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Concepts & GS IV PYQs

Concepts & GS IV PYQs

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Truth, a Personal & Public Service Virtue

In an era where dishonesty often makes headlines, the UPSC GS IV Ethics paper underscores the importance of Truth as a fundamental value for civil servants. Truth-telling, a virtue often tested by the temptations of self-interest and convenience, remains a beacon of integrity in public service.

The Enduring Legacy of Truth

From ancient laws to moral philosophies, Truth has been lauded as an ethical bedrock. The Code of Hammurabi's stern stance on lying, Kant's unwavering commitment to universal truthfulness, and the yogic principle of Satya all advocate for honesty as a supreme virtue. The narrative of King Harishchandra epitomizes the steadfast adherence to Truth, even in adversity.

Why Truth Matters in Civil Services

  1. Respect for Individuals: A commitment to Truth reflects a deep respect for individuals, valuing them as ends in themselves rather than a means to an end.

  2. Foundation of Trust: Truthfulness is the cornerstone of trust, essential for the integrity of relationships and societal institutions.

  3. Vital for Democracy: An informed citizenry is the lifeblood of democracy, reliant on truthful and meaningful information for rational decision-making.

Civil servants must embody the value of Truth, not only as a professional mandate but as a personal creed. This unwavering commitment to honesty fosters trust, respect, and a robust democratic society.

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