Topic:ethics in public service; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
10) Your close friend who recently retired as a secretary in the Ministry of Health was known for his brutal honesty and personal integrity. He was respected for his knowledge and vast experience in various policy matters. Because of some inevitable circumstances, he had to bend rules to favour an industrialist which would benefit his chain of medical colleges and pharma companies. Your friend had done so at the behest of his political boss who was also known for his honesty and uprightness. Your friend and his political boss were both good friends with the industrialist. As it was just a small tweak in the law and as both were about to retire, they had made small favour at their friend’s request. But recently, the matter has come out in the public and sensationalised in media as a big scandal. A court has issued summons to your friend, his boss and the industrialist to appear before the court in the case. Many of their colleagues have come out open supporting all the three and condemning the court summons as political conspiracy by the new government.
a) Do you support your friend at this moment? Justify why. (150 Words)
b) Is there a difference between ‘bending’ the law and ‘breaking’ the law? Are both ethical? Critically examine with suitable examples. (150 Words)