WHERE ARE THE LEADERS?

Where are we headed?

You may have seen the famous documentary, Four Horsemen.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fbvquHSPJUIn this film is this quote:When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of people living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal...

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Why did Hyderabad die?

The Hyderabad Public School where I studied. A symbol of the Nizam of HyderabadThis is not a history but an attempt to understand what probably happened in those last years that led to the demise of Hyderabad as an independent country and its annexation by the newly...

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Which way to go?

There is a beautiful teaching story from Korea of a Zen master and his disciple. The master took him to the bank of a stream that flowed between rocks. There he made a small paper boat and floated it on the water. He told his disciple to follow the boat and report...

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Give a dog a bad name…

I want to begin with a brief thumbnail view of global geopolitics since the collapse of the Soviet Union under President Gorbachev. This was an event that was widely applauded and rejoiced, including by Muslims worldwide. Little did they realize what it would lead to....

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Become a villager

In 1985, when I was studying at the IIM Ahmedabad, our Professor of Organization Behaviour (OB) Area was Prof. Pulin Garg. One day he told us a very interesting story which has remained in my mind all these decades. He told us that some years earlier Ford Foundation,...

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Arsonist or Fire Fighter

This world is a coin. It has two faces. Both joined together but both different; often the opposite of one another. I am speaking about social media, the coin which on one side has convenience, communication and companionship and on the other, lies, ignorance and...

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It’s not my fault

  On April 13, 1919, the 9th Gurkhas, 54th Sikhs & 59th Sind Rifles, on the orders of Col. Dyer, fired on an unarmed, peaceful crowd gathered to celebrate Besakhi at the Jalianwala Bagh in Amritsar. As a result, 1000 people died and perhaps three times that number...

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Walk the talk because people listen with their eyes

I listened and watched all that has been happening with respect to Nouman Ali Khan with great pain but in silence. Hoping that I would see justice prevail. Even more so because of those involved in this ‘duel’, if I may be allowed to use the term. Naturally the...

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Entrepreneur’s Tools for Success

‘In every one of us there are two ruling and directing principles, whose guidance we follow, wherever they may lead; the one being an innate desire of pleasure; the other, an acquired judgment which aspires after excellence.’~ Socrates, in Plato’s PhaedrusFirst...

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Triple Talaq – Why are women fighting for it?

Question: Why is it happening? Why are women protesting the abolition of triple Talaq when it is something that they should welcome?Answer: Emotional knee jerk reactions born out of fear. You see the problem is that Modi and the Government have a very bad image, quite...

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Normalizing Terror

We are free to choose but every choice has a price.https://scroll.in/article/849804/this-photograph-of-two-murdered-teens-should-disturb-an-india-that-has-normalised-hate“Hate: It has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it has not solved a single one yet.”...

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Now what?

Gauri Lankesh was executed. What else do you call a bullet in the forehead? We know why. The question to those who did it and those with whose support they did it is, ‘Now what?’ https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/world/asia/gauri-lankesh-india-dead.html?mcubz=0The...

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Dhan ki Baat

I read this article with great interest. http://epaper.newindianexpress.com/c/21887818 The final sentence is salutary. I want to add that whether governments or judges guard or curtail rights will depend on what we, the people, do about it. Active citizenship is not...

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Turkish Delight

There are four things that I have learnt in building a leadership consulting practice across the globe that are related to Customer Service. They are:The customer is not always right but the customer is always the customer.All rules related to customers must be...

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Which God?

My take on the situation in our country today is that the BJP must decide what it is - bird or beast. It must decide what its core ideology is. I am happy to do a Core Ideology Workshop for them and the RSS if they want. The problem is that they seem to be confused in...

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Musings from my twilight

"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." -Marcus AureliusMarcus Aurelius was a stoic and a man of great wisdom; very unusual in a ruler. So, I present my musings to you as something from my perspective and not...

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Ahem! Pardon me, may I say something?

We are living in a country that appears to have gone mad. All sane voices are being silenced. All insanity is being given free reign. Since fascists don’t read history it has no lessons for them. For it is too easy to see what happened every single time to those who...

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Of humanity, not airlines

https://civicskunk.works/the-united-story-isnt-about-customer-service-it-s-about-class-warfare-52e47b455f2eI travel all the time, but never on United. I agree with all that has been said in this article. However, my question is not about airlines though I support...

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Indian Muslims, Looking ahead

If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule: never lie to yourself.            ~ Paulo CoelhoUP elections are over and the results are out. They are surprising for some of us who have become used to living our lives in slumber. But for those who had their...

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