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InsightsIAS Ethics 70 Days Plan – Day 26

InsightsIAS Ethics 70 Days Plan 

Day 26

Case study 1

Satya was very proud of her father. He was a senior bureaucrat in the state and he was invited to every major functions in Satya’s school and colleges. She used to feel like a star on such occasions. She boasted about her father in her friends’ circle. It was not without reason as her father himself used to tell her his stories of honesty, integrity in administration from his personal experiences. Satya was a brilliant student in her studies. She had many friends and some enemies too. Sowmya was one of those enemies who was jealous of Satya and she constantly searched for an opportunity to hurt Satya with her acerbic taunts. Most of the times Satya avoided encountering Sowmya inside the college campus.

When Satya was in her final year of graduation, just before her final exams, her father was arrested on charges of corruption and was sent to jail. This became a major news in the state and severely affected Satya mentally. She did not want to write her exams as she felt embarrassed to go to college. But her friends and mother convinced her to give exams as it was very important for her future. As soon as Satya entered college, Sowmya met her and started talking sarcastically about Satya’s father that how an honest father got arrested and how Satya had come to write exams in spite of a major crisis in her family. Sowmya wryly asked Satya if her father had gone to jail to deliver lecture about honesty and integrity.

One of Satya’s close friends slapped Sowmya there itself.

Satya was hurt by Sowmya’s comments and not able to control her emotions she rushed out of college crying loudly. That day she did not give her exam. Next day she committed suicide at her home. In the above example, Satya, Sowmya and Satya’s friend who slapped Sowmya all have displayed different shades of low emotional intelligence.

Analyze how each one of them would have behaved if they all had possessed high emotional intelligence?


Case study 2

Mohan was a hard working policeman. He married a beautiful girl from his village. Both of them stayed in a house at police quarters. Mohan’s boss, Sub-Inspector Suresh was an arrogant and flirtatious officer. He did not treat his subordinates well. He had an eye on Mohan’s wife ever since he first saw her on the day of Mohan’s wedding. His house was in the neighborhood of Mohan’s. Unlike other superior officers, Suresh often invited Mohan to visit his home with his wife for dinner and to other get together parties. Mohan had noticed that Suresh was trying to get closer to his wife by making jokes and giving unsolicited advice. Suresh denied Mohan any holidays. Mohan was tired of asking for leave so many times and had even mildly protested once. Suresh wanted Mohan and his wife to stay at the quarters all the time.

Once Mohan wanted a fifteen days of leave to arrange and look after his only sister’s wedding. He had to go to his native with his family for fifteen days. Mohan officially kept asking for leave two months well before the wedding date itself.  But as expected Suresh kept refusing him any leave. Just before the scheduled day Mohan had to leave for his native, he once again finally asked Suresh to grant him leave. Suresh said that he would grant him leave provided he went alone to the marriage leaving behind his wife in the quarters.

Mohan, agitated, took his loaded rifle and shot the inspector dead. He then surrendered to the police.

Emotional intelligence is must for police officers to work in a stressful and provocative environment. Explain how would have been Mohan and Suresh’s behavior if they had possessed high emotional intelligence?