Q5(a). ‘Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.’ Napoleon Bonaparte.
Stating examples mention the rulers (i) who have harmed society and country, (ii) who worked for the development of society and country. (150 words, 10)
In order to achieve anything great in our lives, we need ambition and passion. Our ambition sets a high goal for us while our passion gives us the energy to move ahead and work tirelessly to achieve our goals. However, character is something that decides the means to be adopted for achieving our goals.
Adolf Hitler had the ambition to make Germany the most powerful nation of the world and he had the passion to achieve his ambition by any means. However, his actions led to the Second World War that resulted in the death of millions of people worldwide. Several million innocent Jews were killed in concentration camps, which caused tremendous harm to social harmony and human values.
Lee Kuan Yew was a great leader full of passion with an ambition to make Singapore a great country. He was the first prime minister of Singapore from 1959 to 1990 and under his leadership Singapore became one of the most developed countries in the world. (165 words)