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Stress on ethics at IMA meet

india Updated: Jan 29, 2007 01:03 IST
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UTTARANCHAL GOVERNOR Sudarshan Agrawal has said that ethics are important not only in one’s professional life but in all walks of life. He was addressing a seminar on ‘Ethics in professional life’ organised by Indore Management Association at Hotel Fortune Landmark in the City.

Prominent persons of the City including industrialists, senior government officials and academicians participated in the seminar.

Sharing his experiences, Agrawal narrated an incident of a famous golf player who in a major tournament ventured into the ‘rough’ while retrieving the ball and though nobody noticed, he himself declared that the ball had landed in the rough and thus won on ethics despite losing the game.

Quoting from a couplet in Ramcharitra Manas, “Raghukul Reet Sada Chali Aayi, Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye” (Raghukul customs dictate that promise has to be kept even at the cost of one’s life). Though it is ‘Kalyug’, ethics should be upheld even at the cost of one’s life, he said.

Agarwal also quoted Mahatma Gandhi to drive home the point that ethics is important in life—both personal and professional. “If a person earns through dishonest means to support his family, his generations to come will also try to follow in his footsteps,” he said.

Agarwal also lamented that the modern society was forgetting its responsibility towards the poor and the destitute and was more inclined to look after its own selfish interests. Earlier, IMA vice president Rakesh Jain delivered the welcome speech.