Examples of Ethics

Syllabus: Applications of Ethics Sources: The wire, IE Example 1:  Anukathir Surya: IRS Officer’s Historic Name and Gender Change Anukathir Surya, an IRS officer, has become the first in Indian Civil Service history to officially change his name and gender to be identified as a man. Approved by the Ministry of Finance on July 9, …

Alice Munro: Ethical Issues

Syllabus: Applications of Ethics Source: IE   Context: Alice Munro, a Canadian Nobel laureate renowned for her short stories, is now the subject of a disturbing revelation by her daughter, Andrea Robin Skinner. Weeks after Munro’s death, Skinner disclosed that Munro’s second husband, Gerald Fremlin, had sexually abused her repeatedly. Despite being aware of the …

Humility in Public Discourse

Syllabus: Applications of Ethics  Source: TH Context: Freedom of speech is not just about speaking freely but also involves exercising positive character traits. Personal attacks and hate speech overshadow meaningful information and reveal a lack of understanding of both one’s own and the opponent’s limitations. This has turned public discourse into a spectacle, prioritizing verbal …

Issues with the Medical Ethics in India

Syllabus: Applications of Ethics Source: TH  Context: The article highlights systemic issues in medical ethics oversight in India.   What is Medical Ethics?  Medical ethics addresses ethical choices in healthcare, defining what is right or wrong within a specific cultural context. It governs the responsibilities of healthcare providers, including doctors, hospitals, and other professionals, towards …

Human Dignity vs. Religious Practices

Syllabus: Indian Constitution: Fundamental Rights Source: TH Context: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court allowed the resumption of “annadhanam” and “angapradakshanam” at Nerur Sathguru Sadasiva Brahmendral’s resting place. What is “annadhanam” and “angapradakshanam”?   Annadhanam is the practice of offering free food to devotees. Angapradakshanam involves circumambulation by rolling on the ground around …

UN Launches Framework to Combat Online Misinformation

Syllabus: Applications of Ethics/Governance  Source: DTE Context: The United Nations, led by Secretary-General António Guterres, has introduced the Global Principles for Information Integrity, a framework to tackle misinformation, disinformation, and hate speech online.    Key terms:    Key principles from the UN’s Global Principles for Information Integrity: Combating Disinformation and Hate Speech: All stakeholders should …

Emotional Intelligence and its Applications

Syllabus: Ethics: Emotional Intelligence  Source: IE, IE, IE Context: Emotional Intelligence (EI) is crucial in today’s interactions, especially for public servants who must navigate complex situations.   What is Emotional Intelligence (EI)? Emotional Intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to recognize, understand, and manage one’s own emotions, as well as to perceive and influence the …

Ethics and Outer Space

GS Paper 4    Source: TH  Context: After the success of Chandrayaan – 3 there have been discussions on the ethical frontiers of space exploration. Ethics in outer space exploration is a critical and evolving consideration as humanity continues to expand its presence beyond Earth’s boundaries.    Several key ethical principles and challenges are associated …