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

CASE STUDY, ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
ET Cases - FLAME, 23 Pages
AUTHOR(S) : Dr. Suhas Chavan, Sinhagad Institute of Business Management, Mumbai and Jayanti Ranganathan Chavan, Dr. T.D. Singh’s Institute of Science and Religion, Navi Mumbai

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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)....................

Translating Vision into Reality – Year (1977-2006)

Swami Prabhupada blessed and empowered Dr. T.D. Singh to translate latter’s vision into reality and made him the director of International Bhakti Vedanta Institute in the year 1974 when the institute was founded. With a clear vision of uniting Science and Religion, he invested his life for a higher cause and took up the challenging responsibility to synthesize both the domains to promote world peace. To begin with, he felt the need to create a platform for mutual dialogue among scientists, academicians and religious leaders to facilitate opportunity to learn from each other and thereby broaden their respective views on varied subjects relevant to mankind............

Dr. T.D. Singh’s Multifarious Actions (Information Summary)

• Education – Holistic and Balanced

Dr. Singh said, ‘“Our goal is to make our students as worthy and exemplary citizens of the society so that they can cope with changing sceneries and landscapes in their life’s journey with confidence and dignity.”(Singh, 2008, p.44)

He started a network of schools between 1979 and 1996 in north-eastern India, with the hopes of training the future scientists and philosophers of the world, where over 6000 students receive a modern education (CBSE board) along with communication skills, moral, ethical and spiritual values through extracurricular activities involving symposia, seminars and debating competitions................

• Healthcare

In 1995, Dr. T.D. Singh opened the Nature Cure and Yogic Sciences Hospital for providing healthcare to both the public and the pilgrims..............

First International Conference on the Study of Consciousness within Science, San Francisco, USA, February 17 and 18, 1990

More than 400 scientists and scholars participated in the First International Conference on the Study of Consciousness within Science held at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco. (Exhibit XI) The participants deliberated on the scientific study of consciousness in different academic disciplines. Nobel Laureates Sir John Eccles and Prof. George Wald delivered the keynote addresses..............

AISSQ Students’ Conference

Besides, international conferences, Dr. Singh initiated an annual conference - ‘All India Students’ Conference on Science and Spiritual Quest,’ in the year 2005 in order to propagate the synthesis of science and spirituality among youth. As part of the quest, he also launched an annual nationwide essay competition on topic ‘’India should focus on a Balanced Growth of Scientific Temper and Spiritual Wisdom’’ to............

Seminars/Symposium

Dr. Singh also organized seminars at important institutions like Stanford University, USA; Indian Institute of Science, India; AIIMS, India; Indian Institute of Technology(all major IITS), India; University of Padova, Italy; National University of Singapore; Federal University of Campina Grande, Brazil ; Medical College, Suva, Fiji; Udayana University, Bali.............

Peace March after Bomb Blast

Dasi (2006)...Dr. Singh set a precedent by leading a Peace March after he was injured during the Bomb blast on August 16th 2006 at Imphal Manipur(Exhibit XV:). On August 19th, 2006, via his secretary he sent email message to all his well-wishers. Singh (2006)....He conveyed “Though I have difficulty with my injured hand, I am able to move and trying to go places as the situation needs so.............

Case Study – A Learning and Transformative Experience

For us this case study was akin to an intellectual and mental tour into every phase of Dr. T.D. Singh life at micro and macro level. Although it was not possible to present many components of his journey in this case study, but for us it was essential to study/recall and reflect even those elements lest we would not do justice in presenting subjective opinions for the data gathered. It was a question of internalisation of some of his situations and trying to inquire what would we do then.............

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Exhibits

Exhibit I: Barrack where Damodara was Shifted, 1942

Exhibit II: Important Events in Dr. T.D. Singh’s Life (1937–1976)

Exhibit III: Press Coverage of the 3-day International Conference on ‘Life comes from Life’, October 1977, Vrindavan, India

Exhibit IV: Dr. T.D. Singh’s Multifarious Activities to Promote World Pea

Exhibit V: Schools Exhibits

Exhibit VI: Ranganiketan Tour Posters

Exhibit VII: Conferences Exhibits

Exhibit VIII: Partial List who Participated in First World Congress

Exhibit IX: Partial List of Thought Leaders who Participated

Exhibit X: Dr. Robert Muller, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, gifting Dr. T.D. Singh a UN flag, 1997 world congress, Kolkata

Exhibit XI: Partial List of Scientists and Scholars Participated in the First International Conference on the Study of Consciousness within Science

Exhibit XII: Seminars/Symposiums (Partial List)

Exhibit XIII: Round-table Conference on ‘Uniting for a Culture of Peace in a Time of Crisis’ of World Religious Leaders, UN Plaza, New York (2001)

Exhibit XIV: Peace Building Dialogue (Partial List)

Exhibit XV: Injured Dr. Singh Leads Funeral cum Peace March at Imphal, Manipur after Bomb Blast (left), (right) in Hospital (2006)

Exhibit XVII: Publications List

Exhibit XVIII: Dr. A.P.J. Kalam Receiving 675 Pages Proceedings Publications from Dr. T.D. Singh

Annexures

Annexure I: Ranganiketan Cultural Troupe (Appreciations)

Annexure II: Tributes by Thought Leaders(partial)

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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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