MY LETTER IN JUST OUT ISSUE OF BUSINESS TODAY DATED 23RD OCT 2016

MY LETTER IN JUST OUT ISSUE OF BUSINESS TODAY DATED 23RD OCT 2016


A Big Salute to the Role Models of 2016


This refers to your special edition on women in business (The Most Powerful Women in Business, October 9). You have appropriately highlighted the achievements of the select 30, who have reached glorious heights. They have risen to the top against all odds. You are reminded of the lines coined by William Congreve, an English playwright and poet: “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.” These women were initially not given their due place and respect, but later proved their mettle to reach their exalted positions. Right from the start of their lives, women are asked to play multiple roles in their lives. I believe women are far superior to men because of their strong and robust mental ability to deal with tough situations. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that some of the global women leaders have proved to be immensely successful showing their true grit. To sum it up, this issue will compel your readers to make efforts to excel in their fields and set examples for generations to come. It strongly gives the message that women can stand out in any profession. In any field, women have equal capabilty to excel. In fact, sometimes they prove to be better than men at certain tasks. Indeed, it would not be an exaggeration to say that some women have been role models for societies and nations at large. My salute to these women and to the BT team for bringing out an excellent issue.


J.S. Broca, New Delhi, JSB 5TH OCT 2016


 

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  1. Jatinder Pal Singh Broca says:

    THIS IS WHAT I HAD ACTUALLY WRITTEN TO BT:
    Your Issue on Powerful Women in Business
    Dear Sir,
    This refers to your Excellent Cover Story “The Most Powerful Women In Business” (BT 9TH October 2016) highlighting the achievements of the select 30 who made it to your coveted list busting a few myths including the one like breaking the glass ceiling in traditionally male dominated bastions and reaching glorious heights!
    From the absorbing stories we find a few examples of women who rose to the top just to prove the famous lines coined by William Congreve an English playwright and poet: “Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned”. These women were initially not given their due place and respect but later proved their mettle to gain their exalted positions. Kudos to them!
    While it is not so easy being a woman, it is definitely never so being a woman achiever. Right from the start of their lives, women are handed down to play multiple roles in their lives, often treated as a ‘fairer sex’, but in fact, women are much more superior among the human species because of their strong and robust mental abilities to deal with tough situations. It comes as no surprise therefore that some of the global women leaders in the world in India and in several other countries have proved to stand head to head against their male counterparts, showing their true grit.
    An oft quoted saying attributed to Marsha Sinetar: “Change can either challenge or threaten us but your beliefs pave your way to success or block you” proves true in a few cases out of these women who rose to pinnacles of glory. (Dr. Marsha Sinetar is an organizational psychologist, mediator, and writer who for the past several years she has been increasingly immersed in the study of self-actualizing adults.)
    Some more equally famous quotes on success of women came to my mind as I read the Special Issue and I shared them with my students on Facebook. Reproduce them if you like them:
    1. “Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” – Anne Sweeney. (She is an American businesswoman and was formerly the co-chair of Disney Media, President of the Disney–ABC Television Group, and the President of Disney Channel)
    2. “You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” – Rosalynn Carter. (The wife of the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, and the First Lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981)
    3. “Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” –Dr. Mae Jemison (Mae Jemison is an American physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African-American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour)
    To sum it up, this issue will compel your readers to make efforts to excel in their fields and set examples for the generations to come. It strongly gives the message that be it any field, women have equal and sometime better capability to excel along with men. In fact It would be no overstatement if one says that some women have been role models for the societies and nations at large. My 10 Guns Salute to these women and a Big Salaam to the BT Team for coming out with a paisa vasool issue!!

    J S BROCA
    New Delhi
    26th Sept 2016

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