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InsightsIAS Ethics 70 Days Plan – Day 56

InsightsIAS Ethics 70 Days Plan 

Day 56


1) What is meant by ‘environmental ethics’? Why is it important to study? Discuss any one environmental issue from the viewpoint of environmental ethics.


2) What does the quote means to you in present context: “Until he (man) extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”


3) Case study

One of your subordinates, who is working as inspector, is a corrupt officer and is hand in glove with criminals. Many stern warnings by you to him have not reformed his behaviour. His strong political connections have emboldened him to defy rules of the department. One day he suddenly commits suicide without leaving any note behind. The media, fed with wrong information claims that the officer was under depression due to unfair treatment by his superiors, including you, in the department. Many reports falsely claim that he was an honest officer and killed himself due to work pressure. Some reports even allege that he was murdered by vested interests within the department.


Under immense pressure, higher authorities ask you to investigate reasons behind his suicide and submit report to the government within a month. During investigation, you are coerced by your superiors and ministers to conclude in the report, whatever may be your actual findings, that the officer committed suicide due to personal problems and was an honest officer. Superiors urge you that any negative conclusion would bring bad name to both the department and the government.


What options are available for you? Evaluate their merits and demerits. Also suggest any other option with good justifications.