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Private lives of public figures are wide open to public scrutiny, says Rodrigues

Can they be ethical in public if they are unethical in private?

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Ethics, Virtue and Character. Pixabay

Recently Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Ashutosh jumped in to the defense of Delhi government Women and Child and Social Welfare Minister Sandeep Kumar on the issue of sex CD. He termed the whole saga of sexual liaison of Sandeep Kumar as a private affair between two consenting parties.

Next day, the victim lodged a police complaint against the Minister of rape. Naturally, this put Ashutosh in an awkward position. Demand for his sacking and termination from Aam Aadmi Party is gaining ground. AAP’s MLA from Bijwasan assembly seat, Colonel Devdinder Sehrawat also criticized Ashutosh’s utterances and said that they were against party’s value system.

Advocate Aires Rodrigues from Goa has penned down his take on the matter of privacy of a public figure. Mr Rodrigues says:

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Mr. Aires Rodrigues

Persons in Public life are expected to be moral exemplars of morality and ethics as they have pledged to uphold and defend that realm. There is no dividing line between their personal and public life. Private lives of public figures are wide open to public scrutiny. What they do in their private life matters and does impact their public responsibilitiesCan they be ethical in public if they are unethical in private? Their private life reveals more about morals than their sound bites.

That British MP Keith Vaz has now been caught in a very scandalizing sex scandal only exposes the sagging moral values of those in public life. Less said the better on the numerous Aam Aadmi Party Ministers and MLAs in Delhi caught in similar disgraceful acts.

Ashutosh, Aam Aadmi Party. Wikimedia Commons
Ashutosh, Aam Aadmi Party. Wikimedia Commons

Manohar Parrikar and Atmaram Nadkarni were also once spotted at the red light area at Pattaya in Bangkok. Manohar Parrikar had publicly defended his visit by claiming that it was not to have sex but that he merely enjoyed two Thai massages. “Do I have to go so far for sex” is what Manohar Parrikar had quipped.

The French Nobel Prize winning Author and Philosopher Albert Camus had rightly said: “A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world”. We cannot afford to have wolves in sheep’s clothing!

Advocate Rodrigues lives in Goa, India. Twitter @rodrigues_aires

  • Kabir Chaudhary

    Yes, it is true that private lives of public figures are always open to public scrutiny but it is also important that each of us as an individual should respect their privacy and not scrutinise them every time.

    • Dr. Ferdinando

      Or is it that ones with ROT within them should not venture into public life? After all, Indians do follow the public figure.

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  • Kabir Chaudhary

    Yes, it is true that private lives of public figures are always open to public scrutiny but it is also important that each of us as an individual should respect their privacy and not scrutinise them every time.

    • Dr. Ferdinando

      Or is it that ones with ROT within them should not venture into public life? After all, Indians do follow the public figure.

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Here’s Why Most Meat Eaters Believe That Veganism is Ethical

According to the researchers, this research is focused on shifting preferences away from animal consumption in view of climate change and reducing animal suffering

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The study, published in the journal Sustainability, looked at public opinion on plant-based diets and found widespread support for the ethics and environmental benefits of veganism and vegetarianism among meat-eaters. Pixabay

Most meat eaters admit veganism is ethical and good for the environment, researchers have found.

The study, published in the journal Sustainability, looked at public opinion on plant-based diets and found widespread support for the ethics and environmental benefits of veganism and vegetarianism among meat-eaters.

The findings from University of Bath, UK, suggest that 73 per cent of meat-eaters surveyed, considered veganism to be ‘ethical’, 70 per cent said it was good for the environment and half (50 per cent) considered it healthy and 60 per cent thought veganism was ‘acceptable’.

“At a time of year when many people are considering switching to plant-based diets with ‘Veganuary’, this study shows that most people already agree with the ethics of veganism and are aware of the benefits of vegan diets to the environment,” said study researcher Chris Bryant from the University of Bath.

The study, which involved 1,000 men and women with an average age of 34, was conducted in September 2018. Participants were recruited online through the survey platform Prolific.

By contrast, over 80 per cent of respondents thought veganism was not easy, 77 per cent thought it ‘inconvenient’ and over 60 per cent thought it was not enjoyable.

Attitudes from respondents towards vegetarianism were significantly more positive on almost all counts.

According to the researchers, this research is focused on shifting preferences away from animal consumption in view of climate change and reducing animal suffering.

“Many people agree with the principles of veganism is one thing, but in terms of changing behaviours we need to acknowledge that for many it has been seen as too expensive, inconvenient and a sacrifice in terms of taste,” Bryant said.

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Most meat eaters admit veganism is ethical and good for the environment, researchers have found. Pixabay

Interestingly, in the time since this study was conducted, these things have all changed substantially. Supermarkets, restaurants, and even fast food outlets have developed numerous high quality and affordable vegan options, the study said.

“Having direct replacements for the foods people know and like makes it easier for everybody to consume fewer animal products,” Bryant said.

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“If we are to reduce animal product consumption in the UK and around the world, the development of high quality affordable alternatives to animal products is key,” Bryant added. (IANS)