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Act as if we are in a State of Emergency
Satbir Singh Bedi | 21 Apr 2013

We need to build a National character based on ethics and courage to empower our country. At present a National character is missing and there is no one family feeling except in the Military. This is because in the defence services, we take things with the seriousness that they deserve otherwise we know that the country would go to dogs. It is said that the best comes out in a man or in a nation in an emergency. While we treat matters in the defence services in all seriousness that is characteristic of an emergency, in the field of public administration and politics, we take things easy so that the virtues which develop in a state of emergency, do not simply develop and hence no National character develops. I am not saying that we should declare a State of Emergency to be empowered but that we should treat the matters in a manner which is typical of a state of emergency. For this, initiative has to come from those who are already empowered. They have the economic and social freedom to be courageous and ethical. So, they should impart courage and ethical values to vast majority of people who are not empowered by setting up personal examples of such virtues.