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Discuss the significance of reconciliation as a key virtue pivotal in the development of individual to a country, give suitable examples to substantiate.

Topic : Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and nonpartisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.

7. Discuss the significance of reconciliation as a key virtue pivotal in the development of individual to a country, give suitable examples to substantiate. (250 words)

Reference: Deccan Herald 

Why the question:

The article presents to us a detailed narration of how reconciliation played a pivotal role in the history of freedom struggle of India.

Key Demand of the question:

The question is to ascertain the importance of reconciliation as a key virtue pivotal in the development of individual, groups and even of a country.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Define what you understand by reconciliation.

Body:

The principle of reconciliation is based on the ancient Indian value of acceptance, which is much more than the normative concept of tolerance popularised by Western secularism.

Speaking at Chicago’s Parliament of World Religions in 1893, Vivekananda had described how tolerance can be a patronizing idea, as it believes that the tolerant possess the truth while indulging the tolerated in their right to be wrong. On the other hand, acceptance regards the accepted to be as much the possessors of the truth as the accepting, and it is out of this reciprocity between two different truths that reconciliation can emerge.

Discuss where all the virtue of reconciliation can be applied and what the advantages of practicing it are.

Conclusion:

Conclude with its importance in all spheres of life for everyone.