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20 MAY, 2017 (MAINS)

TODAYS ANSWER WRITING CHALLENGE FROM GS-IV

 

Q1. What do you mean by a ‘role model’? How are they made? Illustrate and analyze how a role model influences virtues, morals and ethics in a society. (200 words)

 

Please write the answer in comments section

  • Ashish

    A role model is a person whose behaviour, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people.
    The term “role model” was coined by sociologist Robert K. Merton
    Merton hypothesized that individuals compare themselves with reference groups of people who occupy the social role to which the individual aspires. An example being the way young fans will idolize and imitate professional athletes or entertainment artists.
    In India government projects are generally considered to facing time and cost overruns besides issues of corruption, etc.
    E Shreedharan completed a railway project in Rameswaram within half of the time allotted to him, a miracle by Indian standards!
    He has influenced not only public sector but also private sector with his GRIT, INTEGRITY and DEDICATION towards his work. This drives other managers and Engineers to cultivate such values in order to command a similar respect.
    Amitabh Bachan is considered a role model not just for his super hit movies but also he also motivation to new entrants, PHILANTHROPIC ACTIVITIES and espousal for SOCIAL CHANGE. This puts pressure on those who emulate him to also imbibe these humanistic qualities.

  • Osho Korde

    Q1. What do you mean by a ‘role model’? How are they made? Illustrate and analyze how a role model influences virtues, morals and ethics in a society. (200 words)

    • A person who someone admires and whose behaviour they copy is a role model.
    • The term role model comes from sociologist Robert K. Merton according to him rather than modelling individual behaviours, people tend to model set of behaviour.
    • An role model has qualities like:
    1. Passion and ability to Inspire
    2. Clear set of values
    3. Commitment to community
    4. Selflessness and acceptance of others
    5. Ability to overcome obstacles
    • Mahatma Gandhi is a role model not only amond Indians, but he among the most admired global personalities of all time.
    • The Missile Man of India is the best example of perfect role model. Abdul Kalam has done a significant work in the field of science and technology for which he has been awarded with “Bharat Ratna” “Padhma Vibhusan” and ”Padma Bhusan”. He always lived a humble simple life. He believed in the power of the youth and always encouraged them for their creativity. Inspired by his simplistic approach if we incorporate at least 10% of his habits (Waking up early, Being determined and committed towards work, Meeting the impossible deadlines with a sharp focus and hard work, Be humble and polite to everyone) we might just make the best out of our lives.