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Nepotism: An Ongoing Challenge in Society

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By Hadia Amjad

Nepotism, the practice of favoring relatives or close acquaintances in various aspects of life, continues to be a persistent issue in society. From politics to business, the entertainment industry to academia, nepotism’s presence casts a shadow over the principles of fairness and equal opportunity.

In politics, the prevalence of dynastic politics is a cause for concern among citizens and observers alike. Some argue that family legacies can overshadow the emergence of fresh and competent leaders, potentially hindering progress and democratic representation.

Allegations of key positions being filled with family members have raised questions about meritocracy and the potential drawbacks of nepotistic practices on an organization’s growth and innovation.

In the entertainment industry, critics often point out instances where established names promote their relatives, often referred to as “star kids”, while other aspiring talents struggle to secure roles and recognition based on their merits alone.

Education and academia have not been immune to nepotism’s influence either. Reports of influential families gaining undue advantages in college admissions or research opportunities have sparked debates on how this affects the pursuit of knowledge and the growth of future leaders.

One of the core issues with nepotism lies in the way it can perpetuate social inequalities and hinder social mobility. By reserving opportunities for a select few, it can limit access to resources and progress for individuals who do not have the privilege of influential connections.

Efforts to address nepotism have varied across different sectors and regions. Some organizations have implemented strict anti-nepotism policies to ensure fair recruitment and promotions, while others continue to grapple with striking a balance between preserving tradition and fostering diversity.

Awareness and public discourse around the consequences of nepotism have been growing, prompting individuals and institutions to reevaluate their practices and advocate for more equitable systems.

As societies strive for progress and equal opportunities, the conversation surrounding nepotism remains vital. Finding ways to eliminate nepotism’s adverse effects while respecting cultural norms and individual choices will be crucial in creating a more just and inclusive future.

The writer is a student of BS Journalism studies at Punjab University and can be reached at:[email protected].

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