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Donning uniform does not necessarily indicate patriotism

Post MBA exam results, Group Discussion will be crucial for MBA admission so it is advised to read and practice with variety of topics. In following GD topic you will be getting some points with divergent views which you can pick up and develop.  Today, you will read GD topic:  
"Donning uniform does not necessarily indicate patriotism"
Uniforms have nothing to do with patriotism. Patriotism comes from the heart and a loyal citizen does not need to wear a police officer’s uniform or an army officer’s uniform to show that he cares for his country. 
India has a number of social activists who do a lot more for the country than civil servants. In 2012, Transparency International ranked India 94th out of 176 countries on the Corruption Perception Index. This shows that patriotism is lacking within the government. Bribery and corruption has become rampant in India, and this shows that civil servants are only concerned about making big bucks and not serving the country.
There are very few loyal citizens in the country today. And many of them don’t hold government jobs. People who really care about the country are those working hard in non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to eradicate poverty, uplift the status of the poor in the country, to get rid of corruption and to provide education to the masses. 
John F Kennedy, former US President, once said, “Ask not what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for the country”. And social workers in India live up to this saying. They are not paid well to improve the lives of millions, but they carry out noble deeds because they love the country.
Teach for India, a non-profit organisation, recruits teachers to teach in low-income schools in Indian cities. Teachers are willing to sacrifice their pay and comfort for the well-being of the country. 
It is unfair to say that civil servants are not patriotic. There are still a number of civil servants who are patriotic, but this number is shrinking. Kiran Bedi, a retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer is one such citizen who is willing to go the extra mile for the country’s welfare. When she was a civil servant, she instituted a number of reforms with regard to the management of prisons and drug abuse prevention. It is because she loves her country that after retirement, she established two NGOs to address women’s issues and illiteracy among others.
So, it is not necessary that one has to wear a uniform to show that he cares for the country. Patriotism is not hidden in the threads of a civil servant’s uniform, but in the heart of an individual, which does not change with age, time and profession.

Robert G Ingersoll, an American political leader, once said, “He loves his country best who strives to make it best”. So, when you look around and see someone working hard for the benefit of the country, you know who a patriot is.

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