Tuesday, January 24, 2017

OPS (Other Person’s Shadow) Syndrome


Stepping into the shoes of a towering, historic leader is no easy task – especially if those are the shoes of a Charismatic, Legendary, Towering demigoddess who had created history in life (and death).

Yet, a person who was never perceived as an independent decision maker, always known as a trusted lieutenant, a humble loyalist, a stop gap leader – has silently played a very important role in supporting the historic student movement to preserve the cultural identity of the Tamil community. 

In the current harsh, sensitive political scenario, filling the void left by a legendary leader, amidst burning cultural issues and sensitive youth ideologies, walking a tightrope balancing the Centre, State & party politics is almost like skating on thin ice or walking a minefield. One wrong move and things could spiral out of control.

Sensing the mood of the student rising, understanding emotions, meeting them the very evening, flying out to Delhi, meeting the PM, convincing the various departments, enabling the drafting of legal papers for the President and the Judiciary, getting it signed, flying back to explain the situation to the protesters, assuring them of tabling the law the next day at the assembly, doing it the next day, managing the press, and most important of all – not compromising safety when intelligence warned on infiltration of antisocial elements is surely a commendable task – given the sheer enormity of the situation.

He does have his critics for his ‘Mixture’ of late actions, subdued reactions, for his affinity for being a shadow or his fancy for women’s feet – yet, these, in my personal opinion are nemesis of anyone emerging out of persona cult based organisation, specifically in a phase of leadership transition. I do think it a Cultural Cognition Projection, where researchers look into “the tendency of individuals to conform their beliefs about disputed matters of fact … to values that define their cultural identities”.

Will he survive amidst the murky political fascists waiting for a chance both within and outside his own party, will he get away from the ugly tentacles of corruption charges, will he survive the power hungry coteries of caste party politics – only time will tell, but for now, Mr.Chief minister, you have done us proud and truly emerged out of the OPS syndrome.

(Caveat): I am no Political expert nor any party aficionado and hence this is a common man's view on the current scenario. But I have been at senior positions in the corporate world - especially at huge corporate groups to talk about leadership and transition. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Big Five Oh!

Turning 50 (The Big Five Oh!) was supposed to be a momentous occasion – a milestone of sorts. My parents called in to advice a visit to the family deity (for an Ayushomam, which was supposed to ensure a smooth passage for the next 50), Wifey and daughter had planned a secret party rounding up quite a few of my close friends and relatives for an eventful evening and dinner.  

Honestly, for me, 50 was just another number.  Agreed, fifty may be too late to embark on a career as a F1 driver or aspire to win the Wimbledon, but it’s quite a good age to think about establishing a new business, spending more time in the wilderness with my photo gear, a great age to pursue flying, writing more for blogs & magazines.

Incidentally there are some great perks that come with that age . . . secrets are safe with my friends (unless I post them on FB or whatsaap) because they can’t remember them either. Kidnappers are not very interested in people of my age, for all you know, they may be asked to keep me themselves. In a hijack or a hostage situation I am likely to be released first.

Actually, I am perhaps more me than at any time in my life. I am playing tennis, badminton and golf, for example, because I love the game, not to be fit and sexy, and if I feel like stopping, I can. Likewise with my apparel, I wear what I want and feel comfortable in, rather than aspiring to make a fashion statement – and nobody minds it.

Lastly, there’s this spiritual or religion thing that I’ve never ever attempted to take a deeper look at and am being told its time I did. Presumably there's a happy heavenly eternal afterlife where you get to be reunited with our loved ones – if true, I don’t have a huge problem with the whole limited-time-on-earth concept.

Then there’s the other school of thought on reincarnation – no problem with this one either – great if I can start all over again. But for now, there are a few more decades, before its time to think of an afterlife and find the awareness of impending mortality – enough inspiration to enjoy every moment of the next few decades!

So, Just half a century under my belt. Wonder what will happen in the next fifty. At the speed the world works now, we'll all be living out Star Wars for real . . . can’t wait to get my hands on those groovy Jet Packs !!!