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“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. How relevant is this quote with respect to the recent happenings in Afghanistan?

Topic:  Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators;

6.  “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. How relevant is this quote with respect to the recent happenings in Afghanistan? (150 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Quotes Wednesdays’ in Mission-2022 Secure.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start by giving a simple understanding of the meaning of the quote.

Body:

Mention the morality of conscious inaction, its consequences. no action resulting in injustice. Cite examples.

 In the context of Afghanistan, highlight the various stakeholders including the US military, NATO and the other global powers. Their role and responsibilities in a political set up, failures and its consequences.

You may bring in the aspect of communitarian ethics where the good men have the responsibility to speak out and act in the face of evils, to preserve their community.

Conclusion:

Conclude by underscoring injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere and hence calls for ‘good men’ to take responsibility.