Tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections are two essential virtues in civil servants that are needed for India's balanced development. Discuss.

India is one of the fastest emerging nations with third fastest growing economy but still it has largest number of poor in world. A balanced development is needed to uplift many from life of deprivation.
Compassion enables a civil servant to bridge the gap between vulnerable, deprived and bureaucrats so that they understand needs and problems of common people. A compassionate and empathetic civil servant would understand the grievances of poor who approach him and take action accordingly.
Tolerance on the other hand refers to fair, objective and permissive attitude towards those which differing in opinion, views, culture, language etc. A civil servant posted in a state other than his own if not tolerant may face problem in adapting and dedicating himself to the service of people. Tolerance as virtue is important to pursue high ideal of secularism enshrined in constitution. Intolerance would breed injustice and violence which are antidotes to a balanced development in a culturally diverse nation.
Compassion and Tolerance thus enable a fair, objective and inclusive implementation of schemes, framing of policies and a growth which infiltrates to the last mile.

Question for UPSC Mains:
"Tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections are two essential virtues in civil servants that are needed for India's balanced development." Discuss. {150 words, 10 marks}

Published: September 30, 2017 | Modified:June 27, 2019

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