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The IIM fallacy

In Education, Management & Leadership on July 2, 2010 at 09:02

Yes, the IIMs are a route into the riches for people coming from the Indian lower middle or lower classes. They are an easy shot into the upper middle classes, and if you’re lucky, hardworking or a genius, even into the ‘rich’ classes.

They are, however, nowhere close to or on the way to developing their students into become leaders in a global economy.

Can the IIMs really claim to be the ‘best in class’ if all they are producing are mediocre managers forming the bulging global middle class?

I won’t, actually can’t, answer that question. If you can, please use the comment space.

Sparta is winning, Athens is losing. Again.

In International Geo-Politics, Politics, Society on July 2, 2010 at 00:11

I wonder if in a 1000 years, USA will be seen in the same light as ancient Sparta is today – an aggressive, militarist state.

As the only state amongst its contemporaries where the politics and economy were so influenced by the armed forces, the gun lobby/NRA and the military-industrial complex.

A state remembered  more for its destruction of Communism as a politico-military force and the wars it waged against violent Islamists, than for its accomplishments in advancement of technology, arts & culture.

No, I do not intend to imply that Communism at its peak was akin to the greatness of Athens, nor am I comparing the Islamists to ancient Persians.

What I’m saying that the USA, with its vast entrepreneurial energies, its massive natural & human resources and its long lasting peace on the homeland could have easily surpassed ancient Athens as a symbol of advancement of civilisation. Instead, ever so often, it shows its ugly side which is more Sparta than Athens. And lately, Sparta seems to be winning over Athens.

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