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Psephology & the Indian Voter’s Hierarchy of Needs

As the largest and one of the youngest democracies of the world trundles into another general election in its tryst with the future, the rest of the world appears to be quite a bland place with examples of similar challenges already botched up in dispersed patches around the globe. The rise of the Right, fundamentalism, … Continue reading

The Civilised Mirage!

Forays into the unknown, unforeseen or the uncharted were probably a necessity for mankind when we started coming out from the state of ‘animalhood’. It was a search for survival, not intellectual actualisation that pushed man out of forests or plains as they no longer provided enough for his biological needs or for the tribe, … Continue reading

Leadership Re-fuelled!

Who gives a crap about all the right things written and preached about what makes good Leaders or Managers? They say, a good Leader or a Manager should take care of the long-term, create sustainability, leave behind a legacy. They expect her or him to drive the team or a company towards a purpose beyond … Continue reading

Dogmatism vs. Liberalism

There is no fun debating with a blue-blooded liberalist or a dogmatist. These guys are too clear about their positions. They can berate any opposition irrespective of which camp they belong to. Most of us do find them too singular, too linear in their manifestations. In fact, they come out as quite dour and boring … Continue reading

Pause!

Delhi, mid-1970s: There was a time when the need of the day was more to do something…anything! Possibilities were scarce, time was a luxury we did not know we had. The spirit wafted strong, both in the mind as well as in the air around. Dickens, Erle Stanley Gardner, Maupassant, Dumas, Maugham, Hardy, Gorky, Tolstoy, … Continue reading

Risk, Management & Leadership!

Between Management & the Future, lies the grand canyon of Risks! Leadership keeps throwing the rope across this canyon, till it hooks onto something and holds! The shouts of caution drown in the shrieks of amazement only to crescendo into a roar of applause as the leader takes the first steps towards the yawning chasm. … Continue reading

Citizen’ship

   Are we doing what as Citizens we CAN do? Are we choosing the right MLA, MP? Are we driving correctly? Are we making efforts not to bribe or not to be in a position where we may think we need to bribe? Are we practicing secular thinking as educated individuals in our own lives? … Continue reading

The Team…

May not be an irony for many but the word ‘Team’ has its origin in classical usage as, ‘a team of draught animals – a team of oxen pulling a cart or the plough or a team of horses pulling a carriage’ (Fig. 1). Industrialisation and urbanization has made us forget that and we think … Continue reading

Urban Society – Chakravyu*?

World-wide, urbanisation has been the end product of socio-economic change. It is interesting to remember that it is this end product that most refer to as modernity or development of the human race. Only a few exalted philosophers may dare to disagree. With urbanisation comes one constant – Money! Urbanisation burns money at a much … Continue reading

Married to Management – I

  You just got married. Congratulations dear manager! I must be the last to congratulate you. But you got lots from your ‘nears and dears’ and even from those who might once have jeered or peer-ed. The balloons and festoons, the parties with the smart repartees over, you are off now in this pink car … Continue reading