Topic: Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
6) Bhagavat Gita advocates ‘detachment’ as an essential attribute for being successful in one’s duty. Is this virtue still relevant in today’s public administration? Discuss using suitable example and give your opinion.(250 words)
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Why this question:
The question aims to evaluate the virtue of detachment and in what way it impacts the duty aspect of an individual.
Key demand of the question:
Explain in detail the virtue of detachment and in what way it is applicable to public administration.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Discuss what you understand by ‘detachment’ in the context of the question.
Bhagavad Gita is one of the earliest texts in any tradition to emphasize that it is important not just to do one’s duty, but to do it in a certain kind of way; detachment.
Explain the importance of Detachment in general and how it applies to public services – it boosts a public servant capability to stay away from unintended emotions and ensures that emotions are invested wisely. It is is important to uphold public Interest as our excessive attachment with postings, perk, privilege, power, and position leads to civil servants becoming pursuing self-interest rather than public interest, self-serving rather than serving the people etc.
Conclude by reasserting significance of the same.