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Right-Wing Backed Civil Service Coaching Centres Allegedly Moulding Nationalist Civil Servants in India

Arjun Ani Vettasseril
July 25, 2023 2:15 pm

Indi­a’s civ­il ser­vice is often regard­ed as one of the most esteemed and pres­ti­gious career paths, attract­ing thou­sands of young aspi­rants each year. How­ev­er, recent reports have emerged con­cern­ing the alleged influ­ence of right-wing backed civ­il ser­vice coach­ing cen­ters in mould­ing nation­al­ist civ­il ser­vants. This rev­e­la­tion has sparked heat­ed debates and raised con­cerns about the impar­tial­i­ty and pro­fes­sion­al­ism of Indi­a’s admin­is­tra­tive machinery.

The Rise of Right-Wing Backed Coach­ing Centers:

Over the past decade, there has been a notice­able increase in the num­ber of pri­vate coach­ing cen­ters across India that claim to pre­pare aspir­ing civ­il ser­vants for the rig­or­ous civ­il ser­vice exam­i­na­tions. Among them, some have been accused of hav­ing affil­i­a­tions with right-wing polit­i­cal groups, which pro­mote nation­al­ist ide­olo­gies and agendas.

These coach­ing cen­ters often tout their pro­grams as a means to instill a sense of patri­o­tism and love for the nation in their stu­dents. While patri­o­tism is an admirable trait, crit­ics argue that the prob­lem aris­es when coach­ing cen­ters cross the line between instill­ing a sense of duty and encour­ag­ing biased and ide­o­log­i­cal­ly-dri­ven civ­il servants.

The Impact on Civ­il Ser­vice Aspirants:

As the demand for civ­il ser­vice jobs increas­es, more and more stu­dents turn to these coach­ing cen­ters for guid­ance and sup­port. While some stu­dents may be drawn to these cen­ters due to the promis­es of bet­ter prepa­ra­tion, oth­ers may find them­selves unknow­ing­ly exposed to nation­al­ist ideologies.

Stu­dents attend­ing these coach­ing cen­ters may receive an edu­ca­tion that empha­sizes spe­cif­ic inter­pre­ta­tions of his­tor­i­cal events, cul­tur­al aspects, and polit­i­cal nar­ra­tives, often aligned with the ide­ol­o­gy of the back­ing right-wing groups. Con­se­quent­ly, this can influ­ence the beliefs and mind­set of the aspi­rants, poten­tial­ly affect­ing their objec­tiv­i­ty and impar­tial­i­ty when serv­ing the diverse pop­u­la­tion of India.

Chal­lenges to the Impar­tial­i­ty of Civ­il Servants:

A cor­ner­stone of a robust civ­il ser­vice sys­tem is the impar­tial­i­ty and neu­tral­i­ty of its offi­cers. Civ­il ser­vants are expect­ed to work for the greater good of the nation and serve all cit­i­zens equal­ly, regard­less of their polit­i­cal or social affil­i­a­tions. How­ev­er, alle­ga­tions of coach­ing cen­ters pro­mot­ing nation­al­ist val­ues raise ques­tions about whether civ­il ser­vants could be sus­cep­ti­ble to bias­es and act in favor of spe­cif­ic polit­i­cal ideologies.

The Role of the Union Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (UPSC):

The UPSC plays a crit­i­cal role in con­duct­ing civ­il ser­vice exam­i­na­tions and select­ing can­di­dates based on mer­it. How­ev­er, the grow­ing influ­ence of right-wing backed coach­ing cen­ters rais­es con­cerns about the trans­paren­cy and fair­ness of the selec­tion process.

To main­tain the integri­ty of Indi­a’s civ­il ser­vice, it is essen­tial that the UPSC ensures a lev­el play­ing field for all aspi­rants and guards against any exter­nal ide­o­log­i­cal influ­ence. There is a need for greater scruti­ny and over­sight to pre­vent coach­ing cen­ters from pro­mot­ing biased per­spec­tives and ideologies.

Con­clu­sion:

The issue of right-wing backed civ­il ser­vice coach­ing cen­ters alleged­ly mould­ing nation­al­ist civ­il ser­vants has become a top­ic of con­cern in India. While patri­o­tism and love for one’s coun­try are essen­tial val­ues, they should not come at the cost of impar­tial­i­ty and pro­fes­sion­al­ism in the civ­il service.

The gov­ern­ment, civ­il rights orga­ni­za­tions, and the UPSC must work togeth­er to address these con­cerns and safe­guard the neu­tral­i­ty and integri­ty of the coun­try’s civ­il ser­vants. A robust and unbi­ased civ­il ser­vice sys­tem is cru­cial to ensure a fair and just admin­is­tra­tion that works for the bet­ter­ment of all cit­i­zens, regard­less of their polit­i­cal beliefs.

ഇവിടെ പോസ്റ്റു ചെയ്യുന്ന അഭിപ്രായങ്ങള്‍ ജനയുഗം പബ്ലിക്കേഷന്റേതല്ല. അഭിപ്രായങ്ങളുടെ പൂര്‍ണ ഉത്തരവാദിത്തം പോസ്റ്റ് ചെയ്ത വ്യക്തിക്കായിരിക്കും. കേന്ദ്ര സര്‍ക്കാരിന്റെ ഐടി നയപ്രകാരം വ്യക്തി, സമുദായം, മതം, രാജ്യം എന്നിവയ്‌ക്കെതിരായി അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങളും അശ്ലീല പദപ്രയോഗങ്ങളും നടത്തുന്നത് ശിക്ഷാര്‍ഹമായ കുറ്റമാണ്. ഇത്തരം അഭിപ്രായ പ്രകടനത്തിന് ഐടി നയപ്രകാരം നിയമനടപടി കൈക്കൊള്ളുന്നതാണ്.