Something about that crowd was unusual. It was calm and peaceful. Despite the heat and humidity, no one was pushing, yelling or screaming. My first thought at entering a crowd that size would have been the fear of a stampede, but no such apprehension had crossed my mind. Instead, I had felt strangely comfortable in that hot, sweaty mass. And then it dawned on me...
Rohit Kumar is an educator who conducts community-building workshops for high school students and teachers. His mission is to increase the Emotional Quotient of his audiences and to end bullying in classrooms. Rohit has more than two decades of experience conducting high-impact personal development workshops and training seminars across domains. He is also a certified MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) administrator and finds psychometrics fascinating, Rohit is also deeply concerned about underprivileged children in India and conducts unique social development programmes for marginalized children.
So how does one take over a country in the 21st century? It's a lot simpler than you might think. The great European banker, Mayer Rothschild, summed it up beautifully when he said, "Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws" All you need is money, honey. Once you have the cash in hand, here is a simple 10-step guide.
30/05/2016 3:40 PM IST
And if you, like me, have been wondering just how in the world Trump (and others in a similar mould) manage to rise to power, you may find The True Believer - Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements by social philosopher Eric Hoffer particularly illuminating. In this critically acclaimed work, Hoffer lays bare the thoughts, emotions, and justifications that go through the minds of the masses who coalesce to make a movement.
19/05/2016 9:04 AM IST
This has been a grim fortnight. Four people I know have died in the last 14 days. What was the message I was meant to take away from the events of the fortnight? That life is a journey towards death? That death is life's ultimate reality? That we never know when death comes and so we should stop stressing, start living? Probably. Then, a fresh thought came to me unbidden, unsought. It came with such calmness and clarity that I wrote it down...
03/05/2016 8:26 AM IST
Sometimes the most powerful political commentaries are not made by politicians at all. <em> The Great Dictator</em>, a movie written by, directed by, produced by and starring Charlie Chaplin is proof of the fact.
14/03/2016 8:18 AM IST
I was watching Patiala High Court lawyers beat 'Kingpin Kanhaiya' live on TV when my phone rang. A friend of mine wanted to know if I'd like to go along for an 'open class' on nationalism at JNU. One Professor Gopal Guru (no relation of Afzal, I was assured) was going to address a gathering. Though I realized this was probably going to be risky business -- police, protestors, et al -- I decided to go. Because at some point, you just have to check things out for yourself.
24/02/2016 7:09 AM IST
It would not be an overstatement that if elected, Trump could well undo decades of already fragile, unravelling international diplomacy and take the United States and the world back in time, some fear, all the way back to the darkness of the Crusades!
20/02/2016 8:31 AM IST
I found myself wondering ... thirty-three years and twelve Prime Ministers later, how would I rewrite that essay? I found a paper napkin and started jotting down thoughts. I soon ran out of napkin and had to ask the waiter for a sheet of paper.
15/02/2016 8:19 AM IST
Many are confounded by the blind devotion to a "religious" figure -- especially one who has serious criminal charges levelled against him. Why did they have to arrest the comedian? Where does it all end? Putting aside for the moment the dark possibility that the whole sordid episode was a calculated and carefully calibrated threat sent out to the country by the opponents of free speech, perhaps we should ask why followers of a (quasi) religious movement found it so hard to take a joke on their leader.
19/01/2016 8:38 AM IST
I strongly believe that as a society we have a serious problem with <strong>Appreciation Deficit Disorder!</strong>. But there are always exceptions. For example, a friend of mine who has been teaching for several years now has made genuine appreciation a way of life. She teaches senior classes in school and like all teachers, has to facilitate parent-teacher meetings (PTMs).
10/01/2016 8:37 AM IST
We don't quite know yet what the story line is going to be but we have it on good record that it will feature an Indian actress. The Prime Minister of the largest democracy in the world, did, after all, stand next to Wolverine in Central Park, New York City, in 2014 and say, "May the Force be with you." That was no blooper or pleasantry. Political observers say that was a clear signal to Disney to come and "Make in India."
08/01/2016 5:21 PM IST
Cults provide order and structure to reality. They provide an unambiguous narrative. <em>Star Wars</em> is no different. There is the Empire and there is the Rebellion, the good guys carry the blue lightsabers and the bad guys carry the red ones. But here is the thing about cults. They all have a shelf life.
31/12/2015 8:29 AM IST
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