Top 10 Must Read Topics for IAS Mains GS Paper 1 (Bans, Do they Solve Social Evils?): IAS is a dream opportunity for all the people looking for a secure and reputed job with the responsibility of serving the nation. Union Public Services Commission conducted the IAS Prelims exam on 18 June 2017.
All the UPSC IAS aspirants are now preparing for IAS Mains 2017. The problem is that no matter how good & knowledgeable we think we are or how good we feel we have prepared for the exam there is always a certain level of uncertainty. To overcome this fear, we will be sharing Top 10 Must Read Topics for IAS Mains GS Paper 1.
Top 10 Must Read Topics for IAS Mains GS Paper 1 | Topic no. 6
Today we will discuss our VI Topic. Let us now go through some important pointers which will help us to understand the said topic in a better way.
“Social evils are issues which in one way or another affect members of a society and is often considered controversial or problematic in terms of moral values. Some of the most common social evils would be alcoholism, racism, (child) abuse, organized crime, and inequality.”
We are in the era of bans. Ban on sale of alcohol across the state, the sale of cows for slaughter in animal markets, ban on alcohol sales in shops close to highways and so on..
From alcohol to TV programs and social media, bans have been imposed based on the premise that conscience of the general public is disturbed by such things. The reality is we are curbing democracy and the constitutional rights of citizens with these bans. They are based on the flawed premise that by closing our minds we can resolve a problem. The more the political anxiety surrounding an issue, the more is the propensity to ban.
Bans compartmentalize the general public into those who support and those who oppose the ban. A ban that protects the cow will have a strong emotional support of those who consider the cow a holy animal. Anyone who criticizes the ban will be considered as belonging to an out group. The criticisms will further strengthen the resolve of those supporting the ban. These compartments of strong support are crucial for many a politician.
In the short term, some of the bans do show productive results. The vast majority of alcohol consumers are occasional drinkers. If any hurdles are placed in their path to consumption, many of them will curtail their drinking behaviour.
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