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In government circles, truth-tellers are known as “whistleblowers,” but their role is immense, a single individual can become a powerful agent of change. Discuss.

Topic:  accountability and ethical governance.

7. In government circles, truth-tellers are known as “whistleblowers,” but their role is immense, a single individual can become a powerful agent of change. Discuss. (150 words)

Reference: Ethics by Lexicon publications.

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the role of whistleblowers in contemporary governance.

Directive:

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:

Introduction:

Start by defining whistleblowers.

Body:

In the first write about the need for whistleblowers in the modern day governance and ethical issues involved. Whistleblowers help bring accountability, stability and justice when things go deeply wrong. These modern-day Davids v. Goliath have saved lives and institutions, not to mention huge amounts of tax payer’s money. Substantiate with examples.

Next, write about the need for their protection and recognizing their efforts.

Conclusion:

Suggest measures to ensure their protection.