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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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The Values Sermon: Pause and Reflect

“Your time is way too valuable to be wasting on people that can’t accept who you are.”

― Turcois Ominek

From her book “Masquerade”

The incessant sermons on values made me risk writing this article. Political, Social & Business leaders, TV anchors, columnists and activists of all ilk, tell us about how they are the upholders of values and those they badger are eroding values.

Let us pause and ask the basic question: What are values? I doubt if many of us do this reflection before we hold forth on its virtues or lament its decline. In very simple construct; Values are strongly held beliefs. Values are complex mix of all the beliefs that we accept as universal and those that are specific to certain religion, ethnicity, nationality and social groups. Read more »

Insights into enabling Rural Livelihood (Audio)

This is the audio form of the post, Insights into enabling Rural Livelihood. The voice artist is Sohandeep Hattar.

Feel free to download and use as you see fit. Please credit theotherview.in as the source if you are sharing this with others, and do come back to post your own views and feedback in the form of comments.

Insights into enabling Rural Livelihood

Historically, India’s rural economy has been based on agriculture and related activities, but with increasing population and decreasing land holding, the dependency on primary livelihood is at risk. India’s current education system places overemphasis on cognitive learning for all. Many drop out unable to cope with this by-rote education system. This system does not recognise that everyone is not suited for cognitive education. Many will excel in a system which places a premium on vocational education. Unequipped with education that enables livelihood the youth fall prey to poverty and crime.

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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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