of philosophy here and there would further beautify ur essay,

      Thanks and ATB, : )

      • Aravind Varier



    • Hi Aravind bhai, my views:
      1)In the intro, you gave example of criticizing your own mother (though you realized your mistake later), it can leave a bad impression on examiner. Could have given some other example where you were victim and others failed
      2)Examples were good and you took efforts to connect them. However, ISRO + economy didn’t go well
      3)The other side of the story needs a bit more explanation. It should not look like a caveat
      4)Conclusion was very abrupt. You could have gone smoothly, detailing the the essence of your essay in more number of words to help reader connect better
      5)Some philo touch can be added. See, the examiner will be a person from English literature background and he might not be interested in reading this stuff and this is the reason essya paper is not called GS-I but Paper-I
      Overall, I would say you are improving. Try reading few novels related to philosophy, psychology-will help you 🙂

      • Aravind Varier

        thank you for the review my dear batman 🙂

        yes , you are right , i am NOT that great in writing philosophical statements but your suggestion of asking me to read novels during the preparation for civil service exam looks amusing .

        Hahahaha…….. I really stress myself these days in completing the daily duties and i don’t think it will be possible for me to read novels …… LOL!!!

        Yes , you are correct, A professor in English Literature will evaluate our essays but there is no wrong in giving General Studies topics if we simultaneously explain about it in simple words .

        I will surely work on the conclusion and will improve 🙂


  • Ram

    Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes.

    The other facet of the Argumentative Indian as discussed by Amartya Sen is also an ignorant and criticizing Indian. We have a legacy of argumentation and struggle, to which we carry till today. Earlier, the criticism and arguments were based on positive culture but now, there prevails a culture of criticism with freedom.

    Amongst the budding intelligentsia, we often find the criticisms of even great personalities like Mahatma Gandhi. They adhere to a point that the father of nation did nothing to save the lives of the Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. Also, they challenge the rich background of Mahatma Gandhi. Sub-altern intellectuals feel that Gandhiji had deep faith in the prevalence of the caste system.

    But in reality, whether these critics have the capacity to just walk a meter in his shoes? A mile is too distant for them. There is nothing wrong in having and expressing ones view points in a free country like India. But, propagating such views which deter the prescribed fundamental duties of Indians required to be restricted. Gandhiji, as discussed above, never adhered to the coercive tactics. He tried to save the whole country from the curse of slavery and serfdom. He was not just the leader of India but later became a global Indian and an ideology which added a direction to the struggles of marginalized and even displaced from Africa to America.

    Likewise, criticisms to the contributions of several other personalities like Ambedkar, Pt. Nehru, Netaji and other such makers of the nation without delving into their deep insight, is nothing but mere ignorance. As far as India is concerned, where prevails the freedom to express and speak, people just go on talking and arguing. Nobody bothers about the very base and origin of this freedom. The new Indians, who are born in the age of ideological and political freedom often denigrate the contributions of the personalities who have elapsed their whole life for the betterment of India, while keeping at bay to walk in their shoes.

    Most of the budding yet thought provoking intellectuals would not be knowing the importance of walking a mile in somebody’s shoes. It is not just following a personality rather practicing hard the very ideological underpinnings and hence sophisticating such idea to become relevant to the changing requirements of the modern times. For instance, the Gandhians do the same way. They just not merely follow what Gandhiji practiced but also evolved the ideology to suit to the modern times. Because of this sophistication of Gandhian ideology we have witnessed a mass movement at Jantar Mantar in recent past. This movement was aimed at improving and cleansing the prevailing democratic polity rather than transforming it in toto.

    However, there are sundries of faction groups who claim to walk in the shoes of makers of the nation yet remain derailed and diverted. The civil society movement in India which tried to balance the state and market and their respective roles, appear to be influenced by the socialistic principles. Most of these civil societies have led right based movements. These movements not just safeguarded the destitute and the displaced but also rehabilitated them. But, the recent revelation by the Government of India regarding irregularities in their funding etc. have exhibited that the principles followed by the civil society groups are not socialistic in pure terms. The role of civil society groups against the Kudankulam project in T.N. as revealed by the Govt. required to be condemned. The personality centered organization and undemocratic decision making etc. also show that these organizations have not been able to walk in the shoes of the principles of socialism.

    Meanwhile, the recent student upsurge at Hyderabad University & JNU and consequent criticisms of the authorities from bottom to the top appear to be just superfluous. Running the Govt from inside & watching the Govt run from outside are the two different phenomenons. The later, i.e, watching the Govt work from outside & analyzing it as per one’s values, biases & prejudices may not yield concrete results.

    The democratically elected Govt should be respected by all, as it can only preserve the democratic ethos. The days of total transformations & rebellion are gone. It is also required to be understood that if we pass two more decades in the similar fashion by just analyzing the Govt’s performance as per one’s own convenience & thence criticizing it would result in making us empty handed. The advantage of demographic dividend is for the coming two decades only. This demographic dividend should not be utilized in mere criticism of the prevailing system. But firm steps required to be taken by the advantage India is cherishing at present to make it a vibrant nation socially, economically & politically. As the youth have the potential to change the course of the history, hence this potential is required to be realized. The present day youth in India is required walk in the shoes of the ideas & principles of the makers of the nation at least for a distance, if not for a mile.

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Good one Bro …
      A very good read , Intro is Good .
      Hyderabad University & JNU example is well placed

      The democratically elected Govt should be respected by all ( this seemed out of the place & not in sync with the topic)
      Just align your conclusion with topic

      • Ram

        thanks. but democratically elected govt is being criticized by the budding intellectuals so i tried to explicate it.

    • minaxi

      Very nice flow Ram… But your essays is more inclined to politicalally influenced example, however they are good. Conclusion of essay is in line yet can be improved..
      Plz review my essay,, if got time.

    • Smart Work

      Smooth flow of esay and good points ike JNU, Demo dividend!
      But , try having more dimensions. see, you extended gandhiji for 6 paraghraphs.. Also, u can write one para about how constructive criticism is helpful and how to achieve it .. rest all good 🙂

    • Eco-friendly

      I do like ur essay but conclusion can be contested. Why not analyzing govt policies. It is like saying…..give ur rights because India needs to grow. We do not want to become China….we believe in taking people along and not to shut their mouth. And nothing is permanent. growth we see can fade in few years…..or vice versa.

      There is little overdose of politics and history….can include few basic simple examples.
      constructive criticism part can be added too

      All the best…..:)

      • Ram

        thanks for nice words.

    • Mahi

      Good try … Too much about gandhiji

      • Ram

        thanks for review

    • Krishna

      It is good. Historical aspects and political aspects are well discussed in the essay. A little bit of sociological aspect would have given it a more general approach and will also explain that you are inclined sociologically. Because, history and civics is read, sociology is observed in the society and readers/examiners can get connected to it emotionally.

      But should applaud you for the language and the way you covered history.

  • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

    (1020 WORDS)

    Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes.

    Some four decades ago , In Auditions for All India radio , A tall Young man was criticized a lot for his unusual voice & long height , he was very frustrated because his voice & height was given to him by nature yet he was being criticized for the feature on which he had no control. Now that person is Mega star “AMITABH BACCHAN”

    It’s relatively easy to laugh at someone who is not as tall as you, or to rant about “the lazy unemployed” when you have never been unemployed in your life, or grown up in riches. But once you experience for yourself what it feels like to be teased about your body height or the difficulty to find a job, your point of view might change drastically and also how you feel about those who are facing a similar situation. This gives us the capability of understanding others position & feeling while we face the same situation we are in better position to connect with themselves. It is the ability to experience the world from another person’s perspective ,to walk in their shoes, to view life from their living conditions and to feel what it feels like to be that person.

    In this regard Training of IAS officers gives better understanding of what walk a mile in others shoes means . The Attachment of the IAS trainee officer to ARMY & Various Security agencies has the same purpose . It not only give insights to their organizational structure & complexity of their work but also they are able to see their hard work & commitment toward their duty which inspires them to do the same while they will join the office after completion of their training. Village visits , attachment to various Administrative offices are also done So that they can well understand the issues and formulate efficient policies for their betterment .

    At the same time ,Many Historical events like World wars which changed the shape & outlook of the world was also due to the lack of trust and inability of the Nations to put themselves in the others shoes. Although Hitler is being Criticized most for his policies which led to World war two but No one can deny the fact that Harsh condition put by the winners of World war one on the Germany led to the rise of Hitler .If the world leader would have taken lesson from the First world war & have acted patiently taking everyone’s issues & problem into consideration. World war two could have been prevented.

    Back home , The atrocities of the British govt in India in 19th century. Policy of mechantalsim to gain profit for the home country at the expense of colonies ,Policies like doctrine of lapse led to a total disconnect between the British rulers & Indian natives. They always criticized Indian of being ignorant , uneducated & Poor . Their was no concern for the Economic , political grievance of Indian masses . The British never tried to put themselves in the India shoes that was the reason for the for the Great revolt of 1857 which became the solid foundation stone for the Nationalism movement .

    One of the most prominent leaders of National movement Mahatma Gandhi was able to gain the command & trust of Indian masses because he always understood the ground realities .He himself has felt the atrocities of being thrown out of train even having the valid ticket .Therefore He went from Village to Village , He lived in the Dalit Colonies , He Participated in the strikes with Workers he always put himself in others shoes to understand the real problems and hence he was successful in giving solution & providing right direction to India to attain Freedom. His programs for emancipation of Masses , specially Dalits & women were the torch bearer for their real empowerment.

    In Contemporary times , When we meet a person for the first time, we immediately put them into boxes, subconsciously, if we want it or not. The first impressions can have a long lasting effect on what we think about a person – until we really get to know them better. Often times, we don’t even think much about this process happening and allow our “intuition” guide us when forming an opinion about others Before you judge someone, ask yourself if you know this person inside out and if you know what made them the person that they are today. If you can understand what they go through day after day, if you can relate to them and what it must feel like to be in their position, then you can form an opinion about them, without being biased.

    Today ,The voice for 33% reservation for women is because that our male dominated Patriarchic society never tried to understand & resolve the problems like violence against women , women education & women empowerment . The noble efforts started by Raja ram Mohan Rai , Mahatma Gandhi could not be sustained after independence. Expect some Legislation work which seemed strong only on paper , not much serious efforts were taken which resulted the poor situation of women in India , which is very evident from the poor sex ratio.

    But on the other side , Criticism is also an act of empathy in itself. We Don’t bother to criticize people unless we don’t like , admire & respect or otherwise care for them & think they can do better & actually want them to do better . We criticize our cricket team most when they lost a match , because we love & respect our cricketers & always want them to win . This type of encouragement in form of criticism motivates players to be on their toes every time and always give 100% . But It should be noted that unless you really experienced the exact same situation as another person, with the same burdens, problems and suffers, you should ask yourself if you are in the proper position to judge or even criticize this person.& at the same time we should also make sure that our criticism should enhance one’s moral & push him towards excellence.

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)


      • Night thinker !!

        Go review mine 🙂 I’m reading yours 😛

    • Ram

      what about walking in his shoes. integration of paragraphs a bit lacking. only last paragraph deals with empathy as if it is sine qua non for walking in shoes. plz dont mind. review mine in the same way.

    • Night thinker !!

      Hey Harsh,
      Good efforts!
      I’m new to essay writing, but I’ve read many aspirants hear saying that we should not start essays straight with examples.
      I feel connection between paragraphs is lacking.
      Examples are way to many, explanation of the quote and empathy compassion is very less.. Not your best bhai..

      TGANK YOU! 🙂

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        You wrote excellently !!!

    • yvr

      Hi Harsh,I know its difficult to write a philosophical essay,yet u did a decent job.
      Below are some points which i felt are some drawbacks of this essay:
      1.The essay is full of examples on why we should have empathy(amitabh bacchan,hitle,cricket team etc),but u didnt justify how empathy helps a individual or a society to lead a meaningful life.
      2.The essay appears in-coherent as u shifted from amitabh to worldwar to IAS training.
      3.Importance of “Constructive Criticism” has got less weightage in ur essay.
      4.U didnt use words like empathy,compassion,hypocrisy,prejudice etc sufficiently.I think this essay requires us to bring those emotions out.
      5.Use of sub-headings would have made it look better.
      Some positives of ur essay:
      1.The essay shows u have wide knowledge base as used many examples.
      2.language usage is decent.
      3.Ur essay is full of positivism,which is good.

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        agreed with all your points.
        especially 2nd one
        You should be using technical words like empathy, hypocrisy – they add to the weight of your essay.
        yvr – you did a great job as a reviewer 🙂

        • yvr

          Thanks buddy.

      • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

        thanks for the detailed review buddy…

      • Eco-friendly

        examples cover multiple subjects.
        intro and conclusion are nice

        area to work-
        philosophical part can be enhanced
        flow could have been better

        overall nice reading

      • sankar

        have a look at mine………..thanks

      • Thor and Miolneer

        I appreciate your review 🙂

        Keep up the good work 🙂

        • yvr

          Thanks buddy 🙂

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      You can add this point in your essay – I think it will be a good addition to your point – walk into one’s shoes
      Gandhiji travelled across all parts of India before taking any strategy for fighting imperialism. He wanted to experience the sufferings of the Indians, poors, dalits and downtrodden. He wanted to have an insight into the realities of life.
      Politicians should understand what is the sufferings of real poor. They should have good experience of the conditions. Then only they can become a good servant of nation. Similarly with IAS (as you wrote) – GOOD
      Could have written the counter view better – constructive criticism waala (refer last two paras of Night thinker )

      Overall , I would say – language needs improvement.
      Examples and case studies are extremely good. I loved Gandhiji, Hitler and IAS cases. Amitabh Bacchan waala bhi accha hai.
      You could have included more philosophy. Do not make your essay aggregation of examples. Include some points and then support it with examples. This is what I felt about your essay.

      Hope you take it as constructive crtiticism 🙂

      • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

        yes dear , you are right . Less examples & more philosophy is required.

        • CSE2016 aspirant

          Examples are needed – but after you have written the philosophical points. Like the point on hypocrisy – then you can explain it.

    • vengeancee

      @disqus_wieVEt2uBV:disqus: Review kar do bhai please.

      • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

        plz review mine too..

    • vengeancee

      Very good essay brother, intro & conclusion are outstanding, full of examples, but I found one thing a little less, which is philosophy, now I do not know whether it was necessary or not, but I am pointing out possibly because that is my way of writing. Everything else is good. Very broad view u have taken in consensus ranging from socio,eco,pol,sports, and every other sphere possible.

      • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

        thanks buddy , You are right philosophy part has to be enhanced ,,,

        Thanks for review

    • warrior_pandit

      decent job !!! dont use such terms as “Mega star” just write the name. Kepp writing!! kindly review mine! 🙂

    • Thor and Miolneer

      I find most of us Connecting IAS to the essays and though they are nicely presented, I think we should generally avoid it Since almost everybody writes on them.

      The order can be improved.

      I mean — you can notice it by yourself.

      Hitler and World wars are followed by India’s doctrine of lapse and Great revolt.

      Then we have the example of Mahatma Gandhi.

      If world history’s example was to be included, then we could have connected Nalsen Mandela soon after Gandhi.

      Or India first and then the world history.

      The noble efforts started by Raja ram Mohan Rai , Mahatma Gandhi could not be sustained after independence. ( This may NOT be correct) How? you know it.

      Poor sex ratio is not the only criterion.

      Considering that the women’s situation has been improved on multiple counts in 2011 vis a vis 1941..We can’t criticize. Instead we could have said that — Though there have been significant improvements, of late, we have started witnessing a deteriorating trend. Example– Sex ratio. (Something like this)

      Overall It was a nice one.

      Keep up the good work Harsh 🙂

      Can I get a review please ?

    • Namrata

      hey harsh .. very good read ..

      replete with examples .. particularly liked the intro and mahatma gandhi eg. ..although the ias trainee eg and british in india wala eg went slightly off-track towards the end of the respective paras .. and grammatical error here and there (do look into them) ..overall really good .. keep writing & reviewing 🙂

    • warrior_pandit

      bhai! i need a review on my essay as well! 🙂

      • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

        plz review mine too

    • Aravind Varier

      Dear Harsh ,

      1) Introduction is GOOD 🙂

      2) You totally skipped the criticism part in the IAS trainees example . you straightaway started talking about how they are made to walk in other shoes by citing example from Army attachments and village visits .

      3) the world war example is clearly explained to bring in the context of the essay . you could have slightly given more stress on how the world leaders could have made to walk in the shoes of Germany to know about their view .

      4) Policies like doctrine of lapse led to a total disconnect between the British rulers & Indian natives. PLEASE BE CLEAR !!! when you write such statements . you should clearly tell how doctrine of lapse led to disconnect . the examiner might be not aware of the ” doctrine of lapse ”

      5) the paragraph of Mahatma Gandhi is NOT explained properly . you are telling he was thrown out of the train and that made him to take part in the National movement in India . you clearly try to tell tell about more of the atrocities that made him to enter into the national movement .

      6) In Contemporary times , When we meet a person for the first time, we immediately put them into boxes, ???? BOXES ??? PLEASE BE CLEAR !!! this paragraph needs further explanation to bring in the context of the essay .I feel you got complicated a bit in this paragraph .

      7) The noble efforts started by Raja ram Mohan Rai , Mahatma Gandhi could not be sustained after independence. Expect some Legislation work which seemed strong only on paper , not much serious efforts were taken which resulted the poor situation of women in India ???? this paragraph can be avoided because you trying to tell that women conditions haven’t changed after independence . this is NOT true and if you are writing this statement you should clearly justify what the situation haven’t changed much for the women after independence .

      8) In the conclusion ” This type of encouragement in form of criticism motivates players to be on their toes every time and always give 100% .???? you should clearly tell about the constructive criticism based on rational arguments rather mentioning criticism .


      • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

        thanks for detailed review…

    • Hey Harsha. Intro was good. I feel a better intro example could have been used (personal view)

      In the IAS training point, u missed the “criticism” part and instead answered the second part of the quote. Each example should have a connection.

      I didn’t get ur World history/Germany waala point. I mean in this point, criticism part was okay but the “walking in the shoes” waala part? M sorry but I couldn’t clearly understand this point.

      British waala example is apt (Y)

      Again missed the critical part in Gandhi waala example.

      I must say u have used examples but haven’t formed the interconnection between the different parts of the essay topic well enough. It would be better if u could include more philosophy and let the examples talk for themselves. The examples need to be self-explanatory.

      The other side, should be the penultimate para. U shouldn’t include the critical part of the topic in the conclusion, as it gives ur essay a different dimension. Conclusion should be a comprehensive picture of what u wrote in the whole essay and then an idea.

      It was a good read. Just take the critics in a constructive manner.

      Can u please review mine? Thanks already 🙂

      • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

        Intro is good.

        2nd para is a bit disconnect

        Why do we criticize people
        :- you explained this very well ( No one has thought & written much about it )

        Terrorism point is good use naxalites inplace of naxalis

        Another type of criticism den in next para you write forth type of critisism then fifth type of critisism ( You didn’t mention which one is 1st , 2nd & third)

        Conclusion is V Good
        I am learning a lot from you …

    • Hi Harsh
      very good examples, but I feel you can limit examples and add more philosophical depth to your essay so that it looks balanced.
      touch of positivism throughout is what I liked the most
      Intro example was unconventional and well thought. thumbs up for that
      In conclusion you wrote you gave other side of the coin so an extra para summarising the essay feels to be added.
      Hope you got my point.
      Please have a look at my essay when you find some time and suggest where I lack
      thank you 🙂

      • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

        Namita very good essay as always..

        Good opening … Example of annie is good…

        Terrorism was streached too much ….

        I feel it was a bit lengthy too , did you crossed wordlimits ??

        But good flow…

        Overall , a very good read…

        • Hi Harsh,
          yes I wanted to give less example this time so it looks repetitive..
          word limit is around 1200 only..
          thanks for reading 🙂

    • yogi

      Hello Harsh Bhai,:)
      My views :

      Intro: fine

      Main body; u have kept the content gs oriented throughout ur essay , try to include daily life examples and personal anecdotes

      Other side of the adage is missing, that is, criticism can be helpful as well

      Could have added a para on suggesting how the criticism can help us,

      Constructive criticism, could have been mentioned and discussed in some depth

      Adding a new example in the conclusion like We criticize our cricket team most when they lost a match , because we love & respect our cricketers & always want them to win—does not bode well in essays,, keep conclusion free of examples

      Overall a fair attempt, u right much better than this

      Thanks 🙂

  • minaxi

    “Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes”
    Few months ago, on a discussion forum of a reputed international newspaper, an student of Cambridge University was criticizing India”India is developing it’s capacity to built nuclear bomb and reactor, and also run it’s scientific programs and send missions on Mars, While, it’s focus must be on alleviating poverty and reducing caste system. also India should not beg any compensation for Carbon space during Paris climatic summit.”In short it should not compete with advance nation but focus on it’s socio-economic conditions.And according to that person, his criticism was free from any prejudices, stereotyping or judgmental approach.
    The criticism of India’s stand on Paris Climatic summit or on any other international platform like WTO is not new thing. Developed countries has accused India to have enough resources on it’s disposal, yet asking for special treatment or compensation.

    But it is natural instincts of others as individual, society or country to see another person, society, or country with judgmental eyes. When we analyse or observe others, We easily decide in our mind that, what kind of course of action, we had have adopted to reform or improve, if we were in similar situation, which the person in question did not take. But one is tend to forget that he/she can not analyse every aspect of situation nor s/he can predetermine the wanted or unwanted development which occurs during reforming process.

    Same was true with the Cambridge guy, though his intention was good, but neither he understood the socio-economic conditions of India, nor he understood the need or scientific and security development of India. He was looking India from western glasses. On the other hand he seemed to forget the past of Britain, when ity was divided in to classes and it was developed with the money from colonies to contaminated environment.

    Above statement is not defensive or offensive step by me, but just an statement, which I though was necessary. We met number of same kind people in our daily life and behave in save way on many occasions.

    But the resources available to every person are different in qualitative and quantitative terms, and every person has different priorities, and mentally and physically behave differently in different situation. And one can not comprehend every aspect of situation or process, another person is going through, if in person level, One has not faced the similar situations with similar resources for similar time. It is called Empathy.

    It is easier to sympathy or criticize others, But to empathizes others is not in reach of everyone. Even if one has faced the similar situation and reacted in same way in past, but humans are either tend to forget such incidents or find it relevant to teach the others, that they should learn from their mistakes and refrain themselves to repeat them, However it is nothing wrong to learn from other’s mistakes or experiences. Human history is full of such incidents, when one learn from other’s mistakes and did something constructive, and contributed in human development.

    But past mistakes or mistakes of our ancestors are not exhaustive in nature nor the unpredictable occurring during same process of evolution. So it is not easy to decide, how the other person is mentally or physically coping in similar looking situation.
    However it is not right to deny the importance of criticism. it is helpful device to curve a personality into a better human being or a better person. It help to learn from mistakes to rectify them, to so the same thing in better way in future.

    By taking the example of an aspirants of civil services or an entrepreneurs who is going to start a new venture , criticism help them very much to maintain the right path of development. Human learn from their mistakes, but if other pointed out them, it motivate them to rectify their mistakes and improve them.Another benefit of criticism is this, that it shorten the duration of development. it is blend of other’s experience and knowledge.

    Criticism is a helpful device, but it must be used in a constructive way soi that it can motivate one to improve oneself, not in to a destructive way which demotivate one for further development.

    plz review..

    • Night thinker !!

      Review mine Minaxi! 🙂 I’ll review yours in sometime

      • minaxi

        Thinker give me some time… I will review with peaceful mind. 🙂

    • Ram

      Cambridge guy and his statement are not of much impact
      other paragraphs were thought provoking
      u got the rhythm thence.
      a good effort. plz review mine.

      • minaxi

        i have already done.. Thanks will improve. 🙂

    • Thor and Miolneer

      Hi minaxi,

      Though with around 700 (699) words, I find it a little short and thus eligible to get low marks.
      Less words = Less marks.

      Cambridge’s example was not highly relevant here.

      There was Rhythm — Best thing in your essay.

      There were short paras.

      Criticism was defined and wrote upon. ( I missed writing on it in my essay I think)

      I think more dimensions and more examples could have been included.

      I think that since everybody likes to connect the essay with IAS/Civil service, we should generally avoid it and write upon something else. Evaluator bhi padh padh kar thak jata hoga..IAS/Civil service ko. Aisa mujhe lagta he.

      Keep up the good work 🙂

      • Thor and Miolneer

        Since there were less words= less criticism.

      • minaxi

        Thanks Thor,,,
        I got Canbridge point..
        And what is meant by Rythem in essay.. Plz elaborate, i will like to incorporate it in my future essays,
        Civil services example was a blunder .. I did it with heavy heart.. And it is result. and tumko sahi lagta he.

        • Thor and Miolneer

          By Rhythm– I meant — Good flow — Read it and you will find everything flowing like water.

          Koi na…Chalta he yaar..Next week thodhe hi dekhunga me koi blunder (Though I don’t think it was a blunder) tumhare essay me..

          Keep up the good work 🙂

          • minaxi

            Thanks Thor.. And sorry I get overly critical on your essay..

            • Thor and Miolneer

              Its ok.
              I appreciate you being critical.
              I never mind it.
              Keep it up 🙂

    • Aravind Varier

      Dear minaxi ,

      1) The mentioning of Cambridge university was unnecessary because in the later part of the introduction you got totally silent on the reason why you mentioned about that student criticizing India . It would have been good if you again brought back the case of the Cambridge university student in telling of an example from an individual perspective in the second paragraph ( But it is natural instincts of others as individual, … )

      2) But one is tend to forget that he/she can not analyse every aspect of situation nor s/he can predetermine the wanted or unwanted development which occurs during reforming process.REFORMING PROCESS ????what are you trying to tell by mentioning about the reforming process . PLEASE BE CLEAR !!!

      3) He was looking India from western glasses. WESTERN GLASSES ???? PLEASE AVOID WRITING SUCH TERMS !!! the examiner might NOT be aware of the definition of the western glasses that you are talking about .

      4) But the resources available to every person are different in qualitative and quantitative terms,…….. It is called Empathy. ???? THIS IS NOT ETHICS PAPER .

      5) when one learn from other’s mistakes and did something constructive, and contributed in human development. ???? YOU ARE UNNECESSARILY DEVIATING FROM THE CONTEXT OF THE ESSAY IN THIS PARAGRAPH

      6) But past mistakes or mistakes of our ancestors are not exhaustive in … ” you are discussing the reasons why people criticize . the question is asking “Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes”.

      7) By taking the example of an aspirants of civil services or an entrepreneurs ??? CIVIL SERVICE ASPIRANTS EXAMPLE IS UNNECESSARY ?????????????????????????? your answers might be critically reviewed but do not write such type of examples in the essay

      8) Criticism is a helpful device,??????? DEVICE ??????? PLEASE BE CLEAR !!!



      • minaxi

        Aravind… Normally, I have my own philosophy to counter many points.. But today, I agree with you without any contradiction or condition. Indeed a blunder in name of essay..
        Thanks for review.. Have to work a lot.

  • Bunny585

    Nature always chooses best for surviving by its Process of Natural Selection. This is Darwin’s theory and very first stage of selection & elimination process. With growth of civilizations & adaptabilities, Mankind learnt different tactics to survive & grow themselves.

    Here the point is how a man is differently learnt this growth tactics & how fast is he really learning, how efficiently he is learning, & what exactly he is Learning. Every will be thought to grow, thought to learn & thought to think but here is the difference of Person to person lies in adopting & lies in living his days.

    From an old philosophy from Arthasastra says” PEOPLE LIVES IN SITUATIONS & ACTS IN CONSEQUENCES”.

    What Chanukya told back then was true, even after 2000 years & even 2000 years from now. People act in consequences.

    A simple understanding of “People Acts in Consequences” can be learnt not from grand old books” VEDAS”, great dramas of KALIDAS, Legendry stories of VIKRAM ADITYA but from our 21st century lives, form our Delhi-ite lifestyle, or from a Mumbaiwala’s daily routine.

    In India where 38% people live in cities, where Millions of Rupees were exchanging hands daily & where people chase for TIME one has nearly no time to spend for other activities tan his daily routines.

    It is not strange or new to see in newspapers that a person died of road accident in a busy road because of delay in reaching hospital. The reasons may be as follows

    1. Accident victim may be unknown to surrounding crowd who hesitate to respond immediately.

    2. Even if responded immediately, one may not know victim’s real status & will fear for Police trails.

    3. If responded immediately & called an Ambulance, may be delay happens due to Ambulance stuck in traffic.

    If analyzed properly time lag is the prima factor for the death of Accident victim in the worst case. Now people who read this in Newspaper will think one or twice at least in the favor of poor victim & his family and tell themselves that if people surrounding responded on time & ambulance reached on time may help the poor person to live.

    Now lets analyze in the other way, the way of our actual discussion, from the quote of Chanukya ”People live in situations & acts in consequences” Let’s be ourselves present in the Accident situation as an outsider of the whole story.

    We will observe the gathered crowd stunning at the victim as he was fallen from hell & heaven but from his own Motorcycle. Some may whisper that he will die definitely as e know the future, some may say loudly “ Call an Ambulance” even he has his own cell phone in his pocket. Some will run towards crowd just only to see the drama happening there but not to respond for the victim.

    Now an Ambulance will start form its Resting place under a Tree or a Shadow with its huge sirens ringing to indicate the tense of situation, lets it be Hyderabad or any other Indian city, what we will immediately see is piles of cars lying on Roads because of traffic jam. Now this Ambulance has to tear all this immovable traffic to reach area of victim.

    Our Observations are

    1. Why one man has to predict future of victims, death instead he could act immediately to take him to nearby Hospital in his own car.

    2. Why the second one ordered some other to call an ambulance instead of doing himself.

    3. Why drivers stuck in traffic were very passionate to reach destinations even they do not bother to occupy dedicated ways for Emergency services like Ambulance & Fire Engines.

    As a ghostly observer we start blaming everyone in the above order for their ir-responding nature, we will criticize them for behaving like as above.

    Well discussing the reasons for their acts may be different from case to case & we are not bothered about that. May be the driver who entered Emergency way may be carrying a pregnant woman to hospital, may be the person who shouted for ambulance has his cell phone dead. The truth is we will never bother about this people as our mind stuck up with major incident that is victim’s death.

    It would be a simple task to comment/criticize others without knowing the full story of the person as if we just above criticized those all three.

    Criticizing is most interesting act for humans since ages as it will make you pinpoint others mistakes and which feels us superior than others by doing so. This feel of superiority than others has always played an important role in our history be it Prince Aurangzeb massacred his brothers for Thrown, be it our beloved politician who will perform all acts possible to win his election. The feel of superiority is the first & most important quality of Criticizing.

    This is the front side of the coin where everyone was from the same living conditions, the accident causer, the victim, the helper, the ambulance driver so on… These all are from the same living conditions they all obey same basic laws of the society they are living.

    The second side of the coin is what if someone outer form the law of land comes to our place & acts according to his rules. How far he will be tolerated and will be criticized…? Let’s talk about an example of a Foreigner comes all the way from his home land to our typical Indian village and lives in his own rules from back home.( please note here villagers didn’t liked his way of eating, doing works & his lifestyle in total) He will be criticized for not doing his daily activities like people around him, he will be criticized for his behavior which was not in sync with locals.

    The second side of the coin is very true in all our daily life, we seldom see ourselves doing something terribly wrong and we always see our friends or colleagues doing those so called taboos according to our perspectives which we end up commenting or criticizing them very frequently.

    People rarely accepts tier own faults & always be first to point others, which was true & no CASE-STUDY is not at all required, even without understanding the very consequences that drove them to do so.

    “Wiseman analyzes, learns the situation & understands before he speaks, Lay man talks what good to him from his own learning’s, Fools criticize first and then learns never.”

    To be a Wiseman we need to understand the situation of our own & of others, learns our own intake of surroundings and so with others & then act in consequences but in a best-controlled way. A learned way should be thought to everyone from their childhood to think before criticizing others to make them wise.

    • Ram

      more of a anthro and bio stuff
      english and grammar required to be checked.
      integration of paragraphs is lacking
      however a lengthy one
      good effort. plz review mine.

      • Bunny585

        Hi ram,
        Thanks for reviewing mine & some others.Really i feel good about that.
        coming to Esay even i felt lenghty, personal stuff too after few hours, nxt time i will be try to be emotionally optimistic for best out of me…
        I searched, but i didnt found your essay..
        Thanks & keep reviewing..

  • vengeancee

    “If all the people sit on a round table, and place their problems in a box in front of them to exchange, after some time everyone will be happy to take back their own problems”, this is an old phrase which symbolizes the fact that every individual faces some or the other difficulties, and the human tendency forces everyone else to criticize instead of recognizing labor & hard effort put into it.

    Journey of 1000 miles begin with a single step, and when the first step is taken it takes enormous courage. This courage separates a man from others & differentiates winners & losers. Criticism come first when the journey to success commences, but others should realize how many complications that individual overcame to make this move. And even if the move comes out to be wrong, one thing is always gained – Experience, and this instrument is priceless.

    Grass is always greener on the other side, no-body realizes problem of others as significant & self-obsession is the new obsession present in our society. Gandhiji said “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” When people start criticizing, it doesn’t show character of the individual being criticized, but of the person who is showering criticism. It shows the insecurity & inferiority complex faced by the person which is reflected in his thoughts, and to comfort his uneasiness that person cooks up condemnation to hide away from reality & accept that the doer has done something he was unable to do or never had the courage to do. Censure are mirror which gives confidence when looked by one who loves hard-work, and depicts the personality of one who lacks valor to do anything apart from disapproval.

    Success is like an iceberg, only the tip is visible to the world, and rest of the portion of iceberg makes the visible portion strong & proof of its might. Similarly, hard work which is put into success starts with attempts of others to downgrade attempt due to timidity of others, but ultimately lands them nowhere.

    Everyone carry with them the fear of losing, no one is born confident, no one wants to lose, no one wants to fail, but no one has become successful without experiencing all these aspects of life. Winning or losing is not as importance as trying, because trying is the means, and winning is the end. If the means are Right, end has to be Right. Winning & losing are part of this world, but only those can achieve victory which do something. Without doing anything, one should not expect anything, because expectations are like pottery, but longer you hold them without doing anything meaningful, the sooner they are going to break.

    India has a rich history of independence struggle, and some brilliant examples show how importance it is to work, than criticizing without knowing situation. Father of the nation, Gandhiji was criticized for Signing Irwin Pact, 1931 & not saving life of 3 martyrs Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru. But, they fail to realize how importance their sacrifice was for independence. Their demise led to aggression in Indian masses, and further strengthened further movements for independence, 3 martyrs are called immortal because of their death sentence, and that made their lives more meaningful & contribution greater. Gandhiji was also criticized when he called of Non Cooperation Movement, but it should be kept in mind that NCM was slowing down & he knew importance of the fact that mass movement can not survive for long. Masses have limited capacity to fight, and before they yield the movement must be stopped. Stuggle – Truce strategy was always in his mind, but this step was disliked by many factions of Congress itself, but ultimately Gandhiji became the supreme leader of India’s freedom struggle, and the Indian history is now seen always in reference to him.

    Disciple of Gandhiji, first Prime Minister of Independent India, Jawahar Lal Nehru has many critics. He was blamed for lot of his actions but most for India’s loss to China in 1962 war. This comes after overlooking all his achievements in making India what it stands proudly today, and is rightly called creator of modern India. His discovery of India is being taken differently when people blame him for aftermath of war, but they forget that India had just been out of colonial power, and was divesting its resources for economic welfare instead of developing its warfare & becoming another satellite nation in bipolar world. India was following policy of Non-Alignment, and 1955 had seen Panchsheel agreement between China & India following visit of Chinese Premier to India. The move was unexpected and took Pandit Nehru by surprise. An infant nation who was successfully following its path of growth trajectory had received a major setback which changed its nature of growth model in decades to come.

    Ten years of UPA Government was hovered by then PM Manmohan Singh as being shadow of UPA Chairperson, and coalition partners with no independent say of his own. But, we must analyze the 2008 crisis which shook the entire world & India instead performed exceptionally well, and most importantly the fact that Government was running on coalition with regular tantrums by partners on multiple issues, when PMO will start its day by thinking how long will Government run, then expecting progress & development promises is false consciousness. The most educated PM of the world faced hard times but those reasons for those moments went unnoticed & blame-game came easy.

    One should learn from others instead of trying to make others fall, when cooperative working will develop, growth prospects will rise. Those who give a try, they immediately come into the category of warriors, and when you become a warrior you can never be defeated in life. Those who instead spend their time in censuring, they should realize the fact that Rome was not build in one day.

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Over all very good.

      Gandhiji was also criticized when he called of Non Cooperation Movement ( this is the best & most relevant example)

      You can also have also added one para of how criticism also help to improve the mistake & perform better.

      Conclusion is good.

      • vengeancee

        Thank you bro. I remember 14 days back when i was writing my first essay, u were the first one to review it. Today is 3rd essay, ur essay’s are always an inspiration.

      • Smart Work

        Kindly review mine too 🙂

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      I upvoted this answer after reading 1st para.
      Modi praising Manmohan : maja aa gaya 🙂 🙂
      I think conclusion needs improvement
      Also, you need to work on better coherence between paras.
      Use of technical words like hyprocrisy, compassion, etc, missing
      Constructive criticism ( other side of the view point ) – missing : hence answer not balanced
      I would say your language is very good and formal – a huge plus point.
      Examples are beautiful, but need multi-dimensional examples. Refer to Harsh’s examples – you can give examples on how one has put himself in other shoes and did wonders 🙂
      Overall , a good essay but needs improvement
      KWAR 🙂

      • vengeancee

        Thank-you bro. 🙂
        All ur points are well taken. Just started essay writing, so need to incorporate lot of things as suggested by u guys. Saw Harsh’s answer. Realized a lot of things which u have also suggested.
        Thank-you again for review. 😀

        • CSE2016 aspirant

          But, I would like to warn you – avoid politicians name – at least current waale

          • vengeancee

            Alright. Will avoid it from next time.

      • warrior_pandit

        The examples mentioned by you are good. especially the gandhiji vala and Nheru vala! but i somehow did not feel the connection of the essay with topic. You deviated a lot in between. it was difficult to make out what you wanted to convey. Good attempt anyways. Keep wrtiting. Kindly review mine. 🙂

    • Night thinker !!

      Review mine! I’ll review yours! 🙂

    • Smart Work

      Nice flow of essay ..UPA point is good.. kindly try to incorporate various dimensions, dont be limited to political examples. rest all good 🙂
      Kinldy review mine too 🙂

    • Affu

      good attempt,very unique intro,however then u emphasised more on success,journey to it and criticism
      expand the horizons of where and in which circumstances one criticizes without understanding
      good examples-political and economic part
      work on social front bring in some real lefe examples-family,other issues to add value
      points on is criticism always bad?when it is good even when criticised without understandig situation
      some more work on conclusion needed
      overall a very commendabel effort..keep it up

      • vengeancee

        Thank you Affu for the review. Points are well taken, will incorporate them. Looking at other answers, it has made me realize these mistakes which u pointed. Thank you again.

    • Night thinker !!

      Hey dear,
      One of the best essays I read in this topic! 🙂 🙂 🙂
      So well done! 🙂 🙂
      Intro is unique
      Flow was amazing
      Examples were brilliant! 🙂
      Keep up the great work! 🙂 🙂

  • magnet

    mostly, we try to criticize everyone directly or indirectly in a particular situtation . its a human habit or state of mind.

    IN THE POLITICAL: we the people of India have been faced many problems before independence such as illiteracy,poverty,education,health,discrimination etc.,our leaders tried to reduced those problems by implementing many programs,policies,plans and projects.some may successful and some may not,we know how we struggled in the past and how our leaders fought against Britishers .By knowing all these we sit at home under the fan by watching t.v then we start t criticize our leaders about their plans.we do not know how they are suffering,they left their homes early in the hours and reached late in the nights.we do not think their problems.

    IN THE SOCIETY: many gang rapes happened in India ,Delhi nirbaya case was very controversial ,we criticized the government ,police,their parents,unfortunately victims.but at the time of situation no body helped them.still, many gang rapes have been continuing. By criticising everyone nothing will happened changes should start from every individual.

    IN THE PERSONAL: sreeram and raghu both are childhod friends. sreeram is a very intellegent but lasy in his work. raghu is a hardworker and criticise all the time about sreeram’s laziness. due to personal problems raghu unable to concentrate his studies.if he tell to his problems to raghu his studies may get disturbed and bared all his friends criticisms day raghu get to know then realise his mistake.being a childhood friend raghu could not recognised his friend’s feelings.

    POSITIVE CRITICISM: some time criticising may get advantages to many people in their lives for example, “MANGALYAAN” .many countries,people criticized about our satellite launch.but one fine day India has become the first nation to successfully put a satellite into orbit around mars on its first attempt and one of the cheapest interplanetary space mission ever launched.many countries failed to do it.

    so, we finally understand that criticism may be advantages too but not all the time be might be possible.we try to understand and follow the person sincerely,before we criticize someone.

    • magnet

      please anyone review my essay i am new to this

  • Namrata

    Please review!!

    Few years back, the entertainment industry of India came up with a soul-touching movie featuring a child suffering from dyslexia, a reading disorder which has nothing to do with overall intelligence. The kid was unable to perform well in studies as he faced problems like inability to read quickly or follow multiple instructions given at once or spell words correctly. His parents, without trying to find out the real reason behind his failure, simply criticized him of being a spoiled child having no interest in studies. Not once did they try to step in their child’s shoes to see how it felt to be him, battling such a disorder on a daily basis as well as being blamed for the same both at home and school.

    Such situations, where we tend to be critical or judgemental about others without realizing what it is like to be on their sides, are usual in real life society too. A woman, who gives birth to a girl child, is criticized and abandoned because she failed to bring to the world the family’s ‘true support’ but instead added the ‘burden’. Not once do people realize that whether she is giving birth to a girl or a boy, the woman undergoes equal amount of pain and needs proper post-natal care. Moreover such unfortunate family fails to realize that they are blaming the mother for no fault of her own.

    Similarly, a husband may undermine his wife’s hardwork all day long simply because she is a home-maker. The husband will realize the true worth of her housewife if he steps into her shoes and manage all household chores like her just for one day.

    A widow in our society is considered a bad omen and she is criticized for bringing bad luck to her husband’s family and sometimes, also blamed to be the sole reason for her husband’s death. Such preposterous thinking can be revisited only if the people blaming her try to stand by her side and understand the ordeals she goes through every day, yet putting up a strong face each day.

    Such examples of gender bias are very much prevalent among the so-called educated people as well. For instance, when a male colleague gets a promotion, he is applauded for his hardwork and ability. But when a female colleague gets a promotion, she is criticized and blamed for playing her “card” of being a “pretty woman”. Not once do those people realize the amount of efforts she put in her work despite managing her home alongside, before judging the woman’s success.

    The way some well-off people treat the poor says enough about their indifference towards the society. They may call the poor a “waste” on the country’s resources or an “obstacle” to country’s development. They are the same ones who need goggles or an umbrella to shield themselves from the scorching heat if stuck outdoors on a summer afternoon for few minutes. At that moment they should realize that those few minutes were just a glimpse into the lives of the homeless and the destitute, whose lives are even worse as they do not even have an umbrella to battle that scorching heat. So before criticizing the poor, one must be sensitive to their conditions.

    Besides at individual level, the failure to walk a mile in others’ shoes is also seen at state, national and international levels. The Maharashtra government-imposed ban on the dance bars in Mumbai is a case in point. The ban was imposed citing criticism by sections of the society regarding the ‘bad culture’ that such dance bars promote, without even realizing that women employed in this occupation need to be rehabilitated as they took to dancing in bars not out of choice but due to lack of opportunity of earning a living.

    The ongoing war of words and related demonstrations regarding the Punjab-Haryana Sutluj-Yamuna-Link Canal needs to be pacified by both the states by walking in each other’s shoes, thereby understanding the concerns of each other and mutually arriving at a solution. Simply criticizing each other of being selfish and non-humanitarian will only escalate the discontentment of the masses over the issue.

    Before the Union Cabinet of India gave approval to the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), India was criticized and blamed at the international forum for being a spoilsport and a hurdle obstructing the growth of world economy. But the same developed countries failed to walk a mile in India’s shoes, which was burdened with the responsibility of ensuring food security to the masses. Instead, a conciliatory approach was required so as to equally meet the needs of the stakeholders.

    Criticism and making judgements are basic tenets of human nature. It is not itself wrong to criticize something or someone. For instance, it is good to be sensitive towards the poor living in slums. But cases like the recent murder of a dentist of Delhi by people from the nearby JJ cluster, cannot be saved from criticism on the pretext that life in slums is miserable.

    Thus, it is imperative that an opinion is formed by properly analysing all perspectives and not just by following the majority population or to satisfy selfish interests. Criticizing a woman giving birth to a girl, a widow, a housewife, a successful woman worker, the poor, the prostitutes and so on without understanding the ordeals they go through on a daily basis, is senseless and shows an absence of sensitivity on the human being’s part. As depicted in the movie featuring the kid suffering from dyslexia where his art teacher made the parents realize that they need to see the situation from the child’s perspective too, we all need to do the same for everyone we criticize to minimize the conflicts in society, thereby making it just and even, a society that respects the dignity of all.

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Good one Namrta …

      Very good intro

      Punjab-Haryana Sutluj-Yamuna-Link Canal eg is very relevant

      Criticizing a woman giving birth to a girl ……. this causes your conclusion to be women centric ( Coclusion can be a generalised one)

      Over all a very good read … Upvote for you

      Plz review mine also

      • Akhil

        Harsh bro have a look at my essay also please. I’ll review urs

      • Namrata

        point accepted harsh .. thankuu for the review ..keep reviewing 🙂

    • Hi Namrata, my views:
      1)SO many examples :D, I couldn’t find much today :/
      2)Because of this flood of examples, flow took a backseat today 😀
      3)Intro same same 😛
      4)Agree with Harsh with regard to conclusion
      5)Writing in small paras. Good 🙂
      Overall, I feel that a better blend of philo and GS is needed to make it Good 🙂

      • Namrata

        hehe haan yaar dikkat hui aj think karne mein ..will try improving next time ..thankuu batman 😀

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        Ye bhi aamir khan ki fan hai tumhari tareh.

    • Hey Namrata,

      Some of our examples are quiet similar.

      The flow was okay, not ur level.

      Too many examples I felt. It would have been better if u restricted the society waale examples to the women part without going to the counterpart.

      GS portion of TFA could have been avoided I feel. Yur examples talked more than ur philosophy.

      Overall it was a good attempt. Just a bit of improvement with regard to flow and limit on usage of examples.

      I won’t say about intro and conclusion as u have already got expert reviews for that!

      Please review mine 🙂

      • Namrata

        Points well taken nitish .. thanks a lot for ur review .. 🙂

    • Hi Nam
      How are you ?
      sab NSIT waale taare zameen k fan hain kya 😛 😛
      Nice essay.. I feel examples are more and philosophical depth less. This topic needs some introspection and philo gyan I feel 😛
      I refrained from using more examples this time (experiment) – plz have a look
      your essay shows you are a hard core feminist.. good and hi5 😀
      but try to be neutral and generalized while concluding. I know you do it better 🙂
      please have a look at mine and suggest if I could do justice to the topic :/
      thanks and happy writing 🙂

      • Namrata

        hey Nam 😀
        i am good .. how are you ?
        hahaha kya karein 4 saal saath padhke thought process same hi ho gaya hai 😛

        yeah points well taken yaar .. hmm mujhe bhi laga it is not balanced ..will take care in future .. 🙂

        hehe yeah hi5 .. 😉

        thanks a lot for ur review Nam 🙂

    • Jaya Swatantra

      Hey Namrata,
      Bhaut achcha likha hai apne … with apt GS examples
      Just cut short on examples and focus on a bit more on explanation!!
      Nice conclusion
      overall a worth read……… keep writing friend… All the best!!

      • Namrata

        hey jaya .. thanks a lot for ur review ..yeah points well taken ..will take note of ur suggestions from next essay 🙂

  • warrior_pandit

    Before criticising a man, walk a mile in his shoes

    …Had Nehru no taken the Kashmir issue to the UNO, India might not have been facing the problems

    …Had Dhoni asked a different bowler to bowl the last over, India might have won the match

    …Had out parents brought a piece of land in the locality, we would have made a lot of money

    Criticisms! Criticisms! Criticisms! Are they any good?

    Wherever one goes, whatever one listens, whenever one speaks it’s all about the possibilities of different outcomes had that particular decision been taken or not taken. Not taking into account relative factors.

    Criticisms are good but in such cases when they are positive in nature. In order to make such constructive criticisms, it is necessary that the circumstances that prevailed at the time of decision making are given due consideration. Negative criticisms does not solve any purpose and only tend to vitiate the already vitiating environment. The reason for this is simple! No one has neither the time nor the energy to walk a mile in the shoes of the person who has been criticised for.

    Decisions, big or small, important or unimportant, are not made in the vacuum. They are dependent upon the externalist environment surrounding the actor ranging from Social, Political, Economic, Technological and Legal. All these factors play an important role in determining the course of action taken by the decision maker.

    The social construct and upbringing has a stimulating impact on the thought process of a person. While today we may criticise a person for not taking a decision to buy property while living a comfortable life, what we fail to understand is that probably the person concerned was more concerned about social security and raising the standard of living for his family to increase social standing rather than thinking about investing in property or building a house.

    Similarly, political constructs around the decision maker also determines the course of action. In a country suffering from political uncertainties and hostile political environment, self preservation would take precedence over questions involving economic prosperity.

    On the same front, Economic well being of the decision maker, the leverage enjoyed by him at that time, the responsibilities placed upon him, the governmental policies etc. also determines the decision of the person which need to be conducive to the environment around him.

    While some invoke an irrational entity as fate or luck in order to take the best possible ddeccision in the prevalent circumstances. However, these are dependent on the outcomes of the actions taken on the past into the future. What one might call luck today might be the result of the well thought out decision taken in the past. Factoring of-course the environmental variables around at that time.

    However, one cannot negate the element of fate or luck into the decisions taken by an actor as the so called bold decisions do have an element of irrationality in them which makes the role of luck prominent.

    In this regard, a question might arise in the mind of the reader that if most of the decisions, barring the few are the result of a well thought out rational mode of thinking then why is it that some decisions work while some do not?

    The answer to this question has been tried to be answered by scholars from across the streams. They have put forth different attributes for the successful decision making. The common themes however range from Lack of information – to – Information overload.

    Lack of information regarding the issue in hand is one of the key factors of a bad decision taken by a person. As such decisions are taken irrationally either based on hear-say or on instincts. It is not to negate the importance of instincts in the decision making exercise as history has it that many successful decisions were taken on the basis of instincts. However, the writer would like to highlight the need for use of instincts wisely, with some base and not in the thin air. Lack of information also makes the person unaware of the happenings and newer discovering around him which may lead to creation of newer opportunities for economic development.

    On the other extreme, information overload too is detrimental to the exercise of taking a good decision. The overload of information creates a problem of finding the information relevant to the issue on which the decision is to be taken. Here, one cannot criticise the person of not been able to take a better decision as both personal and technological competences play an important role in finding the best alternative among the vastly available data. Also, a point to be taken into consideration is that the technologies available today like Management Information System , use of computers to solve problems of big-data were not available then. Also, limited access to technical education limit the scope of analysing the information available.

    Not only the criticisms of the actions taken by an individual in the past, but also of those taken at present without having a full knowledge of the circumstances and the internal and external pressures and force of other variables and without analysing the complete scenario one must dissuade from such acts which only contributes negatively.

    This is not to say that criticisms should not be made. But, rather, a decision should be allowed to be nurtured and analysed and on the basis of that only critique should be made. such critique impacts positively, the individual and the society.

    Decision making is a process which is evolutionary in nature and character. It requires constant improvement for it to become better in life. Past should be seen to learn lessons and not to be criticised upon. The whole idea of criticisms is to improve upon the actions taken by an individual in any capacity. They must not be done for the sake of it, but should result in something positive and better. For which it is necessary to keep oneself in the place of such person, understanding the circumstances of the person concerned before criticising his actions. Life, as Swami Vivekananda has said, is a process! A progress to become better and not been static, as being static is equated to death! Therefore, criticise to improve, not insult!

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Unconventional intro … But a good one ( I belive examiner will kile it :-))

      Criticisms are good but in such cases when they are positive in nature. In order to make such constructive criticisms – this should come in 3rd or forth para . As in first para you should show how we critisize others without wearing their shoes.

      Content is good , a little structuring will make it better.

      conclusion is good.

      Plz review mine also

  • Thor and Miolneer

    You earn 30k and I only 15k yet I enjoy my life with a philosophy of dying every day and you, you live a boring life similar to that of a 62 years old. One day you will die earning and curse yourself in the hell. You are an abhorrent creature. I abhor you.

    The above paragraph has two persons. One is listening and the other one shouting. While the former is the son of a Taxi Driver, the latter is the daughter of an SDM. One may say that the girl is speaking in a rude tone but she is speaking the truth. Though it is full of subjectivity.

    Subjectivity refers to a behavior based on the pre-conceived notions and ideas and is used by people for judging another person without even considering the particular position or state that one is into. It is opposite to objectivity where a person is not judged by another on the basis of his own thoughts and pre-conceived notions but on the basis of his own actions and behavior had he been at other person’s place. The adage – ‘Before you read history, better you read the historian first in order to know where he/she is coming from’ is based on objectivity and helps a person to understand the state of mind of another person.

    In the above example, the girl is the daughter of an SDM, earns only for spending. Her college fee is deposited by her parents, she doesn’t require to travel very often, has no liabilities, is the only child of her parents and in case of need, she has her parents to fall back upon.

    The boy on the other hand has two younger siblings, meager household income, has to travel from one town to another on a daily basis for work, negligible savings, pays multiple installments every month and is the primary bread earner of his family. He has seen ‘poverty’ unlike the girl and this makes him to focus more on work than fun or living fun life since the loss of job for him would mean ‘The Hunger for his family’.

    Had the girl put herself into the shoes of the boy and walked a mile, she wouldn’t have criticized the boy.

    The Subjectivity and the Objectivity

    Life is lived with subjectivity. We have some pre-conceived notions and thoughts and ideas which make us to create a framework of mind and it is this framework that we put another person in, for judging him or his character. This makes us to take decisions which are not always correct and sometimes hurts people in a way that can have an effect on them for the rest of their lives.

    History gives us ample examples to under which out of these two has been/is a better option and should be practiced. We have two Emperors with the title – ‘The Great’. One is Ashoka of the Mauryan dynasty and the other is Akbar of Mughal dynasty.

    Ashoka was an ambitious king who wanted to spread his empire to a new extent and had gone for attacking Kalinga in this process. In the war that followed, there were hundreds of thousands of people being killed before he won. Seeing the death is such myriad numbers, he converted to Buddhism and started propagating the message of Peace.

    Akbar, the Emperor of India in medieval times was a benevolent king who would want to fight only as a last resort. With an objective thinking and approach of mind, he ended the ‘Pilgrimage Tax’ imposed on Non-Muslims by his ancestors and predecessors. This made the kingdom to lose a substantial share of revenue but earned him the name Akbar which means ‘The Great’.

    Upon comparing these two examples, we find that though both of them earned the title of ‘The Great’ for their peaceful conduct but while the former had to come to peace after killing thousands, the latter earned it only by taking an ‘objective stance’ where he had put himself into the shoes of Non-Muslims and walked a mile to understand the pain of their hearts.

    The British knew the difference between the two and were also aware of the deep subjectivity that exists among the Indians in the form of religious, caste, language, region etc. related notions and practices. To keep their rule intact, they exploited these notions through their policy of ‘Divide and Rule’ and ruled India for around two centuries.

    The promotion of these varying notions by the British can still be seen in our country where caste based discrimination in universities leads to the suicide of a Dalit student, where a person is branded as ‘Anti-National’ for an even he was not even a part of, where the ‘Parliamentary Logjam’ is frequent and where the politicians provoke the crowds on religious identities and creating an environment of killings and rapes of thousands of children while releasing terrorists in lieu of their own child. The lack of Empathy is clearly to be seen.

    Can This be Changed

    The deep rooted subjectivity of our society can only be changed through the practice of Objectivity. Thanks to our democracy, we already have a system in place which promotes dissent. Our system promotes different sections of society to speak and to listen. By listening, we get to understand the various view points and accept them for good. This process makes us to place ourselves in another person’s shoes and walk for a mile before criticizing him/her.

    Supported by education and imparting of Empahy and various other values related to it in different professions, the democratic political system of our country creates and promotes an environment where no daughter of an SDM behaves rudely with the son of a Taxi Driver, where Dalit students don’t suicide, where people practice the objectivity at first like Emperor Akbar and not after learning it from their experiences like Emperor Ashoka.

    The country is on the right path and sooner or later, we will have a society which thinks of others after putting themselves in other’s shoes and walking a mile and not just start speaking or taking actions. Such a society has been dreamt by us for centuries and is in the making today. A fact evident by our country’s continuous development for years now.

    • Thor and Miolneer

      HI All,
      Please tell me AMONG OTHERS, whether I could-
      1-Write short paras.
      2-Improve my conclusion.
      3-Story is perfect.
      4-Could sound Optimistic towards the end.

      Will come back @3 to start my ‘Mission review’.
      Thanks 🙂

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Is this ur todays essay ???

      • Thor and Miolneer


    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Thor bhai, you wrote with a different approach , but i was not able to connect your content with the topic …. After reading the loooong story of intro … Then you came to the point…

      I think intro is too long
      & it seems like an essay on subjectivity & objectivity.

      I feel either you have written the perfect one or you misunderstood the topic

      ( plz dont mind i m writing what i felt & check for others reviews also)

      • Thor and Miolneer

        That’s fine.

        I too felt the same while writing.

        Intro can be cut short.

        Thanks Harsh.
        I appreciate it. 🙂

    • minaxi

      Hello Thor..
      Introduction- Too long, and it dd not convey any massage or info you are supposed to say.
      However i think, you took the different approach,But i am not familiar with this.. What did you understand, when you read the topic of essay.. Plz tell me in one line.
      Para is short and beautiful.
      Conclusion- Yes need to improved
      Perfect story but relevant one- have doubt well I will not say further..

      • Thor and Miolneer

        Thanks minaxi,
        What I understood–People start blaming, criticizing, shouting, scolding, fighting without even thinking what made the other person to behave in a particular way.

        I am glad to know ki me 1 feedback par to kaam kar saka.

        Conclusion needs to be improved.
        Ok. I will work on it to make you find the difference.
        Story and Intro– Will work on these too.

        Dhanyawaad 😛 😀 🙂

        Keep up the good work 🙂

    • minaxi

      UPVOTE so that you can get better review than mine…

    • Akhil

      Thor review kar dena bhai.. Pata hai aaj sab match me busy rahenge..
      I’ll review yours for sure

    • Hello Thor
      Intro ekdm thor way me dia hai 😛
      But I suggest you use less harsh words for intro. (first impression)
      your approach is totally different and I liked it (now here comes subjectivity , may be someone will criticise this approach)
      Point is if you are able to convey your multidimensional thoughts about the topic your write up is justified be it written in any way.
      conclusion you need to improve and give a balanced opinion in that.
      Examples are many, can be limited and philosophical depth can be added, as this topic is all about philosophy.

      These were my thoughts for your essay. keep writing!!
      Please have a look at mine and be critical
      thank you! 🙂

    • Akhil

      Brother first of all congratulations India won.
      Now your essay, bhai ye itna complex laga mujhe from intro to conclusion subjectivity, objectivity bouncer gaya bhai.. I don’t know examiner ko kaisa lagega..
      I have read your few previous essays, isse kahi jyada achhe likhte ho yar.
      Jo topic hai vo mujhe to najar nahi aaya..
      Any way this is what my review is after reading ur essay.. You can differ from my points bro.
      Thank you. Good night

      • Thor and Miolneer

        I wish you the same. (Looking forwards to winning the wc)

        That’s right..

        Kuch zyaada hi alag likh diya.

        Thanks Akhil for the review.

        Good morning 🙂

    • yogi

      hello Bhai 🙂
      my views :

      Intro:- you live a boring life similar to that of a 62 years old.—-bhai don’t write this in exams, those checking ur essay shares the same fate and no one likes faltu criticism, I m serious here.

      where people practice the objectivity at first like Emperor Akbar and not after learning it from their experiences like Emperor Ashoka.— I did not understand this

      bhai ur essay is very comples u delved too deep in debate b/w subjectivity and objectivity. This is just one aspect to understand why criticism are not accepted to all people. Ur examples also revolve around that debate only, where is the implication of the given adage.

      Good to see that u have cut short ur paras length, though it is different story that this time I myself did not follow what I preach to others(my para were very long, )

      Conclusion : needs improvement


      1. Keep urself close to the theme by being direct, not like being indirect as u did in debate b/w objectivity and subjectivity.

      2. Think before u write, like last time u annoyed the reader by mentioning name of a state and this time, by calling older people as boring.

      3. For conclusion: all the philosophy that we have, use here, show the reader ur optimism while being practical and use brownies to add beauty to the content.

      Thanks and kutgw 🙂

      • Thor and Miolneer


        I meant to say that One should learn to practice OBJECTIVITY like Akbar so that life doesn’t teach it to him.

        All Suggestions accepted.

        I am sure you will find the difference next week.
        Keep up the good work 🙂

    • Jaya Swatantra

      Good attempt Thor ji … just avoid caste based discrimination and anti Natioanla point because these are controversial examples..
      You did complete justice with the explanation part
      No negative feedback this time 🙂
      Keep writing and ATB!!

      • Thor and Miolneer

        Thanks Jaya.
        Keep up the good work 🙂

    • Night thinker !!

      Dear Thor 🙂
      The topic given was highly philosophical.
      The content you presented was very complex
      Introductory part didn’t appeal much.
      My only suggestion would be to keep using words like criticism and walking in someone’s shoes.
      That’s because they’re given in the topic. Hence the examiner would be impressed seeing us not deviating from the topic. 🙂 hope it will work. I learnt this from Aravind last time. 🙂

      • Thor and Miolneer

        I too learnt it from him last time but unfortunately I couldn’t work on it.

        Thanks Thinker..
        Keep up the good work 🙂

  • Sahil Garg

    After a long time, I sat to watch news channel on the television. What crossed my eyes and ears, and what was interpreted by my brain for close to an hour was just blatant and vociferous sounds, too much criticism . What was more disappointing was the fact that the channel anchors were completely deaf and blind to what the actual situation might have been. Falling in my ears, was another voice, where I heard a relative of mine criticizing Dhoni’s decision of picking the wrong squad. Since , I could not do much with the TV crowd, I chose to question my relative.

    Me : Uncle, on what basis do you feel Dhoni made a wrong decision ?
    Uncle : Son, I have seen the game for so many years, I know this pitch, and I know what is best for Indian team. Dhoni is a lad who has decided to make wrong decisions these days. I know I am right, and he is wrong. India is doomed.

    Seeing his omniscience and adamancy, I chose not to argue, and instead contemplated a little on the growing trend of criticism in today’s world. I concluded that : “most people know what is right and what is wrong for others , but struggle to find out what is right for their own welfare “. Be it the economists or the newspaper columnists criticizing Finance Minister or the RBI governor, the political parties doing the same for the government,and especially the prime minister, no one tries to step into other person’s shoes. They just keep judging and criticizing based on their assumptions and their interpretation of the situation, little thinking that even the person being criticized has the ability to think and act.

    Leaving aside the big examples from the economic or political world, the same pattern is visible in the society. Students, especially from the rich background, often make fun and mockery of the poor or disadvantaged sections of the society. Little do they think how difficult their journey might have been, and the troubles they have taken to reach that stage. The same is true when it comes to caste biases. The so called upper castes, are quite critical of the status of the dalits and backward class people. Never do they try to understand their problems. In a family, the criticism often takes the form when a son criticizes his father for being untouched with the latest developments in technology, and the father criticizes him for his career choices and his conduct, both oblivious to each other’s mind and circumstances.

    Even history had presented us enough examples, where people were heavily criticized. Mahatama Gandhi’s methods of Satyagraha, and non-violence, India’s decision to opt for a democracy, LPG reforms adopted by India in 1991, India’s Space and nuclear programme amidst its poor socio-economic condition, Sachin’s decision of joining cricket at the age of 16, Bill Gates Microsoft, Steve Jobs dream of making a dent in the universe, and many more, all were criticized on a consummate level.Yet the results show that the critics failed big time. All these steps were revolutionary in themselves and put India on a completely different pedestal. Had the criticism taken over the doer, we might still have been languishing under the British rule, or it might have taken another 2 decades to savor the taste of independence.

    While some people understand the objective behind the criticism and hence guard themselves from the ill-will of others, many are too naive to see through it. They buckle under criticism ,develop self doubt and fear and start to underestimate their capability. The least educated and aware are probably the worst sufferers. They sometimes loose the only ray of hope they have.

    While criticism in itself is not always wrong, if fact inevitable at some times. But what needs to be understood and changed is the manner of criticism. Criticism if done after a careful scrutiny of the circumstances, and with a constructive intent is good and required to shed off the complacency, adjust the journey, so that a catastrophic failure is averted. Criticism should not be directed at subverting or hurting the dignity of the person. Criticism should be constructive. Criticism should be something which elevates and motivates a person to achieve and perform better. It shouldn’t stifle progress, but should make it more swift.

    Not being too critical, or being constructively critical is a boon for every stakeholder involved. The critic becomes a better person, more emotionally intelligent. He develops the leadership qualities, empathy,and which makes him more friendlier and approachable. It increases the trust people have in him.The person being criticized can focus well on his work, and deliver better. Mutually, it increases the trust and cooperation between the parties involved. The world as a whole becomes a better place, where opinions are respected and understood, and people are free to experiment. A true atmosphere of democracy seems to prevail.

    Therefore, it is of paramount importance to know when and how to criticize. One need to judge whether their criticism is borne out of ego, or is really aimed at the welfare of others. Even if they wish to do good by criticizing, have they taken spared enough time and efforts to comprehend what would they have done if put under the similar circumstances. Is their method of criticizing good, or does it demotivate and discourage the other.

    Man is a social animal, and being jealous and egoistic is in human nature. While, one cannot always guard himself against the tendency to criticize, one can definitely become more aware and responsible in directing their response to such tendencies.

    A quote crosses my head at this moment “The whole world would become clean , if everyone first strives to clean their own homes”. Or as our honorable PM says “India would walk 125 crore steps, if each walks one”. Let us keep moving , and more importantly, not be an impediment in others’ way.

    Meanwhile, the result of the match my uncle had been criticizing was out , and India had won with a big margin, and the whole cricket fraternity was applauding Dhoni’s and my uncle stood abashed.

  • Akhil

    19 year old boy, nandan living with his parents in Mumbai. He was average in studies and wanted to become a doctor. It was his third attempt,he had full support from his family and was working really hard to crack entrance exam this time. He missed last two attempt with narrow margin and was quite sure that will get through this time. It Was day of result and nandan was very anxious so was his parents, as this was last attempt. All of them were expecting positive result, but destiny has written something else. History repeated itself and he again failed with narrow margin . round of criticism started neighbours, relatives, father everyone just bursted on don’t deserve to be a doctor, you didn’t worked hard etc..

    it was very Easy to criticise that innocent boy, but nobody wanted to think at least once the agony and pain he was going through except mother. his all hardwork and dedication towards study in last one year has no value for them. Like nandan many people go through similar episode of criticism if they are failed in achieving their target or for their strategy in persuading their goal.

    Criticism is of two type passive(negative) and active (constructive). Former is very easy as it did not require any specialized knowledge. Even uneducated or those who have done nothing in their life can resort to this form of criticism. Unfortunately it is the most prevalent from of criticism and can be observed in every culture, religion or region.

    There are Some people whose only job is criticizing others. For them it does not matter who the person is. For example. There is no scarcity of people in India, who criticize mahatma gandhi for his non violence and Satyagrah policy. As per them his extreme non violence policy was to please British and many people lost their lives unnecessarily due to violence leashed by Britishers. But, these people forget the might of British India. Gandhi was well aware of this and he knew that violence will only led to bloodshed of Indians and nothing will be achieved.

    Similarly javahar lal nehru is criticized for his improper handling of Kashmir issue and non aligned movement. Critics often forget the geopolitical situation of that time. It was not an easy task to save newly independent country from hostilities office cold war period. It was nehru who understood this and carefully nurtured india’s foreign policy, which is being followed even today.

    Nehru and gandhi are not alone in this list. Babasahab ambedkar, sardar patel, subhash chandra bose and many others are also there who are criticized for their policies. Not only these historical icons present day social reformers, rationalist and civil society workers are also put to severe criticism.

    Medha patkar, anna hazare, aruna shaunbaug etc are criticized by government that these people are antidevelopement and working for foreign countries to arrest india’s growth. Government’s don’t want to see their courage and boldness and grave situations in which they are rising issues of public importance. If they make government realise its responsibility they will be held antinational.

    Like government common people are also no far behind in criticizing either cricketers or film stars or government itself. Cricket is like religion in country. Some People while watching match on tv keep on criticizing team if it has done something wrong or if captain is not doing as they think appropriate. These people don’t understand the mental stress and huge pressure which cricketers face on ground. Its is very easy to criticize Dhoni but the way he handles pressure is not child’s play people often forget this.

    Similarly Indian government is often criticized by junta for its Pakistan policy. Their are few who even advice of dropping atom bomb on Pakistan to get rid of problem. But, understanding the international pressure and limitations of diplomacy is beyond the reach of these people. Similarly some foreign ngos and countries criticise India for its uses of coal. These developed nation don’t know the Socio-economic conditions of India and deliberately want to push responsibility of carbon mitigation, which has increased due to their wrongdoings in past.

    However, criticism is not always bad. As great saint kabir has said “nindak niyre rakhiye aagan kuti chhavai. Bin pani sabun bina Nirmal hot suhay”. (keep the critique beside you, by making home for him in yard. (he) will keep you clean without soap and water.) criticism done with good intentions that is constructive criticism is great tool to keep arrogance away from person.

    As arrogarrogance is first ladder towards autocracy and consequent decline. Therefore it is very important to have check on arrogance and this job can be best done by critique. He will point towards negative and fault things a person has in him or his task. This will motivate person to work on his weakness and rectify misteks.

    This type of criticism is considered good for proper functioning of authorities who exercise power. Role of opposition in democratic government is one of the best example of positive critique . opposition leaders keep tab on autocratic behaviour of government and provide constructive criticism on government policies. This helps smooth functioning of government.

    Similarly parents and teachers who care for their child and students resort to criticise them on their misteks. their intention of criticism is never to demoralize student but to help him to improve on his weaknesses and not to commit similar misteks in future. This helps student to awake his internal strength boost his confidence and toughen his zeal to achieve his target.

    Just like a critique (negative) needs to understand the emotions of those who have failed Similarly person who is being criticized for his wellbeing needs to understand the real motto of constructive critique. Here these two cases are quite interesting, in the former person needs to ignore the criticism and in latter he should accept them in order to achieve success in life. A very fine example of this could be sachin Tendulkar. He accepted all the good criticism done on him by legends and simply ignored which he thought not suitable for his cricket.

    Criticism requires great skill if it is being done for wellbeing of someone. Such critique generally understand the psychological condition of person and never criticize unnecessarily . On the other hand criticism done for sake of disturbing someone and with bad intention should be discouraged. These people are generally insensitive to others feelings and need to introspect themselves before criticizing others.

    • Tanu Singhal

      Hey the content is really good.

      Two things bothered me, and destroyed whole impression.
      1. Starting with a story. It becomes sooooooo obvious that this story is either made up or have to have a happy ending.
      2. The essay was about the possibility of other’s life, while you wrote it about CRITICISM.

      Not having information about someone else not always lead to CRITICISM. There may be chances that I may pitty that person, or think of him to be of high regard, while he is a con man.

      You made it too unidirectional.

      Happy writing, improvements are the key to success.. Keep going.

      If u get enough time, kindly review mine. 🙂

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Good intro

      Criticism is of two type passive(negative) and active (constructive )- well explained ,most of us missed that part…

      Good examples

      Keep it up

    • Isha

      Hi Akhil, My views-
      1. Aaj kya ho gaya hai? Grammatical mistakes hain. May be they are typos, so ignore it then. First para me- (LIVING with his parents. He WAS average in ); (didn’t worked);
      2. Intro was good.
      3. Babasahab ambedkar, sardar patel, subhash chandra bose and many others are also there who are criticized for their policies.- which policies? You need to be specific here. Waise personality based examples jyada ho gaye so u can restrict urself to 2 of them.
      4. You have given GS based examples only or personality based- diversify it. Like in general life, we come across instances as u mentioned in ur intro. Include them.
      5. Examples should be 3-4 only- but there should be depth—This is what I’ve been told many times in the reviews I received. So u too can follow this.
      6. Critical part- Kabir thought- good one. But you stretched it a little bit. Use thoda short and concise karo because this time ur essay is more than word limit, i guess.
      7. Conclusion- seemed more like suggesstion, like what should be done. This is not what conclusion of this topic requires. I think, the topic’s essence is what we need to put in conclusion. I think so, feel free to differ.
      Thoda harsh ho gaya review. Pardon me. But You can write much better than this. Your last essay was good. Keep writing and incorporating relevant suggestions given by others.
      All the best 🙂

      • Akhil

        All criticism accepted isha. Thank you for review. Yeh topic hi mujhe bada strange sa laga.. Any way mai apne aapko criticize karunga.. Because we can not give excuses. Tume likhna chahiye tha thoda difficult topic tha according to me. Kuchh sikhane ko milta. Better luck next time

        • Isha

          arey aisa nahi hai. Kabhi mere essay pe reviews padhna tum, structure to hota hi nahi kabhi 😛
          Baki kabhi kabhi koi topic ke sath we dont feel comfortable. I would say, after reading few essays over here, give a thought to this topic and re frame ur draft for this essay. That would help you to understand this topic better.
          Learning process chalta rhega. Even I got so many examples from ur write up 🙂
          All the best.

    • Thor and Miolneer

      You could have written ‘Entrance Exam’ first and then ‘third attempt’.

      but destiny has written something else. History repeated itself — Shayraana.

      + passive(negative) and active (constructive)

      – aruna shaunbaug – wrong example.

      – it was not required — Its is very easy to criticize Dhoni but the way he handles pressure is not child’s play people often forget this.

      – junta — Junta is the name of Myanmar’s military. = wrong word.

      Hi Akhil,

      It was a good read.

      However, There are a few things I would like to point out.

      Story needs improvement.

      Some examples and words are not apt – Aruna Shanbaug, JUNTA.

      Please be a little careful with your examples.

      Sachin’s example could’ve been avoided since you have already included Dhoni in the earlier part of the essay.

      This para suggests that govt. criticizes itself too– Like government common people are also no far behind in criticizing either cricketers or film stars or government itself.

      And thus I don’t find it correct.

      You wrote a beautiful essay.

      I think My review is not full of ‘Constructive Criticism’ today. But I will work on it and give a better one the next week.

      Keep up the good work 

    • Hi Akhil, my views:
      1)As I read your essay, I had a feeling that you have received some BS criticism, some funny responses from people for atom bom suggestion on Pakistan
      2)Just like two type of criticism, there are two type of examples-everyday examples (cricket, social stuff) and technical (Gandhi, Nehru). Former one doesn’t require much explanation as reader can connect easily but proper explanation is required for the latter one to make one understand. So work on these explanations
      3)Please avoid making conclusion a para for suggestion. Conclusion should express the essence of your essay
      Overall, I feel your essay was good but explanations are needed at few places to make it better. Keep writing 🙂

      • Akhil

        Thank you very much bhaijan for giving time..
        Mujhe lagta hai kuchh examples funny se ho gaye and conclusion you are right should be an essence of essay. .. I’ll definitely improve on misteks you have pointed out..

    • yogi

      very good essay bhai 🙂
      beginning is relevant to the context and u have expressed that i suffcicient words,
      u have touched many aspects which i found missing in many essays, good here
      just a suggestion when discussing a dimension go into a bit depth , at many places i see that u have just mentioned the example and moved ahead, pause for a while and talk a bit more regarding it
      good that u have covered the +ve side as well
      conclusion, needs improvement it is too general,
      overall a nice read
      thanks bhai 🙂

      • Akhil

        Thanks for review bhai..
        All suggestions accepted.. After rereading I too have thought that proper explanation is missing in some examples..
        I’ll definitely work on them..

  • Pooja Pandey

    “Before Criticising a man ,walk a mile in his shoes:”

    Idealistic views easily develop but most of the time they are used to judge the acts of other people.We tend to easily criticise if there is any deviation.But before putting our views into words a bit thinking should be done first.
    A lot of factors are responsible behind a decision taken , like individual interests,family,social considerations,socio-economic feasibility and many more and these situations vary from person to person.Hence it’s possible that a person can make a decision his personal opinion or will.So before imposing our personal opinion against someone’s decision their situation must be considered.
    We all know that child labour is a curse for our society.On construction sites , children helping their parents ,who are employed as manual labourers is a common sight or in villages during the harvesting season children specially girls accompany their parents to help.Out of curiosity and empathy I asked once one of the girls why doesn’t she go to school ? I also criticised her parents for making her work instead of providing education.Then the girl replied that whatever her parents earn is very meagre to even provide meals twice a day to every family member.She had younger siblings too.Her mother , who looked malnourished needed help.So due to lack of time im early morning ours she skipped school. Her answer made me think that before criticising her and her parents I should have considered their condition.
    Many such examples are present aroumd us.One such historic example from the pages of Indian National Movement-
    When Gandhiji decided to withdraw the Non cooperation Movement after the Chauri Chaura incident ,even many of his followers and supporters criticised him and questions were raised over his leadership skills and ideals.All those critics were unable to see the reasons behind his decision.Gandhiji was an experienced leader and knew that mass movements require pauses to recuperate and couldn’t be stretched indefinitely . Being a visionary , he knew the repercussions that could follow after the violent incident and with drawing was the best option to save the masses from the wrath of the British.Hence from his position he took the right decision but some failed to understand that and criticised him.Hence before criticising Gandhiji a bit a thinking was required which clearly justified his action.
    Spying is unethical .But increasing acts of terrorism and threats to the critical infrastructures and unity and integrity of the nation makes spying a rightful act.Hence spying on enemy countries in this situation is justified.
    Most of our fellow countrymen has developed a habit of criticising the government and sometimes going to the extreme expressing regression on being an Indian if anything undesirable happens around us like delayed trains,dirty platforms,bad roads,rising prices ,corruption,communalistic violence ,rape incidences ,child labour and the list continues.While expressing discontent and annoyance against public officials and government we should remember that clapping can’t be done with a single hand.Efforts of both the hands are required in equal proportion.Behind increasing crimes and corruption government is not solely responsible.Being a democracy , along with rights and powers lays a lot of responsibilies on the public too.Those in power are our choice.We voted for them practising our electoral franchise.Moreover for the proper implementation of all the good intented plans and policies require active participation of all.For example “Swachchh Bharat” will remain a dream until the masses are motivated to reach that goal.Hence every citizen has a duty to monitor that everyone around and including themselves are contributing to make Bharat swachchh.Similarly, if every citizen determines not to give bribe and stops anyone who does so then it won’t be long that this menace will be eradicated too.These were just a few examples.So instead of critising the government on every single first as citizen one should fulfill his /her duties.Yes we can criticise because that’s important too for efficiency but only on matters that are justified.
    Hence coming to the conclusion we can say that healthy criticism is good in conditions that there were other good options available and were feasible to be implemented.But not in cases where no other good choice was available.Therefore criticism is conditional too.So before criticising a man we need to walk a mile in his shoes.

    Please review 🙂

    • Tanu Singhal

      Hey Pooja, I think u r new to this.

      1. Starting was too vague yet direct, get more creative, try to develop instant interest of the reader.
      2. You try to add lost of examoles, while u didn’t focus on making the reader get in to the depth of the topic.
      3. Bring proper structuring.

      Happy writing, improvements are the key to success.. Keep going.

      If u get enough time, kindly review mine. … 🙂

      • Pooja Pandey

        Yeah sure 🙂

    • Profoundis

      Out of curiosity and empathy I asked once one of the girls why doesn’t she go to school ? I also criticised her parents for making her work instead of providing education.Then the “girl replied” that whatever her parents earn is very meagre to even provide meals twice a day to every family member…….does that girl mature enough to answer as such at that age or manifested by parents?
      i love the clapping phrase…
      intro was good
      first 2 ex fine but i dont like the third one since it appears like too vague to me but i love that u mention for “rape incidence” can’t be blamed govt alone ..that is bcz i presume u r woman n for being honest for that as i see most women were biased when it comes to their issues even in cases where the women themselves wrong n still support them on the patriarchy card….

      all the best keep writing u got interesting graping n review mine as well ..

      • Pooja Pandey

        Thanks 🙂
        Hardships and poverty make poor kids mature at a very early age.

        • Profoundis

          fantastic reply ..keep blessing urself

          • Pooja Pandey

            More interested in blessings from others rather than from myself .

            • Profoundis

              since i feel others blessings(positive) are biased/selfish/egoistic/who wants to seek our attention(mostly) ,,,, i won’t believe in all that shit ..bcz i do believe whoever praise me are selfish(99%) n whoever criticize me are genuine (99%)….and th only one who are true (100%) to ourself is us(since its hard to be fake to own)….thast y i don’t even believe in god except for women

            • Profoundis

              i don’t even think that god would bless us ……and someone’s blessing might not pure ..only pure one is urself(u only knows ur actual u ) including ur parents (who are over ambitious)… said keep blessing urself!

              • Pooja Pandey

                Whoa ! Didn’t think in that depth
                I like ur view 🙂

                • Profoundis

                  have u guessed wt that 90s incident even once ? or tired even to do that?

        • Profoundis

          where is ur review of mine generous to me at least unlike selfish!

          • Pooja Pandey

            Hey don’t judge me…
            Ofcourse I will review urs in return.U seriously need some patience Profoundis!

            • Profoundis

              but curiosity overrides patience na in every instance ..thats y

              • Pooja Pandey

                Yeah u r correct

        • CSE2016 aspirant

          Very true pooja ji

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      Jab bacchon ko paal nhi sakte – to unko bacche karne ka haq nhi hai : Child labour is paap – parents deserve criticism. Depriving child of his education and making him/her work is a sin.
      Ab aap ye poochengi ki – they are not educated about proper family planning ? – govt is to be criticised and yes they need to be – Media ye nhi dikhati – media dikhati hai ki (this and that community) student committed suicide – ye kaahe ka constructive criticism – I think you need to make your intro point solid
      Vote bank politics is claiming lives of innocents, turning them into criminals.

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        deeply analyse the thing and end at positive note – try to make an intro like this 🙂

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      Pooja ji,
      Para chote karo –
      flow maintain karo – ye dekho ki pichle para se link baith rha ki nhi
      conclusion main poore essay ka saar likho.
      You have points but better structure required.
      You have to depict that you are a knowledgeable guy with positive attitude

    • Hi, first of all appreciate your attempt. But the way you consolidated your words and ideas portrays that you are just a beginner in writing.
      1) Apart from Chauri Chaura , Noting seems novel in the answer. It lacks diversification on the topic.{ 80 percent of the answer is all about Indian scenario and political failures}

      2) No continuity in answer. Starting with Child labor went back to national moment and abrupt involvement of Cyber Spying and again coming back to Indian scenario and ending in a plain manner.

      3) Must have Illustrated your experience of child labour in an interesting way { Such as with a new paragraph or incorporating it at the starting of the essay or at the bottom before conclusion}.

      4) Now it appealed to me that you have quoted your experience is superfluous,just to use the words ” empathy and curiosity” and to gain the attention { I May be wrong but that was what I felt }

      5) Finally , Going through this I felt nothing much worth as I gained nothing new from your answer.

      key points to be noted :
      1) Take some time and prepare some rough work before you jump to rite the answer.
      2) Divert the topic to as many areas as can and don’t forget to connect them through a hierarchy.
      3) Use more realistic examples.
      4) Include usage of words like ” Empathy , emotional Intelligent”
      5) Never repeat the same thought.
      6) Finally keep writing, writing, writing everyday till your name appears in the rank list

      Please note : I am also a beginner in writing the answers as i have just started writing from the last week. So your answer resembled a replica to my answers. I wouldn’t have replied with this sarcastic tone ,but as you requested me I have taken my time to reply. This is not to deject you please Consider this as a constructive criticism and wish you the best.

      • Pooja Pandey

        Thanks for your constructive criticism .Really appreciate that.Will try to improve myself .
        Thanks Dhanunjaya ! 🙂

  • Tanu Singhal

    There is a very basic human trait, which is most natural, quick and immediate , and at times harmful as well, I.e. JUDGING someone.
    Judging someone is nothing but a reflex of a common sensibly healthy mind, as soon as we talk to someone, or get to know about them via any source, we tend to judge them, or say our mind makes up an image of them, which can be either negative, positive or neutral, based upon the information we get. The image developed is at times like a camera image, I.e. we see what we perceive to see, while at times after analysing the mind gives us an information that this person is having this ort of personality, which might or might not be harmful to me.
    Most of the times, this reflexive action is BIASED. By biased I mean, based upon INCOMPELETE information. Hence, neglected and MIS judged.

    Hence it calls for collection of right amount of data to reach the best possible conclusions. By that we can say that we need to actually get into the shoes of the same person before developing ANY OPINION.
    We all have to deal with many people ona day to day basis, some might seem overly nice, some neutral, some helpful, and some even irritatd or agitated, all these traits or behavioural aspects are mostly externally mounted and gets transferred from one to another in the chain of communication and interaction.while we are saying that these are externally influenced there comes a need to actually understand those external factors.

    Everyone’s life is different from different perspectives, some might be seeing me as a young fellow aspirant, while for some I am an experienced player, while a person meets an accident, he sees other at fault, while the people stuck in traffic jam sees both the parties at fault.,
    While the team losses , the captain feels it was his bad day, the spectator might be taking it to be a team blunder.
    Hence different people , different conclusions, depending upon the sources of information tehy are having.which leads us to another important thing,Ie. Authentication of sources.

    The most logical sources or the most accurate sources of information with respect to a person, is no one else but himself, or to the least the most near and dear ones to him or her.
    By source , here , we should not equate to with the data or information, but the real life experiences, that person’s actual failures oir success, his joy and his pain, his journey upto date.
    You never know, what bad day that person might be having,may be his car broke, may be his wife had an abortion,may be his child is not healthy, or may be he was late because he was helping a victim of some accident, if that person is acting weird, or wants to be alone,or is being rude, or was a bit late at work, then it might not be his own actual will.
    Rarely do we try to understand things from other’s perspectives, and why should we, when we ourselves can be rational enough to understand their issues, but that is possible only when I truly understand how and what actually that person has been doing today, or this week, or since a month or even an year. You never know , a CEO of a company might have been a slumdog earlier, you can never anticipate That when a female boss gievs early leaves to female colleagues, she might be doing cz she herself has been a victim of severe eve teasing.

    By stepping into someone’s shoes, doesn’t literally compels us to go and experience his life,but it reminds us to have enough PATIENCE, to see why that person is being cranky or the way he is, it reminds us to be logical to evaluate all the possible scenarios as to which might have affected other person’s decision.
    It might not always be some lethargy or personal grudge that your colleague is not helping you in your work, it might be his genuine constraint of time.
    Not everyone is born perfect, not everyone is leading a perfect life, nor does everyone leaves to be arrogant at work today, nor does people want to be sadist, CIRCUMSTANCES and SURROUNDINGS are always affecting factors.hence, it becomes essential to actually get in to the root of the causes, or at least wait or give that person enough time to prove or justify himself.
    Not only a sad person but we do the same with successful people as well, while we forget that we don’t know for how many hours that player or person might have worked hard and given his life to his dream, we many times give credits to his luck, or worse, to OUR OWN BAD LUCK.

    We should never forget that , everyone is a hero in his own life, and by judging them , we might be acting the villain in thier as well as our own lives.

    • Profoundis

      wil do in the evening since it s bedtime nw 🙂

    • Pooja Pandey

      Starting is good,
      A female boss giving early leave to female employees is criticised?
      Some examples you gave are worth praising not
      criticism.Overall a well balanced essay. 🙂

      • Tanu Singhal

        Thanks .

        Yes it is , it can be, think from a male’s perspective, who have had over doze of feminist criticism.

        • Pooja Pandey

          I think men today are very sensitive regarding increasing crimes against women.

          • Tanu Singhal

            Yes , indeed, but still change is slow paced.

            • sankar

              tanu madam have a look atmine

    • Isha

      Hi Tanu, longtime!
      My views-
      Intro- make it compact and strong. You took much time to come at the point- may be around halfway through.
      Examples- missing this time. Philosophical part sahi tha, but u see justification ke liye examples nahi the.
      In the last, analysis was good but here u missed to put forth a compact, strong conclusion.
      Work on these things, keep writing. That’s the only way out.
      Pardon me for the harsh review 😛
      I have not written today, so chill maar tu 😀
      All the best.

      • Akhil

        Isha have a look at my essay. Thank you . I’ll review urs for sure

        • Isha

          Sure Akhil, and today you are free. I have not written.

      • Tanu Singhal


        Yar I felt I had written a very vague esaay today.

        Ye sala ESE quotes me na ghuma daalte hain

        Harsh review was very much reqd.
        Thanks ?

        N not done, agli zarur likhio.. 😀

        • Isha

          Ye saala aise quotes sach me, rula dete hain 😛
          haha 😀
          Aaj kuch backlog tha yaar, usi me padi thi. Next time pakka.
          See u next sunday 🙂

          • Tanu Singhal

            Sure Girl…

    • Profoundis

      i felt like as am i reading the judgement of indian judiciary ?
      Rarely “do we ” try to understand things from other’s perspectives, and why should we, when we ourselves can be rational enough to understand their issues, but that is possible only when I truly understand how and what actually that person has been doing today, or this week, or since a month or even an year…..i was confused with this phrase

      u seems biased in the case of WOMAN BOSS and WOMAN employees (where u mentioned it as colleague , how come?)as i was rightly pointed to pooja pandey

      but i love the conclusion part much and to peaks is “…..give credits to his luck, or worse, to OUR OWN BAD LUCK.” ..loved this very very very much

      all the best and review mine as well

      • Tanu Singhal

        No I m not exactly biased or a feminist. But yes I found that in today’s essay my writing style was not apt.

        I didn’t like my own piece.
        Thanks a tonne for the review…

        Really need to work on ur suggestions..will definitely review urs.

        • Profoundis

          where is ur review of mine …dont be selfish plz?

          • Tanu Singhal

            Yeah will do

            M not a met human.
            Moreover match Is still on ?

            • Profoundis

              m not a met human ? wts that mean ?

              • Tanu Singhal


                • Profoundis

                  *meta means ?

                  • Tanu Singhal

                    Google meta humans.. U will know what I meant

                    • Profoundis

                      wow u would become more smart lawyer if u suggest this to ur clients !

                    • Tanu Singhal

                      Priority is, IAS.

                    • Profoundis

                      but u never know where u wind up ….isnt it ? ..its better to have a leg on both boats so that we would jump as per our convenience or our luck …..

                    • Tanu Singhal

                      That’s why I said priority and not plan.;)

                    • Profoundis

                      oh u proved that girls are more diplomatic than boys even in career apart from personal space …..

                    • Tanu Singhal

                      It was not diplomacy, just reading between lines….

                      While we are trying to get into bureaucracy, we sort of need both..

                    • Profoundis

                      u mean to say like b/w right to secrecy and RTI …

  • Ishan Awasthi had been performing quite poor in his studies. He often drew flak from his teachers for his lack of concentration in studies. He continued to receive criticism until one day a new teacher, Ram Shankar arrives in the school. This teacher was quick to understand the problem of Ishan Awasthi and soon realized that the child had been suffering from a reading disorder called dyslexia. Ram’s better understanding of Ishan’s problem was possible because he himself had been a victim of the disorder in his young days.

    The story of Ram and Ishan expresses the point that experiencing the circumstances faced by other helps provide a better understanding of the response and behavior of people.

    Similar to the criticism faced by Ishan from his teachers, people invite criticism from other because of differences among perspective. People fail to realize that everyone has been brought up under different circumstances and thus have achieved different psyche. Even though one doesn’t look correct in his actions from the perspective of others, an experience of situations under which a decision is taken can help develop a good understanding. Criticizing before understanding these circumstances can become a case where someone is convicted even for the ‘uncommitted’ crimes.

    Numerous instances around us put forth the point that often people are criticized before understanding the ground realities. The trio of ‘roti-kapda-makan’ i.e. food-clothes-house is an essential constituent of life and helps a human being to ‘really’ exist in this world. Beggars and prostitutes are often criticized without understanding the basic fact that they have been doing all this for making their both ends meet. An empty tummy can’t think much of the ethical issues in such acts and resort to them. However, the sad fact is that even the well-educated people fail to understand the driving force of ‘food’. Perhaps, passing few days with an empty stomach can help realize this force.

    During the British times, Indian National Congress was criticized in the initial years for their milk-water policy of persuading the British in order to attain their objectives. However, few fail to understand that during those delicate times when British exercise a tight and repressive control, a strong reaction against Britishers would have lead to the abandonment of the INC itself. The slow and moderate response was needed to ensure a strong base of an organization that could later become one of the driving forces behind the independence of our beloved nation.

    Years after independence, India was faced with financial crisis during 1990 and that led to the adoption of the LPG reforms in order to open up the economy. Conservatists described this move as regressive one while others provided criticism for the delayed response and cited example of China that had already opened up the economy to enjoy its fruits. Little thought in understanding the circumstances under which that decision was taken can help the critics to see that the question of opening economy was very subjective. There was dilemma of choosing to safeguard the domestic producers or to propel economic growth through foreign capital.

    Fast forwarding to the present times, Late DK Ravi, the Deputy Commissioner of Kolar District that committed suicide has been labelled by many as a ‘coward’ who couldn’t stand up for himself. However, it is very easy for one to sit in front of Televisions and do the talking, prescribing solutions to the problem of threatening calls that he faced. His action of ‘ending up his own life’ can only be understood once someone had lived his life and confronted those issues that led him to take this ‘bold’ decision.

    Having said all this, does it imply that just walking in someone’s shoes gives an understanding of the situations and hence there shouldn’t be any criticism? The answer is negative. There can be situations and circumstances that can be avoidable but they shouldn’t become an excuse to commit a wrongful act that transcends the boundaries of laws and rights of humans. Even though circumstances shape the mentality of an individual, there should always remain a tight control over the mind to ensure that any unethical act doesn’t flow through them. Brutal assault meted by Hitler to the Jews can’t be justified on grounds that they were responsible for defeat of Germany in WWI or for the economic crisis. In the present times, terrorist attacks by Kasab or the murderers involved in Nirbhaya rape case can’t be acquitted on grounds that they had been brought up in tough circumstances and this was the only thing they knew. There is always a chance to accept the positive or the negative in the environment around us and thus such immoral acts can’t be justified on futile excuses even though one may live their lives.

    Thus, it can be said that understanding someone circumstances before meting out any criticism is necessary to have a better understanding of the forces behind his/her decision. It helps the critic to better connect with the individual and hence his action under the given ‘situation-frame’. Examples in different quarters of society put forward the picture that not paying due heed to above fact has led to unwarranted criticism. However, care must be taken to ensure that circumstances do not take the form of excuse to commit anything even if it defies the boundaries of natural law and disturb the fabric of social harmony. Will of the individual is much greater than any circumstance surrounding him/her and thus circumstances cannot always become a tool to avoid criticism.

    • Invoker

      awesome intro.. constructive example that explains the problem as well as what is needed..the flow is very nice except for a few instances of abruptness.. for eg between the 3rd and 4th para.
      roti kapda makaan – awesome.. very well explained..subsequent examples are also very well explained.. commissioners example is a bit strange in my opinion..the other side of the equation well explained..conclusion can be improved IMO..overall a very good read.. never felt like a drag.. got to learn a lot from your essay.. hopefully ill write like this one day.. kudos !

      • Night thinker !!

        Mera bhi padh lo invoker bhai! 🙂 pleaseeee!

      • DK Ravi controversial accepted. Thanks Invoker Bhai, sab moh maya hai 😉
        You will write much better, believe me 🙂

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      ho naa jaaye ye taare zameen par

      1. discussion can cover some more angles – there is a much wider perspective – like constructive criticism i healthy sometimes, what should be done to step up in one’s shoes can be explained better.

      2. examples are solid.

      3. second last para is unique and deserves round of applause.

      4. use of philosophical terms is there, you could have used more :). but it’s fine.

      Overall, V good answer.

      Aaj aussies ke sitaron ko zameen par nhi laaya , to humara naam kohli naa hai.


      • haha.. bhao sach me aaaj to bas kohli ne jita dia, technical shots maare 😀
        about essay, yea constructive criticism is a good point, will work on other aspects too. ab to mulakat hoti rahegi 😀

        • CSE2016 aspirant

          Haan bro – we will have to collaborate and succeed 🙂

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      I would say intro example is also excellent . Surely one of the best i have read today 🙂

    • Namrata

      hey batman 😀
      1. nice flow
      2. balanced essay portraying both sides.
      3. few grammatical errors ..
      4. intro toh apna same ..hehehe 😀 but i didnt remember names 😛
      5. good examples but dk ravi eg .. u said “bold” decision –> implies u r supportive of suicides .. can go against u in the exam to a great extent .. suicides are never bold and shows u have a give up attitude too .. keeping personal feelings aside purely talking from exam point of view .. so kindly alter that .. 🙂
      6. conclusion could have been better ..
      7. at few places ..slightly long sentences than ur normal style .. 😛

      overall great !! 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        Review mine as well please 🙂

      • yep, u r correct, should have avoided DK Ravi. Thanks Namarta 😉 will work on your aspects and re-read my essay before posting it 🙂

    • Aravind Varier

      Dear Batman ,

      1) Introduction is good 🙂 you could clearly bring out the context of your essay in it 🙂

      2) Criticizing before understanding these circumstances can become a case where someone is convicted even for the ‘uncommitted’ crimes.???????? PLEASE AVOID SUCH STATEMENTS you cannot tell passing criticism without understanding can be convicted for uncommitted crimes without giving sufficient justifications .

      3) .Beggars and prostitutes are often criticized ……… in this paragraph . you should clearly tell why are they criticized and who are the one who is criticizing them .

      4) An empty tummy can’t think much of the ethical issues ???? what are the ETHICAL ISSUES you are talking about . PLEASE BE CLEAR !!!

      5) During the British times, Indian National Congress was criticized in the initial years for their milk-water policy ????? MILK WATER POLICY …..PLEASE CLEARLY MENTION in the essay because the examiner might be not aware of this policy .

      please avoid giving the examiner a chance to take an alternate view .

      6) India was faced with financial crisis during 1990 and that led to the adoption of the LPG reforms in order to open up the economy.???? LPG = LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS OR ( LIBERALIZATION , PRIVATIZATION , GLOBALIZATION ) PLEASE BE CLEAR !!! the examiner might think the candidate is telling about liquefied petroleum gas reforms .

      7) Fast forwarding to the present times, Late DK Ravi, the Deputy Commissioner of Kolar District ….. His action of ‘ending up his own life’ can only be understood once someone had lived his life and confronted those issues that led him to take this ‘bold’ decision.??????????????? BOLD DECISION . What are you trying to convey in this paragraph THAT GUY COMMITTED SUICIDE AND YOU ARE GLORIFYING IT A ” BOLD DECISION ” PLEASE AVOID SUCH STATEMENTS BATMAN .


      Even you are NOT a batman , never write suicide as a BOLD DECISION 🙂

      8) Even though circumstances shape the mentality of an individual, there should always remain a tight control over the mind to ensure that any unethical act doesn’t flow through them. UNETHICAL ACT !!! you gave too many examples of Hitler , nirbhaya case and complicated it . you could have taken a single case and explained it to bring out the opposite side context of the essay clearly .

      9) conclusion have to be improved .YOU COMPLICATED THE CONCLUSION


      • yogi

        Aravind bhai can u plz review mine 🙂

      • Night thinker !!

        Dear Aravind sir,
        Can you please look at my essay and suggest improvements? THANKS IN ADVANCE! 🙂

      • Thanks Aravind Bhai, will work on the aspects mentioned by you 🙂

      • Ankit

        Aravind you give great reviews so kudos for that 🙂
        But please don’t call a person’s suicide “A COWARDLY ACT ”
        maybe you don’t know what a person goes through before he decides to end his life so calling it a ‘COWARDLY’ shows ignorance which I don’t expect from a person like you!
        Feel free to criticize me for what I have said 🙂
        Bless you buddy!

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        6th wala point par I want to ask one thing – LPG reforms are known to almost all the intellectuals – I think an examiner will understand it as he has written to open up economy : LPG reforms. Just asking sir, writing all three will be too big – can’t it be avoided

        • aravind k comment se pata chala hoga ki jada bhi ni seekhna mujhse 😀 😀
          I agree with you to certain extent because even UPSC had used this jargon of LPG in one of the paper. But Aravind’s point is that don’t leave anything for the examiner to understand. Watch for his reviews, he is very good at it 😀

          • CSE2016 aspirant

            Yes, I know arvind sir is brilliant – He is one of the most respected personality on insights 🙂
            I see and learn from his reviews a lot

        • Aravind Varier

          Dear CSE2016 aspirant ,

          Generally , we should make the essay as simple as possible to the examiner as well as interesting too .

          You can add concepts from General Studies , but that should be followed by substantial explanation .

          Regarding , the LPG reforms, how can we know the examiner is an intellectual. The essays are evaluated by Professors in English Literature and we cannot expect them to understand the terms that we write in the exam which is exhibited due to our knowledge amassed as a part of our UPSC preparation .

          THANK YOU 🙂 🙂 🙂

          • CSE2016 aspirant

            Ohh, I see.
            If professors of English lit are checking – We need to use full form.
            I realised the importance of your point.
            Thanks sir 🙂 your reviews and suggestions have always been insightful 🙂
            Keep writing and reviewing

    • Amrita

      Dear Batman!
      You covered, all the aspects. History(INC), Economy(LPG), Ethics.
      Just 1 point,in DK Ravi sir’s example you cannot directly support suicide. It could be something like, Media didnt put itself in Ravi sir’s shoes,.
      Keep it up.

      • Thanks Amrita, yea it is a bit controversial, will avoid it and try to improve 🙂

    • Ash

      Where were you, Batman??? 🙂
      Umm! I will review yourz.. Could you plz find some time! 🙂

      • Yahi tha yar, just hooked up with some other works, will be back very soon 🙂

    • Ambarish

      Bhai Tare Zameen Par utaar ke nostalgic kar diya 😀

    • Ash

      Hey Batman! (:

      1. Awesome Start! 🙂
      2. Milk-Water Policy? WLTL! (:
      3. English at some places! I know they are typos! 🙂
      4. Years after independence —- You didn’t convey anything here Batman!
      5. Late DK Ravi – WOW!
      6. Your second last para is a complete takeaway! Thx:) I could not think of this angle! 🙂
      7. Are you sure — Batman has written this?? A lot of English probs!!!

      AN UPVOTE — because you talked more today! And backed it up with examples! KWAR! 🙂

      PRM! 🙂

      • Thanks Ash,
        Milkwater policy=nothing special, it is simple english, you add water you dilute the milk, so basically it was a weak and timid policy of moderates
        I guess I would have to read the essay again before I post. Perhaps I took long time for writing it down, that’s why so many mistakes, will improve 🙂

        • Ash

          Batman! Will you plz review my essay?
          Experimenting has been done so plz find time.. do it at ease alright! Thank you! 🙂

          • I will review your essay but not today 🙂

            • Ash

              So sweet Batman!Tq! :))

    • Ambarish

      On a serious note, please find my inputs below:
      1. Language can be polished. In some places I could spot a few grammatical errors and in some others the choice of words made the sentence a bit difficult to grasp. Some people are sticklers for these seemingly small things
      2. You have tried to do justice by highlighting the value of role playing in order to evaluate the decisions taken by individuals
      3. You can tighten up your transitions. I found the flow a bit jerky. Too many strands of thought being thrown up
      4. While your story was good (it even brought a young rabbit toothed Darshil Zafary’s face for a moment), it wont bring novelty to your essay. Time for thinking out of the box I guess
      5. You have cited the example of Nazis. You could have also added the role played by irrationality and blind following
      6. DK Ravi’s example was uncalled for. I think we have plenty of non-controversial examples around. It would be good to use them to drive home your point. You have used ‘bold’ to describe his act of committing suicide. Try to use politically correct adjectives in such cases. Again, it is very minor, you may overlook it
      7. Too much of criticism can lead to cynicism 😀 Try to use synonyms if you want to use the same in multiple places. It helps in taking away the boredom and keeps the tone of the essay interesting
      8. Conclusion could have been better

      • Ash

        Hi Ambarish! 🙂
        Could you plz review mine too! 🙂

        • Ambarish

          Yup! in process of doing the same 🙂

        • Ambarish


      • Thanks a lot Ambarish for a wonderful review 🙂
        would work on the aspects mentioned by you !

    • Affu

      Good intro as usual batman,u covered those points which i justed pointed out to nightthinker-INC,Economic reforms.On social front u raised a very good topic of the “trio” but somehow i couldnt get the feel that u logically concluded it,there was something missing,pls work on it.
      the suicide example,though different may leave a different impression depending upon the examiner.also there were some controversies raised about his death so i advice u to not to take up such topics
      u clearly articulated that getting intos shoes of others doesnt mean u have to justify unethical acts
      pls work on conclusion and bring it at par with intro as later is awesome
      Ok message for affu:enjoying on sunday watching match ,criticizing those who write essays without understanding their hard work,?? ha ha
      Keep writing

      • haha.. yea I think DK Ravi example became controversial, would avoid it
        It was a good sunday, virat kohli was phenomenal 😀
        Thanks Affu for taking time out of the enjoyable sundays 😉

    • Jaya Swatantra

      Nice attempt really
      Good flow and connectivity
      Balanced view
      But the decision of committing suicide you wrote it a bold move,this i could not comprehend…
      But overall very good attempt.. keep writing and reviewing…

    • Night thinker !!

      Dear Batman!
      Excellent write-up
      The flow was maintained till the end! 🙂 🙂
      You kick started your essay with an example! But someone had pointed out that essays shouldn’t start with an example! I’m not sure. But if that’s true, you can avoid it 🙂 Keep up friend! 🙂

      • Thanks Dhoni girl 😀

        • CSE2016 aspirant

          Ohh – is night thinker also girl like night fury ?

          • Yep 😀

            • CSE2016 aspirant

              The way captain talked and commented on my comment – I never thought she is a girl :).

              • Night thinker !!

                Hahaha if only comments provided us to reveal our gender, you would have come to knw this! 🙂 😛

          • Night thinker !!

            Lol! ? yusss I’m a Dhoni fangirl 😛 😛

          • LOL . only after I started posting my blog address here, people got to know about me.. otherwise nobody knew who I am 😛 😛

            • CSE2016 aspirant

              How will people know ? 🙂

    • yogi

      Hello Batman Bhai 🙂

      Intro: since I have read this in Jaya’s essay, so nothing new for me , hope this does not happen with the real examiner 😛

      Man body: philo+ socio-> examples-> current example-> other side of quote-> conclusion == perfect structure (Y)

      Penultimate para, very good but too long, UPSC sheets u know 😛

      I read ur conclusion twice: still I did not understand what u have written there, u could have been simple here so that an aam aadmi/aurat could also understand what u r trying to say.

      Overall a nice read (except conclusion of course ),

      Thanks !

  • Invoker

    “Look at the new lady in office, she cries all the time”, said an employee. The employees mocked her daily because she always remained alone and cried a lot. No one tried to find out why she was crying. Later it was found that her husband had recently passed away, and so she had to find a job to take care of her family.

    This shows our usual tendencies. We criticize whenever we get a chance. It is very easy to find faults in someone rather than trying to figure out why that person may have acted in that manner. We do not appreciate that everyone desires to be happy, and they will act accordingly. People build up huge expectations and when someone doesn’t live up to them, they are criticized. The biggest example of this is our government. People have huge expectations from the government. They want reduction in unemployment, reduction in taxes, reduction in inflation, increases in infrastructure, petrol and diesel to be cheaper, development of country in line with international standards, etc.

    Although, one cannot criticize the people of the country having expectations from a government that they have democratically elected, but people must be practical in their demands. One cannot expect the government to solve all the problems in a short span and achieve unrealistic targets. Criticism should be done, no doubt, but after understanding the working and limitations of the government.

    One reason why such situations of criticizing before understanding occur is because of our lack of patience. We are very impatient in our judgment. We are quick to judge others and criticize them. The harder thing to do here would be to control our short term impulses to judge, and try to figure out why that person is acting in such a manner. One should try to visualize what he or she himself would have done in the situation. Then only can we realize the plight of other persons. For example if one sees a poor person peeing on the road, one is quick to criticize him for dirtying the environment. Although what the person is doing is wrong, we do not point to the lack of public toilets or his poverty and illiteracy as being the reason for his actions.

    Everyone is limited by their abilities and their situation. Such limitations may come in form of poverty, culture, traditions, bad situations, etc. A person cannot satisfy all people but one must understand that he does try to keep as many people happy as he can. Whenever our parents deny us something saying that they cannot buy it for us, one should not get angry at them. It may not be because they do not want to buy it for us; rather it may be because their money might be being used for some other important purpose.

    Great personalities like M.K. Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King were experts in this regard. They didn’t quickly pass judgements. Rather they tried to walk in the shoes of their people, and understood and sympathized with their plight. It was because of this ability to connect with their people and understand them were these visionaries able to lead these people on a path of empowerment. People were willing to follow such torch bearers, because in them they saw hope and a person who didn’t take them for granted. Such empathetic people are rare breeds in today’s society, and it is such people that are regarded with reverence.

    But even such personalities are criticized on certain grounds. Gandhi was regularly criticized for signing agreements that conceded lesser than what was demanded and taking some controversial decisions. For e.g. The withdrawal of the Non Cooperation Movement was deemed by many people as a win for the British. But if one steps in Gandhiji’s shoes, it was the right decision in the backdrop of prevailing events. Gandhiji did what he thought was best for the country and not what was best for a narrow group of interests. Leaders are still criticized as to why they allowed partition of the country, without people trying to analyse the situation that prevailed during that time.

    It is always easy to sit afar and pass comments. What is difficult is facing hard situations and taking tough decisions that may not be pleasing to everyone. Thus if one hasn’t been in a situation that the other is in, we do not have the right to criticize. What one can do is provide solutions and try to empathize with the person. The world doesn’t need more critics; rather it needs more people who can empathize. One example is the case of rape victims. Rape victims are subject to abject ostracization in society and are regarded as outcasts. Doubts are raised regarding their morality and it is the victim that is blamed. Here, inspite of no fault on part of the victim he/she gets criticized. What is needed in such situations is to place oneself in the victim’s shoes. Then one will realize that we need to empathize with the person and help him fight the situation.

    If we empathized more with each other, it would lead to a better world to live in. There would be reduction in crimes, poverty, international conflicts, enmities, terrorism. The reason why most of the major problems remain unsolved is because one party doesn’t try to understand the stand of the other. “Development” in today’s world is wrongly interpreted. It is connected with increases in numbers of certain indexes when instead it should be connected with happiness or GHI. Increase on GHI is only possible if one empathizes with another and tries to solve their problems. Although this concept may seem utopian, it is the only way forward.

    • Invoker

      970 words

    • Invoker

      please review 🙂

    • Hi Invoker, my views:
      1)In second para, the point of government should have come in the next para as the second half of 2nd para and the third para are in continuation
      2)need/reason of criticism should come first to provide a background of the essay. I feel it is wrongly placed later in your essay
      3)You fell short of explaining the examples e.g. MK Gandhi example, you should have mentioned the ‘prevailing events’ to help reader connect with your understanding
      4)Philo touch here and there is good!
      5)Few more examples can be added
      6)Conclusion should express the theme of your essay. Avoid adding any new dimension. Further, GHI itself is an index and you have written before that increasing number in indicators is a wrong form of measuring development
      Please have a look at mine as well 🙂

      • Invoker

        seeing you after a long time battie..your criticisms are very relevant.. yeah i see i have contradicted myself in the conclusion… have got a long way to go in essay writing( or answer writing) in general.. thank you for your comprehensive review brother.. means a lot to a beginner like me.. give me some time.. ill surely review yours 🙂

        • haha.. I thought you started writing just when I had stopped 😀
          Will come back soon, brother 🙂

          • CSE2016 aspirant

            batman busy with his new movie – batman vs superman

      • Akhil

        Hello brother review my essay also please will review urs for sure

        • sankar

          mine too………. i too…thanks

    • Ash

      Hey Mr. Invoka! (:

      1. Great personalities like M.K. Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King were experts in this regard. — good!
      2. criticize. What one can do is provide solutions and try to empathize with the person. The world doesn’t need more critics; rather it needs more people who can empathize. One example is the case of rape victims. Rape victims are subject to abject ostracization in society and are regarded as outcasts.

      This is an okay type essay.. Its simple which is good! You could try adding more dimensions.. what you ve written in something many would write… KWAR! 🙂
      ROR! I hope you remember! (:

      • Invoker

        haha yes you are right :).. lot of improvement is needed with regards to my essay( or answer writing in general)..will definitely review yours according to ROR .. jst give me some time 🙂

  • Jaya Swatantra


    Sattvik , a cute and decent boy of class 3rd was made to feel low for writing slow, for untidy work and not being attentive in the class by the teachers.He seemed a bit lost and he too started smiling less frequently.The golden childhood was getting lost somewhere.Once school principal managed to take EVS in the class.She observed the writing pattern of the boy and found the features similar to a dyslexic child.She called up her parents and asked for the proper treatment.Parents realizing the seriousness of the issue took him to the doctor and after some period of proper care and treatment ,Satvik started improving by leaps and bounds.

    A simple story which depicts how often people criticize others without ever knowing the circumstances undergone by them.We are quick to categorize our relationships and label people as miser,selfish,short tempered,foolish,dumb.But we fail to recognize the causes behind it.

    Have we ever realized that behind the misery lies the financial crunch which the person been facing since his childhood?,Have we ever realized that a short tempered child has been the victim of quarrels between his parents?,Addictions of youth are often the result of negligence and deprivation of love.

    Before criticizing a man ,we must walk a mile in his shoes.Putting ourselves in their position and developing a sense of understanding helps strengthen the bonding between the individuals and grants space to others.

    I recall English vinglish movie where the daughter always criticizes her mother for not being able to speak in English and take advantage of it every time,taking her mother for granted every time.Without ever realizing the emotions of mother being hurt.If that girl would have put her in mother’s place,she would have found her mother performing commendable job managing every thing superbly despite less knowledge of English and fulfilling her duties responsibly.

    This is human tendency to criticize without ever considering the causes behind.often people blame government failing in governance not checking inflation,poverty, intolerance.But we fail to recognize the efforts of government in wake of our confined judgement.We end up blaming government for all the ills but fail to credit it for the positives.

    Have we ever tried to put ourselves in the government position ,no because we need not.As we want to remain at the receiving end only,not taking onus of a responsible citizen by performing our dues and becoming a part of successful governance.

    The same applies to government also. Government was quick to declare students of JNU as anti national on charges of sedition labelled against them without ever knowing the details behind anti India slogans.limiting the free speech in veil of sedition is not at all justifiable.What circumstances,who abetted them to raise slogans must be given attention before framing them under sedition.

    Blame game would not lead anyone any where.Pan singh Tomar was an athlete and joined Indian army, but what led him resort to path of violence and plunder.Before labeling him with any title it is worth to know that his family members were murdered in a property dispute.His voice was not addressed but suppressed and crushed abetted him to take another form for making his voice heard.

    But if every one would start opting this way for making his voice heard ,the only result would be devastation and huge destruction.What i want to convey is that before forming opinion before others we must look in to the struggles and situations they met.

    For developing a broader outlook one must put oneself exactly in the same position to get acquaintance with the real picture.Success as an individual,as a state,as a nation in the era of globalization very much depends on the perception one has for others simultaneously giving proper space to others.For getting a holistic view one needs to see from other perspective as well for a better conclusion.Making fun for others for being short in height and for being unemployed but before taking the pleasure make sure how it feels like if you being mocked down and laughed at.Developing empathy for others instead of seeing the differences ,one must cherish the similarities.let them feel empowered too and progress.In order to empathize with others, it’s crucial to set aside your biases and generalizations, in order to see behind the façade.Empathy can be learnt and it is never too late to learn.

    ” You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view,until you climb in to his skin and walk around in it.”

    • Jaya Swatantra

      please review!!

    • Hello, my views:
      1)Congrats, you are improving 🙂
      2)Apologies, couldn’t review your last essay
      3)JNU issue sensitive one, Would request to avoid it
      4)PanSingh Tomar- Great!
      5)Good use of language
      6)Some more examples can be added
      I feel you have written less today and there is nothing much for me to point out. I feel it is sweet and simple and would love to see what Insights has to say about your essay 🙂

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Thanks Palash… have you written.??

        • Yes, I have written 🙂

    • Namrata

      hey jaya .. my views ..
      1. flow was good
      2. simple and lucid language .. a good positive
      3. felt short of examples .. could add more
      4. one thing ..i feel u should not go too much pro or anti govt ..give balanced examples only from exam point of view .. like jnu and all ..seems u r taking the side of students in such controversial issue ..u never know what the examiner would think about this better dont use such egs.
      5. good quote in the conclusion but comes abruptly ..add one or two lines ..u know which reflects the essay is about to end ..

      overall great work .. keep writing & reviewing 🙂

      • Jaya Swatantra

        Thanks Namrata for your valuable feedback… would love to review yours.. 🙂

        • Namrata

          yeah please do review mine .. thanks 🙂

  • Kindly review people..

  • sankar


    The purpose of saying, ‘Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes’ is to remind us that while assuming something is good to get himself ready before the impending situation, but the decision taken in hurried and instant manner especially based on assumption may or may not always be right. So the saying teaches us a lession to judge a situation thoroughly before coming to a conclusion.

    As it is a human tendency to assume something, even that incident or event is to happen so there is a high chance of it being hanged in uncertainty. Since we cannot know inner feeling or conscience of a person by looking at his face, in the same manner we cannot judge an act of a person on his movement. This saying is also a reminder to us that no matter what we believe we have come to know about a person, we should not come to conclusion by assuming the heard story, until we directly heard something about a person from himself.

    In the same fashion, this saying reminds us that don’t criticize anybody, before coming to know the detailed information about oneself or one’s act either through our own experience or through a fair analysis based on the rationality and scientific parameters. Since, this very principle applies in both personal as well as profession life, so it is one of the basic traits of a skilled and an abled statesman to imbibe it in his life.

    Henceforth, let us try to see the impact of this saying in personal and public life by coming to events one by one. In the freedom of struggle of Indian history, some critics saw the formation of the congress in 1885 as the ‘Safety Valve’ which meant that it was used by the British to check mass uprising that will challenge the British authority. But, in the view of early nationalist, it acted as lighting conductor which means that Congress saved the freedom fighters from the direct confrontation and from the ruthless and inhumane suppression of the British authority. Further the Early nationalists was also being criticized for their method like petitions, appeals, persuasion and resolutions, but in reality this method was also based on well-judged assumption of nurturing the nascent stage of freedom struggle by saving it from the British tyranny. It was also well-thought assumption that there was no match between the strength of British authority and the Congress party. Similarly, Tilak, Malviya and some others are being criticized for propagating Hindu religious propaganda during Freedom struggle, but in real sense, it was done only to arouse and energize masses, not in the view of spreading communal hatred.

    However, it doesn’t mean that our past has been full of such stories rather it is an evergreen characteristic of human being which s/he doesn’t hesitate to utilize in his/her life. Especially, in politics, there are myriad of such stories where criticism and counter-criticism uninterruptedly or unhesitatingly. As political parties are being assumed on the basis of ideology viz rightist, leftist and centrist parties, so the followers and actions of the parties are considered to be inclined towards the ideology of parties. This feeling and assumption about a party conceive across India as well as around the world.

    So the act of rightist part in India is always considered to be placating one particular community although the act is based on the utilitarian approach but it will be criticized. For instance the murder of Ishrat Jahan by portraying alleged fake-counter, the issue of Aklakh killing over beef eating issue, the murder of Kalburgi and Dhavolkar are considered to be done by either directly or indirectly by the followers of the rightist party. Especially, the Isharat jahan being a terrorist seems to be true especially after getting evidence from the Pakistan-American terrorist, David Hadley.

    Furthermore, some critics criticized the religion such ‘ISLAM’ being the harbinger of spreading radicalization of youth, but in reality not a single religion including ‘ISLAM’ gives message to spread hatred or terror in the society. Undoubtedly every religion spreads a message of love, friendship, fraternity, compassion and humanity. But its misinterpretation by some recalcitrant groups like Al Qaeda, ISIS, LeT etc has misled the people. Presently, the western countries are experiencing the horror of terror and living a life of fear and insecurity, but truly the disturbance in the Central, middle and west Asia which is home to almost all the terrorist groups are in fact the product of the direct or indirect intervention of the western countries in the internal affairs of the respective contries.

    In other sphere of political stage, the world is divided in two broad categories viz the Developed world led by the USA and the developing world led by China and India. Now, when issues such as combating global warming, WTO issue and nuclear disarmament come into the fore to be discussed, the western countries used their every tools to evade their role in the deterioration of the environment and instead they blame developing countries like India equally responsible for this menace. Hence, at every stage, they stall any movement of resolving such issues like the stalemate of WTO issue.

    Now let us back in the domestic front, the government is often being criticized for discrimination, ineffective and inadequate social programmes like poor health care, educational institute, sanitation and other public amenities and services, but without fair and full cooperation of the people, nothing can be possible at desirable level.

    However, criticizing is not always wrong. Sometimes it acts as real antidote for a person’s act or behavior to be corrected, if it is based on rational and sound scientific ground or based on the thoroughly examination of the situation. It gives a scope to a person or authority to conciliate, cooperate, collaborate and consult on an issue of personal or public importance. In other way it checks the spreading of anarchist and despotic system in which only few perhaps one is the all in all of executing all issues.

    Especially, criticism has become one of the most essential and important tool in the running of a sound and healthy democratic system. It will give ample opportunity for the opposition party to criticize the ruling party move which is perceived to be anti-people and sends this message to the people

    However, unhealthy, unrealistic and irrelevant criticism is always bad for the system, so follow utmost care while criticizing but be firm and strict in criticizing on the issue based on the scientific parameters.

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      Avoid controversial ishrat jahan and recent cases – do not be judgemental
      Examples – rightist waala – avoid it.
      Impact daalne waale examples ki kami hai – means aise examples daalo jisse padne waale par impact pade – sensitise the examiner 🙂
      Starting dhamakedaar karo –
      beech main consolidate karo points ko – accha flow maintain karo – use technical jargons between the flow to maintain the interest ( beech beech main bhi sensitise karo)
      Lekin avoid controversial items – either keep them open ended – don’t give judgement like in ISHRAT jahan case.

      Conclusion main poore essay ka saar hona chahiye 4-5 lines main
      Overall good

    • Hi sankar, my views:
      1)It was going fine till safety vale theory paragraph but after that in end you came up with Madan Mohan and all just to add more content-didn’t go well
      2)Succeeding paras do not talk about walking in shoe, it just talks about criticism that one faces but leaves the empathy part. Ishrat Jahan complicated the story
      3)Conclusion not up to the mark. Try writing essence of the essay rather than solutions
      Overall, explanation is required in your essay to help the reader connect with you 🙂

      • CSE2016 aspirant


    • Hi, First of all applaud your attempt. Key observations from your essay :

      1) Seems that you have lot of information on the subject matter. This is a positive aspect but in presentation you have to pull up your socks. this presentation doesn’t appear lucid and catchy.

      2) Too much repetition of ideas. Introduction appeared again and again in first three paragraphs. It has almost taken away the interest from reading further.

      3)Poor formation of sentences. Many grammatical errors.

      4) One example from one arena is more than enough i.e., From National moment you quoted INC as one factor and about other personalities as another form of criticism. Instead must have confined to anyone of them and made it quite interesting. The same thing apply to other paragraphs.

      5) Seems that some one has taught you to use the words ” Henceforth, Further more, especially, However ……”while writing an essay .It is good to use but using them for the sake of usage without placing them in correct places, makes them look awkward.

      6) Finally as you reached the conclusion part , you have totally deviated from the topic. It is not about whether Criticism is good or bad but the topic is all about the knowledge, one should have before criticizing ” .

      Needs a lot of improvement. Keep writing all the best.

      • sankar

        thanks a lot frnds for insights

  • The Lone Seeker

    Before criticizing a man,walk a mile in his shoe

    That day I was watching an Add film ,where a social experiment was being conducted on a group of people of different age, sex hailing from different places,who were separately shown pictures of a person (on a big projector screen) with certain typical appearance .And on basis of that picture they had to comment about the person. Surprisingly,only on basis of a picture(whom they have never met in life),people started making comments . A black guy with big tattoos was judged as “a drug addict”, a teen age girl with guitar was judged “insensitive” and an asian man with beard was judged as “a terrorist”!! But interestingly the people on the screen came from behind the screen at the end of show and interacted with the viewers (who just had given a verdict on the character of people they had never met before).Surprisingly the black guy came out to be a school teacher,who teaches underprivileged school children in ghettos of France. The teen age girl came out to be an “HIV”positive person who has great interest in music and the man with beard runs a small bookshop to meet the expenses of his orphaned younger siblings.

    How easily we pass judgement on people !! How outside appearance of a person moulds our perception ! How easy it is to criticize a person with out knowing the context !

    In this essay we will discuss life situation (both Individual and social) where we buy no time to criticize ,without having the patience to understand the background. We will consider various issues arising out of this and finally We will learn a basic exercise of “role playing” i.e simulating our behaviour to the situation of another person (whom we criticise) and then pass a judgement.

    When Mahatma Gandhi called off the Non-cooperation movement because of the violence in Chauri-chaura, entire nation joined it’s voice to criticise Gandhi,for being “coward” ,for lacking “ leadership quality” and also for being “autocratic in decision making”.But how many had the wisdom or patience to look at the situation in it’s entirety ? NCM was already in it’s second year with no visible breakthrough.people were losing their strength and zeal and above all the basic principle of “nonviolence” had been faltered,which ran the risk of entire movement being ruthlessly crushed by mighty British power.

    Sometimes mass leaders have to take “difficult and unpopular decisions”.To quote Gandhi “I would suffer every humiliation,every torture,absolute ostracism and death itself to prevent the movement from becoming violent”(Young India,1922).History proved the wisdom underneath Gandhi’s decision.The greatest critics of this Gandhian Himalayan blunder, became his greatest disciples and showed India the light of Independence with the same tool of “nonviolent satyagraha”.

    Not only great political leaders but almost all social reformers,who tried to free India from the shackles of “blind belief”, superstition and rituals faced extreme criticism and even violent attack from the society

    Raja Rammohan Roy ,the father of Indian renaissance, was criticized for being a stooge of christian missionaries.He was seen as a “danger to our age-old sacred tradition”. His relentless endeavor to legally prohibit “sati”, earned him life threats .Radhakant Dev’s Dharmasabha was founded with the sole purpose to counter liberal ideas of Raja Rammohan.Looking back in time we consider “abolition of sati” to be a watershed ,from where we marched towards modernity.

    The same attitude we have carried to this modern age also.”Rampant corruption”, “inefficient bureaucracy”, “immoral politics” are just products of an attitude of cynicism and “armchair criticism”

    We criticise all public servants to be corrupt and dishonest, but when we ourselves get into the system , instead of fighting against this cancer, we try to justify it showing excuses like “its a systematic problem and what can a single person do about it?”.Till the time people do not understand that bureaucrats , politicians come from the same society that they belong to,the menace of corruption is difficult to get rid off.

    It is the same mass of people who sit idly for 3 hours to watch cricket,adding zero productivity, criticise and even attack cricketer’s family when India loses.People, who get furious over politician bypassing the line in important places, will do the same if given a chance.We do not feel it immoral to litter the street in the dark(when no body watches),which we happened to have cleaned in a showoff mass cleaning drive in the morning,while admonishing poor street vendors about their unclean attitude.We never thank our kids for helping her friends,at the same time we do not miss a chance to criticize indifferent public who do not come to help a road accident victim.we have become a “thankless society”.We criticize fast,appreciate late.We expect more but want to offer less.

    What is the solution then? What can change the helm of affairs? The solution lies in “self introspection”. To peep inside our moral reserve. To be the change ,we want to see in this world. To own the society ,we live in.To support the change agents ,who work selflessly with out expecting any return.For this a small tool of psychometrics works wonder.That is “Role playing”. It is to “walking a mile in other’s shoe,whom we criticize”. Experience the hardship of problems and see the context.

    We will start from family .Children before complaining their parents for their inability to provide an i-phone,must understand the hard work and sacrifice their parents put in to provide every convenience to their kids.How hard it is to earn money,how easy it is to spend!

    Likewise parents have to rise above the competition with neighbors and understand the interest of their children before criticizing for not scoring 99%.

    People who criticize government offices for being dysfunctional ,should learn the patience to stand in queue and wait for their turn and not bypass it by paying a bribe.

    People who criticise the police for failing to provide security to working women, must show courage and come forward to help a girl in need.youth ,which criticizes government for being apathetic towards rural India must learn from Chhavi Rajawat of Rajasthan ,who left her corporate job to serve as a village sarpanch.

    Having said that,It must be also accepted that criticism per se is not bad .Constructive criticism is the first step towards progress.A responsible opposition in the parliament ,through constructive criticism can keep the government on it’s toes to work for development.Media ,through constructive criticism can address array of social issues.Civil society through it’s constructive criticism can hold the administration accountable.A person ,who has the courage to be the change only has the right to criticise.Rights emanate from duty performed.In the words of Woodrow Wilson constructive criticism and not clumsy nuisance is the need of the hour to run a democracy.We must walk the talk and abhor shallow criticism.

  • Iconoclast

    Pls review @Nightfurry, @Batman, @joker @Jaya

    • Hi Iconoclast,
      I guess this is your first essay here.
      good for a start.
      points to note from my side :
      you came to the topic of the essay very late (page 3)
      in the beginning you talked about good and bad criticism
      you can talk about them but first introduce with the topic
      why it is essential to walk into others shoes ?
      then regarding conclusion, start it with fresh para (concluding para should be a separate one)
      examples are good, try to restrict your self with the topic.
      keep writing and we improve !
      have a look at my essay and share your feedback
      thank you

      • Iconoclast

        Thanks for review. Yes it was my first essay. Just asking isn’t the first para introduce the topic ?.
        Liked your essay as always. Great flow and content..

        • Hi,
          See the topic is that one should keep oneself in other’s shoes before criticizing.. you wrote another quote which means the same, but in the explanation (i.e the following para) you didn’t explain it relating to the topic per se.
          You explained that those who played well got criticized.
          just re-framing of the words in your examples is required, to make it more relevant to the previous para i.e intro
          hope you got my point 🙂

          • Iconoclast

            I get it. I focussed too much on criticism part but missed on putting in shoes part. Thanks for valuable review..

    • Hello Iconoclast, my views:
      1)Tagore’s quote on first reading seems to convey that critics don’t have any relevance and thus seems to drift away from the topic
      2)You have very good philo stuff, you just need to put that stuff in the required format
      3)Business, JL Nehru examples remained short of explanations to make them clear
      4)Aadhaar Bill-criticizing government is bit risky, try to avoid it 🙂
      5)Conclusion took a narrow approach where you have reduced criticism to ‘political field’ only. There can be other quarters where politician, IAS, IPS won’t be required. Further, conclusion is not a par for suggestion. Conclusion should express the essence of your whole essay. The examiner should get a feel of your whole essay just by reading the intro and the conclusion only.
      6)Bangladesh match example was so good, loved it 🙂
      Overall, it was fine for a first start, you have huge potential to improve that I can see from your philo elements that you added. Just keep writing 🙂

    • Tanu Singhal

      I really enjoyed reading it.

      Found it relatable.
      It was too simple and was having excess of examples, reduce them, try to add more intense ones.

      Bring depth in getting itno the gist of topic.
      Focus on intro and conclusion with philosophical aspects rather than messages or examples.

      • Iconoclast

        Points taken. Will incorporate them in future.

  • Arun

    “Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes”

    Human civilization is greatly influenced by the way the people conduct in the society regarding the greater interest of the society.This is particularly true and crucial in case of aspiring and civilizational state where rationality and human conscience based on objective facts are given importance.This becomes the base of civilization.This brings us to the concept of constructive criticism and progressive criticism where every individual is subjected to scrutiny and reforms.This is true in very case right from Individual level to international cooperation.

    The Indian civilization has ample of evidence regarding the constructive and well understood criticism regarding individual,society and organisation.The earliest evidences comes from the criticism propounded by Buddhism and Jainism who challenged the traditional system with rational understanding about the evils in the society.This was further manifested in the subsequent civilization of Indian state including Bhakti and Sufi movement along with religious reforms and nationalist movement.The present context also manifest the same in terms of contradiction present in our society including issues of women.dalits to governance and constitutional matter.

    This issue of understanding and critiquing with rational and objective facts can also be seen in the development of modern world which manifested in the form of European renaissance,French and Industrial Revolution.

    So in this context it would be appropriate to understand what is criticism and walking a mile in once shoe.How is it important?What are the forms in which it can contribute to the development of individual,society,nation and global challenges?.

    The crux of criticism lies in the understanding the individual and situation which necessitate individual to take or move in particular direction.This is true in all cases which may be related to society,politics or economics.The core of the criticism is to provide the rational outcome and progressive and constructive view point after having considered all the relevant aspects.This would ultimately lead to improvement of individual and society.

    This brings us to the development of individuals in the society.It would be impractical to expect perfect individual who completely understands the circumstances without learning.This is inherent in any living being and thus requires the reform and change in the course of time.This reforms comes only through learning and constructive advice from the surrounding.Take the individuals like Newton or Darwin who had to received numerous criticism during the course of their study leading them to discover the monumental achievement.This instances clearly manifest that the clear and rational understanding of the individual leading to calculated and rational criticism contributes to the development of individual which is in greater interest of society.

    Society is the aggregate of individuals with numerous complexities of communities.There are different beliefs and faith which sometimes goes against the humanity.Such as discrimination against women,communalism,caste system and issue of disabled and old age.Thus critical understanding of whole societal aspects supported by the innovative and creative ideas of criticism can go long way.

    This brings us to the concept of gender equality and rule of law in the modern society.Women are subjected to discrimination which impact their educational,nutritional and health aspects.This is manifested in form of discrimination is social,economic and political field.Thus the rational outlook of the women and society is inherent for the growth of the society and nation.Thus it requires understanding of the situation and constructive criticism has huge positive role.This can be related to the rise and battle of Malala Yousufzai who understood the core of the issue and stood up to give positive impacts on all women across the world.

    Further the issue of caste discrimination and communalism is very much inherent in Indian society.This has impacted the discourse of the nation right from very beginning.This is reflected in the much discussed debate between Gandhi and Ambedkar who were conscious about the situation and thus could provide the constructive solution.This has led to development and admission in the form of constitution.

    This all indicates that the social progress and individual development is greatly influenced by the surrounding.Thus this gives confidence,brings in the sense of responsibility and thus way to ameliorate the situation.This brings in the crucial concept of public service and its responsiveness to the criticism.

    The civil servant plays crucial role in democratization of democracy and faith of the people.This would require conscious and critical understanding of society and its expectation.This further is subjected to numerous feedback system including criticism of plans and programmes.

    This would bring in consciousness and sense of responsibility leading to more transparency,accountability and confidence of citizens in government. Further selflessness and dedication towards society.This has led Armstrong Pame to built 100 Km road without the govt’s support.

    Thus appreciation of the critical criticism has have numerous significance which can further improve the governance.This is also applicable in the terms of government schemes such as MGNREGA,RTE and many other which are directly or indirectly linked.Thus civilized and informed criticism has led to numerous reforms in the system and making govt efficient in terms of adoption of ADHAAR and JAM.

    The international governance also runs with the democratic spirit in which numerous institutions which are accountable to the people and they are subjected to various forms of informed criticism.This has manifested in the form of change started in World Bank and IMF voting right ,UNSC reforms etc.

    Thus the informed and constructive criticism by understanding the issue amounts to contribution towards the individual,societal,national and international development.

    However,criticism without understanding and appreciating the situation may often lead to counter productive result which may go against the need of the society.This often discourages and do not contribute positively to the individuals growth thereby wrong and negative message.
    Therefore the sense of responsibility,awareness and appreciation of circumstances is crucial to be understood and involve in constructive criticism by inculcating the sense of innovative and creative thinking.This would surely bring and take our society to greater height supported by strong institutional and individual character.

    • Arun

      Please review guys.

  • doofus

    Please review my essay

    “Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes”

    An old story goes like this : There was a man who used to work hard to earn money, but his son used to spend the money recklessly. The son would criticize the father for being spendthrift. The man tried to make the son understand by different means, but all in vain. One day the man told the son that he won’t get any money unless he goes and earns some money for himself. Next day the boy went outside and arranged the money from his relative. When he gave it to his father, he threw it in the river, saying that he hasn’t earned it. The boy tried different ways to arrange money and everyday the father threw it in the river. Left with no other option, one day the boy toiled the whole day and earned some money, and gave it to his father. As soon as the father was about to throw it in the river, the boy tried to stop him and cried. The father said, now that you have worked, you understand my position on money.

    The story is a simple one, not with too much characters and not with much complexity, but the message that it carries is very strong. It tells us not to judge others without understanding them or in other words, before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes. Judging is perhaps one task that we do most. Every now and then we would have an opinion on why something or somebody is wrong. We criticize our parents, our teachers, our government, police department, doctors, defaulters, dissenters, international operations and the list goes on. But how often do we understand their problems.

    Lets start with a simple example. The police – almost everyone agrees that they are not doing their job properly. We do not look into the fact that there is shortage of personnel, there is lack of funding, they are overstressed, may be the policeman who did not turn up at the station, was at some murder site last night. We do not feel the political pressure they are under, that the one who acted impartially has been waiting long for promotion. Infact we do not have to look that far, if we were to look and find out, as outsider, the problems that we face in our own job, we would pass them as excuses. As insider, the main difference that it creates is that we genuinely understand the problem.

    For ex. If government increases tax, we would be criticizing it, we would also criticize it for not constructing roads, without understanding that the two are interrelated. We want more employments, but we keep criticizing for opening market, bringing in FDI (Direct Foreign Investment), failing to understand where would the money for investment is going to come from. Recently, we witnessed the case of slogans being raised in JNU campus. We took different sides, some criticized the students, whereas some criticized the government. Perhaps, a clear understanding of the case was missing, perhaps some of the opinions were based on rumors rather than facts.

    This also is a big problem and at times creates undesired pressure on someone who is being judged. For example, there were doctored videos of JNU students raising slogans against India, which roused public emotions and there was pressure for swift and harsh action. One can not have first hand experience of everything, that’s when information starts playing role in making opinions. Media (Social media,news channel, blogs etc) plays a large part in it. Most of the news that we have these days are based less on facts. Sometimes they are written in a manner, that the reader is incited more on emotional level than on intellectual level and this clouds the judgmental power and criticism loses its purpose. It is said that one should listen to one’s own heart, but in this age of digital age, may be one shouldn’t, atleast not till the information is corroborated. In Kundankulam nuclear project opposition, government found that NGOs funded by international agency are playing parts in creating negative opinion and criticism of the project. It is very difficult to find out who is hiding what part from the information, and that part alone may change the opinion trend.

    So what can be the way out, what can be the solution. The government at its end tries to stop rumors that are spreading but it can only do a limited job, and that is not the generic solution anyway. The crux of the matter lies in that we must have a better understanding of the problem. One way of directly understanding the problem is the way Aam Aadmi Party came to fight elections and form government. This way is not possible for everyone and in every field. The other way to do this is the way the judiciary works i.e. first know the facts, then we must hear the opinions of the person being criticized and then if we are able to take emotions out of it, then only can we call it a proper criticism. However, a good criticism is a constructive one, it provides the solution as well, and once we have facts at hand, we can offer some solution.

    The main aim of criticizing something is to bring improvement and we are more so involved and interested in improving something when it affects us, and therefore we must be contributing a part in the solution. Once we understand the problem, and offer constructive criticism, we automatically become part of the solution, which we must, because if we are not part of the solution then we are part of problem.

  • Saurabh Gupta

    Please review and point every mistakes, this is my first essay and i need to imrpove a lot.

    “Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes”

    True are the lines for people and media of our country. Not only our country but the statement goes out for whole of the world. The history is full of examples; Gandhi was criticized and laughed upon by whole world for his non violent policies, Columbus was considered mad because of his desire to explore the world. There are many examples like these but the common thing among all of them is that they emerged to be the most influential personalities of the world. We, the human beings have created a tendency of believing what is shown to us rather than analyzing the truth. We are so much indulged in listening and believing in critics that we often forget that society is full of critics but achievers are few.

    Further in this essay I would put some examples of such people according to their field.

    Social Work

    The famous social activist Medha Patkar is often criticized for her protest ‘Narmada Bachao Aandolan’. Some argue that she is against development of country. But the reality is something else, she is working for those thousands of tribal who would and eventually affected by construction of Sardar Sarovar Dam. The increase in height of Sardar Sarovar dam and construction of other dams on the same project led to submergence of about 250 villages and lakhs of people displaced. Medha patkar was fighting for farmers’ right to live as their agricultural fields also got submerged. The displaced people aren’t yet fully rehabilitated. She devoted a major part of her life selflessly for the people. Overall the development is necessary but we have to take full responsibility of those affected.

    Brain drain

    Brain drain is one of the biggest problems faced by India. People are always criticized for not working in India and for serving other countries. We might look at the reason because of which they are compelled to leave our country.

    This is a true story of a professor who used to teach in Lucknow. He was a very disciplined and enthusiastic man. He had over 100 patents in his name. He was so punctual that if he didn’t reach class under 5 minutes of the scheduled time, it was understood that he won’t come. One day he left for the university and got stuck in the traffic. The traffic was because of a police officer was there talking to someone and his car was parked in the middle of road. He requested other policemen that students are waiting and its already very late but to no affect. He reached the class half an hour late and all his students had already left. Disappointed and angered he wrote his letter of resignation and gave the reason that Indian system has no respect for education. He left for USA and all of his patents gone to US companies.


    In our country, people often criticize Mahatma Gandhi his non violence nature and belief in talks. Although we forget that Gandhi was so influential that even Martin Luther King Jr got inspiration from him. Gandhi knew what would happen if our country adopted violence to achieve independence.

    In today’s world Syria is a live example of a violent freedom struggle. In search of freedom from the dictator, whole country has been destroyed.

    It was Gandhi who was strictly against the caste system and communalism. If we look through his eyes, we can see the responsibility of whole nation was upon him, it was he who had to decide the country’s future path. The founding principles of Indian constitution were laid on Gandhian ideology. This is the reason our constitution is equal to everyone.

    The role of media

    Media plays a vital role in influencing the society. With increase in media’s role in deciding what is right and what is wrong, we are losing our own thinking ability. At certain times, media has been responsible for provoking communal clashes. Media nowadays is focusing just on their popularity and they can put their goodwill at stake for that. They talk of Fundamental rights but often forget the Fundamental duties.

    When any major policy is brought by the government, media houses instead of focusing on the positive points, they present the report in such a way that it seems disastrous for the country.

    The media should create a sense of positivity in the nation and the idea of fraternity. Like it did when the verdict of Adhyodhya was about to come; it was the time when media played their role and requested to both the community to maintain peace whatever the outcome may be.

    If the country is dirty, then the people and government are equally responsible; its duty of government to install dustbins. But if government has given such amenities then its our duty to use it and keep our country clean. As a citizen of India, it should be our duty to help all round development of our country and it can’t be done merely by blaming and being unhappy for what’s going on. In my viewpoint, one’s work doesn’t end with just pointing out the flaws in work but he should step up and suggest solutions, without compromising the basic needs of the time.

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      Further in this essay I would put some examples of such people according to their field. – avoid this line
      avoid this structure : examples are good – they can be included between the philosophical paras containing ethics jargon 🙂
      Constructive criticism part in necessary 🙂

      Hmm – considering this as your 1st essay – i would say it’s an average one with some good examples.
      Try reading other (with lot of upvotes waale) essays and get some idea.

      • Saurabh Gupta

        thank you 🙂
        next time i would try to improve according to your suggestions.

  • durgesh patel

    Please review

  • Ankit

    When I decided to appear for civil services I had the opportunity to meet a man who has walked down the same road but couldn’t succeed in his endeavour. I have heard a lot about this man but most of it was his criticism about not being able to clear the exam, about ruining a bright career in IT sector and what not. Still I decided to go ahead and meet him because he was the only one I knew who had appeared for civil services. After meeting him a few times I came to know about his story about how a promising aspirant couldn’t clear the exam because of family problems. He sat for the exam twice, couldn’t clear prelims in the first attempt, fell short of an interview call in second and then struck the tragedy. As he was preparing for his next attempt his mother met with a life threatening accident and being the only child he had to leave the preparation in the middle to take care of his ailing mother and earn to support the medical expenses. Yes he couldn’t clear civil services. But is his criticism just? Did he really fail? I’m sure none of us would want to step in his shoes forget about walking a mile.

    Criticism is an inherent part of our nature and I’d say a necessary part because the underlining expectation is that we will criticize for the betterment. But off late it has become a tool to defame or belittle others. What we fail to realize is the importance of stepping in the shoes of the person and then analyzing his actions. Subhash Chandra Bose criticized Gandhi’s ways but it was the same Bose who called Gandhi ‘The Father of the Nation’. What it signifies is the fact that both were walking the same road and hence had utmost respect and affection for each other even amid criticism. Shows the importance of slipping into other’s shoes before criticizing.

    This reminds me of another major incident associated to our freedom struggle, calling off the Non-Cooperation movement after Chauri-Chaura incident. Gandhi has been criticized by many for calling off a mass movement because of a minor incident in a remote corner of the country. But what they fail to realize is the fact that non-violence was the core element of his movements. He believed that only pure means can lead to a pure end. He knew a violent incident would legitimize the use of power by the colonial government and would lead to bloodshed. Now does his action seems justified? None of us can fill his shoes but we can try and look at the causes that led to the action before criticizing it.

    Criticizing a person or an action on fair grounds isn’t wrong. Often it helps us realize our short comings and help us improve. But criticizing for the sake of pointing out one’s mistakes rather than thinking about correcting them or understanding the reasons for such a move has become a norm. From the living rooms of our homes till the corridors of Parliament there is a sense of overt criticism. Criticism for the annual budget, for people following religious norms different from our’s and even to the extent of criticizing people who stand for any cause thinking they have hidden agenda’s. The macro economic situation changes and so does the budgets accordingly. Ask a Finance Minister how he manages to allocate the resources at his disposal in the most optimum way so as to manage growth and satisfy the aspirations of the citizens. Yes it is difficult to satisfy everyone but what is important is to analyze the intention before criticizing.

    Ask a beggar sitting outside a temple why he is forced to lead such a life, ask the roadside vendor about his plight, ask the children forced to sell petty things at street lights before criticizing them of ruining the beauty of the cities. There are reasons behind actions. Yes you can’t step into the shoes of a hardcore criminal or a habitual offender but you surely can step into the shoes of a juvenile who doesn’t even realize the difference between good and bad because no one taught him that. He wasn’t fortunate enough to be brought up in such an environment. What they need is empathy and compassion not criticism and condemnation.

    We are humans and we are not accustomed to criticism but only when criticism is intended to achieve some aim it becomes constructive and that is what is needed. Constructive criticism involves stepping into the shoes of others to realize the reasons of the mistakes and the circumstances that led to the mistakes.We don’t have to be ‘Film Critics’ and point out the flaws in a movie. We have to be the editors who have to take away the flaws in other’s ideas and actions and help them amend it.

    Aristotle once said ”There is one way to avoid criticism:do nothing, say nothing and be nothing”. Do we want a society where people do or say nothing for the fear of criticism? Or do we want them to do things, take feed back through constructive criticism and make amends. We surely don’t want our people to be ‘Nothing’!

    • Ankit

      Please review. Pata ni kya hi likh diya aj maine 😛

      • nice examples yar………..structure is very nice……..please review mine of possible……..

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      don’t use i , me , we
      last para good – but not a conclusion. Conclusion should have summary of everything you have written in 4-5 lines.
      use of ethics jargon missing
      You have mentioned a lot of examples.
      What I feel is essay should have 40% philosophical content and 60% examples to support it. Some paras just have examples. And 1st one is really a big one- I would suggest a smaller intro of 6-7 lines – just like BATMAN wrote. So that examiner comes to the point quickly.
      Work on better flow.
      Overall a good essay

      • Ankit

        Thank you 🙂
        Points noted!
        Next time mai Kohli ke mafik phod dunga 😛

    • Ankit bhai, acha likhte ho yar!!
      There is less for me to point out in your essay. You have introduced various important strands in your essay. Only thing that I can suggest to you is to detail your examples a bit like you did for NCM. e.g. beggar outside the temple….There are reasons behind actions. Explain these reasons, would show your analytical skills
      Conclusion should mention the essence of your whole essay rather than a para for suggestions

      • Ankit

        Thank you 🙂
        I’d try for a better conclusion next time. Likhte hue pata hi ni chalta kahan se kahan pahuch jatey hain 😛

    • yogi

      short simple yet powerful, 🙂
      it was nice to read ur essay,
      intro:- i wrote a similar one last time, people suggested me to write non-civil services stories, to have a broader view of the things
      history + economics+ society= very good
      flow can be improved, by linking the paras
      We don’t have to be ‘Film Critics’ and point out the flaws in a movie. We have to be the editors who have to take away the flaws in other’s ideas and actions and help them amend it.—(Y)
      last para of the essay can be elaborated a bit
      overall very good essay
      thanks Bhai 🙂

      • Ankit

        Thank you 🙂
        Maza hi agaya review padhke 🙂
        Agli baar better likhunga specially the concluding para.
        Bhai ye (Y) ka kya chakkar hai? Sorry new out here to samajh ni aya 😛 I hope it signifies victory 😛

        • yogi

          (Y) superlike or thums up or victory all mean the same, bhavnao ko samjh gaye tum bas itna hi kafi hein, shabd to bs mayajaal hein 😀

          • Ankit

            Bhai mayajaal samajhna zyada zaruri hai UPSC me :))
            Kaash ye bhi Ratan Nura jaise hote 😛

      • Parul

        Good one…

  • yogi

    “Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes” (1345)

    “ Intizar and Samar were two classmates in sixth standard, who had just entered their new school. Both were competing for the first position in school examinations. Initially, Intizar was leading , but at last Samar got the first position and Intizar stood fourth. Till the end of their schooling Samar maintained that position, while Intizar’s performance only worsened with time and he somehow managed to complete his schooling. Throughout their schooling Samar kept criticizing Intizar for his poor performance in examinations. Intizar tried to tell him the reason for all that, but Samar never paid any heed to them and ignored the reality which he could not even imagine. Everyday after school, the life of Intizar was not which a normal school going children have. All his elder brothers had settled having their own family leaving alone their ailing mother and their younger brother, Intizar. Not only this, Intizar was forced to work in his elder brother’s shop without getting any help in return. Unlike Samar, Intizar had no one to guide him after school except his illiterate and ailing mother. He had no love and care of his father and siblings and no extra tuitions which Samar had. Despite all this Intizar was the only person in his family to complete the schooling and still pursuing his studies while taking care of his family.”

    Was Samar right in his criticism without first realizing Intizar’s situation?. What would have happened if Samar would have actually witnessed Intizar’s situation? What is expected out of Samar after realizing the truth? The situations in our life poses similar question before us every time we criticize anybody. This essay is an attempt to touch some of such situations in social, economic and political sphere and answer the respective questions similar to those raised in case of Intizar and Samar.

    To begin with we need not to go too far. The instances of criticism can be seen in our own families itself. Many children who fail in their life put the blame on their parents and criticize them that unlike other parents they did not provide them with better schooling and guidance. These children fail to realize that why would parent put their wards’ life at stake. But, when these children become parents, all their doubts are removed as now it’s their turn to hear those criticisms. They realize that these criticisms are just an excuse of their children’s inefficacy to utilize the opportunities provided by their parents. Thus, instead criticizing the parents or teachers, children should put themselves in their place and observe the things from their perspective as well. They should respect their parents who always try to do their best for them. Coming out of family, many a times the criticism becomes just as a tool to defame others, which takes us to the next scenario of our discussion i.e., defamation.

    Some people misinterpret the meaning of truth and uses it to defame others. Very often these truth are about the personal failures of the person which has nothing to do with others. Failure in an exam, failure in getting the job, failure in marriage proposal, etc are some of the personal matters which are revealed by some of their so called-close friends to others so as defame them. They fail to feel the embarrassment which only demotivates them. Before defaming others by revealing their personal matters, we should imagine ourselves in such situation and then feel the pain that the person is going through. Few words of encouragement, inspiration and spirit to help others to overcome their problems is what we should do. Defaming and criticizing others for their personal matters would only degrade our own personality. Criticism are not only restricted to the present, but also to the past when some people starts judging the personality of those whose lives are inspiration to us.

    We are referring to Mahatma Gandhiji, Jwaharlal Nehruji at el who are also criticized by some people for their so called -wrong decisions in Indian history. Those critics feel that the present fate of India would have been better if they would have taken the correct decisions. These critics fail to realize the dilemmas that those great leaders had at the moment they were taking those decisions. Even if those decision were non-desirable , we cannot change the history, but we can change the present and hence build our future. Instead of finding flaws in others personality we should find the positives in their personality. If we really want to find flaws in someone’s personality, it is our own personality into which we should find flaws and rectify them. But most often we look outside to criticize others even when we know that we also are a part of that. The most common type of criticism is criticizing the government.

    We criticize state, government and politicians for number of reasons like corruption, poor service delivery , even for socio-economic problems like rapes, crimes, poor sex ration, illiteracy and many more innumerable problems. From our point of view the criticism looks justified, but if we observe the things closely the reality is different. Very easily we blame officials for involving in corruption, but we often fail to see that money which many of us give to the policeman who comes to our residence to enquire about the passport related verification. We fail to recall those moment when we jump the long queue in hospitals because we knew someone out there who could do an unjust favour for us and take us to the doctor in no time. We fail to feel those moments when we threw the litter here and there, urinate in lonely streets and then put the blame on local bodes like Municipal Development Council for not making efforts to clean the city. We forget those moments when we leave our lights, fans, laptops, TV on when not in use. We fail to see the amount of carbon that is burnt to produce that electricity and then criticize that government is not doing anything for sustaining the environment .

    We are always ready to criticize the government for not adhering to the objectives of welfare state, but we ourselves forget our fundamental duties like renouncing the practice derogatory to the dignity of the women, to abjure violence , to safeguard public property etc.. If for a moment we put ourselves in place of government, we would feel the kind of cooperation that government demands from our side. Criticizing government is justified only when we are fully sure that we are not responsible (directly or indirectly) for which we are criticizing the government.

    Finding faults is easy, but giving feasible solutions to remove those faults is not what everyone likes to do. Before criticizing anyone, we should feel the reasons why the person is not able to act as per the desired outcomes and how can we help her in crossing those hurdles. In our story at the beginning the criticism by Samar was not wrong as there are people how have excelled in academics despite their poor socio-economic conditions. But, the way Samar criticized Intizar was not the right one. He should have felt the situation of Intizar and then help him out in his studies. Discouraging, demotivating and making fun of other’s situations does not add glory to our personality, but encouraging, motivating and inspiring others is what makes us true human being. None of us would want us to hear criticisms about our mistakes without any suggestions about how to rectify them. “Constructive criticism”(giving feasible suggestions to the causes which led to criticism) is what we should always keep in mind while criticizing someone. This is the identity of a true critic, this is what we want from others whenever we do a mistake. Principle of Reciprocity – “treat others the way you want yours self to be treated”- should be our guiding principle not only while criticizing someone but also in all walks of our life.

    • Yogi bhai.

      Intro is good.

      Aaj kuch to problem lag rahi mujhe in ur essay. U see the example u gave of “giving money as bribe”, don’t yu think it fits more for “look the faults in us before criticizing ourselves” ?

      “We fail to see the amount of carbon that is burnt to produce that electricity and then criticize that government is not doing anything for sustaining the environment .” this was the best example related to the essay in that para.Please tell me if I wasn’t able to comprehend.

      Most of the examples are the same which I pointed out. Look how u urself are wrong before you criticize someone. However, according to what I understand from the topic, it is about “walking in their shoes” and not looking into our faults.

      Conclusion me u included constructive criticism waala part. U should have used it in the penultimate para… leave the conclusion for a comprehensive picture of the essay.

      Not the best of efforts. Take this criticism constructively 😛
      Please review mine when u find time 😀

      • yogi

        thanks Bhai
        samjh nahi aa raha meri problem kya hein, log time ke saath improve krte hein , yaha ulta hi ho raha hein :(, har baar ki tarah likhta rahunga kabhi na kabhi to improve ho hi jaunaga, ya khuda 😉
        will review urs 🙂

    • Akhil

      Bro jara dekh lena mera bhi. Tumara review karunga kuchh time me

    • Aravind Varier

      Dear Yogi 🙂

      1) You prolonged the story unnecessarily by telling about facts that do not have much value ” All his elder brothers had settled having their own family leaving alone their ailing mother and their younger brother, Intizar. Not only this, Intizar was forced to work in his elder brother’s shop without getting any help in return. ”

      if you want have a sentimental touch in the introduction, go and tell that it in few sentences . You have given a JUMBO introduction by citing the story of the 2 kids . you could have cut short unnecessary details .

      2) the part of the parents and the children is well explained .

      3) the defamation paragraph is NOT properly explained . etc are some of the personal matters which are revealed by some of their so called-close friends to others so as defame them.?????? I find lack of clarity in this particular sentence .PLEASE BE CLEAR !!!

      Defamation and criticizing are two different terms and your criticism should be really strong to be called as defamation . the example of personal life example should have to be taken into a broader prespective to make it look as defamation .

      4) the reference to mahatma Gandhi and jawaharlal Nehru is appreciable but it would have been good if you could have cited some important decision of their’s, which invited criticism . that could have given value to the point .

      5) We criticize state, government and politicians for number of reasons…….. this paragraph is highly out of context from the demand of the essay .

      the reason for this ambiguity is because you are trying to compare the negligence of government officials with that of a person’s negligence . The government officials are paid for their work and you cannot compare that with ” We forget those moments when we leave our lights, fans, laptops, TV on when not in use. ”

      6) We are always ready to criticize the government…… ” this paragraph is well explained because you could compare with the fundamental duty of a citizen towards the government .


      My overall analysis of your essay is that , there is a lot of improvement from the last four essays you have written .

      Some of my important suggestion would be :

      1) try to work on simple examples in the introduction and try using names which are commonly found in India for the convenience of the examiner : gita , sriram , mohammad , raju , suresh , ramesh etc.

      2) please try to improve the flow from one part of the essay to the another part by trying to look for a suitable connection .

      3) never try to compare something that is irrational . ( example : working of a government employee with our personal activities )

      4) try to be reduce unnecessary explanation on any subject which have no value to the essay ( already mentioned in the first point in this review )



      • Ash

        Review mine no Prof! (:

      • yogi

        thanks a lot for this awesome review, i can see the flaws in my essay,
        like always will try to write better one next week 🙂

    • Isha

      Hi Yogi, my views-
      1. Intro thoda long ho gaya.
      2. Aaj paragraphs bohot bade bade lihe huye hain? Khush ho lag raha hai 😛
      3. Examples- apt they are. But diversity nahi hai. {Child, personal life} inhe toh ek category me rakho; Personality based; fir govt. ka then, self failure to uphold fundamental duties- ye sequence tha.

      4. Conclusion (y)
      But critical part nahi daala- Batman did it nicely. U must have read.

      Overall thoda jyada critical review ho gaya, pardon me 😛
      Aur aaj likha nahi maine, free ho tum. Aur khush ho lo 😛
      KEAE 🙂

      • yogi

        Overall thoda jyada critical review ho gaya, pardon me :P—ye aline kahi dekhi dekhi lag rahi hein 😀
        this is not critical at all, —i m sure you would have seen this line also 😛
        thanks for reminding me to be khush, feeling sad after reading the reviews
        Aur aaj likha nahi maine, free ho tum.–there is no khushi in it for me :-p
        bdw thanks for review
        KEAE : )

        • Isha

          khush raho, khush. Abhi to bohot kuch dekhna, sunna, padhna hai. Bohot door jana hai. Be positive 🙂
          Free the to match dekh lete, mai to isliye keh rahi thi 😛

    • Jaya Swatantra

      Hello Yogi ji,
      Here goes my review
      I think class 6 student is too young for understanding and being judgemental,you may have given a more mature bent to the example by putting teacher’s perspective( my view you are free to disagree)
      And again the criticism of parents by children example does not fully comprehend the meaning of the given text in the topic what i think.
      Your conclusion rocked today while i was writing my review i was alarmed by reading this” None of us would want us to hear criticisms about our mistakes without any suggestions about how to rectify them”……….. 🙂
      Please work on writing short paras and i feel that you may write much better than this…. keep writing and All the best!!

      • yogi

        thanks for review,
        yes i used to write better essays, will keep trying to write better one in coming days
        ATB yeah i need it , same to you 🙂

    • Thor and Miolneer

      Hello bhai,

      I really enjoyed reading your essay.

      Words – 1345 

      -With over 200 words, The story has gone a bit lengthy and some things were irrelevant in it. (Example- If we leave the brothers then too it has the same impact. After all the BOY must be of 12 years and he is not offered employment by anyone and his father is dead and mother ailing)

      My story is also lengthy today.

      defame and personal life are different from criticism which can be on anything.

      I was being defamed for no reason but that was not criticism. Isliye keh sakta hu.

      Overall, It was a nice attempt.

      I see the paragraphs are short and the conclusion is good.

      Keep up the good work 

      Below mentioned things can be ignored :-

      Typos — Intizar tried to tell him the reason for his continuous failures. INSTEAD OF Intizar tried to tell him the reason for all that

      – But Samar never paid any heed to him INSTEAD OF but Samar never paid any heed to them

      – So as to defame them INSTEAD OF so as defame them

      – Poor sex ratio INSTEAD OF poor sex ration

      – Aravind’s influence ( According to me and I MUST be wrong)– This essay is an attempt to…..

      + Defaming and criticizing others for their personal matters would only degrade our own personality – So true.

      + but encouraging, motivating and inspiring others is what makes us true human being – Again So true.

      + I find an instruction for me here — Constructive criticism”(giving feasible suggestions to the causes which led to criticism) is what we should always keep in mind while criticizing someone. This is the identity of a true critic, this is what we want from others whenever we do a mistake.

      • yogi

        I really enjoyed reading your essay.–thanks bhai, u have something common with my feelings:)
        agree to all the points u have raised,
        thanks and kutgw 🙂

    • Thor and Miolneer

      I just read Aravind’s review on your essay.

      It is better than mine.

      Make points of his review and try working on them the next week.

      I will try finding the difference between the two essays — 1-today’s 2- next week’s.

      Keep up the good work 🙂

      • yogi

        bhai for me every review is better 🙂
        will try to bring a difference (+ waala) in the nxt one
        thanks and kutgw 🙂

    • Ash

      Hey Yogi! 🙂

      1. ‘This essay is an attempt to touch some of such situations in social, economic and political sphere and answer the respective questions similar to those raised’ in case of Intizar and Samar. — A takeaway! Thx! Don’t fight with me if you find this line in my future essays.. I’m telling you r8 now.. these lines have been taken in my notes! 🙂
      2. We fail to feel those moments when we threw the litter here and there, urinate in lonely streets and then put the blame on local bodes like Municipal Development Council for not making efforts to clean the city.

      We are always ready to criticize the government for not adhering to the objectives of welfare state, but we ourselves forget our fundamental duties like renouncing the practice derogatory to the dignity of the women, to abjure violence , to safeguard public —-REDUNDANCY!!!

      3. Constructive criticism – you cud talk more on this! Your essay is taking a monotonous tone!

      4. These children fail to realize that why would parent put their wards’ life at stake. But, when these children become parents, all their doubts are removed as now it’s their turn to hear those criticisms. — not a very appealing ex.

      5. You have wasted words.. ex- 2 paras on govt with no novel idea!

      This cud have been better! I don’t know what happened to you!
      But I know you’ll write an awesome one next time! KWAR! PRM! 🙂

      • yogi

        I don’t know what happened to you! —i m also looking for answer to this qn, but 🙁
        anyways thanks for review and will review urs 🙂

        • Ash

          Nothing happened! We are all learning! Topics are getting tougher!
          That’s it.. even I screwed up today! 🙂

          Just keep writing… we will all eventually learn! 🙂

    • Hi Yogi!
      Long time.. kya haal chaal 😀
      coming to essay..
      saare examples justified hain aapke
      intro me I feel there is a problem because kids are too young to understand the meaning of putting themselves in others shoes. so it would be better to write a story more relevant.. then length would not matter.
      essay looks one sided as you are mainly talking about one side only (you know I always say this 😛 )
      so more dimensions can be added.
      philosophical part is very good
      flow structure language everything lucid and nicely put
      have a look at my essay when you get time
      have written in a different way..
      be critical !

      • yogi

        thanks fury 🙂
        haal chaal except padhai are good 😛
        will critically review urs, 🙂

    • minaxi
      • yogi

        will review, but will take some hours 🙂

    • Akhil

      First of all congratulations bro very intresting match India won. All credit to Kohli. Bhai very long intro and that name intjzar kuchh aur name use kar lete yar bada strange aur alag name hai.
      -Keep paras a bit short.
      -intro story is quite good but we can say it’s immaturity of children rather than criticism.
      -flow is good.
      _essay thoda one side tilted ho gaya positive side lana chaiye tha, which you brought at the end ‘constructive criticism’.
      -over all I’ll say nice effort. You write very good essay but I think this was not your best.
      -personal thought bro don’t take on heart.
      .. P

      Maine Bhi kuchh khaas nahi likha hai time ho to review kar dena.. Good night. Thank you

      • yogi

        agree to all ur points , will review urs, tx and gn 🙂

    • Ankit

      Yogi I’d start by saying you must have spent a lot of time writing it so no matter how this one turns out it will help you in the longer run 🙂

      I felt the essay was prolonged and cuz of that I started feeling bored and lost interest (I don’t enjoy reading much either so maybe cuz of that not your fault :P)

      A good attempt and I’m sure it will get better with time.

      All the best. Review mine please!

      • yogi

        bhai i can feel the pain u had while reading my essay, i had just experienced that while giving a read to my essay
        will review urs , ATB 🙂

        • Ankit

          Bhai mai to isliye apna essay padhta hi nahi 😛
          I’ll be waiting for the review thanks in advance 🙂

    • Hello yogi bhai, my views:
      1)Avoid such long paras-remember the UPSC sheets 😛
      2)Intizar ne bht Intizar karaya-you could have divided the story to use the parts later in your essay. You analyzed his whole life in one single para 😀
      3)’walk a mile in his shoes’- your essay diverted to ‘before criticizing a man, look into yourself’-this can be a dimension but you have devoted much more than was required
      4)Analyzing skills are good and I see proper blend of GS and philo
      5)Constructive criticism-a new dimension in conclusion, should have included it in penultimate para
      Overall, it was good but your special touch was missing this time 🙂

      • yogi

        1)– dusro ko gyan batne chale than mein, kudh hi follow nahi kiya,
        will try to write a better one next time,har sunday yahi bolta hu, wo next time oat nahi kab ayege 🙁
        anyways thanks for review bhai:)

    • Night thinker !!

      Hi Yogi bhai 🙂
      Liked the intro, the way you’ve connected it in the conclusion as well 🙂
      Conclusion is the best part!
      Your essay was easy to understand flow was fine too 🙂 keep up! I always learn new things from you! 🙂 Thanks.

      • yogi

        thanks for review
        i also learnt a lot from ur essay, thanks for writing that awesome piece 🙂

        • Night thinker !!

          *dances* 😛

  • Sudanita Sanchez

    Before criticising a person walk a mile in his shoes’

    – The world is beautiful and varied and full of Diversity in social, economic and political realities.
    All human beings that have visited this earth have had their own very specific set of factors that eventually determined the direction their lives lead to. Most of them are chosen by themselves but their may be another set of circumstances that they don not have any direct control over. This is as true a fact as the fact of our existence.

    – Attitudes are shaped and influenced by environment
    The day a person is born right until one leaves this mortal live, one is subjected to innumerable coordinates of incidents. These exposure go on to shape a persons worldview and the consequent choices. Over a long period these choices shape I to attitudes and habits that often steer our lives through. Notwithstanding, the environmental influences that other ‘factors’ may have on these intrinsic attitudes. Thus, overall a host of factors intertwine to decide our acts, options available and eventual deeds and consequences that emanate from them. To single out any one factor, be it intrinsic or extrinsic is simplifying wishful an equation as complex as life.

    – Religion also influences the conscience of an individual to a large extent
    Having said so much about the factors that determine the turn of events in one’s life, religion also deserves its share of credit. The individual conscience often derives its fundamental principles from various religious sources and play a large role in our decisions. Therefore all these influences must be factored in before evaluating a person and the choices available to him or her.

    – Humans tendency of self righteousness, ego and being judgemental
    Adding complexity to the whole debate is the intrinsic human nature of being egoistic and defending the self against the so called ‘other’.
    In this light, one often tends to be judgemental about others, and in the process ignoring the fragilities of one’s own. This self righteousness derived from egoistic satisfaction is illusionary and can be overcome by great difficulty.
    However, such self control is usually evasive and conflicts get created in the way we evaluate and treat others. Undermining somebody else is flout with our own shortcomings to be able reflect on our weaknesses. Thus key to the problem is
    Insensitivity to others’s problems and weaknesses. the ultimate truth is that Nobody can be perfect and we all make our own mistakes. Therefore we need to come to terms with the fact that
    ‘God has made a world that complements each other and not necessarily competes with each other ‘
    Moreover the particular vulnerabilities of some, weakness of others, handicaps of a few and shortcomings of a lot, are nothing but part of this magnanimous design of the creator to complement each other and must be appreciated as such.
    Everyone may have own set of interpretations , attitudes and approaches depending upon the particular circumstances and life experiences

    – Example of the prophet
    The most noble and ideal example for human beings to ever stepped on this earth – prophet Mohammad (PBUH) had complete faith in the fact that any human being regardless of their place, gender or ethnicity are equal and none should be judged by their looks, distinctive cultures or any other feature that sets them apart from the others except for one’s penchant for good deeds.
    He specifically reiterated that before criticising one another we should imagine ourselves in others shoes. And then think about how we could have done something better than the Way the person concerned is doing. This brings us to the more specific point of avoiding any kind of discrimination subtle or overt .
    Forgiveness as a virtue that goes on a long way to help us avoid criticising others as all of us are mortal beings at the end of the day.
    All of us commit errors every now and then being humans and therefore the morality of judging others without conceiving their position is misplaced.
    There goes the popular proverb ‘To err is humane ‘
    Everybody has one’s own set of necessities and problems that need not be undermined while evaluating someone’s approach towards them.
    Even psychological studies substantiate these facts through various researches that have been conducted time and again to press the larger point that all of us are fundamentally shaped mentally and emotionally by the particular environments that we are exposed to, often not as a matter of our own choice.

    The mantra that can make everybody’s a life a lot more easier and safer from mutual conflicts should definitely be
    ‘Before criticising a person walk a mile in his shoes.’

    • Amruth Kumar

      Hi Sudanitha, You have written most of the essay on to reasoning out why different opinion exists, essay demands more on what to do when different opinion exists. And your English is good but you can work on your flow a lot.

  • Sudha

    Before criticising a man, walk a mile in his shoes!!!

    In the hot noon of metropolitan city, when one has to
    wait longer at signal, obviously, he gets frustrated, though being in air
    conditioned car. At the same time, when a beggar passes by, the windows of that
    super model car gets closed up following the remark,” These beggars make
    ugly this city. They should be banned from begging….” How easy it is to criticise a poor beggar for
    his/her pity condition. No one enjoys begging leaving behind the dignity. It’s that
    cruel poverty. That is understandable only when one put himself in that
    beggar’s shoes. Mere criticising is a super easy job of course!!

    For number of times in a day, everyone does
    blame or criticise something. It may be his fate, his god, his family, his
    office/workplace, government, police, courts, nature…. List is unending. It has
    become a part of human nature now. Man, being a social animal, brings about
    many discussions, conversations in personal, professional, social, political
    spheres. When he finds something unbeneficial or painful; or something deviating
    established norms and standards; or against his expectations, then he expresses
    his dissatisfaction in many ways, called Criticism.

    Complaining of schoolteacher about child’s
    poor performance, disputes with wife for not taking care properly of home,
    disagreements with relatives over certain property issues are daily findings of
    criticism in personal arena. For underdevelopment of high caste, blaming
    reservation system; concern about policies regarding women empowerment safety
    are examples of criticism in society. It has been a regular practise to blame
    government for each and every issue. Questions over judicial system are raised
    for delayed justice or unexpected verdicts. NGOs are being targeted for hindrances
    to developmental activities. Elites like politicians, sportspersons, and
    artists are always the targets of public anger. So called unethical or uncultured
    movies are not allowed to play in theatres. Criticism gets more depth, when it
    is related to economic issues. Banks are now being criticised for poor debt
    recovery(e.g. Vijay Mallya case) . Corporate sector shows displeasure over RBI’s
    alert policies. When taxes, duties are increased, people show dissent over such

    Due to digital revolution, everyone has got
    the faster means to communicate, to express joy or dissent. Easy and speedy
    spread of updated information, increased awareness among people has established
    new tradition of compulsive expression of his/her opinion about any issue on any available social
    media platform. This is the fundamental right of speech and expression, as a
    fact, no doubt. But nowadays, we come across an increasing trend to comment
    ruthlessly or express dissent without any knowledge of background or without
    some sort of sense. This blind criticism has ill-effects in all situations.

    Irrational disputes after unhealthy
    criticising and prejudices within family cause its split (e.g. increase in
    divorce, problems of old age persons, nuclear families etc.). Condemning a
    particular social group based on particular caste, religion, region etc. on unjustifiable
    thoughts turns into strong social tensions, hatred within society.(e.g.
    communal riots). Segments of marginalised sections always fell prey to such disapproval,
    if they violate (?) so called ‘norms’ or ‘standards’.(e.g. social alienation of
    dalits, cruel decisions imposed by jat panchayats, honour killing etc.). Rise
    of Hitler was due to the ignition of the radical criticism against economically
    and politically downtrodden German Republic and major powers. Thus extreme form
    of criticism endangers the stability of society and brings challenges in front
    of state.

    Question here is how to avoid these evil
    things. Should criticism to be banned? Should people be disallowed to speak
    against the situation they dislike? Should there fundamental right of dissent be
    suspended? Obviously, this is not the solution. A healthy expression of dissent
    is a feature of democracy. Criticism should create positive environment to
    reach at rational solution i.e. “constructive criticism”.

    How to bring about this constructive
    criticism? When one finds the subject to criticise, he should think rationally,
    logically and study the background of the subject keeping prejudices aside. Knowledge
    about the thing should also be verified. Everything should be examined from various
    aspects. Every coin has two sides! Like,
    it’s not possible for government to take the decision in your favour. E.g. To
    get the farmers their share of benefits, it increases minimum share of price
    (MSP), though it dissatisfies the consumers. So, it’s not rational to dislike
    the policy. Government surcharges the fuel to maintain the fiscal account and
    contain the pollution. So before blaming, collective good should be taken into
    consideration. Before condemning any art, one should walk a mile in that artist’s
    shoes. In family, all members should understand each other’s problems, try to
    solve together. That will help to increase love for each other and keep family
    intact &happy.

    If one
    finds doer’s action or policy wrong even after good analysis, then it should be
    criticised in such a way that possible options of good solutions could be
    discussed. Judicial delays or verdict are always found to be in criticism. In
    this situation, dialogue for improvement in judicial system should be
    initiated. Taking all related facts into consideration, delayed justice, situation
    of inmates under trials etc can be criticised adding suggestions for elimination
    of such things. Healthy dialogues help to solve the problems. In another
    example, we can see the conditions of banks w.r.t. NPAs, poor debt recovery
    etc. Also, Vijay Mallya case is the height. Mere criticism is not going to
    bring back the money. To avoid the repetition, proper regulatory measures
    should be discussed and to be assured to implement. Problems of banking system
    like staffing, debt recovery tribunals should be focussed more than past errors.
    This would give the foolproof solutions. If such approach is not accepted, then
    irrationals will come forward and say, “Bring Mallya first who dodged thousands
    of crores, then we will pay the fine( our liabilities).”

    Obviously, this critical arrogance is going
    to harm the social discipline. Understanding core problems behind the issue, analyzing
    them rationally, then criticizing loopholes in the system and coming forward to
    dialogue to resolve are going to help out. This approach also ensures our right
    to freedom of speech & expression, enhances rationality among all
    stakeholders, urges all to participate and ultimately strengthens our

    • doofus

      content seems good. However, I feel that there are too many examples cited in the beginning, and the crux has been discussed less (only towards the end) and it gives a feeling that criticism itself is being negated. The crux should be expanded.

      • Sudha

        thanks for review… will improvise accordingly.

  • hunacc

    Sometimes back I was in Kolkata. I hailed a taxi for a certain location. Driver of taxi asked certain amount which was obviously higher that meter fare for same distance, after arguing intensely we settled for Rs 20 more than metered fare. On the way to my destination, driver was stopped at a police check point for paper inspection. Policeman found no fault in his paper, but determined to extract some money. He inspected his car and found small crack in rear break light cover. Driver had to part with Rs 200, even before earning single rupee on that day.

    Many of us might have encountered similar auto drivers and rickshaw pullers, overcharging. But, we are quick to accuse them of exploitation, cheating, and sometimes we even abuse them. Although overcharging just like any crime cannot be justified and is indeed a dishonest and wrong act. But do we ever give a thought on why they do so? Do we consider how are they being treated by Traffic Policemen, from overcharging shopkeepers, and maybe from us in different role?

    In today’s hectic and fast life, people often do not ponder on these question. People are quick to judge or pass a comment or criticize. Thinking from the perspective of other is sometimes a complex and needs thinking. Social scientist say that human are accustomed to find the simplest reason for the any incident. It arise of human tendency to oversimplify things which best suits them. For instance, we oversimply act of overcharging as act of deliberate corruption by dishonest auto drivers. While oversimplification, people forget that every action has many causes behind it.

    Narrow view taken by people in their day to day life has had great consequences on society. Not only do people absolve themselves of any responsibility in leading the individual to take condemnable actions, they ponder over wrong question and demand wrong solution. For instance, in rape cases society never accepts that every person in society is equally responsible for pushing child towards path of crime. By ignoring this people suggest solutions like chemical castration, hanging of juvenile or similar harsh punishment. Empirical studies have shown that these are not the right solution.

    By criticizing without seeing from other perspective, people tends to become mere spectator in society rather than stakeholder. Present state of environment, air, water of our cities is witness to this attitude. This attitude gives rise to cynicism in minds. People tend to start believing that society are not safe anymore and everyone is out there to hurt them economically, socially or otherwise. Pervasive corruption is yet another negative outfall of such behaviour.

    Great change can be brought about if people put them in others shoe before criticizing anyone or anything. Unmindful and unconstructive criticism only generates negativity, feeling of hostility in society which strengthens negative criticism. By thinking from others perspective we can break this viscous cycle. People would become more compassionate, there would be less conflict, and society will be more peaceful.

    Several entrenched problem of society can be solved too. During elections poor people are often accused of being swayed by liquor, small gifts or small cast. If only, people understand that this is the only time poor get anything from government, they will start targeting real issues like public service delivery, corruption and low voting percentage. Educated people who are more capable of judging the candidate will come out to vote, and public minded person may win elections.

    People will become participants in governance rather than being mute spectator. Pressing problems of cities, like Solid Waste Management, Pollution, Sanitation, Water scarcity, could ease to very large extent, if people understand the difficulty of municipality operation among non-cooperative citizens. At the same time, municipality would benefit if a lot, if they look from citizens perspective.

    Human are not evil by nature, it is circumstances and society which makes them so. If this simple understanding can be internalised by everyone. There would not be communalism, regionalism, fascism, hatred among people. Only then can society realise the true goal of people coming to form a nation, community or simply society. A true revolution can begin, if only, people ask the right question before coming to answer.

  • Profoundis

    Before criticizing a man , walk a mile in his shoes

    Since the emergence of social system there has been this act called criticism mostly behind the curtains sometimes on face of it by taking their power( caste, muscle, money and gender(patriarchy)) into account where the victim as left with nothing except to succumb by the so called social system to have a least cost to their life.

    But as time passes with the advent of revolutions in diff parts of the world and with the active advocation of people with objectivity to achieve decent life with rationality in any act (verbal/physical) substantiated by facts led to the minimal conflicts in this human endeavor from killing of people to have a healthy debate to come a conclusion. These are the people who walked in one’s shoe who led the revolutions or who propounded the philosophies, of whose fruits, which we are ripening in the form of the existing systems across the board, accepted by majority in that social structure.

    The word criticism often given the meaning of convenience with their own interpretations to have their ego satisfied at someone’s cost without any rationality/ facts behind it which would perhaps stumbles the very objectives of criticism itself.

    In the ancient times most of the kings/priest were so irrational to an extant that they would get rid of the people who criticize them to not let someone else to challenge the status quo to uphold the position they enjoy and it was constantly practiced till medieval times where some of the kings were tolerated the criticism of either one’s and took measures which could helps them and advances the society by walking in their shoe with the life they enjoy to some extant which led them to enjoy the position long by taking them(criticism) into account ,which is practiced on large scale in the contemporary democracies which we called it as constructive criticism.

    In the mid 90s there was a case which shook the world and led the 2 personalities into limelight in hours but the weaker bare the brunt of the issue and even without the fault and to the heights of this it is the ostracism(silence criticism) cost a lot than the perceived mistake bcz people come to conclusion way before the matter heard from 2 sides even if it is the doctored one that’s how we were used to live till now. The weaker waited for long on the only hope that truth would prevail and people would regret all we need is patience and that patience went for years and left with nothing except to change the identity itself for survival by escaping from the claws of society. As time passed people realized about their act and some one(group of people who judged) took the initiative to let the whole world know the actual truth in it despite peer pressures from the powerful and the stage is all set for let the truth come out . But the weaker is constantly asking WHY NOW ?(after the whole damage was done) WHY NOT THEN ?(before judging) by explaining the ordeal and shaming the very people who invited, to judge as such which led to loose the wonderful life as they enjoy with their silence criticism(ostracism) . Had these people stand by weaker side then, weaker dint miss that time n life. And these people seems like shattered with the words, shaming themselves more than the weak shaming them and pleaded with weighted hearts after silence of about 2 hours with standing ovation as a resemblance of sorry which brings nothing in return.

    Had these people walked in weak’s shoe for a quarter-mile at least, then situation could have been different which might have saved the precious life of the weak as they enjoy.

    Every opposition criticizes the govt for inactions, pleasing etc etc sometimes for the sake of it also, but they understand it only once they rose to power. The irony is the one’s who criticized the ruler for “ one thing “ they themselves becomes as such after been elected. had this criticizers walked in ruler’s shoes they wouldn’t have done so and they understand it after they themselves walked in it .

    Every child is criticizes their parents for this or that reason in their life but they understand only once they themselves become parents. And the same children blame the parents in managing the family affairs in their adult stage and they realized it only after they have a family in real terms. Same as the case with friends as well often we become judge-mental so early for our peers status either in terms of rich-poor, ugly-beauty and clever-dumb in our college days where we wouldn’t have enough maturity to walk in their circumstances which we only realized after we came to know the realities of life after our formative years then we feel sorry or regret and do which is in our hands in every which way and in them some don’t excuse us due to their pain which often experienced by all of us in any point of life .

    We see how majority of the filthy rich(born with silver spoons) treat the poor in their vicinity but the rich who come from scrap treat the poor differently since they themselves know the nuances of being poor and they can understand how it affects the poor in totality which we called it as a class distinction as Marx propounded there is only class struggle in human history.

    The one who suffered for a meal knows the pain of hungry thats y we seen most of the philanthropic activities in the same path( the one suffered in something would helps in accordingly) like AKSHAY PATRA foundation. The women who suffered in the hands of men would knows better than unaffected women and try to help the alike in dealing with them, example is Sunitha Krishnan of PRAJWALA. And only the women could understand better of the discrimination they are facing in the patriarchal society than men could understand it. And same as case with the men as well who would understands better of the crimes done by women to them than women themselves understands like 498a, 375 and 376 misuse.

    Often it is said that virtual reality is far behind than the actual reality and older people usher the words like just come to the reality which seems like its harder than appears unless we ourselves put in it which they have crossed.

    To walk in someone’s shoe who, we criticize is not as simple as it appears for that we need courage, put aside our ego, conviction to get the objective reasons behind their position. After done that the same people would appear far greater than what we perceive before criticism, that is the power of walking in one’s shoe.

    • Ash

      Hey Profoundis! 🙂
      I have reviewed a lot today! I tried reading your essay 4-5 times,… but just can’t focus anymore… Will come back tomoro and review… I hope its fine! Gud nigh! 🙂

      • Profoundis

        what u reviewed mine 4-5 times and can’t focus anymore ..whats that?

    • Pooja Pandey

      I liked introduction
      And ur point that truth is distorted and the rightful criticised is very well explains present scenario… But u haven’t explained the examples well.. u have mentioned some 90’s incident ..which incident? In The end u have deviated from the topic .

      • Profoundis

        k first let me know where i was very well n where i was deviated ..after that i would reveal which one was the case in 90s for sure i thought people would easily guess since it is world famous

        • Pooja Pandey

          I have already mentioned in my comment.

          • Profoundis

            no just with specifics plz i was did to ur review by copying the line and review like that

    • Night thinker !!

      Hey Profoundis,
      I liked the last 4-5 paragraphs a lot!! They brought out the very essence of the essay beautifully! Intro was complex. You need to mellow down the complexity of sentences to a bit. 🙂 THANKS FRIEND

      • Profoundis

        complex? …….mellow down of what?

    • Tanu Singhal

      Hey, sorry for being so late.

      1. Intro, distribute in more sentences, u didn’t break it at all.
      2. Loved the second and 3rd paragraph.
      3.the subsequent parahs after the two personality parah, lost the flow and got the reader ( me) confused, as to where are we going with just criticism.

      4.the comparison of weaker and strong,not so suited here, as here, I might say, teh poor didn’t walk in Rich’s shoe, may be then they would have realised, that rich wanted to trickle down the wealth but only after feeding own families with enough luxury.
      .5.bring a stroimng conclusion.

      Overall, I enjoyed this matured writing.

      See ya next week 🙂

      • Profoundis

        i don’t even understand whether u r kicking my … or rubbing my hair in appreciation!

        • Tanu Singhal

          It’s neither ?

          • Profoundis

            then what it is ..if it neither egg nor chicken ?

            • Tanu Singhal

              Just a neutral honest review.

              Don’t try to read b/w lines, there is nothing much

  • Ash

    Plz Review …

    One fine evening Christie, an 8 year old girl and her mum, Rebecca went out shopping. All of a sudden Christie spotted few men looking at a woman who was shopping and ridiculing her. Even the shopkeeper meted out a similar treatment. Christie was curious to see the woman. Immediately as the woman turned, Christie screamed, “Mum! She is so scary!” and caught hold of her. The lady was too busy to notice this. However, Rebecca decided to introduce this lady to her daughter.

    Diya – was her name. She shared her story with the two. Diya was a human rights activist. While she was protesting, people tried bribing her with a flat and a car, etc but she refused and on this refusal she was acid attacked.

    On hearing Diya’s story, Christie stepped forward and apologized for her behaviour.

    This small event has many teachings.

    Most importantly the ridiculing men – What does this ridiculing show? Does this show societal acceptance? Definitely not! Isn’t this is a way of criticizing – may be not her ‘acts’ but her ‘looks’?

    Did these men try finding out what the lady had gone through? No! Had they tried, would their behaviour be the same? The answer again is ‘NO’!

    This is just an example, coming to real life- Let’s revisit our schools. Let’s look around, how many- HIV+, transgender, SC/ST people do we see around us? Very few or none? My answer is ‘NONE’. Why?

    Let’s recollect how we teased people with torn bags and books, students who were short or bald. These conditions are due to ‘adverse situations’ which we never understand, we just look at the person and judge. This judgemental behaviour on our parts has resulted in high drop outs of minorities and the ASER report testifies this.

    The role of families can’t be understated here. If children misbehave it is primarily because of shortcomings in imparting ethics in these children by the family and secondly by the school. However, this behaviour is not only restricted to schools.

    Let’s turn on some NEWS channel for a while and see how the ‘fourth estate’ criticizes the Government. How often do we see the media appreciating the Government or the Hindu-Muslim solidarity? HOW OFTEN? Such NEWS usually stay buried.

    Addressing a question to the reader- Don’t the above two paragraphs give a view that the writer is a highly pessimistic person? This is because of the criticism in the above paragraphs. Criticisms have the ability to generate ‘negative emotions’ and when they are ‘unfounded’ they deter the listener’s receptivity to change.

    Turning to the NEWS channels- Aren’t they showing us what ‘we’ want to see after all they want TRPs. The Govt recently was criticized for reducing the expenditure for SAARC nations and several other policies. Did we try understanding with 21.9% people below the poverty line, living on hand to mouth existence and an FRBM to abide to, where does the Govt have the liberty to increase the expenditure?

    These examples show we not ready to understand the problems and stick to the bias we formed about the person or entity. Best example will be the transgender community accused of blatantly begging. But do we realize it was not until 2015 that the Apex Court ruled they would be considered a separate gender. A gender which did not have recognition, how could it find a good job?

    This is a great step towards a vibrant and inclusive democracy but when the Govt would try ‘reserving’ seats for this socially ostracized community, people will again protest and ask for reservations for themselves, ‘failing to pull themselves in the shoes of this community’ and what they have borne all these years. And if they do not get the ‘silver bullet called reservation’ – the reserved community will be victimized.

    So how do we solve these insensitivities? ‘EMPATHY’ would be a good answer. So what is empathy? – Empathy is the ability to identify and understand a person’s feelings. Now the question arises – a person who can’t understand himself well and has not mastered his own ‘negative emotions (ex- anger, criticising)’, how will she be empathetic?

    This opens a novel and an important chapter named – ‘Emotional Intelligence’. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to understand, control and channelize our own emotions and having achieved self-restraint we tend to become more empathetic.

    Mapping this to the example mentioned. Why did Rebecca take Christie to Diya? She could have herself told Christie about acid attacks and brutality associated with them but she took her to Diya so that Christie could understand what Diya went through so that she learns how to control the response she gave the next time any such situation happened which in turn, would make her empathetic.

    The most important part is the ability of a young girl to understand her mistake but the inability of adults (men mentioned above) to realize the same.

    If rapes, acid attacks, subjugation of dissent show shallowness of the society, greater shallowness is shown when ‘criticisms are unfounded or have no meaning’.

    Have no meaning? How far are criticisms on a person’s physical appearance or physique productive? What I’m pointing at is criticism should be a ‘constructive criticism’.

    Now what is a constructive criticism? Simply put, do not hurriedly get into someone’s shoe, walk a mile, get out of the shoe and criticise. After walking a mile and facing what the person faces, pause for a while in her shoes and imagine the person coming and saying what you are about to say to the person and then see – ‘Do you have the urge to walk some more enthusiastically or are you shattered enough to give up!’ If it is the former go ahead and if it is the latter- Don’t criticize. Best example would be the problem of ‘Open defecation’ where we blame the poor for increasing the disease burden. How far would the ‘NAME AND SHAME’ policy get us? According to me, nowhere! Why?

    With no houses, no electricity, no water how do we expect results? We failed to walk in their shoes. If we want to be successful, we have to communicate-understand-educate. And this can be achieved via acceptance and empathy. The Govt’s initiative to construct toilets is good but encouraging these people to such practices would need building a deeper connection with these people – A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING!

    To solve most of the problems in India and in fact in any nation, we need to understand –

    Criticising is easy. You can criticise me- I can criticize ‘her’- She can criticize ‘him’ and the cycle can continue easily.

    But as we do this, not only are we are shattering each other’s morals, we are also reducing the other person’s will to progress/change because no one likes to be criticized.

    It is said – Bad things are done by people because bad things were done to them… If criticizing unfoundedly is easy, let’s take a difficult step- A STEP TOWARDS A PROGRESSIVE NATION- A STEP WHERE WE APPRECIATE BEFORE CRITICIZING- AND WHEN WE CRITICIZE WE KEEP THE PERSON’S GOOD IN OUR MIND after all –


    Let’s break this cycle of ‘BAD’- by doing GOOD for/to all- after all Our own Constitution envisions growth on ‘PROGRESSIVE LINES!’

    • Ambarish

      1. I must say you have attempted to analyze the multiple facets of this topic. Good job
      2. You can work on your paragraphing a little. Tiny paragraphs dont do a good job in adding coherence and legibility to the essay
      3. Good attempt in trying to weave the story through the essay. You can try honing that skill
      4. “Let’s
      recollect how we teased people with torn bags and books, students who were
      short or bald. These conditions are due to ‘adverse situations’ which we never
      understand, we just look at the person and judge” – Prejudice is the word which can sum it up. You could have highlighted how our prejudices hamper our thinking and compel us to behave weirdly
      5. In the paragraph wherein you describe the role of families, I think you could have cited upbringing in place of family.
      6. I feel the para describing news channels could have been shifted for better alignment. It appears a bit out of place
      7. Pessimists are not the only people who criticize. Remember criticizing is different than cribbing 😉 It has a certain degree of rationality associated with it. Similarly, it is true that for a majority criticism acts as a dent to their self confidence. However, you will also find people who rise from the ashes only to better themselves
      8. Budget cuts on SAARC and poverty eradication are two different issues handled by two different ministries. You could have restricted your foreign policy example in that realm only – this would simplify your example without bringing in new elements in the picture
      9. Another important concept apart from prejudices which could have been analyzed was that of generalizations and the human tendency to “generalize” in order to simplify things
      10. Good coverage on empathy.. Reminds me of that Hollywood series “Saw” “Feel what I feel” 😀
      11. You have explicitly highlighted ‘constructive criticism’. However you have shifted the responsibility on the critic. It should be the onus of the person at the receiving end of the stick as to how he decides to take the brick bats
      12. Appreciation before criticism is sugar coating. Some like it bitter, some like it laced with sugar and some dont like it at all
      13. The reference to our constitution was avoidable. Why introduce a new character in the epilogue?

      • Ash

        My first review… after a long wait and a good one! 🙂
        1. Thank you! 🙂
        2. I feel it improves readability! Anyways I will try bigger paras next time and see 🙂
        3. Ohh! This is my first attempt weaving! Will work on it! 🙂
        4-6. Ohhkay! 🙂
        7. A takeaway! 🙂
        8,9- Alr8!
        10. Lol!
        11. I realize this now!:)
        12-13 : agree

        Thx for such a detailed review! (:

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      Good use of ethics jargon.

      Do not make paras of 1-2 lines. One para should have at least 5 sentences.

      At many times, too many questions asked looked ugly – avoid it.

      Balanced answer is missing – constructive criticism par bahut kam likha

      Empathy waala point was good.
      Good and sensitizing intro – plus points for it.
      Other examples could be made more solid : though SAARC waala accha tha.

      Flow was missing : empathy ke baad directly emotional intelligence aa gaya. I felt you need to smoothen out your content.

      Take my criticism as constructive one !!! 🙂 – essay likha nhi aur chale comment karne – main essay ke title ke against kaam kar rha hoon.

      Overall , good one !!!
      But, a lot of practice is needed. You are a good writer.

      • Ash

        Thank you! Noted! 🙂

    • Hi Ash, don’t know but I feel you need some criticism from Sepoy :/
      See, you have followed his advice of one line-one idea but I feel at times, you tend to pour out more and makes it difficult to understand your core theme. So try working over it. Cut down so many paras. You have to find a middle path between excessively long paras and the short ones. Rest of the review goes as follows-
      1)Try writing full form and avoid writing statements in capital. You don’t have the need to press your opinions so strongly-Opinionated 😛
      2)You often use these expressions-let us, now what is?–avoid them, your statement should flow and it should not become a class lecture to the reader
      3)Addressing a question to the reader- Don’t the above two paragraphs give a view that the writer is a highly pessimistic person? This is because of the criticism in the above paragraphs.||||| Criticisms have the ability to generate ‘negative emotions’ and when they are ‘unfounded’ they deter the listener’s receptivity to change.—-Could not related how the two statements are connected :/
      4)HOW OFTEN? Such NEWS usually stay buried.—which news :/
      Overall good but try to bring some good flow that looks natural and smooth rather than forced.

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        Batman bhai – aap experienced campaigner ho – bahut seekhne ko mil rha hai aapse

        • haha.. thanks bhai, sab ek dusre se he seekhte hai 🙂

      • Ash

        Hey Batman! Taking a lot from your review! 🙂
        Thank You! 🙂

        I really don’t know where is Sepoy! Didn’t spot him… even Sushmit isn’t here so
        I may be going wrong and not many to point out so you BETTER BE THERE!
        ( Ops! capital again.. I need to give up on this!):P

    • yogi

      Intro: very good to bring out the context

      how many- HIV+, transgender, SC/ST people do we see around us? Very few or none? My answer is ‘NONE’. Why?—-don’t u think ur answer is too extreme. Did u answered the why part in next para, if I take minorities as all u the types of people u have mentioned then u r urself contradicting ur answer( none) ( may be i am wrong here, but this is what I could understand from what u have written)

      Addressing a question to the reader- Don’t the above two paragraphs give a view that the writer is a highly pessimistic person?—–what a style, really liked it, 🙂

      Asking questions in between is a good way to catch reader’s attention, but too many qns, also irritates the readers especially when they are left unanswered, and u have done that at many places.

      At places ur qn were too long to be understood in one go like the one that have FRBM in it .

      The way u brings any new terminology in ur essay is really unique in ur essays, and the link that u created in Empathy and EI is just brilliant.

      You opened the chapter of EI, but did not mentioned that again, that made EI as being brought out forcefully. In my opinion u could have mentioned that in next paras.

      Conclusion: very good

      I suggest u to reduce the dose of questions, that was the only thing that annoyed me,

      Rest it is a good essay, keep writing

      Thanks 🙂

      • Ash

        Hey Yogi! 🙂

        Noted! Thank You! 🙂

    • CSE2016 aspirant

      Intro pada to bahut accha laga – tumhara empathy create karne ka point kohli ke cover par lagaye 2 chakko ki tareh anti- uttam tha
      You have in it in you – just work on structure : tumhara essay kuch alag tha – I hope next week I see a better structured article from u

      • Ash

        Noted! Thank You! 🙂

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Good one Ash …

      You did proper justice to the topic …

      Examplesand explanations of trangenders, HiV people are good.

      Media part could has been written better .

      Conc is giid

      Over all very good read

      • Ash

        Thx Harsh! Noted! 🙂

    • Invoker

      you definitely have a knack for writing! I bet youre an avid reader and writer! ( am i right? :P)
      > refrain from using terms like FRBM, fourth estate.. if you do use them i think you should make clear what they mean
      >asking questions is good, keeps the reader engaged but i think you have asked too many
      > you have created a good flow but sometimes i feel there is some abruptness like when you skip to the constructive criticism and EI part
      >Im not sure about writing such small paragraphs.. you also come off as a bit strong in some places due to your exclamation marks
      >” how many SC/ST people do we see around us?” None ?.. i feel it is a bit strange
      > Your point about unfounded critcism and detering receptivity is ambiguous..
      > your essay also lacks a core idea imo.. it seems stitiched at some places
      >In the last part, you have just blamed the critic which is incorrect in my opinion
      >Conclusion could have been better..
      P.S. Got to learn a lot from your essay..your english is awesome.. could barely find any mistakes..feel free to point out any mistakes in my review.. im a newbie after all.. KUDOS!

      • Ash

        this could be my seventh or eighth essay I guess.. so don’t worry I’m no pro either! 🙂
        Ash is not a studying.. reading or writing fan! Trust me! 😛

        thank you for such a detailed review! 🙂

    • Ashish Rout

      well u have to jst look at ur structure..too many paras i guess..but content justifies the caption very well

      • Ash

        Thanks Ashish.. duly noted! 🙂

    • Jaya Swatantra

      Hey Ash,
      1. Healthy content
      2. Tried adding diverse dimensions
      3. Transgender, HIv point good
      4. Cut short the story and please do not ask too many questions?? Try providing answers to every question you are asking…
      5. Work on flow and connectivity … just after transgender.. came school days???
      TRP and SAArc example ke baad phir se Transgender bill aa gaya….a bit structuring is required………. keep writing … Ash .. you can do it!! All the best.. 🙂

      • Ash

        Thanks Jaya.. duly noted! 🙂

    • Sepoy No 1446

      Kitna bada essay hai ye!!!!!

      Your writing has improved and looks more sharp now.

      Good analysis,multi-dimensional essay.

      One thing I felt that you could have “paused” a little bit and provided more analysis to one particular aspect you have captured. At certain points it seemed that you were too much in hurry.

      Also, more sociological analysis can be done with examples from both side.

      For example you can criticize how rich see poor without understanding their plight. You can also do a reverse analysis by saying rich are criticized but no one knows the struggle, the sacrifice and the long journey a person had to go before he/she became rich. Not all rich inherit property, some are self made. Walk in his shoes to understand why he deserves so much.

      Overall suggestion: Avoid repetition of idea, more in depth philosophical and sociological exploration, more individual examples.

      A recent one can be,

      Dhoni was asked Why India didn’t win with a big margin in a T-20 match against Bangladesh in T-20 world cup. This match was one fine example of great team-spirit, holding nerves and good leadership by the captain himself. Those who have watched the match will agree.

      This particular question reflects the mentality of few who are not part of the process. Its easy to ask a question. But its not really easy to hold your nerve and get a run out, and thus managing expectations of billion people. One needs to show discretion at such junctures.

      All the best Ash 🙂

      • Ash

        Now this is what I have been missing all these days … Your reviews exactly point out where to work on.. EXACT SPOT.. no ambiguity!
        Cricket??? Not a fan… so don’t even follow! 🙂
        But yeah! you brot some really good points .. specially the rich one!
        Thank you so much Sepoy!

        I won’t ask you to review much just the important ones… when you care for your ‘old friend’ .. ‘old friend’ cares too! 🙂

    • Hi Ash,

      I see that you started off this essay with the story and the example you picked of an acid attack victim was appropriate and was well put forth as per the demand of the title.

      There were too many questions in the essay and felt like you are scolding a lot! 😀

      Conclusion needed something extra in here.

      Keep writing and reviewing critically!

      I will attempt this one and will post! 🙂

      • Ash

        Agree! I took a real critical tone on this one and I got real critical reviews too! 😛
        And yeah! TOoo many questions…. WOuld cut them down in my upcoming essays! Keep Reviewing! Reviews would be needed you know! 🙂

  • Amruth Kumar

    Many philosophers have lamented life as an illusion, some of them explains life is all about perspectives. Every individual faces different challenges in life, receives and react to them differently. This is the beauty of the world. Albeit it is the source of many problems. Most of the humans rarely venture out of their perspectives of the world and try to decode others actions and their problems. This is leading to confrontation at various levels of the society. Solution for many of this can be just to walk a mile in shoes of the person, we are confronting or criticizing.

    Instances of this can be seen from a home itself. In 21st century, India, misunderstanding between parents and children have become norm of the day. In addition to generation typical generation gap problems, rapidly changing society, technology, education system, career, life style is adding to the woes. While children are failing to understand the utility of various cultural norms, caste system, ethos of the parents. Parents are wondering about the lifestyle of new generation, their craze for adventure, spirit of exploration in addition to not valuing parent’s value system.

    Here if both parents and children exchange their roles for a while, misunderstanding can be reduced. Parents need to understand how being brought up in a completely different environment has made their kids have different view and Children should understand, it’s the problems during their childhood, limited opportunities, fear of social black lash is forcing parents to behave so. Walking in others shoes can really help each others to understand problems and work towards mutually agreeable solutions.

    Even many personal issues, divorce cases are due to inability of the people to understand others situation thus their action. Todays busy life is reducing the available personal time for an individual thus complicating the problem.

    This trend can be observed in marco-scale social issues also. Genesis and strengthening of many movements is due to lack of empathy of ruling class on their subjects. Though sometimes changes are inevitable like Indian National Movement, European revolutions of 18-19th century. Many problems like terrorism, clash between left and right, Naxalism, rise of fundamentalism can be resolved by walking in others shoes.

    Rise of terrorism and radicalization especially Islamic Fundamentalism is mainly due to isolation of the community. But the current reply by nations to it is, through weapons. And Islamophobia is further complicating the problem. But a permanent solution can only be found through be in a situation and find out what is forcing people to join terrorism and treating it. While Islamophobia has to be stopped, but just blaming it will only strengthening it. There is need to understand the ideology and situation of the people who are spreading Islamophobia also.

    Similar phenomenon can be observed in Naxal Movements, governments have failed understand and address the need of the tribal. Even in the recent uproar over cow ban issue, rise of intolerance in the country, most of the times parties are just condemning the action, but if some one can go ahead and understand the reason for such behaviour of the people by walking in their shoes. It will be much easier to find the solution.

    Even the caste struggles, issue of reservation, opposition to reservation by upper class are mainly due to lack of understanding of situation of lower caste by upper caste. If incase by some miracles, all the upper caste people are made to live a life as lower caste member for an year. From next year onwards oppressions will be bound to reduce by astonishing amount.

    Political leaders and administration are always in the front line to get criticized. Although constructive criticism is must for a progressive society, blatant criticism can only create more problems. In India today most of the well intended policies have given moderate to hope less results. Though part of it can attributed to design flaws and lack of commitment by administration. Lack of trust in officials and attitude of only looking at the loopholes and ways to misuse them is making policy design a herculean task. Understanding the objective of the policies, political compulsion and administrative limitation by the people can enable them to provide better criticism to improve the schemes and policies and also help in better implementation of it.

    Best example to it is Kashmir problem. Many people from both the countries, consider conflict is due to blunders of their politicians and it has a easy resolution by politicians are not resolving it. Even if its considered so, current governments of both countries are unable to move ahead due to fear of electoral washout. It’s the fear of people reaction in both the countries is helding the leaders to make any bold move. Solution can come only after several bold moves.

    According to a psychology survey 90 % of difference of opinion is due to difference of information. Waking in others shoes will make it up for lack of information. Walking in the others shoes doesn’t mean that justifying all the actions. But to understand the reasons for such actions, behaviour and choices. At personal level showing empathy and understanding other person is the most effective way to resolve difference. And in any other case being at others shoes will definitely bolster our chances to find viable solutions to the problems.

    It may not be practical for every one walk in everyone’s shoes, in that case we might be in a world without problems. But making a habit to virtually be in others shoes for the most immediate and important issues can make life of person much easier and can result in much better society. The habit of thinking at others feet should be cultivated from the schools and nutured then onwards to have a better world.

    • Anand kumar

      Nicely stuck to the core theme of essay.

      • Amruth Kumar

        Thanks for review Anand

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  • friends………….please review my essay……………and give suggestions…………

    • Ankit

      Let me start with Aristotle 😛 nice quote.
      I feel avoid Indira Gandhi example.
      The essay is nice to read but you need to make it more appealing to the reader(I am no expert but I just felt that)
      Try to diversify a bit add a few better examples and you’ll clear UPSC soon 🙂
      Thanks for the review 🙂

      • thanks ankit…….yes indira example could have been avoided……..but wrote in a sense of emotion….thanks for ur review………

        • Ankit

          Yes i got a feeling it’s out of emotions but set aside emotions when u write an essay. It will make it much more objective.

        • Ankit

          And you’re welcome 🙂

  • Sudha

    Hi all.. I am the new one.. posted my 1st essay only…please give your precious time for review..

  • doofus

    Please review my essay

    “Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes”

    An old story goes like this : There was a man who used to work hard to earn money, but his son used to spend the money recklessly. The son would criticize the father for being spendthrift. The man tried to make the son understand by different means, but all in vain. One day the man told the son that he won’t get any money unless he goes and earns some money for himself. Next day the boy went outside and arranged the money from his relative. When he gave it to his father, he threw it in the river, saying that he hasn’t earned it. The boy tried different ways to arrange money and everyday the father threw it in the river. Left with no other option, one day the boy toiled the whole day and earned some money, and gave it to his father. As soon as the father was about to throw it in the river, the boy tried to stop him and cried. The father said, now that you have worked, you understand my position on money.

    The story is a simple one, not with too much characters and not with much complexity, but the message that it carries is very strong. It tells us not to judge others without understanding them or in other words, before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes. Judging is perhaps one task that we do most. Every now and then we would have an opinion on why something or somebody is wrong. We criticize our parents, our teachers, our government, police department, doctors, defaulters, dissenters, international operations and the list goes on. But how often do we understand their problems.

    Lets start with a simple example. The police – almost everyone agrees that they are not doing their job properly. We do not look into the fact that there is shortage of personnel, there is lack of funding, they are overstressed, may be the policeman who did not turn up at the station, was at some murder site last night. We do not feel the political pressure they are under, that the one who acted impartially has been waiting long for promotion. Infact we do not have to look that far, if we were to look and find out, as outsider, the problems that we face in our own job, we would pass them as excuses. As insider, the main difference that it creates is that we genuinely understand the problem.

    For ex. If government increases tax, we would be criticizing it, we would also criticize it for not constructing roads, without understanding that the two are interrelated. We want more employments, but we keep criticizing for opening market, bringing in FDI (Direct Foreign Investment), failing to understand where would the money for investment is going to come from. Recently, we witnessed the case of slogans being raised in JNU campus. We took different sides, some criticized the students, whereas some criticized the government. Perhaps, a clear understanding of the case was missing, perhaps some of the opinions were based on rumors rather than facts.

    This also is a big problem and at times creates undesired pressure on someone who is being judged. For example, there were doctored videos of JNU students raising slogans against India, which roused public emotions and there was pressure for swift and harsh action. One can not have first hand experience of everything, that’s when information starts playing role in making opinions. Media (Social media,news channel, blogs etc) plays a large part in it. Most of the news that we have these days are based less on facts. Sometimes they are written in a manner, that the reader is incited more on emotional level than on intellectual level and this clouds the judgmental power and criticism loses its purpose. It is said that one should listen to one’s own heart, but in this age of digital age, may be one shouldn’t, atleast not till the information is corroborated. In Kundankulam nuclear project opposition, government found that NGOs funded by international agency are playing parts in creating negative opinion and criticism of the project. It is very difficult to find out who is hiding what part from the information, and that part alone may change the opinion trend.

    So what can be the way out, what can be the solution. The government at its end tries to stop rumors that are spreading but it can only do a limited job, and that is not the generic solution anyway. The crux of the matter lies in that we must have a better understanding of the problem. One way of directly understanding the problem is the way Aam Aadmi Party came to fight elections and form government. This way is not possible for everyone and in every field. The other way to do this is the way the judiciary works i.e. first know the facts, then we must hear the opinions of the person being criticized and then if we are able to take emotions out of it, then only can we call it a proper criticism. However, a good criticism is a constructive one, it provides the solution as well, and once we have facts at hand, we can offer some solution.

    The main aim of criticizing something is to bring improvement and we are more so involved and interested in improving something when it affects us, and therefore we must be contributing a part in the solution. Once we understand the problem, and offer constructive criticism, we automatically become part of the solution, which we must, because if we are not part of the solution then we are part of problem.

    • mth_im

      @doofus:disqus well written.. Keep writing..

      • doofus

        @mth_im Thank you, it is my first post here, will write more.

      • doofus

        @mth_im:disqus Thank you for reviewing :), it is my first post here, will write more.

  • CSE2016 aspirant

    Bhai logon – ek baar jor se bolo aur comment kar hi do – HAR HAR KOHLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

    • gazab kar diye ho bhaiya ji 😀

      • CSE2016 aspirant

        Fury mam , comment karo – ‘ Har har Kohliii, Bharat mata ki jai’ – this guy deserves respect

        • Indeed _/_ “Har har Kohliii, Bharat mata ki jai” 😛 😀

          • CSE2016 aspirant

            Fury mam, now I will begin reviewing essays – josh aa gaya hai match jeetakar

            • Akhil

              Bahu isi josh me humara bhi kar do.. Match jitaya hai aaj aapne. Chandi hai Kohli ki

              • CSE2016 aspirant

                Bhai – aaj padne ki shakti 400% bad gayi hai : I will try to cover as many essays as possible 🙂

                • Akhil

                  Hhaaaaa… Brother aaj tumara din hai tumhari rat hai.. Energy to ground pe bichare kangaruo ko dikha diya tumne.. Pani pilla pilla ke mara hai..

                • Ankit

                  Bhai khabar aye hai Faulkner harassment ka case karne wala hai ap par 😛

                  • CSE2016 aspirant

                    Faukner is a good friend, He is a good bowler :).
                    I have respect for him. It was kohli’s sheer brilliance which won match for India.
                    raina ke dimaag se short ball ka bhoot utaro , dhawan, rohit to bhoomipoojan ke liye aate hain
                    Yuvraj wo yuvi nhi rha.
                    It’s all upon one man Kohli.

                    • Ankit

                      Bhai Dhawan Rohit Raina inki to jagah hi ni team me. Bechara Rahane bahar baitha hai 🙁

          • CSE2016 aspirant

            Fury mam – I replied on your leadership article too on your blog
            You write nicely – I am trying to gain some writing skills from you
            Keep writing mam

            • Hello Virat Bhai 😀
              kal to dil jeet liye aap !! 😀
              kudos !!!
              Thank you for reading my essays.. match ki khushi me do do padh liye waah 😛
              yes I agree with your suggestions about improving the examples and I agree with your point.
              Examples diverse nahi diye is baar maine, restricted to minimum.. previous essays if you see examples hi examples dikhenge.. i experimented this time to write more of philosophy,and I guess zada disbalance time will improve..
              And yes we all are learning from each other..nobody knows upsc ko kya pasand aayega…bas experiments karte raho yaha :P.. so don’t feel you don’t know.. hope to see your essay soon.

              • CSE2016 aspirant

                Hmm, wo to hai – but overall, your writing skills are good.

              • CSE2016 aspirant

                Hey fury,
                Is there any essay writing question posted on insights today ?

                • Yes.
                  are you not able to access insights ?
                  Honesty is the best policy. is the topic for today 😀
                  are you writing ?

                  • CSE2016 aspirant

                    I am not able to access today’s essay link, can you share. I think you are not making me April fool belatedly 🙂 and you are honest. I wanted to start writing from today

                  • CSE2016 aspirant

                    Fury mam. got the access 🙂

              • CSE2016 aspirant

                Namita mam,
                I am waiting for your essay. Can you please read my essay and critically review it. It is my first essay and I want incubation from top performers like you.
                Waiting for HONEST review 🙂

  • ayush khare

    “Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes”

    With great powers comes the great responsibility which in turns comes the challenge of criticism.everything seems easy when seen from glass of comfort,but when put into same position,comes the reality.One of the most easy thing we can do is to criticize but analyse the situation of one ,is a different thing. All that glitters are not gold.every crown is full of spikes but what other see is power of decision making.but how to know the reality? The answer is to walk a mile in his shoes!

    The decisions and their results are dependent on many factors and has many implications.for instance,it is quite easy to criticize Yuvraj singh on his bad performance in present matches but is very hard to understand the comeback he has made. Same goes for our prime minister Mr. Narendra Modi .Every decision of his is open for criticism in a democratic country like India, but little we realize that he has to thing about country as a whole,while we being selfish individuals have our own vested interest in everything.

    It is always easy to criticize our parents for not accepting our demands but we rarely realize their childhood. We criticize every beggar for begging but never think of their vicious cycle of poverty. We are ready to blame and criticize our government for all unhappening but laughs out at mere thought of entering in politics

    A movie shown in theater is only of 2 hours but it takes years to form it.It is easy to postmortem the acting skills of any actors but quite hard to even act like him.for instance , when Salman khan was shooting for Bajrangi Bhaijan , some criticized him of having bad expression , little they realized, he suffered the supreme court verdict during his shooting.

    Every influential person has many pebbles in his shoes. for instance, Shoaib akhtar faced criticism for rough behaviour and sledging,but little they realised that it was a part of game.People criticize Mr Milkha singh for not sending his son in athletic, but they dont realise the pain he faced in his athletic career.Every budget passed by our finance minister is criticized but rarely can anyone understand the diverse demands and volatile situation of economy. No one can predict monsoon but can criticize for not doing so by finance minister.

    Every match lost by indiain team is criticized and even get voilent but forget the pressure they had created on the players. USA criticizes India for getting armed and increasing our budget while claiming ourselves a peaceful nation , but little they realizes that they are indulge in creating competitive market in south asia. People urinating in public places are criticized on spreading unhygiene and diseases but they themselves are unable to create public toilets.

    Everyone blames government for not giving a a clean and healthy environment but they are the one who burns crackers the most.They are the one who uses pesticide the most. Blaming politicians for communal riots and communal ism to some extent is legitimate but they forget that those who participates in riots are civilians not the politicians.

    Criticism is must for evolution. Every criticism must be taken positively but to those who does criticize must also learn the other side of coin, they should also understand the peculiarities of situation. Every situation must be taken on ourselves before criticizing others.criticizing for the betterment of whole is a good approach but it is imperative to be the change you want to see in world

  • Neelotpal

    “If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

    -Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

    Democracy gives us a right as well as a duty to take our representatives to task. We expect our politicians and other public men to do what should be done, to keep the promises they have made and to conduct themselves in a particular manner. When we see deviation from our expectations, we feel betrayed and resort to criticizing them. Even more damning is our criticism of historical figures. For an example many a few persons have criticized GANDHI JI’s DECISION TO CALL OFF NON COOPERATION MOVEMNT after Chauri-Chaura Incident. While all of us understand the importance of healthy criticism, there are times this turns out to be unfair for the person target of criticism. This is when we fail to take in the situation that warranted a decision. A thing e.g. a force majeure (an event beyond control, an ACT OF GOD) might have prevented a person from keeping a promise. A government may have become hobbled by a disaster or a draught. It had to divert resources to meet such a contingency and could not keep promises made in its manifesto.

    But such criticisms are not restricted to individuals. Still more trenchant are the criticisms begotten by prejudice against entire groups. Racial PROFILING, STEREOTYPING based on income group, languages spoken etc. are its insalubrious examples.

    Racial prejudices have a long history. Entire communities and nations were considered savage without understanding the reason behind their mores. Their practices were considered brutal.

    Inuits of Canadian Tundra were once considered cannibals. A British expedition led by Sir John Franklin that was in quest of performing the EAST-WEST PASSAGE was lost in the lands of Inuits. For a long time it was believed in England that Inuits massacred the adventurers and ate them. This was an act of savagery that no civilized Englishman or one of European blood was capable of. Or so it was thought. Till there happened the famous case of REGINA vs DUDLEY AND STEPHENS, where two shipwrecked British sailors cannibalized on their about to die mate. Modern studies in anthropology say that cannibalism (actually necrophagy- the act of eating the dead) in Inuits was for survival in a resource-poor habitat. Still more recent researches on the fate of the Franklin Expedition challenge the idea that the lost expedition was preyed upon.

    Take the example of a child who has failed his examination. The first reaction is to blame it on his truancy if not on his wayward behaviour and his lack of judgement in choosing friends. We too might have engaged in apportioning the blame for his failure. We didn’t consider if it was beyond the wont of the child to take the examination. He may not have had the aptitude and interest in taking the examination. His protestation might have failed. But now, when we have met failure in this examination despite our much vaunted academic pedigrees, we can feel sympathy for the child. Now we know that success depends on many factors and not all are within our competency. All we can do is to give our best.

    But is commiseration necessary to understand others. Not, at all. It is not necessary that we have felt others’ pain ourselves to understand them. Rather than that, we need EMPATHY, a word which originated in German phrase ein fuhlung, meaning feeling into. We should try to understand what the other is feeling and why he is feeling so. This would truncate our own prejudices.

    AZAR NAFISI, IRANIAN WRITER AND JOURNALIST says, “Without empathy there can be no genuine dialogue, and we as individuals and nations will remain isolated and alien, segregated and fragmented.”

    The ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND OTHERS’ FELTEXPERIENCES AND LIVED EXPERIENCES IS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE TO AN ADMINISTRATOR. This is because these experiences shape a person’s attitude, which then translate into his behaviour. For an example, these days, acquiring land for a project, even if the project is for public interest is a problem. We may come to the hasty conclusion that people are least concerned about common causes. But if we delve deeper, we see that the problem lies elsewhere. In the last six decades or so of our development history, land-losers have often been the only loser in developmental works. The government has not been entirely successful in keeping its promise to those displaced and dispossessed. Their rehabilitation has not been performed well. They have hardly gained from the projects like big dams, mines, etc. Their experience teaches them not to take government’s words at face value. So, if a public servant is to convince these persons of government’s goodwill, he will have to show this through his deeds rather than his words.

    While it is mighty important to put ourselves in others’ shoes and realizing that we would have done the same if put under similar conditions, it is of no less importance to realize that others do have freedom to act and react in manners different from us. They may understand this world differently from us. We need to respectfully accommodate this difference. This is the essence of another virtue TOLERANCE.

    These virtues, empathy and tolerance; are also in the root of another virtue, forgiveness. Together, these can help make this world and our lives too, better by banishing prejudice and vengeance.
    ~930 WORDS

    • Jaya Swatantra

      Apt intro….
      Example are really diverse which show the depth of your knowledge.-Racial profiling,stereotypes and that example of inuits of Canada was awesome really enjoyed reading…
      Its good that you gave solid explanation for the examples which comprehends your stand nicely.
      Administration vala point…… i am going to copy…….. 🙂
      Conclusion is simply empowering,,,,,,,,,,,,, keep writing Neelotpal ji… All the best!!

  • India is a diverse land of different religion, castes, culture, ethnicity and beliefs, and in a country as diverse as ours, there are bound to be disagreements, arguments and criticism for every thing somebody does. Criticizing needs nothing more than a topic, and one may start, even if it is irrelevant criticism. This example is not restricted to Indian context only but is well established across the globe, however we will consider mainly for Indian context with an attempt to touch on the social, political, legal and someother aspects of title.

    In Indian context, there can be numerous examples we find wherein we start criticizing someone on the basis of their appearance, language, features, disability or some other attribute. People make fun of physically disabled, those who are mentally challenged are mocked at, transgenders and poor people are ridiculed on different parameters. People criticize the government, bureaucracy for price rise or for a specific scheme or poor implementation. There is heavy criticsm of Judiciary for over reach in executive domain and pendency of cases. Even in our family, we don’t get away without criticising our family members even if what they did was for our good, no one can forget the thrashing we used to get after playing for long hours without studying, then being angry and going to bed cursing our parents, though mildly!:)

    People in most of the countries and even in India pay a lot of attention to one’s appearance, how he looks, talks, behaves and all. There have been cases of acid attack victims been mocked by the public or seen as a pity to the other extreme. It is often forgotten that they were not like that since the starting, no one feels the pain and agony she went through and damaged her life forever. Take the case of transgenders or mentally challenged people, they are born that way, that’s the natural gift, they did not choose it and can do nothing to change things the almighty designed it to them. What we can do is facilitate, give a normal life, not mock or ridicule someone for something they themselves cant help. We have seen people laughing in mainland India on our counterparts from north eastern states, calling them with different names and abusing, what we fail to realise is one that they are a part of our family and two that they might already be abused by so called educated class and we should rather attempt to have a smooth assimilation instead of such derogatory acts.

    All over the country, go to any road side shop or a big mall, to a school or college, PSU or a private company, everyone is complaining against the government of the day, no matter how efficient or effective it may be. We all have numerous expectations from the government and country, we all are fully aware of our rights but sadly we forget about our duties. It should be kept in mind that the country is second most populous in the world, full of diversity and encompasses continental size area, thus any scheme or programme is bound to fail at few areas, and with limited resources available at the disposal, government in general does its best to fulfil the needs of the poor and downtrodden. Growth has been slow, and we tend to compare our country with finland, Denmark, US, UK, Switzerland and what not, but what we completely forget is the size, population, poverty and resources of our country. Every country is unique in its own sense and comparing ours with others and criticizing it is not a desired outcome. We can always learn and pick up new dimensions and aspects, but simply criticising without being a part of the solution is no solution.

    Indian Judiciary is also often criticized for huge pendency of cases and judicial activism. It was heavily criticized for upholding Section 377 against rights of transgenders, but what no one paid attention to was that Indian Judiciary is concerned with legality of law or an act and not on rationality of it. The debate of procedure established by law against the due process of law is a known one. Irrespective of this, no one paid attention and started burning effigies and protesting in front of SC. Another aspect theyare often criticised is pendency of cases, irrespective of the known fact that the judges to population ratio is much below in India than the international recommended ratio. The judges are over-worked and have to deal with diverse nature of cases in and out continuously, at the same time, due to lack of evidences and tactics by parties, case keeps on getting listed for future dates. Judiciary is not designed to take all aspects and solve the case on own, it has its own limitations.

    There can be innumerable exxamples wherein it is visible that we criticize someone without going through the reason of action or such circumstances. Cautious consideration and empathy is what is needed among all of us to understand the situation. It is not possible to truly walk a mile in someothers shoes, we cannot be judges or transgenders or government, but through developing empathy, trying to understand their feelings, thoughts, we can make things easier for them. It is true that constitution has given us freedom of expression, but it is also true that we should use it wisely, without hurting others sentiment in the case of personal criticism and without impeding the working in case of other machinery.

    • Ash

      Hey there! 🙂

      1. Are you seriously gonna place that smilie there is the exam! 😛
      1. how he looks, talks, behaves and all.- I think you can tlk of looks.. ppl are justified in judging on the basis of behavior and if you still stay rigid on this then justify by saying there cud be multiple reasons involved to trigger sucha behaviour!
      2. that they were not like that since the starting, … Are you suggesting if they were they deserved criticism.. I knw you have justified this in your very next sentence but y put such offending things in the very 1st place!

      3. legality of law or an act and not on rationality of it.- Well Placed! 🙂
      4. but ‘through’ developing – by developing 🙂
      5. constitution – C capital plz! 🙂
      6. others sentiment = other’s sentiments! 😛

      This is an average essay .. you can add more dimensions.. what I appreciate is you’re quick with essays huh! Keep Up! 🙂

      • Haha 🙂

        Thanks for the review and for pointing out grammatical mistakes! 😉

        Thanks and Please keep reviewing! 🙂

  • abhinav raj

    Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes

    Raghu was a poor industrial labor in a food processing industry located in the outskirts of Gurgaon, Haryana. The monsoons hit the food processing industries because of bad monsoon the food grain and vegetables were just for subsistence of farmers and they had no surplus to supply in market. Those were dog days for factory labors as the mill owner had already slashed their wedges and they had no option to seek other job or to go their village and to work in farms. Raghu was living a very megre life with lack of resources to make his and his families both end meet. What to mention about his salary hike or promotions when there was a sword hanging on his job. But, his wife and children always complain for dresses and a dinner in a classy restaurant. They had no business with Raghu’s situation but they were just arm chaired critiques for their infortunes blaming everything on Raghu. Had they walked in his shoes for a mile they would have never criticized about him.

    This is not a single go story. We in our surroundings and societies always complain or most precisely criticize about various spheres of life and others. Some of them are:

    • Government and his policies

    • Farmers suicide

    • Road accidents

    • Child labor

    • Rape incidents

    • Population growth and its consequences

    • NSG deal

    • Corruption in politics

    • Domestic violence

    And if I am going to narrate these all this is not going to end…………..

    Here comes the main topic of criticism,

    We people just like an arm chair critique criticize everything without knowing the real cause behind this. In this regard Max Weber has rightly said that any phenomenon that takes place has infinite reasons, no one can investigate those all reasons. Similarly there are multiple reasons for a deed done by a man and his deeds must not just be judged by the cover of a book.

    Recently the seventh pay commission’s recommendation are accepted by the ruling party and an army of common people is ready to criticize and blame the ruling party for the pay scale not to be up to mark but we should once think from the eyes of ruling party. They have already spend a huge money on diplomacy and tightening security, digitalization, smart city project, Ganga cleaning programme, vaccinations and skill development in spite of all these the government has hikes it’s unplanned expenditures from 150cr to 500cr. And this 7th pay will add an additional burden of Rs.1.02 lakh crores.

    If we see a man peeing road side we just blame his that he has anti-social thoughts but there should come a second thought in our mind that had there been good sanitary toilet systems everywhere this man would not have peed roadside making environment unhygienic and contaminated .In the similar fashion we abuse all the prostitutes that these are anti-social and their movements are not good for the people’s health and moral issue but there should be a food for thought that why has these women became prostitutes, who don’t want a good family life with her husband and children but these women are born with bad luck of poverty. Had the society done something for their job by providing them with some skill developments they would never do this type of paltry jobs.

    But the statement – “Before criticizing a man, walk a mile in his shoes” does not apply in each and every case, case in point We cannot say that rapists are not responsible for their heinous offence we should walk a mile in his shoes, if we did so our mind will just say that he was right because what a rapist can think is it is his sexual urge which provokes him from doing this. We live in a patriarchy society, had we have been living in a matriarchy society these incidents would be minimal. But up to some extent society is responsible for rapes as:

    when a society is banned like sex before marriage/ no place for sex for consenting unmarried couple / you raid hotels/ beats couples in park even for togetherness/ freedom of sex is also crime only for men outside marriage which is a ground for divorce/ prostitution is a crime to height of this only man was seen as a criminal and women as victim even if she herself doing for her livelihood.

    CONCLUSION – We live in a diverse society with people from various caste, creed, religion, historical background, cultural background etc. and hence we should not criticize a family or a man just for his living style or anything because if he were equivalent to ours they would have left their outdated rituals, What we can do is just to do out service to nation, pay out taxes on time, this will make out India such a nation where all are equal on not only those grounds as mentioned in constitution but also on social and environmental temperaments. Ours have the oldest cultural heritage, people from all parts on world came here and get influenced by our culture interestingly we people have also been grasping their good cultures and our goodness grows every day.

    Similarly, if every person tries to understand each other and is able to see the other side of the coin then we may not have riots, clashes, wars and disputes. Situations like a countries freedom fighter is another country’s terrorist may not arise. Poor may get the most out of these things as it is the one who suffers the most during such clashes. Our society will be happier and our HDI or Happiness index will be higher. There will be lesser cases of divorce and litigation. Respect for each other increase and we can show the path to the world which is reeling under such war of thoughts and perception.