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After technological advancements of last few decades and explosion of information flow, I was confused if it is progressive to human society as a whole or not. Then I thought of human evolution and conclude it must be progressive and needs to be handled and viewed appropriately. Then I watched and read mainstream media (news channels and news papers) and social media such as Twitter posts and found that they are spreading more hate and biases than bringing the people closer. My observations leaned towards a conclusion that human minds are so gullible and susceptible to inherent biases, the situation is likely to get worsened. My further investigation and reading historical documents lead to the fact that it is basic nature of human societies to fight for power and supremacy.
A more learned and well-off person may not necessarily be of high moral character, integrity and transparent. Few key behavioural characteristics which are becoming more prevalent in society are hypocrisy and opportunism though it has always been. The concepts like socialism, patriotism, nationism, naxalism, captialism, marxism, fascism, racisim, liberalism, leftism, rightism, neo-liberism... are adding fuel to the fire. People tend to call a firm person more and more authoritarian when some kind of unprecedented acts challenge status quo and dominance of some groups. This is natural and nothing unusual as stated earlier, it is human destiny to fight for supremacy and "individual correctness".
Then what are the causes of this increased divide and increasing polarization of the societies both at the local, cultural, ethnical and global levels? One of the reason I see is the globalization and change in deomegraphy associated with it. The national boundaries have become porous and people movement brings diversity. There are proponents of diversity and the same set of people advocate equality. Practically, equality and diversity are opposite and contradict to each other. In my opinion, the diminishing lines between national boundaries, religious boundaries and economical boundaries help prosperity to a point and then excesses start happening leading to backlashes. Remember the diveristy does not bring equality and may not bring equality ever! Like every human has a personal distance zone, boundaries which he/she would not like other person to come into while talking, interacting... a well-defined boundaries of the nations, economics, religion and ethnicity is a necessity to counter the challenges of rapid changes in demographies.
What do you think?
What are the top-1o challanges India and rest of the world is facing?
Globalization, ethinicity and lost identity: as deomography change, one is continuously faced with his roots and true social identity. The identity like Non-Resident Indian (NRI) is intended towards managing the geo-economical (read tax) liabilities and has nothing to do with citizenship. Here the adjective Indian still refers to an Indian nationality. However, on the other hand the identity Person of Indian Origin (PIO) has neither any citizenship connotations not any social liabilities. Why will a person living few oceans away from India have any socio-cultural affiliation towards India just because his grandfathers were from Bharat. Similarly, the label "Indian American" itself is meaningless - a person can either be Indian or American national (though some countries permit dual citizenship and I label them a confused country). What are the moral resposibilities this "Indian American" citizen have towards the rest of the world and India in particular?
This ease of telling the story has led to people boast how he dropped out of college and become a billionaire by hiring people who continued! I always wonder while watching their shows and talks, why on the Earth they did not hire only deliberate drop-outs. I recently watched "inspirational videos" from the author of the book "Rich Dad Poor Dad" where he has coined a term "Poor, Helpless, Desperate" for professionals with PhD degrees. He also claimed how he grew so rich investing in real estates and hotels. However good have been his intent, this may leave people with poor taste wondering whether those hotels were design and built by college drop-outs!
Technical TyrannyOver the millenia, the religious group controlled the society through sermons, preaching and teachings. Once the religious and administrative activities were separated by 'secular' concepts, the political establishments and beauracrates wielded unchecked power and privileges. After the industrial revolution the big industry houses colluded with political power and called the shots from behind the scene.
Then came the print and visual media that shaped the public opinion in favour of the ruling party and industry. The latest payer is the social media who claim to democratize the media and holds true to the large extent. However, they are also run and supported by money-muscle power and hence I do not find anything surprising when Twitter suspended POTUS Donald Trump's account while he was still in power. It requires strong backings from establishments to take such actions!
You cannot fight with Twitter and similar platform from within. The only way is to create alternatives. SM is a media democratized to a large extent. Like short-comings of any democracy, it has its own perils! Create a positive vibe - ultimately this is what people get attracted to and create credibility! Do you agree?
Saturating science and no new breakthroughs: what is the latest developments in physics after quantum mechanics?
Pitfalls of wealth inheritance: if we associate ourselves with competence and Karma, why children should inherit 100% of their parents' wealth? What is the selection process for promoter's sons/daughters. Can the govenment put a limit of 25% of inheritance or the brackets on inherited percentages similar to income tax slabs?
Parenthood- living one's life through their children. Why do we not reach our children to respect dignity of everybody which we encounter in our daily life. For example, I have heard my own son talking with disrespect to the garbage collector. After lot of counselling and scolding, there seems to be a change in his approach (and hopefully also in his attittutde).
Ethics, morality and integrity: are they same or refer to different aspects of our behaviours and social responses? Do learned and well-educated people tend to perform better on ethical and moral grounds?
What is the definition of 'minorities'? If it is related to the numbers, why some minorities' are thriving and peaceful and the other group of 'minorities' always play victim card? It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men. -― Samuel Adams. For political scientist Andre Liebich, two key elements constituting a minority are inequality and inferiority, not merely numerical but substantial inferiority. In political parlance the word minority means such a weak community which because of both its number and capacity finds itself incapable of protecting itself in relation to a larger and more powerful community. राजनीतिक वैज्ञानिक आंद्रे लाइबिच के लिए, अल्पसंख्यक का गठन करने वाले दो प्रमुख तत्व असमानता और हीनता हैं, न केवल संख्यात्मक बल्कि पर्याप्त हीनता। राजनीतिक समानता में अल्पसंख्यक शब्द का अर्थ है ... ऐसा कमजोर समुदाय, जिसकी संख्या और क्षमता दोनों की वजह से खुद को बड़े और अधिक शक्तिशाली समुदाय के संबंध में खुद को बचाने में असमर्थ पाया जाता है।
Why the VIP quota, staff quota, sibling quota, management quota... were introduced (and still widely used) long before caste-based reservation system was implemented? There is already a tacit reservation for few occupations (both religious and low-end like garbage handling).
Why to rating companies publish their findings when it would be more profitable to keep the secrets? What are the vested interests and who they want to serve with their findings? Until six days before Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008, the ratings agency Standard & Poor's maintained the firm's investment-grade rating of 'A'. Moody's waited even longer, downgrading Lehman one business day before it collapsed.
Relativity, Super-conductivity, Quantum Mechanics! […]
The participants should be briefed before the start of discussion on how to deal with objection. Use of qualifiers like 'always', 'never' aggravates the matter. Some probing questions like "I undetstand your view points ... could you help me what makes you say so?" will keep the discussion focussed and not digress the topic.
Most of the teams are not able to realize the full potential because the team is not able to maintain the identity of each individual and not able to define and assign the activities as per the strengths and temperament of the members.
Britain's last coal power plants to close by 2025 (www.theguardian.com), Jet Airways leaves 350 pilots high and dry - cuts salary citing lesser workload (economictimes.indiatimes.com), Mario Draghi faces easing dilemma as strong euro sparks concern (www.investing.com). One may ask how these three distinct piece of news headline are related? They are not related indeed, but pointing a distant trouble looming and ballooning in subtle way! We are entering into era of extremely high productivity! And the rewards for inefficiencies will be higher in future than the rewards for higher productivity. There is rush for the countries to keep their currency weaker than others (a sign of low local demand, high efficiency, high productivity but less consuming economy).
Coming back to the topic of productivity, there are reports and articles describing (not explaining) the superiority of certain geographical regions in terms of productivity of human capital. Most of them do not distinguish the working conditions or portray the complete picture. Say, how can a revenue per employee of $2000/hour in European countries be compared to revenue of $500/hour in India? What are the other factors to be considered and in what fraction and weightage? How does salary, level of automation, skill, the price of the prodcuts and local market conditions affect the value "revenue per employee"?Can the GDP of a country grow while unemployement rate increase? This is a very likely scenario due to following reasons:
Should the government be held accountable for failure of privately-held organizations (Jet Airways, Reliance Communications...)?
Similar analogy holds true in case of a "CAD modeling engineer" and a "product design engineer" or a "FEA Analyst" and "Structural Integrity Engineer" or a "CFD Analyst" and a "Thermal and Fluid Engieer". CAD Designer is an specialization so is any "FE and CFD analysis" work within their own boundaries. Sometimes we do not want to associate the term 'engineer' or 'engineering' with CAD modeling related stuff. This is required to keep the activities of "product design" and "process of graphical representation of product" distinguishable. While a product design process involves finding answers like "why the dimension and tolerance of the product should have certain value", CAD modeling involves a method to represent the dimensions as per standards and conventions in place.
Similarly, a design engineer may not need to know why and how a FE or CFD simulation is performed, he must know what is needed to carry out such simulations and what outputs from those simulation is needed to ensure his design meets the required specifications. On the same note, an FEA or thermal simulation engineer is not required to know why product is designed the way it is shaped and sized, he must know the key performance parameters which is to be validated to help the design engineer make informed decision.
Example template for SMART target setting:
Example template for SMART evaluation of a candidate for a particular job role:
Boundaries between evaluation and feedback: any information that goes into formal performance review tend to put employee on backfoot and make them scary. Beware of transparency trap: transparency in dealings is expected to drive out wasteful practices and promote collaboration and shared learning. However, it may also lead to distortions of the facts and tacit inhibitions. The trick is to find the sweet spot between privacy and transparency. Greater transparency within teams and selective opacities between teams tend to be more effective.
Hawthorne effect: subjects improve simply in response to being studied.
Poor or ineffective communication: I have seen people and HR managers complaining about proper or (in)sufficient communication. But what is communication? It is exchange and spread of information. If e-mails with all necessary details are sent, the information is already shared in written and partly in visual mode. But, there are 3 modes of information exhange: text, audio, visual. The effectiveness of communication mode depends on the personality of the recepients.
Prospective Hindsight (premortem): this technique helps identify potential problems - imagine future failure and then explain the cause. It tempers optimism, encourage a realistic assessment of risk prepare back-up plans and exit strategies. Planning fallacy - a failure to plan is planning for failure!
बुरा जो देखन मैं चला, बुरा न मिलिया कोय, जो दिल खोजा आपना, मुझसे बुरा न कोय।
अर्थ: जब मैं इस संसार में बुराई खोजने चला तो मुझे कोई बुरा न मिला। जब मैंने अपने मन में झाँक कर देखा तो पाया कि मुझसे बुरा कोई नही!
Bura Jo Dekhan Main Chala, Bura Naa Milya Koye, Jo Munn Khoja Apnaa, To Mujhse Bura Naa Koye!
Translation: I went on the search for the bad person, bad personal I couldn't find. When I searched my mind, no one is nastier then me.
Meaning: This is about observing one's own mind. Kabir says that he searched the world for the bad guy, the real evil person but he couldn't find the evil person no matter where he looked. Then he looked within at his own thinking process, his own mind. He found the real evil person who lived in his mind, unchecked. When we accuse, condemn another, it is our mind that is doing the finger pointing, the other person is probably innocent or the victim of his circumstances.
कंकर-पत्थर जोरि के मस्जिद लई बनाय| ता चढ़ि मुल्ला बांग दे का बहरा भया खुदाय||
पाथर पूजें हरि मिलें तो मैं पूजूं पहाड़| घर की चाकी कोऊ ना पूजे जाका पीसा खाए संसार ||
धीरे-धीरे रे मना, धीरे सब कुछ होय | माली सींचे सौ घड़ा, ॠतु आए फल होय॥
बोली एक अनमोल है, जो कोई बोलै जानि। हिये तराजू तौलि के, तब मुख बाहर आनि।।
निंदक नियरे राखिए, ऑंगन कुटी छवाय। बिन पानी, साबुन बिना, निर्मल करे सुभाय।।
However, with changing technology the impact and effect of e-mails need to be periodically reviewed and necessary corrective and preventive actions need to be implemented across the organization. New users as well as existing users need to be re-trained and explained the limiations and forthcoming challenges. One of the key challenge is size of inboxes which need to be pruned by deleting obsolete contents. Some of them are meeting acceptance or decline messages, meeting messages which remain in 'deleted' folder, birth day wishes (birthday wishes for 2018 can be deleted after next birth day in 2019)! A machine learning alogorithm can be developed to identify such obsolete messages, similar to the way spam messages are filtered now-a-days.With increasing use of carbon copies (CC list), the inbox sometimes get flooded beyond human capability to read and respond. An ever increasing trend to put receipients as optional in meeting invites pose even greater threat to the efficiency and effectiveness of key roles. The calendars remain virtually full and employees of all levels do not show courage or willingness to send the 'decline' responses when they think their presence are not needed. Most of the meeting invites I receive now a days have more number of optional attendees than required attendees.
Following steps are needed to address this problem before it becomes a burden:
Once you learn the habit of identifying your thought immediately with your aim in life, you cease to become upset with people, conditions, news and events. The statements of others cannot hurt you except through your own thoughts and mental participation.
Thoughts enveloped in the power emotion of fear are realized in the subconscious mind. The fear of failure itself creates the experience of failure, e.g. by way of temporary amnesia.
After reading the first message, she fainted. The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:
> To: My Loving Wife > Subject: I've arrived > Date: 16 May 2002> I know you're surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now, and you are allowed to send e-mails to your loved ones. I've just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.
The salesman explained, "When I got posted in the Middle East, I was very confident that I will make a good sales pitch as Coca Cola is virtually unknown there. But, I had a problem I didn't know to speak Arabic. So, I planned to convey the message through 3 posters. First poster was of a man crawling through the hot desert sand totally exhausted and panting. Second, the man is drinking our Cola and Third, our man is now totally refreshed. Then these posters were pasted all over the place"."That should have worked", said the friend."
He replied, "Well, I didn't know Arabic, neither did I realize that Arabs read from right to left."
How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build it?
If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and four apples and three oranges in the other hand, what would you have?
How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
How can a man go eight days without sleep?
If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become?
What looks like half apple?
What happened when wheel was invented?
Why is it easy to weigh a fish?
Why does a bike rest on its leg?
Bay of Bengal is in which state?
Synonyms with situation
JANUARY: Ambitious and serious *Loves to teach and be taught *Always looking at people's flaws and weaknesses *Likes to criticize *Hardworking and productive *Smart, neat and organized *Sensitive and has deep thoughts *Knows how to make others happy *Quiet unless excited or tensed *Rather reserved *Highly attentive *Homely person *Loyal *Needs to improve social abilities *Easily jealous
FEBRUARY: Abstract thoughts *Loves reality and abstract *Intelligent and clever *Changing personality *Temperamental *Quiet, shy and humble *Low self esteem *Honest and loyal *Determined to reach goals *Loves freedom *Rebellious when restricted *Loves aggressiveness *Too sensitive and easily hurt *Showing anger easily *Dislike unnecessary things *Loves making friends but rarely shows it *Daring and stubborn *Ambitious *Realizing dreams and hopes *Loves entertainment and leisure *Superstitious and ludicrous (nonsensical) *Spendthrift *Learns to show emotions
MARCH: Attractive personality *Affectionate *Shy and reserved *Secretive *naturally honest, generous and sympathetic *Loves peace and serenity *Sensitive to others *Loves to serve others *Not easily angered *Trustworthy *Appreciative and returns kindness *Observant and assess others *Revengeful *Loves to dream and fantasize *Loves travelling *Loves attention *Loves home decors *musically talented *Loves special things *Moody
APRIL: Active and dynamic *Decisive and hasteful but tends to regret *Attractive and affectionate to oneself *Strong mentality *Loves attention *Diplomatic *Consoling *Friendly and solves people's problems *Brave and fearless *Adventurous *Loving and caring *Suave and generous *Emotional *Revengeful *Aggressive *Hasty *Good memory *Motivate oneself and the others *easily get too jealous
MAY: Stubborn and hard-hearted *Strong-willed and highly motivated *Sharp thoughts *Easily angered *Attracts others and loves attention *Deep feelings *Beautiful physically and mentally *Firm standpoint *Easily influenced *Needs no motivation *Easily consoled *Systematic (left brain) *Loves to dream *Strong clairvoyance *Understanding *Good imagination *Good debating skills *Good physical *Weak breathing *Loves literature and the arts *Loves travelling *Dislike being at home *Restless *Hardworking *High spirited *Spendthrift
JUNE: Thinks far with vision *Easily influenced by kindness *Polite and soft-spoken *Having lots of ideas *Sensitive *Active mind *Hesitating *Tends to delay *Choosy and always wants the best *Temperamental *Funny and humorous *Loves to joke *Good debating skills *Talkative *Daydreamer *Friendly *Knows how to make friends *Abiding *Able to show character *Easily hurt *Loves to dress up *Easily bored *Fussy *Seldom show emotions *Brand conscious *Executive *Stubborn *Those who loves me are enemies *Those who hates me are friends
JULY: Fun to be with *Secretive *Difficult to fathom and to be understood *Quiet unless excited or tensed *Takes pride in oneself *Easily consoled *Honest *Concern about people's feelings *Tactful *Friendly *Very emotional *Temperamental and unpredictable *Forgiving but never forgets *Dislike nonsensical and unnecessary things *Guides others physically and mentally *Sensitive and forms impressions carefully *Caring and loving *Treats others equally *Strong sense of sympathy *Judge people through observations *Loves to be alone *Always broods about the past and the old friends *Likes to be quiet *Homely person *Never looks for friends *Not aggressive unless provoked *Easily hurt but takes long to recover
AUGUST: Loves to joke *Attractive *Suave and caring *Brave and fearless *Firm and has leadership qualities *Knows how to console others *Too generous and egoistic *Take high pride of oneself *Thirsty for praises *Extraordinary spirit *Easily angered *Angry when provoked *Easily jealous *Observant *Careful and cautious *Thinks quickly *Independent thoughts *Loves to lead and to be led *Loves to dream *Talented in the arts, music and defense *Sensitive but not petty *Learns to relax *Hasty and rushy *Loving and caring *Loves to make friends
SEPTEMBER: Suave and compromising *Careful, cautious and organized *Likes to point out people's mistakes *Likes to criticize *Quiet but able to talk well *Calm and cool *Kind and sympathetic *Concerned and detailed *Trustworthy, loyal and honest *Does work well *Sensitive *Good memory *Clever and knowledgeable *Controls oneself when criticized *Able to motivate oneself *Understanding *Secretive *Loves sports, leisure and travelling *Hardly shows emotions *Tends to bottle up feelings *Systematic
OCTOBER: Loves to chat *Loves those who loves him *Loves to takes things at the centre *Attractive and suave *Inner and physical beauty *Does not lie or pretend *Sympathetic *Treats friends importantly *Always making friends *Easily hurt but recovers easily *Bad tempered *Selfish *Seldom helps unless asked *Daydreamer *Very opinionated *Does not care of what others think *Emotional *Decisive *Soft-spoken, loving and caring *Touchy and easily jealous *Concerned *Just and fair *Spendthrift and easily influenced *Easily lose confidence
NOVEMBER: Has lot of ideas *Difficult to fathom *Thinks forward *Unique and brilliant *Extraordinary ideas *Sharp thinking *Careful and cautious *Dynamic in personality *Secretive *Inquisitive *Knows how to dig secrets *Always thinking *Less talkative but amiable *Brave and generous *Patient *Stubborn and hard-hearted *Determined *Never give up *Hardly become angry unless provoked *Loves to be alone *Thinks differently from others *Sharp-minded *Motivates oneself *Does not appreciates praises *High-spirited *Deep love and emotions *Hardworking *High abilities *Trustworthy *Honest and keeps secrets *Not able to control emotions *Unpredictable
DECEMBER: Loyal and generous *Patriotic *Active in games and interactions *Impatient and hasty *Ambitious *Fun to be with *Loves to socialize *Loves praises *Loves attention *Honest and trustworthy *Not pretending *Short tempered *Changing personality *Not egoistic *Takes high pride in oneself *Hates restrictions *Loves to joke *Good sense of humor *Logical
|10000||दस हज़ार||Ten Thousand|
|108||दस करोड़||Hundred Millions|
Words and number of occurrences in Indian Constitution
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