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K Ramkumar, known to his friends as Ram, has an enduring passion for triggering a discussion and joining in with gusto on a range of themes. He believes that every person has an inalienable right to express his/her view no matter how different it is to anyone else. In his book no view is unworthy or big or small. Every view from everyone deserves a consideration without getting caught up with the tyranny of agreement or disagreement.
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What’s common to Hitler and company budgets?

Allied Powers_Supreme Commanders

[The supreme commanders of the four powers on June 5, 1945 in Berlin: (from left) Bernard Montgomery, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Georgy Zhukov, and Jean de Lattre de Tassigny. By December 1944, it was clear that the German war machinery was broken. So, Eisenhower decided to pull his strongest resources into reaching Berlin before the Soviets so that the post-war structure of Europe could be determined by the Anglo-Americans.
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And what about the business of tolerance?

The following article was first published was on www.foundingfuel.com

The discourse on respecting plurality, diversity, criticism, dissent and contrarianism has dominated the public space in India during the last couple of months. Various people who have received public acclaim have voiced the need for a culture that is tolerant and gives space for fearless expression of thoughts and opinions. Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy joined in with his views on preserving the culture of valuing minority rights and concerns. RBI governor Raghuram Rajan also weighed in, voicing caution about the danger of being excessively politically correct in our social discourse. Read more »

The World and beyond of Innovation

300 years back men of science, believed that disease and pestilence were spread by odour. They could not conceive the existence of microbes, since it was not visible to naked eyes. When Dr. Edward Jenner talked of sterilisation they scorned at him and treated him as a mad man. Early humans were seized to the possibility of the wireless propagation of sound and images through huge distances. These were mythological stories which captured the imagination of everyone. The flight of fantasy was not limited to this, humans in flying machines flying to distant worlds, was also conceptualised as a possibility by the human mind. The majority including the learned received every new idea (innovation), either with scorn or dismissed it as a fantasy. In both these cases the proposer was viewed as an impractical dreamer; worst a mad person; sometimes even a heretic.

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Indrajit Gupta’s View

Listen, question and get closer to the truth (Click to tweet).

Almost two decades after opting for a career in business journalism, I’m currently taking a short break from the hurly-burly of the newsroom. Over the next few months, some of my closest friends and I plan to launch our own new media venture.

This is, therefore, a period of immense soul searching. There are many critical issues confronting the media business. For instance, how will the role of mass media change in our society over the course of the next decade? Will media platforms be able to sustain the onslaught of social media? Will traditional journalists continue to command interest and trust of readers at a time when every “expert” has the all requisite tools of self-publishing at his disposal to create his own community?

My friend Ram’s decision to co-create a new set of conversations through his blog The Other View is a case in point. I’d like to believe that experiments like these to connect a community of intellectually curious people interested in meaningful debates could well gather momentum. After all, it offers an alternative to the shrill, provocative discourse that seems to dominate debates on prime time television and increasingly, even online (Click to tweet). Read more »

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About the Author

K Ramkumar, known to his friends as Ram, has an enduring passion for triggering a discussion and joining in with gusto on a range of themes. He believes that every person has an inalienable right to express his/her view no matter how different it is to anyone else. In his book no view is unworthy or big or small. Every view from everyone deserves a consideration without getting caught up with the tyranny of agreement or disagreement.
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