Analysing Indian ethos, Professor G. D. Sharma opines that what distinguishes Indian culture from the West is the approach towards life. Indian culture is predominantly a 'spiritual culture' that requires control over one's passions and senses and focuses on the development of qualities of sympathy, empathy, comradeship, and brotherhood. The biggest value crisis that we face today is at the individual level, which gets reflected in the crisis at societal and national levels. The sole aim of the educated class is to attain personal and material success, in terms of acquisition of money, power and prestige. Another reason for value crisis is the 'right-consciousness' in society. In Indian tradition, dharma has been the guiding principle for all human endeavours and needs to be practiced by individuals as well the State. The declining standard of public life in our country can be traced directly to the low standards of leadership, both political and bureaucratic.