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Why the Arts Are Integral to Management Education

Management education follows a strictly structured pattern, while meeting career demands may often entail tolerating ambiguities, or even unlearning that which has already been taught. The elective course, Tracking Creative Boundaries, designed for students at IIM, Bangalore, seeks to inculcate this aspect by introducing students to artistes, all masters in their own chosen fields. Not only is society best represented by the arts, but also because artistes have always had the capacity to inspire. Their ability to transform themselves and thereby the wider environment as well is brought about by their constant endeavour to reinvent themselves, while respecting their own vocations - a lesson that could stand in equal good stead for the business leaders of tomorrow.

Managing India s Central Asian Policy

any journey of the self" (p 184). The book concludes on the note that Gandhi's life rested on the "premise of inclusivity, that we are all part of one another and violence retards that realisation"(p200). In a world full of ethnic and racial conflicts, it is worthwhile to remember Gandhi's ability to transcend difference. But it is unfortunate that Dalton's emphasis on this theme had to be at the expense of obscuring Gandhi's critique of modernity in the colonies. After all, Gandhi and Franz Fanon. the other THE blurb on the back cover of this tantalisingty slim volume describes the author as "the foremost scholar on Central Asia" who completed "his entire formal and research education in Delhi" and "also studied in the United States" and eventually "retired from Jawaharlal Nehru University as Professor of Central Asian Studies". For some reason, the discipline of the learned professor is not mentioned; it is therefore not deaf whether the author is a historian, political scientist, economist or sociologist. The blurb on the front cover on the other hand describes the volume as a "study of the positions of China and Russia in Central .Asia up to 1991 when Russia withdrew from there". Such distinguished credentials about a region which has traditionally been poorly understood by the outside world encourage the reader to pick up the book with the legitimate expectation of gaining insights into the developments that have caused a complete transformation of the political and economic landscape of this strategic region in the wake of the demise of the erstwhile Soviet Union in December 1991.

Eastern Europe From State Socialism to Post-Socialist Depression

Post-Socialist Depression Ramnath Narayanswamy The experience of systemic transformation in eastern Europe since 1989 presents several sobering conclusions and despite their provisional nature, they are worth noting: The role of the stale in managing the transition cannot be wished away. The use of ' shock therapy', while admissible in terms of achieving macro-economic stabilisation, can be disastrous if it is concaved in terms of structural transformation. And the element of speed has little to do with the success of the transition.

Regulation Theorists and East European Reform Economics

Regulation Theorists and East European Reform Economics Ramnath Narayanswamy A preliminary balance sheet of the works by regulation theorists on centrally planned economies indicates that the contributions made by these theorists towards advancing our understanding of prevailing forms of crises in the former socialist economies of eastern Europe are indeed substantial.

Causes and Consequences of the East European Revolutions of 1989

European Revolutions of 1989 Ramnath Narayanswamy The grand transformation in central Europe clearly proves the democratic impulse to be more enduring than the socialist impulse. The latter appears to be in a process of dramatic breakdown while the former continues to be on the ascendant, asserting its relevance and reinforcing its determination to exist in a unipolar world by unambiguously conveying the message that it has not outlived its purpose This paper examines three separate yet interrelated issues

Mikhail Gorbachev A Saga of Unintended Consequences

The recent developments in the Soviet Union were the unintended consequences of a reformer who could not quite pull off the revolution he intended, arguably because he worked to unite socialism and democracy in a manner that was not susceptible to the unity he sought.

Albania Economic Disequilibrium and Political Instability

and Political Instability Ramnath Narayanswamy Officially there is no ambiguity in the Albanian response to perestroika in the USSR: it is openly hostile. However, despite such hostility to not only perestroika but also the recent developments in eastern Europe, current indications suggest that the Albanian leadership may be running out of time.

An East European on Eastern Europe-Interview with a Hungarian Economist

backing of the supposedly neutral Ghulam Ishaq Khan, the president of Pakistan, who played a dirty game in the process. He met secretly with the leaders of the MQM and encouraged them to join the COP, He had no business to get involved, but he showed his true colours in the process. The myth that the president was a 'mere' head of state with little ambition was put to rest. MQM had no problem leaving Benazir behind and embracing a combination of parties many of which the MQM leadership and particularly its cadre abhorred. The greatest irony of the union was that the MQM was now willing to sit with the Jamaat Islami, a party which its members despise more than any other.

Soviet and East European Indebtedness

Ramnath Narayanswamy The foreign indebtedness of East bloc countries has reached unprecedented levels, and this problem fits into the larger crisis facing their economies.

SOVIET UNION-Restructuring Socialist Ownership

Restructuring Socialist Ownership Ramnath Narayanswamy The two phases of the Gorbachev reform show that a process of reform can never be a smooth programme moving along a predetermined trajectory. On the contrary the process is often contradictory and inconsistent leading either to amendments of the original reform blueprint or to a redefinition of reform objectives themselves.

SOVIET UNION-Restructuring Socialist Ownership

Restructuring Socialist Ownership Ramnath Narayanswamy The extent to which the pattern of official discourses in the socialist economies of eastern Europe has undergone a change is nowhere more evident than in the current discussions on the nature and future evolution of state ownership.

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