10th April 2020 THE WISE LEADER. I received positive reader responses to my last column. (Beware of competence without humility or humanity, BS, 13th March). One reader posed a tricky question: why are so many leaders arrogant if it is obvious that humility is very important?
Think of past crises which delivered dramatic opportunities for India: for example, Quit India (1942), Green Revolution (1964) and Liberalization (1991). Crises excavatesociety’s hidden energy. Even the current crisis shows signs of our society doing ‘impossible’things.
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has a mummified Philadelphia man, who was buried around 1800 and whose body turned into soap. It seems that alkaline water seeped into his casket and combined with his body fat, thus making him into soap. He is called Soapman.