Topic: Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world
7) Hero worship is endemic in our country and personality cult flourishes, in politics, hero-worship is a path to degradation and eventual dictatorship. Critically analyse. (250 words)
Why this question:
The article captures the thoughts propounded by Babasaheb Ambedkar with respect to hero-worship in politics and its ill effects.
Key demand of the question:
One has to explain what hero worship is, what are the concerns around it and its linkages to politics and ill effects.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.
Structure of the answer:
In brief explain what is Hero-worship.
Discuss the context of the question using relevant examples from past to present and explain what hero-worship is and what are its linkages with politics.
Explain that there is nothing wrong in admiring our leaders as heroes, but the risk is that in the process, the tendency is to entrust such persons with vast powers and uncritically accept the exercise of these powers, without insisting on accountability, which is a sine qua non of any genuine democracy.
Conclude with logical conclusion and need for a balanced approach towards leadership recognition especially in the aspects of hero-worship and politics.