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15 JULY, 2017 (MAINS)

TODAYS ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE FROM GS-IV

 

Q1. Can the ‘end’ justify the ‘means’ to achieve it? Give your views, citing examples. (200 words)

 

Please write the answer in comments section

  • Ashish

    It is often said that all is well that ends well. The meaning implied is that if there are some wrongs to achieve a larger good then it is not an issue.
    For instance there is nothing wrong in speaking a lie if one gains due to it.
    However the following perspectives merit consideration:
    TIME LIMIT OF THE END
    A particular event is not just an end in itself but also a means for other activity.
    While India’s Independence was an end for the Freedom movement nevertheless, it was a means for achieving freedom from poverty and hunger, etc.
    For instance, A company may indulge in predatory pricing in order to gain consumers in the short run.
    Though it seems beneficial to the customers in the short term however it harms the other players and may lead to monopoly ultimately harming the consumer itself

    SCALE OF THE END
    An end has to be considered not only with respect to immediate beneficiaries but also in relation to the impact on wider society.
    A seemingly benign activity like construction of hotels in upper reaches of a river may benefit a few but has disastrous impact on thousands of people downstream.

    PRECEDENT SET BY THE ACTIVITY
    An action holds relevance not only for the present but also for future. India’s movement for Independence is revered the world over because it adopted the path of non-violence to achieve the end
    An administrator’s action needs to be seen in the light of the kind of precedence it sets for the future leaders like whether the site for a plant has bee

    EARNING TRUST AND GOODWILL
    Following a path of honesty may lead to hurdles and challenges in the short term, nevertheless it inspires trust and goodwill in the activities of an individual or an organisation. For Example A fruit seller may get very low profits if he adopts fair means, but once people come to know about his fair business practices his business will boom like any anything.

    It was with perhaps these considerations in mind that Mahatma Gandhi said that ends are as important as the means adopted to achieve them.