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  • The Next Stage in Our Evolution
    May 2008 By Ilmas Futehally

    Certain events in the world act as dividers of time. The world before the event and after the event are fundamentally changed for ever. So, I have often been asked "where were you when Indira Gandhi was assassinated?", "where were you when the deluge of 26th July took place?”. A very common question that all of us have been asked is “where were you on the morning of 9/11?" I am sure that all of us remember the answers to these questions very graphically. Where one was standing when you heard the news, who else was around, one's immediate reactions and emotions......

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  • The Next Stage in Our Evolution
    May 2008 By Ilmas Futehally

    Certain events in the world act as dividers of time. The world before the event and after the event are fundamentally changed for ever. So, I have often been asked "where were you when Indira Gandhi was assassinated?", "where were you when the deluge of 26th July took place?”. A very common question that all of us have been asked is “where were you on the morning of 9/11?" I am sure that all of us remember the answers to these questions very graphically. Where one was standing when you heard the news, who else was around, one's immediate reactions and emotions......

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  • Why Should Business Care?
    March 2008 By Sundeep Waslekar

    A study by Strategic Foresight Group reveals that there is a strong relationship between business and peace . Conventionally peace is meant to be a business of government and businesspeople are meant to concentrate on profit making enterprises. It is by increasing rate of return on their investments that they create income and employment. If business enterprises can do this, they would eventually contribute to peace and sustainability in their societies. Why should they care to go beyond their conventional responsibilities and promote peace?

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  • Which Idea Will Dominate the 21st Century?
    February 2008 By Sundeep Waslekar

    The most influential force in the world is the idea. Gods, priests, kings, dictators, democrats, terrorists, anarchists all need an idea to justify themselves.

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  • Beyond Cities
    February 2008 By Ilmas Futehally

    The 21st Century has been described as the century of the cities. For the first time in history, more people live in cities today than those that do not. To say that cities are growing is to state the obvious- one can see it from our own windows. However the rate of growth is frightening. Fifty years ago, about 30% of the world’s population lived in an urban environment. In a decade from now it will cross 60%.

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  • Beyond Cities
    February 2008 By Ilmas Futehally

    The 21st Century has been described as the century of the cities. For the first time in history, more people live in cities today than those that do not. To say that cities are growing is to state the obvious- one can see it from our own windows. However the rate of growth is frightening. Fifty years ago, about 30% of the world’s population lived in an urban environment. In a decade from now it will cross 60%.

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  • Re-baathification in Iraq?
    February, 2008 By Gitanjali Bakshi

    The Iraqi government has recently approved a bill that will attempt to reverse a de-baathification law, established in 2003. Initially, abstraction of Baath party members was meant to appease the majority Shiite population, now the reversal aims to pacify the disgruntled Sunni minority. Both approaches, although diametrically opposed, attempt to reconcile the ethnic rifts within Iraqi society. The question is will the new law work? But first what is de-baathification and how have the recent developments contributed to democracy in Iraq?

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  • Global Governance
    December 2007 By Sundeep Waslekar

    A couple of years ago, I was attending an academic conference on global governance in Canada . The immigration officer asked one of the speakers to explain the purpose of his visit. The speaker said that he was there to address a conference on global governance. The immigration officer retorted: "Global what?"

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