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Real freedom is of the mind and spirit; it can never come to us from the outside.’ Analyze the essence of this statement with reference to the working experience of Indian bureaucracy.

Topic :Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.

6. Real freedom is of the mind and spirit; it can never come to us from the outside.’ Analyze the essence of this statement with reference to the working experience of Indian bureaucracy. (250 words)

Reference: Ethics Integrity and Aptitude by G Subbarao and P N  Chowdhary

Why the question:

The question is based on the fact that real freedom is premised on the mind and spirit of an individual and never from outside.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain the importance of real freedom and how it is always based on mind and spirit.

Directive:

AnalyzeWhen asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Freedom as ‘inner freedom’ emphasizes on the inner aspect of life. The closest equivalent would be ‘freedom-hood’ meaning ‘freedom of one’s consciousness state’, the conscious inner struggle for inner freedom for which all human beings strive for understanding knowledge of one’s connectedness with the world and other beings in the world i.e. ‘enlightenment’.

Body:

Freedom is said to exist when an individual is not subject to external controls or coercion and is able to make independent decisions and act in an autonomous way. Freedom is also about expanding the ability of people to freely express themselves and develop their potential. Freedom in this sense is the condition in which people can develop their creativity and capabilities.

Then move onto explain what the obstacles are – But the Politico-administrative relations have placed obstacles on the working of the Indian Bureaucracy. Also the nexus between politicians-criminals is affecting the freedom of bureaucrats to implement the programmes and policies in a more creative and efficient manner.

In the present era bureaucrats have been given sovereign power in their hands. But this power is robbed by hosts of self-seekers. The ideal form of freedom is curtailed on every side.

Conclusion:

Conclude with what should be the way forward.