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  • Challenges of Multiculturalism

    SOCIETY and RELIGION
    There is a spectre haunting Europe. It is the spectre of multiculturalism. And for some Europeans nostalgic for the global divide of ‘East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet’, this is not an all too comfortable situation. The im...
  • Motivation v Inspiration

    SOCIETY and RELIGION
    According to the founder of the Art of Living Foundation Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in a recent lecture in Jakarta on ethics and business, there is a fundamental difference between motivation and inspiration. And the best way for corporate leaders to practice ...
  • A Quick Fix

    SOCIETY and RELIGION
    The penchant for quick fixes in this country is quite remarkable. Nothing ever seems to be a problem but everything can be arranged (‘bisa diatur’). Hence while the rest of the world has long been busy writing its history and preparing itself for th...
  • Bill Gates: in praise of the computer

    BUSINESS and TECHNOLOGY
    Shaking hands with and talking to one of the world’s most successful men, Bill Gates, I half expected to feel awe at being at such close proximity with a living manifestation of the sum of US$58 billion. It was calculated that Bill Gates makes US$1000 ...

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