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Deep Ghatak
India
Deep is an author, lecturer and communications professional. He writes articles, novels, plays, screenplays, lyrics and poems.
Interests: Current Affairs, books, traveling, music, religion, food
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The unrest that civilized societies have to now contend with is the symptom of a deep malaise; the bruised parts have turned malignant! Millions on the dark fringes stand radicalized; with many indoctrinated to believe that a heavenly afterlife is the real reward. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at The Global Village
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We live in times of mindless violence and extremism, much of it caused by racial and religious hatred. When faith becomes a conduit for obscurantism and turns men into beasts, it is time to separate the seed from the husk and embrace the essence of the highest spiritual thought. INDIE... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at The Global Village
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Organizational culture and organizational emotions are closely related but are not interchangeable. The culture is developed through observation and mass following (active or passive) of a largely unwritten code of workplace behavior and decision-making exhibited by the majority of key influencers in any organization. The dominant emotion of an organization is the manifestation of employees’ response to that culture and its impact on their key motivators. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at The Global Village
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Last week, Cate Blanchett won the Oscars for her role in ‘Blue Jasmine’. Back in India, Kangana Ranaut and Aliya Bhatt, the two leading ladies of their films – ‘Queen’ and ‘Highway’ have turned in spectacular performances that could pit them against each other for the coveted national award for best actress. While Kangana plays a simpleton dumped by her fiancée a day before marriage, Aliya plays the stifled daughter of a rich industrialist who is kidnapped by a killer. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at The Global Village
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Whether it was the struggler of Saath Saath, the devastated lover of Bazaar or the loafer of Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Farooq Sheikh essayed his roles with ease and conviction. To many of us, he was the lover boy without biceps and a smartphone. Usually, he had no or little money and lived off friends’ grants and tuitions. He could be seen walking in the streets, bag of vegetables in hand, wearing old slim fit shirts and bell bottoms. He could also be spotted singing in college canteens and waiting in long queues for sales jobs. And yet, he never failed to charm with his disarming smile and Nehruvian ideals. Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at The Global Village
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The fantastic success of the Aam Aadmi Party (ordinary people’s party, also called ‘mango’ for the Hindi word ‘aam’) is a result of its ability to capitalize on the fashionable wave of cynicism sweeping urban India, harnessing a Gandhian movement for an anti-corruption law and drawing legitimacy through subtle but firm media endorsement. But let’s hope that our mango men don’t go the Arab Spring way! Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at The Global Village
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As people seek out the more righteous among the two – Devyani and Sangeeta, famous prosecutor Preet Bharara plays out his defense of the marshals while our politicians tread carefully in an election year. The moral of the story is that while one may be anybody in Manhattan, it generally pays more to be a maid in the U.S.A. Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at The Global Village
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In acknowledging his wife Anjali in the way that he did and apologizing to his children about not being able to spend time with them over the past 16 years, Sachin did something that Indian men hardly every do, especially in public. And it is this balance between tradition and modernity that positions an emergent India to succeed in the new millennium. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2013 at The Global Village
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India’s mid-day meal program is one of the largest such schemes in the world, serving almost 107 million children in about 1.2 million government and government-aided schools in the country. Free and wholesome food is certainly the greatest reason why many impoverished parents send their wards to school. So compelling... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2013 at The Global Village
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The image of a resurgent, nuclear-powered India is at complete odds with horrifying tales of pedophiles striking at will, vultures riding public buses and cops who support crime. The international business community is perplexed and confused; wondering how they can do business in a city like Delhi. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2013 at The Global Village
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In the moneyed neighbourhoods of Delhi lies a deep-rooted bias for the male child. Inheritance laws and centuries of subjugation have relegated women to being second class citizens. Things are changing but social change has not kept pace with the economic boom. Arranged marriages are still the preferred choice and boys don’t work in the kitchen or sweep the floor. India’s middle classes live in Victorian England! Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2013 at The Global Village
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The mechanical, hierarchical corporations of the last century did not afford opportunity for discretion and role refinement but they were effective in their own right. New age companies, on the other hand, pride themselves on an entrepreneurial workplace. But what happens when employees define their own agendas based on weighted needs of certainty, growth or success? Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2012 at The Global Village
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Sixty five years after independence, Gandhi’s dream stands hijacked as India's polity is held to ransom by a powerful few who have reduced democracy, through careful and calibrated subversion, to a mere spectatorship. This is even as a new class of ruling elite has emerged in the land, adding more dynasties that stake claim to political inheritance and entitlement. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2012 at The Global Village
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Germany’s defeat to Italy in the semifinals of the Euro Cup 2012 on 27 June 2012 reminded me of its defeat to Spain on 6 July 2010 at the World Cup in South Africa. The Germans are known for dedication, precision and discipline. With time, their inexperienced football team will surely mature and bring home a major trophy. However, they would do well to learn a trick from the sheer daring of Prandelli’s Italy. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2012 at The Global Village
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Vietnam has conquered its past and is set to carve a rich destiny for its people. It will grow at 6% in 2012, not far behind India’s dodgy 6.5% and China’s 7%. It is true that full civil liberty and democracy still eludes the nation, but the pictures we now see are not of crying children running to escape bombs. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2012 at The Global Village
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What gets us so hooked to social media in the first place? The technology may be new but it appeals to the basic human psyche which remains unchanged from the Stone Age. Just like narcotics, social media creates a compelling pseudo-reality that redeems our innermost desires and fantasies and lifts our self-esteem. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2012 at The Global Village
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While the upper middle class is upgrading from LCDs to LEDs, India's political parties are building voter constituencies with the promise of free tablets, colour TVs and subsidized rail tickets. Bereft of any core ideology, these parties have found mass populism to be a convenient route to power. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2012 at The Global Village
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As bank loans become scarce and expensive and governments balance inflation and liquidity, Asian giants harvest the bond markets. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2012 at The Global Village
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Indian cricket ignores change at its own peril. In quite a turnaround, the Oz media has now branded the losing guest team as a ‘heap of rubbish!’ We hope that the team turns it around at Adelaide but know very well that those who fail to plan are planning for failure. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2012 at The Global Village
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The worship of the divine Mother is not confined to the Hindus alone. Various cultures across centuries, have at some point of time or the other, affirmed the presence and benevolence of a supernatural feminine force. Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2011 at The Global Village
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From buying US bonds to bailing out Italy to doling out soft loans to MNC customers via state-owned corporations, China is the messiah of our times. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2011 at The Global Village
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One wishes that the industry in Britain would emulate the success their dairy farms have had. Because in terms of the current recession, the average Brit is left wondering, “Who moved my cheese?” Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2011 at The Global Village
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Finland is a AAA rated Nordic country and scores higher than Germany on World Economic Forum’s global competitive index. With an enterprising attitude that wins business and hearts, it looks ready to tackle the downturn. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2011 at The Global Village
If India’s success story is not to be derailed by the plague of terrorism, immediate and decisive measures need to be taken. The National Security Advisor should be put in charge of a well-funded and intelligence-guided operation to flush out insurgents and demolish their support system. If it’s a war we are fighting, it’s time to let the soldiers take over. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2011 at The Global Village
The enhanced speed of communication online and the ability of people to read about, spread, and react to global news very rapidly, has forced mindset changes. This new reality has implications for forming new sociological structures within the context of culture. The definition of culture is expanding to include new norms unaffiliated to ethnic origins. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2011 at The Global Village