Conflict Humor: India/Pakistan

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I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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3 Responses to Conflict Humor: India/Pakistan

  1. Victor says:

    Lord Mountbatten did a poor job of carving up the British Raj into India, West Pakistan and East Pakistan.
    The British should have longer and instituted a Federal system like the USA, they made the same mistake in Iraq against Churchill’s advice.

    Lord Mountbatten was an odd bird, a bisexual whose wife was having was have a blatant long term affair with Jawaharlal Nehru.

    from wiki
    In his biography of Mountbatten, Philip Ziegler notes on his ambitious character:

    “His vanity, though child-like, was monstrous, his ambition unbridled. The truth, in his hands, was swiftly converted from what it was, to what it should have been. He sought to rewrite history with cavalier indifference to the facts to magnify his own achievements. There was a time when I became so enraged by what I began to feel was his determination to hoodwink me that I found it necessary to place on my desk a notice saying:
    REMEMBER, IN SPITE OF EVERYTHING, HE WAS A GREAT MAN.”[20]

    He was later blown up by the IRA
    The ultimate Lord Blimp

  2. Absolutely. I studied this history last year. But I guess Britain was pretty war weary and not in the mood to still have Indian commitments. One of my old naval friends told me that Mountbatten had a couple of destroyers sunk from under him, so no one wanted him as a captain. But Partition was a human disaster and we live with its consequences still as you allude to.

  3. There is something rotten in the state of Denmark that may yet save Hamlet. I enjoy working on the world’s problems with you and my honest advice is to stay clear of it for a few weeks and let the dust settle and a clearer view emerge. Danish employment law is very different from US by the way. The case was heard by the President of the Danish High Court personally, and his detailed ruling should be on the net in a few days, based on the other cases there and the lag time for posting. The contents are not quite as per some press releases I understand, but I suspend judgement because, as you kindly observed in my defense, I try to be data driven. And I suspect my readers have had enough of Denmark for the time being.

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