Karma – UPSC Ethics Thinkers

β€œHe prepares evil for himself who plots mischief for others.” – Latin Quote.

Critically comment on the quote and examine if the meaning of the above quote is applicable in public administration too. (200 Words)
Karma is an important element of Indian philosophical tradition. It believes in the actions of wo/men and tries to establish relation between actions and their results.
According to it, a person reaps what she sows and thus asks people to act just. Destiny of a person is decided more by her actions than others. The Latin quote “He prepares evil for himself who plots mischief for others” have same connotations. A wrong action will always result in harm for himself only. Rather than trying to place thorns in the way of others, it will be more beneficial to correct own path.
Temptation of personal benefit: This is because in an organisation, there is a high competition and people are willing to take every shortcut including dirt slinging and mischievous plotting in order to succeed, This often backfires For e.g. an IAS couple in Madhya Pradesh after years of unethical practices are facing disproportionate asset case and whose award will be proportional to the crime.
Work culture: In Public administration favoritism is a big reality. Every political party has support of big industrialist in order to win elections. Sometimes this association turns unethical and backfires. Recent example can be taken in which External affair minister is facing ire of public for supporting a corrupt businessman.
It is very important for a public administrator to work honestly and justly. Personal interest should be set aside and cooperation with other is must. Leg pulling will only result in harm for society. Such actions can have negative consequences for her career too. So it is required from a public administrator to perform her duty than hindering the work of others.



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