Towards a Citizen’s Democracy – M.S. Srinivasan

Most of us may know the famous oft-quoted words of a former American president that democracy is “for the people, by the people, of the people.” But later, another American president, hampered and frustrated by the corporate clout and power over the Government, said in helpless despair that in America, democracy is “for the corporation,…

The Inner Roots of Terror – M.S. Srinivasan

You are the World J.Krishnamurthy (Terrorism has become a haunting menace looming large over our life, constantly striking at innocent lives. Much has been said and written on this subject. But very few of the discussions or analyses address the psychological roots of the problem. What makes an “educated” young man into a terrorist and…

Education as Business – M.S. Srinivasan

[When education and business come together it leads to a confusing mixture of aims. This article examines some of the problems of private enterprise in business.] Education and business have different aims or to use the more pregnant Indian terminology, dharmas. The dharma of business is to gain profit and create wealth for the society.…

Creativity and Insanity – M.S. Srinivasan

Is it necessary to be a little mad inorder to be creative? In an interesting article in Economist, “In Praise of Misfits,” the columnist Schumpeter examines the question, “Why business needs people with Asperger’s, attention-deficit-disorder and dyslexia.” Schumpeter cites William Whyte who argues in his book “Organisation Man” that companies looking for “well-rounded executives” are…

Our Faith in Science – M.S. Srinivasan

(Some people believe in Religion, others believe in Science. But in the mind of a common man, both are beliefs, an act of faith) A contemporary thinker belonging to what is now called as “post-modernist” thought, makes some interesting observations. He says that what people call or believe as “Truth” is a hoax perpetuated by…

The Meaning of Practicality – M.S. Srinivasan

Our modern civilization and culture is probably one of the most “practical” among world-civilisation, where the highest value is placed on the scientific and technological pragmatism. But to be practical means what? This article examines the meaning of pragmatism in a multidimensional perspective. The Hierarchy of Practicality To be “practical” means what? We define practicality…

Youth and Idealism – M.S.Srinivasan

(Is the present generation of youth lacking in idealism? This article examines this question in the light of an evolutionary perspective.) The “Me” Generation? We hear quite often elders lamenting that idealism has disappeared from the present generation of youth.  Some of the media reports have dubbed the present youth as the “Me” generation, selfish…