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Reflections on the Journey of a Peace Ambassador, Dr. T.D. Singh*

CASE STUDY, ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
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Reflections on the Journey of a Peace Ambassador, Dr. T.D. Singh

 

Dr. T.D. Singh was born and brought up in the Kingdom of Manipur. Puranas like Mahabharat depict Manipur’s rich sankirtan culture, abounding generations of saintly kings. The Divine Rasa Lila has become today the world famous classical Manipuri dance that recently made it to the UNESCO’s cultural heritage list as reported by TOI (2013).

When Damodara (came to be known later as Dr. Thoudam. Damodara. Singh) was a child, the Japanese army bombed Imphal, the capital of Manipur on Sunday, May 10th 1942 and the sight of warplanes bombing, became a familiar sight for child Damodara. The WW II thus greatly affected the quiet and peaceful valley of Manipur and since then the once aristocratic state could never develop economically. Daily hardship without basic amenities is a common feature of the state even today. Still, in the midst of these calamities the state could sustain its rich Sankirtan art and culture.

So Damodara’s journey begins in the midst of war. He was hardly five years old when the whole of Manipur valley was endangered by war. People had to leave their  homes for shelter elsewhere. His father relocated the family to a small barrack to shelter them from the bombs and other dangers of warfare (Exhibit I)....................

Exhibit I: Barrack where Damodara was Shifted, 1942

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Reflections on the Journey of a Peace Ambassador, Dr. T.D. Singh

 

Synopsis

This case study demonstrates the importance of humanness quality, how it can help to achieve excellence and transform adversities to opportunities. Dr. T.D.  Singh’s journey highlighting humanness exemplifies the art of implementing vision in the midst of challenges. His journey as a Peace Ambassador guides specifically to despondent intellectuals and underprivileged from remote areas about the nature of the changing phenomenal world as progressively challenging. Respect and cooperate with Cosmic order (Rta) when things go beyond control, as it makes way for humbleness, calmness and steadiness to pursue goal with success. His journey has a message. Human intellect is developed through advancement of knowledge as well as from the lessons one learns in life under cosmic order. Through developed intellect, one can progress towards excellence in human life which ultimately culminates into enlightened servant-leadership or personality. This makes way to work calmly and relentlessly in the midst of adversities for a noble cause by using one’s knowledge or talent for the betterment of  humanity and consequently fulfill one’s purpose of existence.

What is the scope of this case study and relevance of scientist Peace Ambassador in today’s context?

Prerequisite Conceptual Understanding

This case study presupposes an understanding of the significant role of human attitudes during varied circumstances. For example, there are instances where an elevation to top position leads to more greed for power and dominion followed by exploitation, anger and later violence. This temperament inhibits adopting a rational and thoughtful approach while dealing with problematic issues. So there need to be a conceptual understanding of skills/knowledge on one side and inner attitudes, values, emotions or feelings that has direct influence on application of knowledge and over the task performed. Subsequently the importance of Humanness and Peace Ambassador can be appreciated as they lay crucial foundation for enlightened and wisdom servant-leadership.

The audience can read the following book to get connected with expressed concepts:

  • • Chakraborty S.K, “The Management and Ethics Omnibus”, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2005

 

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • • Understand a true scientist’s mindset towards research and problems and accordingly guide the intellectuals towards a meaningful vision
  • • Appreciate the humanness outlook of Dr. T.D. Singh in the midst of achievements
  • • Recognize the wide scope and effect of humanness at intellectual domain beyond general social work
  • • Appreciate the relevance of Dr. T.D. Singh’s work today, the value of inner and outer Peace and consequently the need of true Peace Ambassador

 

Case Positioning and Setting

This case study is positioned to guide visionaries and thinkers amongst students, research Scholars and corporate to fine-tune their vision before translating it into reality. The case study also serves as a valuable guide for individuals and professionals who are constantly put up with pressures and challenging situations in education career, corporate jobs and Research studies; leaving them despondent, confused and disillusioned about their profession and life sometimes causing irreversible health disorder or mid-life crisis or abuse of life.

Assignment Questions

The case seeks answers to the following questions:

  • I. What guidelines does a Peace Ambassador’s journey provide for dealing with complex problems and situations?
  • II. What education Dr. T.D. Singh’s research career is providing for intellectuals pursuing research?

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Abstract

Through the illustrious journey of Dr. T.D. Singh; a Peace Ambassador and a multifaceted intellectual personality from an economically backward state Manipur; this case study aims to demonstrate the importance of humanness and excellence as significant enablers to transform varied adversities to opportunities. His journey as a Peace Ambassador conveys especially to the despondent intellectuals and underprivileged about the nature of the changing phenomenal world as progressively challenging, but working against cosmic order (Rta) or giving up is not the option. Instead, his journey exemplifies, that one must work calmly and relentlessly for a noble cause by using one’s knowledge or talent for the betterment of humanity and thereby fulfill one’s very purpose of existence through joyful experiences. His journey highlights individual social responsibility or ISR amidst any circumstances as a direct outcome of humanness.
What is the scope of this case study and relevance of scientist Peace Ambassador in today’s context? How does Dr. T.D. Singh serve as a role model for the intellectual community?



Pedagogical Objectives

  • To examine the scientist side of Dr. T.D. Singh’s life with regard to his approach to Research, Problems and Peace
  • To appreciate the humanness outlook of Dr. T.D. Singh in the midst of achievements
  • To recognize the scope and effect of humanness in varied professions beyond so called social work
  • To examine the relevance of Dr. T.D. Singh’s work today and consequently the need of true Peace Ambassador

Case Positioning and Setting
This case study can be used for guiding visionaries amongst students, research Scholars and corporate to fine tune their vision and translating it into reality. The case study is also suited for individuals and professionals who are constantly put up with pressures and challenging situations in education career, corporate jobs and Research work which is leaving them confused and disillusioned about their profession and life sometimes causing irreversible health disorder or mid-life crisis or abuse of life.


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