9th Class English Sample Paper English Olympiad Model Test Paper-18

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    Direction: Read the given passage carefully and answer the questions that follow. Recent events have left a huge scar on the body politic of our democracy. The strength of an evolved and mature democracy depends on how strong its institutions are, how responsive its judicial system is and how accountable the government is to the people. All over the world, governments face challenges. It is by meeting it that a challenge is answered, not through circumvention. It is by facing it that a problem is solved, not by escaping it. The events of May and June this year have shown the government in poor light ? be it the so-called Lalitgate, involving External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, or VYPAM scam of Madhya Pradesh or the issue of Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis or the 'MoS for Home', Kiren Rijiju, delaying Air India flights, or the off -loading of legitimate passengers to accommodate VIPs. The government has shown its arrogance by not addressing the issues because of which its credibility is at stake. As the proverb says, if you lose money, not much is lost, if you lose health, something is lost, but if you lose credibility and trust, then everything is lost. Democracy thrives on the trust of the people. That is why it is defined as "of the people, by the people, for the people". The PM has a moral obligation to clear the air. If we talk about Swami Vivekananda, Sardar Patel, Mahatma Gandhi or Lal Bahadur Shastri, we should also live up to their ideals of facing the truth and keeping morality above everything ? including the position of power, as power without morality is vulgar. Which of the following is an insignia of an evolved and mature democracy?

    A) Prime Minister with a moral obligation

    B) Responsible judicial system

    C) Alert media

    D) Challenges faced by the government

    E) None of these

    Correct Answer: B

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