Topic: Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships.
6. Indian culture and its diverse philosophies are a rich repository of ethics. Elaborate. (150 words)
Difficulty level: Easy
Reference: Ethics by Lexicon publications.
Why the question:
The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Philosophical Mondays’ in Mission-2022 Secure.
Key Demand of the question:
To write about source and ideals of ethics in Indian culture and philosophy.
Structure of the answer:
Start by mentioning that the Indian tradition is repository of numerous ethical and moral discourses.
In detail mention the various sources – Vedas, Upanishads, Dhramashastras, Smritis, Buddhist canon, Jaina ethics, Bhagwad Gita, folk tales, teachings of sufi and bhakti saints, teachings of modern philosophers like Swami Vivekanada and Mahtma Gandhi etc.
Describe the major ethical and moral tenets of the above-mentioned sources or teaching of the personalities.
Conclude by drawing the contemporary importance of the above.