Let us feel happy as we pass through the best era in human history

Media and intellectuals may do everything to scare our wits with a lots of inputs on how the world is fast going only downhill and how everything is going bad, but in reality, world is now far better place than what it used to be.

In 1981, 52% of the world lived in ‘absolute’ poverty. By 2010, this number was down to 21%. Is it not wonderful that 721 million fewer people live in extreme poverty that what they did three decades back?

World illiteracy has more than halved between 1970 and today. Between 2000 and 2012, the number of ‘Out of school’ children around the world has nearly halved, dropping from nearly 100 million to 58 million. This has in turn given rise to so much information creation and dissemination that every two days human being create more information in form of data that was created in all of history till 2003. The intresting fact to prove this speed of data creation comes with a simple illustration that Encyclopedia Britannica that started in 1768 has so far 32 volumes. On the other hand if all the data without images are printed on similar pages the volumes that would come out would exceed 2053 in number. This is increasing with every passing minute.

Increase in literacy has given world a lot more opportunities in form of innovation and resulted in jobs that this momentum will only grow for many more decades to come.

Healthcare facililities and public awareness about health have improved so much that between 1990 and 2010, the percentage of children who died before their fifth birthday dropped by almost half. Even, maternal mortality worldwide has dropped by almost 50% during the same time. Human life expetancy has increased more in the last fifty years than it did in previous 200000 years of human existance. In 1950, life expectancy was just 47 years that increased to 70 years by 2011. It is very heartening to know that dreaded diesease like cancer has also got cure if detected timely. Between 1991 and 2010, the mortality rate of cancer fell by 20% that translates into 10% per decade.

Population growth due to these factors have certainly increased, but inspite of that, since 1961, the amount of food we produce has increased by 25% with about 2% of the world population now producing enough to fill the bellies of every single person on earth with 2800 calories per day.

People dying due to unnatural causes have also seen a sharp drop. Based on the data collected between 2001 and 2008, the rate of homicide is declining in 75% of the nations with total murders almost dropping by 50% in this short time.

Even with so many wars and terror going around us, the statistics show that we are living in one of the most peaceful era of human history. In the 1940s, 300 of every 10000 people would die due to the result of war. This number is now less than 1, a reduction of 99.6%

The most intresting fact of our better living comes with the fact that since the 20th century, the amount of hours that the average person worked have halved dispite wages and productivity increasing almost every year.
Let us continue to work towards making our world a great place for ourselves and the generations to come.

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. Avyukta says:

    Alok, in an era where negativity has become the norm and most people are only able to focus on what is going “wrong” with the world, you, as a leader, have very finely conveyed what is actually going “right” in the world. This blogpost is very inspiring and urges us to look at a half-filled glass against a half-empty glass of water.

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