30th September, 2016 (MAINS)


Q1. The Indian view of work depicts it as worship and act which is done for the betterment of common good rather than individual, but in reality it is quite opposite since time immemorial. Why? [10marks] 150 words.

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  • Umesh Sachin

    a. From the earliest dawn of civilization, man has to work and struggle for his livelihood and survival. For few, the work is a source of livelihood, for others it is a sense of achievement in life. But Indian view on work depicts it as worship, i.e. dedication to work for the livelihood of oneself as well as for the benefit of the society. It states a larger goal of common good rather than satisfying selfish needs. Work that is done for the welfare of human beings is worship.
    b. But in reality, the people follow the work for the selfish motive since time immemorial. At the personal level the reason can be family pressure, peer pressure, rise of consumerism and materialistic life.
    c. In the organization when people are not able to connect with the goal of the organization and do not get healthy work culture, they start working just for selfish motives, i.e. salary and promotion and does not vision for the organizational goal.
    d. Hence happiness, sense of belongingness and social cohesion makes the work as worship, and the organizational culture, education system as well as society should inbuilt this at individual level to make it a prosperous society working for common good rather than selfish motive.