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01 SEPTEMBER, 2017 (MAINS)

TODAYS ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE FROM GS- IV

Q1. Why is the government needed to adopt strategy of persuasion? When does persuasion becomes unethical? Substantiate with suitable examples. (200 words)

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  • Osho Korde

    • Persuasion is something meant to get you to do or believe something. If you’re not sure you want to go somewhere, for eg. your friend might use persuasion to talk you into it.
    • Similarly, government persuasion can lead to change of thoughts of people thus making the governance process more penetrating and useful, for effective and participative governance, citizen shall be made part of the system and active involvement will ease the process.
    • For example:
    • Swach bharat mission
    • more than 3crore have opted out of LPG subsidy under PAHAL.
    • A.P. government used many persuasion techniques for land acquisition for Amravati, etc. these are some of the good and effective examples for the persuasion used in governance.

    Persuasion becomes unethical if:
    • Exaggerating your demands:People will recognize that they are being asked for more than what is needed, and will be less willing to accommodate you.
    • Concealing true intentions: Be direct when persuading others and you will often find better results in the long term.
    • Providing false information: Providing false information when persuading others can lead to damaging long term results. Reputations can be tarnished and productivity will diminish as people start to see that they were persuaded by false information. Honesty and integrity are essential when creating a persuasive argument.
    These three actions all work together to define manipulation. Persuasion by manipulation is unethical. By making sure you are not exaggerating your demands, concealing true intentions or providing false information, you will go a long way in making ethical persuasive arguments.