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6) As per the Indian Constitution, it is  the duty of each citizen to develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform. Yet, superstitious practices are abound in India, including among the highly educated. Why is it so hard to remove superstitions? Can social persuasion and ethics help remove it? Examine.

Topic:  Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion. 
6) As per the Indian Constitution, it is  the duty of each citizen to develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform. Yet, superstitious practices are abound in India, including among the highly educated. Why is it so hard to remove superstitions? Can social persuasion and ethics help remove it? Examine. (150 Words)

Why this question?

This question is about attitude and role of ethics and persuasion in changing negative attitudes.  Superstition, especially which are harmful show that individuals who practice them lack certain values. This question is important from essay point of view as well (any essay on superstitions)

Key demand of the question:

Write why it’s difficult to remove superstitions, role of social persuasion, science and ethics in removing them.  

Directive Word:

Examine: With suitable examples, address the demand of the question. No need to comment here. 

Structure of Answer:

In the introduction, highlight how superstitions have held us back in time and how science alone can’t help remove them. 

In the body, in TWO Main parts, address the demand of the question (why it’s difficult to remove them; and how ethics and social persuasion along with science can remove them ) Write in paragraphs (you can write in points wherever it’s required). 

Write a conclusion saying that ethics and morality have larger role to play in society. (make sure your answer doesn’t look like other GS answer. Make it look like Ethics answer)

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