Topic – Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
7) Nelson Mandela’s life offers many lessons which are of relevance to us more now than ever. Comment(250 words)
Why this question
On Nelson Mandela’s birth anniversary, it I apt to discuss about the values he held dear, and which made him so successful politically and set an example for all of us.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to draw values from him life and struggles examine their relevance in contemporary times and how can we ensure that we don’t forget his values by discussing what lessons can we implement in India.
Comment – When you are asked to comment, you have to pick main points and give your ‘opinion’ on them based on evidences or arguments stemming from your wide reading.Your opinion may be for or against, but you must back your argument with evidences. These types of question offer you a chance to consolidate your reading of different subjects to justify your opinion.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Introduce Nelson Mandela and the stellar role he played as a moral nd political leader.
Body – Discuss about his greatest achievements – rethink politics in terms of an ethics of empathy, a politics of forgiveness, and a revolution of values. Discuss the values he espoused – freedom of speech, fight against atrocities, politics of empathy etc an how his teachings are relevant in contemporary times for the world in general and India in particular.
Conclusion – Mention the key lessons that you draw from his life, which you feel is relevant in our current political climate.