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7) How we deal with those excluded out of NRC will determine how humane our democracy actually is. Comment.(250 words)

Topic – ethical concerns and dilemmas in government ; strengthening of ethical and moral
values in governance

7) How we deal with those excluded out of NRC will determine how humane our democracy actually is. Comment.(250 words)

Indian express

Indian express

The hindu

Why this question

Updation of NRC and the consequent fate of those who do not find a mention in the hallowed list raises very important ethical questions and dilemmas for our democracy and government. These opinion all deal with the moral, practical and ethical challenges before us going forward and hence the issue needs to be prepared from a GS4 perspective as well.

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to explain what ethical and moral questions are raised by the entire debate, the security and historical concerns that the government has to be sensitive to, and how the current dilemma can be resolved.

Directive word

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.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Explain about NRC, give its brief history and mention that the issue has to be handled sensitively by looking at the various sides of the coin.

Body – Elucidate the various aspect of this issue which makes it so difficult. Discuss the vexed “foreigner question” that has been a matter of great contention in Assam. Discuss the historical demand for such a register and the government’s commitment while signing the Assam Accord.

Discuss the inevitability of immigration as long as the world remains a global village. Highlight the ethical aspects in this situation where the fate of so many families and persons are linked to finding their name in a list which has scope for administrative errors. Discuss how has the SC and MHA given assurance and what needs to be done going forward.

Conclusion – give your view on how should the government resolve this ethical dilemma.