Monday, July 30, 2018

Have you talked to your child about sexual abuse?

Does your child know the difference between a ‘bad touch’ and a ‘good touch’? Did you bother to talk about this with your kid? If you understand how a child feels when sexually abused, you will also understand why is it important to be open to sharing and teaching our children about child sexual abuse.
According to Ministry of Women and Child Development survey, 53.2% of children in India are sexually abused. When we speak about child abuse, it is imperative to discuss certain form of abuses and exploitation of children. According to National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), England, there can be two different types of sexual abuse to children, namely contact abuse which includes penetrative sexual abuse and unwanted sexual touching. The second is no-contact abuse which includes encouraging children to see or hear sexual acts, online abuse, porn images and so on.
In most cases, children are not even aware they are being sexually abused. Unless the parents are aware about the psychological as well as physical effect of ‘bad touch’ on the children, the latter may continue to suffer and may grow up as extremely complicated teenagers who may either be violent in nature or may suffer from withdrawal symptoms.

In many instances, it is seen that when a child complains about a particular uncomfortable incidence that has happened with him/her, elders or caregivers refuse to take it seriously. Thus, it becomes a mandate that parents and teachers should impart this knowledge to the kids. They should be taught that a touch that makes them feel uncomfortable is a bad touch and should be reported immediately.
A recent publication by SAGE, ChildSexual Abuse and Protection Laws in India studies the nature of sexual offences theories that explain why they occur, and the laws for regulating the same. It discusses It discusses the role of the judiciary and the criminal justice machinery in preventing abuse and cyber sexual crimes targeting children. This book studies the existing legal procedural provisions, regulations with case laws, several new mechanisms to deal with juvenile delinquency, rehabilitation of juvenile offenders, various jurisprudential understandings and judicial analysis of the issue.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

An freedom fighter's account of the exploitation of India by the East India Company under the guise of “development”

 Abraham Lincoln once remarked that “There is no nation good enough to govern another”. The rule of one country over another is basically and therefore, essentially, unnatural. That is why all such empires crumbled after a time. The British rule in India, counting from the Battle of Plassey (1757), lasted 190 years and it clearly demonstrated the correctness of these memorable words of Abraham Lincoln.

English domination over India facilitated the most unscrupulous exploitation of India, its people and its resources. In other words, it led to the short-lived prosperity of England at the cost of the poverty and misery of the Indian people.
A recent publication by SAGE British Rule in India details how the British acquired territories by sly and dishonourable treaties and how their rule led to extremely large-scale economic exploitation. It painstakingly traces the history of the deliberate destruction of Indian industry and the plundering that went on under the guise of development. This book by Pandit Sunderlal, an eminent Gandhian and freedom fighter covers the period from 1805 (Second Maratha War), a turning point for the East India Company, to 1858, when the East India Company had to cede control to the British Crown.  

East India Company evolved and adopted several methods for the exploitation of India’s resources in the interests of England. Some of them were the Railways that were constructed and run by the money collected from Indians in various ways. The Railways were intended and used chiefly for cheap and quick transport of wheat, cotton, and other raw materials to the ports of embarkation for being shipped to England, and for similarly transporting the goods made in and exported from England to every nook and corner of India. The benefit to India, if any, was only a by-product of the railways. Another methods of exploitation was the Cultivation of Cotton. Berar, Sindh and the Punjab were annexed primarily because those regions were famed for growing cotton. There were several other approaches such as all Special Privileges and all responsible posts were limited to English only.

The book is in sharp contrast to narratives by British historians, who stressed that India was in a state of arrested development before the British arrived. The book clearly explicates that British had no purpose other than the draining of the India’s wealth to England. To sum up, the rule of one country over another cannot but be, in the very nature of things, detrimental to the best interests of any third country, although the worst sufferer is always the country under the foreigner’s heel.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Whether you are a fresher or a CEO, you must develop the learner’s mindset

We are now living in a world of constant change and disruption. We can either see the world as a threat to or a limitless resource to engage, stimulate, and cultivate our imagination. In a globally networked world, information is getting easier and easier to access. What you actually do with that information is the new challenge.
The VUCA LearnerOrganized training is not keeping pace with the demands of the workplace. On one hand, the shelf life of skills set is getting shorter and these may get obsolete fast. On the other hand, new careers are spawning which were not on the horizon a couple of years back. What is the way out for a leader, an executive or even a professional to remain relevant to workplace demands of the present as well as prepare for the future?
The answer to all these questions is TheVUCA Learner: Future-proof Your Relevance. As the world grows more complex and uncertain, opportunities for people with critical thinking, innovation and imagination are on the rise. Organizations are only as good as the people they employ. To stay relevant and grow in this unforgiving business environment, one needs to develop a learning mindset, where continuous lifelong learning becomes a daily habit, to let go of the old and become agile, adaptable and resilient.
This book will showcase the various sources and methods for self-learning. Whether you are a fresher or a CEO, you must develop the learner’s mindset, scan the business environment for green shoots of opportunities, regularly conduct a skills gap analysis and use all the tools available to continuously reinvent yourself to be ready for new episodes in career. This book is a roadmap to making you future-ready!

Article by Suhayl Abidi, the co-author of The VUCALearner 

Monday, July 09, 2018

Does Emotional Intelligence Predict Leadership Effectiveness?

Various researches in the field of organisational behaviour have established that moods and emotions play an important part in the leadership process, rather than being a secondary factor. Thus the important challenge for tomorrow’s leaders is to lead through the instrument of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence may not be the only determinant of leadership effectiveness/success; nevertheless, there are arguments and empirical evidences to support the hypothesis that emotional intelligence has a profound impact on leadership effectiveness. 

Western societies have found that emotional intelligence contributes significantly towards leadership success. As aforementioned, the basic tenet of emotional intelligence in an organizational setting is about understanding the feelings and emotions of the followers. The outstanding leaders strive for this so that it results in cordial relationships between the leaders and the followers.

Nevertheless, in a non-Western context like India, the research problem has remained relatively under-researched. Besides, most of the studies conducted in the Indian situation have relied on Western theoretical models. 

An article published in the South Asian Journal of Human Resources Management focuses on understanding the emotional intelligence and leadership linkages in a non-Western context. The study was conducted on a sample of 230 supervisors and subordinates drawn from branches of the banking sector in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Emotional competency and emotional sensitivity have been found to be significant antecedents of leadership effectiveness in the context under reference. The knowledge gained from this research is expected to increase the understanding of effective leadership and help produce powerful tools for the selection, and training and development of leaders, potentially enhancing organizational climate and performance.

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