Monday, April 20, 2009

Interesting exchange at Calculated Risk regarding Indian culture

Bob Dobbs

" El Cliffo wrote on Mon, 04/20/2009 - 9:49am.
Headline in the UK Telegraph: Indian business students snap up copies of Mein Kampf .

"Sales of Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler's autobiography and apologia for his anti-semitism, are soaring in India where business students regard the dictator as a management guru."

Well, that explains tech support."

"I have a friend, a retired lawyer-turned-mediator who lived in India for a couple of years. Year before last he and his wife were invited to return and give a couple of workshops on mediation techniques in Bangalore and another town -- one to a chamber of commerce, another at a law school. He noted after that "trying to see the other guy's point of view" was considered weakness by most Indian males! Who would say so openly in class. A couple of women came up to him afterwards and said "We've been waiting years for this!"


It would appear that certain aspects of 20th century history are missing from the Indian educational system, at least in some places. Not to say that the US doesn't have its share of neo-Nazi's; but Hitler's written words aren't getting mainstream publication.

The second anecdote is worth noting if you might be doing business in India.

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