Rajeshwar Upadhyaya, Editor-in-Chief, The Leadership Review

Rajeshwar Upadhyaya, Editor-in-Chief, The Leadership Review

March 8, 2016

It is proud moment for the TLR Team to bring to a select audience a full-fledged narrative on making live the stories we captured in print. These are a remarkable collection of individuals, by no means even a representative sample, who have through courage, audacity and hopefulness thrown fresh light on the idea of leadership for everyday application.

 Hamlet has struggled, in the Shakespearean play, with the idea of decisive choice. “Whether it is nobler in the mind to bear the strings and arrows of outrageous fortune OR to take up arms against a sea of troubles and end them?”

 It is very generally decided in favour of ‘arms against a sea of troubles’.  There is romance in the dilemma and much poetry surrounds that sentiment in subsequent literature. The world has learnt pragmatic lessons in the meanwhile. The world moved on through war, starvation, inequality and exploitation; has created nuclear capacity for large-scale destruction. Technology has brought in incredible ways to harm and hurt. The Hamlet dilemma no longer exists. The US spent $1.3 trillion before they could, serendipitously, get to Osama Bin Laden. $1.3 trillion at that time was the GDP of India.

 Sixth century BC was a remarkable time on earth. You had Buddha, Mahavira, Confucius, Lau Tsu, Hiraclitus as contemporaries. The lessons then taught have not been superseded. These sages chose another response to the Hamlet dilemma. They chose suffering, personal reflection, social and moral good, courage. Buddha for one did suggest that ‘it is noble in the mind to bear the slings and arrows’ and then went on to explore the meaning of suffering and found none, except as a human construct having no lasting legitimacy.

On that time line you hit the renaissance and subsequently, rampant, rapacious industrialisation. The uncompromising belligerence of colonialism and exploitation funded by Darwinism and the survival of the fittest. Nietzsche gave it a voice and the energy that culminated in the two world wars. It took a good fifty years to build up what was so comprehensively destroyed.

Once again we are at crossroads with the word terrorism itself becoming global. Fissiparous tendencies gaining ground in so many nations in the world. Amongst the overarching narrative of mixed feelings of despair and hope, the Ideatum is an attempt to share the light gleaned from individuals who have put their shoulders to the task and committed to doing good where they are; in their own manner. This is the new synthesis that we must navigate the temporary but viscous antitheses.

Amongst the staggering statistics of despair around poverty, child and maternal mortality, starvation, deathly global disparity, I find reasons for hope. Our solutions have to be constructed around “sarve bhavantu sukhi naha…”. Let the whole world experience happiness and peace.

 The Ideatum — TLR Live is an attempt to celebrate that.