Topic: Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
7) It is often said that poverty leads to corruption. However there is no dearth of instances where affluent and powerful people indulge in corruption in a big way. What are the basic causes of corruption among people? Support your answer with examples.(250 words)
Ethics by Lexicon publications.
Why this question:
The question is based on debate of direct linkage between poverty and corruption vs the rich and corruption. The question revolves around corruption; its causes and consequences.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must explain in detail the dimensions of corruption, causes and consequences. You must state your opinion and debate on the question with suitable examples.
Structure of the answer:
Start with importance of virtues such as honesty, integrity.
Discuss how the fact that poverty leads to corruption is often seen through a myopic lens as evidences suggest that there is no direct linkage between poverty and corruption. A poor person can lead his life with honesty and integrity. On the other hand, an affluent person can indulge in corruption because of greed. The scams made by politicians , the rich and affluent, example Nirav Modi and PNB scam, Vijay Mallya etc are some examples to aid your opinion. Justify how basic cause of corruption is not lack of resource, rather it is lack of virtues. Conclude with consequences of corruption.
Re-assert the importance of virtues in leading a corrupt free life.