Q6. Our attitudes towards life, work, other people and society are generally shaped unconsciously by the family and the social surroundings in which we grow up. Some of these unconsciously acquired attitudes and values are often undesirable in the citizens of a modern democratic and egalitarian society.
(a) Discuss such undesirable values prevalent in today’s educated Indians.
(b) How can such undesirable attitudes be changed and socio-ethical values considered necessary in public services be cultivated in the aspiring and serving civil servants? (150 words)
There are many undesirable values in India like casteism, communalism, unnecessary rituals, selfishness, indifference to underprivileged members of the society, distrust for other communities and regionalism. These values are passed from one generation to another through family and social surroundings. Many people are inspired to make illegal money through corruption because the society does not condemn such activities. Gender-based discrimination is also an undesirable trait which most people develop from their family.
Aspiring civil servants must learn public service from our great social and political leaders. They must draw inspiration from our freedom fighters who had given their lives for the sake of our country. Parents and teachers have a great responsibility to impart moral values to children at a young age so that they continue to imbibe ethical values even when they grow up. There should be regular training of civil servants to provide them with the right attitude and socio-ethical values. There should also be incentives for civil servants if they follow the ethical path and punishment for behaving unethically. (170 words)