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Diversifying Diversity

While diversity’s current focus centres predominantly around gender, race, age and disability issues, its cause for equal opportunities for all is indeed noble and much desirable. Yet, there is more to diversity than meets the eye. My endeavour would be to start warming up with anything ranging from case for women drivers in the F1; travel insurance for cancer patients; digital divide; an emerging order around the BRIC; new language pattern et al. Occasionally reaching to exceed the grasp and venture into more esoteric areas.

Now take the instance, the idea of “One country two systems” that Comrade Deng Xiao Ping enunciated (as a rationale for co-existence of the then British colony, within its fold) was far wider in its ramifications. It went beyond the increasingly pink, rather than blood red communism, of Mainland China and the throbbing capitalism of Hong Kong. Home for the most flourishing haven of gambling (Macau); manufacturing hub of the world; fountainhead of the Chinese diaspora that is slowly but steadily, both virtually and physically, beginning to grip worldwide web as well as the real globe. Perhaps also a crucible for an alternate new world order, whatever that it will be!

However, the most profound understatement, in the field, came from Premier Jawaharlal Nehru. “Unity in diversity” sets out to deal with many a simmering melting pots. March of philosophies; languages; races; religions; strife; economic dominance; colonialism and revival. Christopher Columbus first landing on the shores of America sounds like only yesterday, and will continue to simmer as long as mankind exists.

A kaleidoscope not limited to set patterns. That is what to me is diversity. I shall attempt to scratch the surface and explore various forms that become obvious to me. At times a wake-up call to my current profession which tends to take longer to change than others.

I must thank my Institute ( which has given me a wonderful opportunity to think, understand and contribute, in this field, by virtue of my membership to the Diversity Action Group (DAG). I must particularly be grateful to Angela Darling (till recently the Chair of this Group) for encouraging me to spread the word. I have to thank Sivam Subramaniam, Editor-in-Chief of the Asia Insurance Review ( For over last 20 years plus he has allowed me the freedom to experiment with both written and spoken words at various forums across the region, on diverse subjects.

Two is company and three is a crowd. Two or more is diversity. Moreover, one plus one can be more than two, in diversity! That is what makes it such a fascinating exploration.

Please do join in to challenge and facilitate this endeavour into newer forms.

Best regards,


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