History repeats itself

I am passionate about history. I like reading and knowing more and more I can at every given opportunity to know history. I clearly remember that I hated the subject of ‘History’ when I was in school. The dates and names were so scary to remember that I always fumbled. The only option was mugging them up to somehow pass my exams. I am sure, the intend of the creators of this subject was not to force kids into mugging up something that make no sense to them and something that they may possibly never use in their life at any point of time. I had no idea where Makrana was from where the marble for Taj Mahal was brought. I had no interest either, but had little choice to mug it up by punning Makrana with ‘Mar Jana’ that means ‘To Die’ in my mother tongue Hindi. It was an apt analogy as History was so dreaded to me.

history-repeats-itself-gun-control-posterlYears rolled by and as I grew up, my father and we two brothers developed a great bonding. Just because his job was of a different kind, it required him to know more about the past and present of the place and incidents. In early eighties when I was old enough to understand many things, he used to tell me stories of the division of India and what was India before that. More interestingly he told me specific incidents of the 1971 war that started creating a sense of curiosity in me. He used to spend a lot of his time reading several newspapers. Once he would finish them and if we were free from our studies, he would pick up some topic of history and talk about it and answered our questions. Eventually, I started reading books that I found in libraries that would help me douse my curiosity about the partial stories my father told me. Each book ended up igniting more such queries and I became an avid reader. A habit that I carry till date and continue to douse my curiosity that seems to be never ending. My father also told me on many occasions that most of the history as we know today is written by those who were the rulers and the victors. In most cases, true history was suppressed and rewritten, only to be revisited when societies were destroyed as a consequence.

Contrary to the childhood believe that history is a wasteful subject I realized later that it is probably one of the most important subject that every person should know more and more about. The subject is extremely interesting and fun once you get addicted to it and helps broaden one’s knowledge beyond boundaries.  I realized later that those individuals and societies who lack knowledge of history continue to commit same mistakes that harmed their forefathers. I have seen nations and societies disintegrating because their law makers did not learn anything from history. One such example that comes in my book ‘Spy from Unaula’ has been the India Pakistan division and subsequent wars. History has always taught that spreading and teaching hatred would only multiply the negative consequence that would only get doused with huge destruction. The Pakistani government did not learn when they created hatred between Punjabis and Bengalis of Pakistan. A third party India took advantage by dividing them and reducing the threat to India. Pakistan government did not learn even after that and continued to support terrorists and continues to suppress other ethnic groups. While this all will certainly lead to further division and destruction, the ultimate sufferers will be the people who choose to remain silent. My book ‘Spy from Unaula’ took such leaves out of history to illustrate how we suffer just because we choose to remain ignorant.

It is a famous proverb ‘History repeats itself’. If it repeats for good cause, it is most welcome, but we must ensure that this repetition of history does not bring miseries and destruction to the mankind.

My book finally has been converted to a Kindle friendly eBook that is available on Amazon, Google and Newshunt.

Do not allow history to repeat itself for bad. Try to repeat the history for good.

 

Alok Kumar

Alok Kumar is Managing Partner of SRKay Consulting group, a private equity company, nurturing innovative ventures. Alok also serves on the board of ICCL (Indian Clearing Corporation Limited - A subsidiary of BSE- Bombay Stock Exchange) as an external advisor for technology and information security. Prior to this, Alok had been Managing Director of Sears IT & Management Services India Private Limited (SHI) since its inception in December 2009 and served in the same position till very recently. Having been in senior IT management positions in Fortune 500 companies, Alok has won several national and international awards. Alok is instrumental in planning and setting up SHI and thereafter growing it to a multi-locational thousand-plus people organization. Over the last five years, with his strategic vision, Alok helped SHI grow roots in India, develop and support technology applications and infrastructure across core mainframe, cutting edge e-Commerce and big data technologies. With his unique people-oriented transformational leadership style, Alok turned SHI into one of the most valued investments of Sears, garnering great ROIs, and creating value much beyond cost arbitrage. Under his tutelage, SHI has filed two patents and is recognized widely for its best practices in various areas, the latter, currently featured in Indian Institute of Management (IIM) case studies. SHI also became a CMMI Level 3, PCMM Level 3, and ISO 20000 certified organization. Alok is a widely acclaimed corporate leader in India today. He regularly participates and leads various forums as a keynote speaker and is an author of several books in different genres. Alok has several awards to his credit. He is particularly known in the industry for his people management skills and innovative ideas in improving the productivity of employees through unique people practices. He has been credited with the following industry awards: ¬ Emerging Leader of the Year award 2013 by IndiasGreatest.com ¬ Game Changer CEO of the Year 2013 (SHRM) ¬ CIO 100 - The Bold CIOs - 2008 (Reliance Infosolutions) ¬ CIO - Ones to Watch Award 2008 (Reliance Industries) ¬ Extended Manager Award - CIOL 2004 (Tata Teleservices) As an able leader of SHI, Alok got SHI recognized widely in the industry with the following several awards: ¬ CII Award for HR Best Practices in 2014 ¬ Global Excellence in Outsourcing Award - AIOP (Phoenix 2013) ¬ IT Innovation Award (Design & Engineering) - Computer Society of India 2012 ¬ Golden Company of the Year - Economic Times 2011-12 ¬ 7th Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Mumbai, India) 2013: • ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ Award • ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with business • HR Leadership Award • Talent Management Award by Bloomberg TV India ¬ Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Singapore, Asia) 2013: • 7th rank in ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ award • Award for ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with the business • HR Leadership Award Other recognitions: Alok had served on the distinguished panel of NASSCOM's GIC (Global In-house Centers) National Council members. The council members play a key role in major initiatives of the industry and include the torch bearers of IT industry as panel members. Books and Papers: Alok is an established author, with three books to his credit. Alok’s third and latest book, a novel, “The Spy from Unaula” is a 2015 publication. A handwriting analysis enthusiast, Alok collaborated with his wife Nandani on the book, “Handwriting Speaks” in 2006. “Value Sourcing – Future of IT Outsourcing” was co-authored with Keith Sherwell (currently CIO, Altice USA) and was released in 2013. Alok also researched and published two whitepapers: a. “Creating next generation captives” talks about the best practices that are helping generate higher value from the IT company captives.

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  1. Nevertheless, while it is often remarked that “History repeats itself,” in cycles of less than cosmological duration this cannot be strictly true.

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