The topics covered in the upcoming AWE on 13th January are:
Q.1) Distribution of key natural resources across the world.
Q.4) Accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance.
You, an anthropologist, have developed cordial relations with a tribal community which was hitherto isolated from the rest of humanity. Notwithstanding increased interest of researchers and media for the newly discovered tribe, you are the only person from outside whom they trust. They are ardent believers in their goddess and, trusting you, take you to her abode on a holy mountain. To your surprise, you find that the mountain is a reservoir of Uranium that can be used in your power-starved country’s nuclear power plants. Besides, you are aware that Uranium being radioactive, it is highly risky to go near the mountain. You try to convince the people about the harmful effects it can have and the utilitarian value that it possesses for the country. However, they are in no mood to argue and politely ask you to leave. You fear that very soon the outside the world will find out about this and the vulnerable tribe would be displaced from their land. (a) Evaluate the following courses of action which you can take for their ethical merits and demerits: (i.) You would continue to convince the people yourself about the possible consequences and urge them to relocate. (ii.) You would call in local and national NGOs for protecting the rights of the people against the State and file a PIL in Supreme Court if the State proceeds with dispossession. (iii.) You would yourself tell the government and the scientific community about the reserves and let them proceed in their own way. (b) Without restricting yourself to the above options, state the course of action that you would take and why? (15 Marks)
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