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How to Promote Civic Sense Amongst Indians?

ET Cases, 6 Pages
AUTHOR(S) : Syed Abdul Samad and Dr. Nagendra V. Chowdary

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How to Promote Civic Sense Amongst Indians?

It’s a common practice in Japan to carry special bags when one takes his/her dog out for a stroll, to pick up the dog droppings. Japanese children are required to clean their schools for 15-30 minutes every day along with the teachers. Japanese children are taught about ethics in dealing with people in the primary school. There are several other mandated practices that lead their future generations to a habit of modesty, cleanliness, helpfulness, empathy, respect for the law and other people, etc. In other words, it is a society that practices and inculcates great civic sense and sense of responsibility into its people.

Similar is the case, in terms of cleanliness, with many other countries like the US, European, Middle-East and South-East Asian countries – Singapore being one of the
top-rated countries in terms of cleanliness with an Environmental Performance Index (EPI)1 score of 87.042 (Exhibit I) and it is also listed as one of the safest countries in the world as it has a very low crime rate................

Indian society, on the other hand, is known to have an attitude that does not care much for civic sense, and the attitude is prevalent amongst all sections of the society, irrespective of their level of education, social or financial status.

For instance, on June 16th 2018, Virat Kohli, Indian star cricketer, had shared a video3 (on social media) of his wife, Anushka Sharma Kohli, Bollywood actor, telling a man (Arhhan Singh) travelling in his luxury car, “Why are you throwing garbage on the road. Please be careful, you can’t just throw plastic on the streets. Use a dustbin.” Instead of feeling guilty of littering, Arhhan slapped a legal notice on Virat and Anushka for shaming him on social media. Seemingly (from the video), Arhhan was well educated and commanded good financial and social status in the society. This clearly proves two things about Indians in India – education has nothing to do with civic sense; and high financial status and influence in the society gives one the license to flout the laws as well as civic behaviour. There are several examples for such lack of civic sense amongst Indians (Exhibit II)........


Exhibit I: Top-10 Cleanest Countries and Cities in the World 2018

Exhibit II: Instances Showing Lack of Civic Sense in India

Exhibit III: Lack of Civic Sense in India

1 The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) is a method of quantifying and numerically marking the environmental performance of a state’s policies. This index was developed from the Pilot Environmental Performance Index, first published in 2002, and designed to supplement the environmental targets set forth in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

2 “Top 10 Cleanest Countries in the World 2018”, (Accessed Date: July 10th 2018).

3 “Man scolded by Anushka for littering sends legal notice to her and Virat Kohli”,, June 24th 2018 (Accessed Date: July 10th 2018)

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How to Promote Civic Sense Amongst Indians?


The purpose of this Teaching Plan is neither to outline the answers to Case Debate’s discussion questions nor to suggest an ideal way of conducting an effective debate basis the given topic. It is more to share the authors’ perspectives, basis their classroom orchestration of this Case Debate, on possible ways of orchestrating this Case Debate.

Purpose of Case Debate

Purpose of this Case Debate, which is a prelude to the Case Method of Teaching, is to inculcate the following skills [Exhibit (TP)-I] that would amply benefit the participants during their careers.......

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This Case Debate can help understand the lack of civic sense amongst Indians, the reasons thereof and throws opens a debate in the classroom. It is meant to sensitize the students on the need and importance of inculcating a higher order of civic sense amongst Indians. It allows an interesting debate why most of the Indians lack civic sense and what it takes for civic authorities to inculcate proactive and progressive civic sense amongst Indians. A recent incident, in June 2018, highlights the typical Indian attitude towards cleanliness and civic behaviour in public. Indian Cricket star Virat Kohli (Virat) had posted a video (on social media) of his wife (Anushka Sharma) telling a man travelling in a luxury car to not throw garbage on the roads and instead use a dustbin. Consequently, the man slapped a defamation case against the two. This post and the case had garnered lot of attention on social media with people commenting for and even against Virat. There are many other instances of unruly civic behavior which can be witnessed quite often viz., people spitting, littering and pissing on the roads, breaking traffic rules, etc. Paradoxically, Indians living in or visiting foreign countries are well-behaved and law-abiding. What are the reasons for such behaviour? Why is there a disregard among Indians for their own laws, rules and well-being of their own country and environment? Who is at fault – the government, the education system or the people themselves? What should be done to promote civic sense among Indians?

This Case Debate centred around: (a) Understanding the lack of civic sense amongst Indians (b) The reasons for the lack of civic behaviour in Indians (c) What should be done to promote civic sense?

Purpose of this Case Debate, which is a prelude to the Case Method of Teaching, is to inculcate the following skills that would amply benefit the participants during their careers:.

(a) Ideation
(b) Discussion and Debate
(c) Empathy
(d) Appreciation

Case Debate Positioning

This Case Debate can be used for either of the following:

a) MBA Programs – Organizational Behavior – To debate on importance of civic sense and the need to promote it amongst the Indians to nurture a better civic behavior among people that contributes to the well-being and development of the nation

b) Undergraduate Programs/BBA Programs – To sensitize the participants about the importance of civic behavior since the early-age, and how it would help shape human behavior and contribute to the well-being of the society

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