Topic:Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity
6) What do you understand by liturgy, as practiced in ancient Greece. Discuss its relevance in present times.(250 words)
Why this question
Liturgy in ancient Greece was a public service established by the city-state whereby its richest members, more or less voluntarily, financed the State with their personal wealth. The question is related to GS 4 syllabus under the following heading-
Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity
Key demand of the question
The question wants us to explain the meaning of the term liturgy. Note that liturgy has two meanings- one associated with Christianity and religion, and the other related to ancient Greece. We have to explain the meaning of the later. It then wants us to discuss whether such an arrangement exists today/ is required today/ can be implemented today etc.
Discuss- It is an all encompassing directive which commands us to write in detail about the meaning, success, limitations liturgy and come up with an opinion on its relevance today.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– Briefly define the term liturgy and how long did the system exist.
- Further describe the term liturgy.
e.g uses- funding of wars, public projects etc; discuss its success and decline. Take help of the articles attached with this question to frame your answer.
- Discuss the relevance of liturgy in present world- can such a system be possible ( yes in case of digital payments as all wealth will be/ can be monitored etc) , desirable (No as inequality and demand for resources has grown, governments have evolved into stable institutions, modern taxation system is far too complex and vast to be replaced by liturgy )and sustainable ( will people accept it and will the system be able to satisfy their wants.
Conclusion- form a balanced and fair conclusion on the role of liturgy in ancient Greece and its desirability and feasibility today.