Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Post-Hindu India: Interwoven caste and community dynamics

A recent rising trend has been noticed challenging the basic fundamental right of Freedom of Speech in our democracy. A recent case against social scientist and writer, Prof. Kancha Ilaiah, is an appropriate example. Kancha Illaiah released a booklet in Telugu, inspired by one of the chapters of his SAGE title,
Post-Hindu India, published in 2009. The booklet became controversial, thus catching the ire of the Vyasa community members for naming their community as 'Social Smugglers'. The author clarified that his book actually aims at removing the social evils to herald an egalitarian and healthy society that is free from caste prejudices.
As the author says in Post-Hindu India “…the book was born out of a gut feeling that the Indian nation is on the course for a civil war; a civil war that has been simmering as an undercurrent of the caste-based cultural system that Hinduism has constructed and nurtured for centuries.” He pens a thought-provoking critique of Brahmanism and the caste system in India while anticipating the death of Hinduism as a direct consequence of, what he says is its anti-scientific and anti-nationalistic stand.
Post-Hindu India explores the social, spiritual, economic and educational deprivation imposed on the Dalit-Bahujan castes. Kancha Ilaiah critiques the intellectual imagination of the dominant communities and inspires the marginalized. Read more
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Read what critics are saying:
"Ilaiah’s book is…a detailed examination of the productive knowledge systems of the Dalit-Bahujan Communities in Andhra Pradesh…. This is an important work simply because it offers refreshing insights into an old religion that is considered to be a way of life in India." The Telegraph
"The book is a reflective account of [the author’s] journey through castes and communi­ties and highlights everyday clashes of caste cultures and conflict between "the productive ethic of Dalit-Bahujan castes and the anti-productive and anti-scien­tific ethic of Hindu Brahminism". Tehelka
"The book is a passionate attempt to quench the thirst of the activists who hope for a social revolution."
Financial Express
"[THE] chapters are based on Illaiah’s deep knowledge of the productive life of the “lowered” castes, and provide illuminating detail of the techniques of production…. Ilaiah’s attack on Brahmanism is sharp and pointed, in some spots very convincing…. This is a challenging and useful book."Dharma Deepika

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

'Working with Generation Y & Generation Z'- engaging this cohort for businesses, societies and nations is no more a matter of choice

Cover image for latest issue of {{Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies}}The younger workforce, Generation Z and Generation Y, is driven by technology, as an outcome they believe in multitasking and approaching projects in different creative vantage ideas; and likes to experiment and discover new styles and solutions to problems and difficulties as they are driven by their inner need for a sense of purpose, this approach of mavericks is what is required for new businesses. Generation Z has been attracted by the companies that embrace advanced technology and that have created new styles of working internationally, as a result this generation is making a substantial move away from the old and conventional forms of jobs, as they are very entrepreneurial and they believe in engaging in multiple jobs with various career paths. As mentioned earlier, India has roughly 65 per cent of its population below the age of 25 which makes a huge population of India as generation Z category. Sixty-nine million of them reside in urban areas. These young people have a very different childhood to the one their parents experienced. Generation Z is ambitious and competitive in nature. Today, Indian companies have realized the importance of having the intrapreneurial culture and generation Z will be the next intrapreneurs for the corporates and those companies who could channelize them well will be at a competitive advantage. Focusing on the intrapreneurial culture in India organizations; this article from the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies explores the challenges faced by the Indian organization while working with generation Z intrapreneurs.

The article explicates that Indian organizations have started engaging generation Z intrapreneurs, but they face challenges while engaging them. It has been observed that leaders and managers often find generation Y and generation Z difficult to manage; one of the reasons being the difference in attitude of the younger generation as instead of traditional monetary incentives, they value passion, purpose, flexibility, transparency, collaboration, trust and autonomy. The organizations that desire to be entrepreneurial, need to learn how to engage, inspire, incentivize and motivate this younger generation intrapreneurs; as this may require organizations to re-think and make changes in the existing organizational structures.

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