Ethics Case Studies

Ethics Case Study – 55

“The greatness of a nation is judged by the way it treats its animals”, said Mahatma Gandhi once as he was leading India through the country’s fight for independence from the colonial rulers. But long before animal activism became a global movement and animal laws were enacted in India in their present form, there are…

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Ethics Case Study – 54

We judge ourselves by our best intentions, our noblest acts and our most virtuous habits. But others tend to judge us by our last worst act. So in making tough decisions, we should not be distracted by rationalizations. Many moral failures are due to narrow mindsets that preclude taking into account the moral dimensions of…

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Ethics Case Study – 53

Two systems of thought have mainly been debated by thinkers on the idea of morality of actions. One system argues that the means are of paramount importance and with means all right, the ends will surely come. On the other hand, other system believes that the ends justify the means. Which view do you think…

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Ethics Case Study – 52

There have been multiple instances of threatening, harassment and even murder of various whistle-blowers in India. An engineer, Satyendra Dubey, was murdered in November 2003; Dubey had blown the whistle in a corruption case in the National Highways Authority of India’s Golden Quadrilateral project. Two years later, an Indian Oil Corporation officer, Shanmughan Manjunath, was…

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Ethics Case Study – 51

An MBA student hanged herself in her hostel room in the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore after finding out from Facebook that her boyfriend had dumped her. According to police, the couple had an argument, which resulted in the breakup. Later, her boyfriend had left a post on Facebook saying, “Feeling super cool today. Dumped…

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Ethics Case Study – 50

You have just been appointed as a director of the city municipal corporation. A joint director, much senior to you in age and about to retire in six months, is passionately working on a very important urban planning project, successful completion of which would earn him a lasting reputation for the rest of his retired…

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Ethics Case Study – 49

Krishna Pushkaram is a festival of River Krishna which normally occurs once in 12 years. The Srisailam temple is going to receive devotees from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana and Maharashtra for Krishna Pushkararam as River Krishna flows very close to the temple town. You are the district collector of Kurnool district in Andhra…

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Ethics Case Study – 48

Nuclear weapons are the most destructive weapons ever developed. The right to possess these weapons is an issue of serious contention in the international community. Non-proliferation treaties exist within the United Nations, and between countries, such as between the United States and Russia. The most comprehensive, the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), consists of a…

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Ethics Case Study – 47

Bihar had slower economic growth than the rest of India in the 1990s, and as a consequence many Biharis migrated to other parts of India in search of work. Bihari migrant workers have been subject to a growing degree of racial discrimination, prejudice and violence inspite of the fact that free movement of Indians to…

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Ethics Case Study – 46

Trupti and Pallavi are two college-friends working in the same project in a reputed Information Technology company. Both are hardworking employees and their friendship is quite strong. One late evening, while leaving office, Pallavi saw Trupti taking printouts of the software code being developed by the team. The company has strict rules regarding the use…

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