Collaboration @ Corporates – An Integration of Feminine & Masculine

Collaboration – there was a time this word was relatively new in Corporate India. That was when the masculine form of leadership was prevalent. Authority, power, decisiveness, clarity (masculine traits and all of which are required) came into force……and the feminine aspects of leadership of nurturing, collaboration, patience, staying with ambiguity – were in the shadow. As there is rise in the consciousness of the feminine in society, corporates and their chieftains started adopting the feminine – atleast in words. Often, we hear Leaders prescribing – “collaborate with your colleagues,…

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Weddings Apart!

“The make-up is too dark, makes her look artificial”, said the bride’s aunt.  “How many bangles are you wearing?”, said another aunt – counting the gold bangles assiduously without waiting for an answer – perhaps also making correlations tolas the bride is wearing. Another one buzzing in takes a look at the bride and adjusts her hair gives her another look and says – “that’s better!”, the magical touch? Lakshmi, the bride smiling appropriately through all this – finely subjecting herself to judgmental evaluations. “Where is the ‘boy’?” – mother…

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मज़ाक़ बनाते नहीं, ख़ुद बनते ये नेता

ज़ुबान ज़रा सी फिसली और अर्थ का अनर्थ हो जाता है। कभी-कभी ये जाने-अनजाने हो जाये तो फिर भी समझा जा सकता है, पर आजकल राजनीति में इसकी मनमुताबिक आजमाइश ज़ोर-शोर से हो रही है। जबसे बरसों से जमी-जमाई राजनीति की दुकान पर पब्लिक ने ताला सा जड़ दिया है, हर दूसरे राजनेता ने अपनी ढफली अपना राग बजाना शुरू कर दिया है यहाँ अपने को मार्केट में बनाये रखने की ख़ातिर। बेहद आसान है, सरकार के विरोध करने के लिये बस कुछ ना कुछ अनर्गल कहना । इसी का…

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Empowering the Excluded – A Peek into Transforming India

It was lunch break at the gender diversity & inclusion workshop I was facilitating. The participants, a bunch of women rapidly trooped towards the factory cafeteria. We were discussing excitedly the company’s new Gender diversity & Inclusion policy and there was a sense of optimism, sorority and confidence. As the women reached the entrance of the cafeteria, they slowed down, hesitated, cast their eyes down and stooped. There were men everywhere in the cafeteria! This incident prompted me to look at Gender equality at – Self and System level. If…

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Understanding Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana

Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana is one of the cornerstones of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao initiative by Government of India which was announced by PM Modi on 22 January 2015. This Yojana encourages parents to save funds for the future education and marriage expense for girl child. It is basically a saving scheme for girl’s future, with relatively high rate of interest. The scheme has been well accepted by the masses in wake of the financial security and independence it would provide to the girl child as well as her parents…

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Why the struggle for Women Empowerment is a never ending process?

Woman empowerment is not a tangible thing; it is a feeling, a mindset and behavioral change that society, including women, need to bring within themselves. For some, women empowerment is all about money – a wealthy or well-settled husband and for some it is about making your mark in the society, becoming a ‘self-made’ woman (cliché is ‘a self-made man’). Woman empowerment does not mean women should be ranked above men, women empowerment means; women should be placed equal to men. Women empowerment does not mean pampering women with freebies,…

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