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Social and religious norms play a dominant role in influencing behaviour in India. How these norms have been used in the implementation of various schemes by the Government? Elaborate.

Topic:  Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.

7. Social and religious norms play a dominant role in influencing behaviour in India. How these norms have been used in the implementation of various schemes by the Government? Elaborate.(250 words)

Why this question:

The question is premised on the fact that behaviour of people in India is largely influenced by Social and religious norms.

Key demand of the question:

Explain the possible influence of Social and religious norms on the behaviour of people in the country and in what way such linkages can be used in the better implementation of government schemes.

Directive:

Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly define what influences behavior of an individual in general.

Body:

To start with, explain that the Religion is probably the strongest belief system that has existed for thousands of years. In many ways, it is a code of Conduct, a rule book that allows believers to function in a non-primitive or cultured manner. Explain the use of social and religious norms in the Government schemes. Quote examples from the schemes that use these social and religious norms and tendencies of people towards them.

Conclusion:

It is important to note here that although, religious beliefs may play a causal role in some of the actions, and it is not the only factor that influences behaviour. Rather, it’s an important factor in a pool of other factors like genetics, Environment, parenting, drives, and needs that determine our behaviour.