Courage – UPSC Ethics

You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships every day. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” Discuss the relevance of meaning of this quote for a public servant. (200 Words)

The very essence of courage is being able to withstand and survive adversities. One may not feel the necessity and relevance of courage unless one faces difficult times. As one survives smaller challenges he gains the courage to face the bigger ones, for one better knows then that one needs courage of heart and mind to survive adversities and not just physical strength.
A civil servant’s duty is not restricted to complying with rules, regulations and orders (happy times) but he has to meet uncertain circumstances which requires him to move beyond established rules and take a call without fear of being punished or prosecuted.
Prakash Singh committee’s report has pointed to the fact that many civil servants abdicated their duty during the recent Jat reservation stir in Haryana. When inquired of what made them run away from their call of duty, they replied being afraid of taking a tough call for the want of courage.
For civil servants it is the urge of ‘public service’ which gives them enough courage to start and as they move on they realise that it was really worth it.



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