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These Two Stanford Professors Have A Fascinating Theory Of Why Businesses Succeed

According to the management professors, the seemingly baffling occurrence boils down to a simple business principle: knowing when to replicate best practices, versus when to adapt them to different cultures and situations. They refer to this idea as Buddhism vs. Catholicism. To be clear, Sutton and Rao’s argument is not a spiritual one. They simply call upon the two religions to illustrate a cultural dichotomy.
Business Insider

“Religion and consumerism co-exist happily”: Ambi Parameswaran
Are Muslims more open-minded shoppers? How did Akshaya Trithiya become such a big deal? Why has the bindi disappeared from advertisements? These are some of the questions printed on the jacket of Ambi Parameswaran’s latest book ‘For God’s Sake’. The author, who works as advisor at Draftfcb Ulka Advertising, has written several books on brand building, consumer behaviour and strategic brand management in the past. But this one, he says, is the lightest of them all. And we’re inclined to agree; the language is chatty and the pages are full of anecdotes, real brand stories and examples.

Muslims in Liberal Democracies
Harvard professor and Islam expert Jocelyne Cesari looks into the mechanisms of the West’s fear of Islam, and ponders on how the dominant narrative that tends to present Islam as an alien religion can be countered. The integration of Muslim immigrants has been on the political agenda of European democracies for several decades. However, only in the last ten years has it specifically evolved into a question of civic integration closely related to religious identity. In the 1960s and 1970s, the socio-economic integration of immigrants with a Muslim background was the primary focus of academic literature, but with the emergence of the second and third generations, the interest has shifted to political mobilization. Beginning with the Rushdie affair in the United Kingdom and the hijab affair in France from 1989 to present, the spotlight has moved to the legitimacy of Islamic signs in public space, such as dress code, minarets, and halal foods.
Eutopia Institute

Water Seeks Its Own Level
Water seeks its own level simply means quality people of integrity find other quality people of integrity and vice versa. It also means high quality finds high quality and low quality finds low quality. This is true in business and in life. It is a scientific fact: water does indeed reach its own level. It’s also a scientific fact that our bodies are made of 90 percent water. And the Bible says the same thing but like this:“Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. Genesis 1:9
The Washington Informer

Being muslim in UP: Narrow lanes, effervescence and a girlfriend
The best-kept secret in the Alam family is Tanzeer has a girlfriend. He doesn’t mention it at home due to circumspection from being the youngest in a family of six. The oldest brother, 25, wants to marry but says “Pehle behno se nipat jayen (let me marry off the sisters first)”. Tanzeer Alam, officially 18 but less certain of his age otherwise, smiles with the rest of the family when his oldest sibling mentions the sisters. It is not clear if he shares this sense of responsibility.
Business Standard

Atheist, Humanist, Secular: Why Fight Over Labels?
No matter how you look at it, the nontheist movement in the U.S. is experiencing momentous growth. According to a Harris poll, those who profess no belief in a god is at the highest percentage ever recorded. Atheism as an identity is also becoming more mainstream and even politically acceptable, as seen by the fact that most Americans would now vote for an atheist running for president (something that would not have been possible even a few years ago).
Huffington Post




Is Religion Good for Business? New Study Reveals Surprising Link

You might think that religion may deter business, but researchers have now found that the opposite is true. It turns out that businesses with head offices in places with high levels of “religiosity” are less likely to experience stock price crashes as a result of not disclosing bad financial news. The findings reveal that if you’re looking for a business to invest in, you may want to consider one that’s religious.
Science World Report

Zoroastrians mull future at India meeting
The world’s tiny but hugely successful Zoroastrian community will confront a demographic crisis which threatens its very existence when it gathers en masse in its spiritual home of Mumbai this week. The four-day World Zoroastrian Congress, beginning on Friday, brings together followers of one of the world’s oldest religions, many of whom are descended from Persians who fled to India to escape persecution more than 1000 years ago.

Atheists are standing up for religion
The most prominent thinker in the first wave of religion-friendly atheists was Alain de Botton, the Swiss-British author of Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion (2012). De Botton worried that as fewer and fewer of us went to church, temple, mosque or reading room, we would come to lose our sense of being members of a community with responsibilities to one another. We atheists, he wrote, have much to learn from religion about care, compassion, forgiveness and duty. We belittle the inter-personal or social accomplishments of religion at our peril.
The Province

Circumcision of young boys is not a right
It is a basic tenet of human rights law that one right may well conflict with another. The classic case is the right to privacy vs. the right to free speech. Regarding the circumcision of young boys for religious reasons, children’s right to physical integrity conflicts with parents’ right to freedom of religion. As many of its resolutions show, the assembly has been a strong supporter of religious rights. But in this case, when considering the relative weight of the human rights in question, the assembly gave precedence to the rights of children.

To what degree is it reasonable to describe Paganism as ‘a religion’?
What is the relationship between religion and spirituality? These are big questions, by anyone’s standards. When you start out along a Pagan path, these questions may be visible to you and troubling. Equally they may be invisible, which can make the questing a good deal harder. The very nature of Paganism makes tidy answers difficult to find.

Jesus, Christianity And Social Justice
Christianity in India was—and is—not a monolith of social conservatism or progressivism, very much like Europe or elsewhere (as we saw in the preceding discussion). This duality of the Christian tradition continued during the colonial rule and continues still in many visible and invisible ways. Put otherwise, the emergence of phenomena such as the Christian right and Liberation theology have their local versions all over the world. Thus, in regard to India (where 85 per cent Christians are subalterns or dalit-adivasis who embraced the religion in the hope of freedom from caste-class oppression), the Christian leadership has to decide whose legacy it carries and celebrates.

Try Buddha’s eightfold path to restore amity and sanity
Although some might construe Buddhism as an Oriental intrusion intended to discombobulate the predominantly Judeo-Christian culture of the Occident, those who revere the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are most likely to appreciate the contribution that Buddhism could make to remove the mental fetters that have caused much agony and discontentment (dukkha) among people living in a society driven by excessive materialism.
Sri Lanka Guardian

How an atheist deals with Christmas
“Part of my interest in being a vocal atheist is to let more people know that we are out here,” [Ron] Herman said. “We are members of the community and we’re responsible members of the community with integrity like other people. And we strive to do good even though we don’t have gods. I like to let people know, hey, we’re not all believers.”
Albuquerque Journal

A Christian Musician With More Questions Than Answers
Last year, Christianity Today magazine named Josh Garrels’ Love & War & The Sea in Between its album of the year. In 66 minutes, Garrels mentions Jesus exactly once. The album is a lyrical, haunting exploration of what it means to be a Christian.
NPR Music

Muslims will not side with Rahul just because of Modi

The Congress ruse will not longer work on the minorities, and the choice of Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial candidate before the elections, will not register an impact on the voting behaviour of the Muslims. This can be said with considerable certainty for two primary reasons. One, as said earlier the choice of candidate who is as lackluster as Rahul Gandhi will not galvanise the party, any more than it already has. He lacks the qualities of a leader and hence will not be able to make the Congress appear more responsive and more responsible in the few weeks before the general elections. He had ten years that he was unable to turn into gold, clearly lacking the Midas touch that alone would have made a difference. His own incompetence, lack of determination, and naivety (for want of a better word) has failed to infuse new life into the Congress that remains directionless and unable to counter the growing communalism in the country. So a formal declaration will do little on the ground, keeping the electorate as un-enthused as before.
Samay Live

Christianity helps Indian women rise out of poverty, economist finds
A researcher at Washington D.C.’s Georgetown University has found that impoverished women in India are more likely to improve their economic circumstances after converting to Christianity. “Conversion actually helps launch women on a virtuous circle. A woman feels better, she’s part of an active faith community, she works more, she earns more money: the extra money she earns and saves encourages her to earn more and save more and plan and invest in the future,” said Rebecca Samuel Shah, research fellow at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.
Catholic News Agency

Plea against Islamic varsity in Tirupati
The campaign against the Heera International Islamic University, established by Shaik Nowhera near Thondavada at the foot of Tirumala hills, has been renewed with a group of Hindu seers demanding its demolition. At an event billed as Hindu Garjana, organised under the banner of the Tirumala Tirupati Pavitratha Samrakshana Vedika, a platform of pontiffs and activists was formed “to protect the sanctity of the Seven Hills.”
The Hindu

Religion Is Changing, So Why Not Science?
At a glance, many will assume that religions are harder to change than science since, by its very nature, science is constantly prone to change. This is generally true. And yet, there are always strong forces in science pushing for no change, for keeping the status quo. Those who resist major changes in accepted thinking probably believe they are protecting science from non-scientific abusers. Yet, what they often do is resist major shifts in the advancement of science. As Kuhn stated, major paradigm shifts in thinking are vital to forward movement. Without it, science stagnates.
Huffington Post

Angels have no wings, says Catholic ‘angelologist’
Angels exist but do not have wings and are more like shards of light, at least according to a top Catholic Church “angelologist” who says the heavenly beings are now back in vogue thanks to New Age religions. “I think there is a re-discovery of angels in Christianity,” Father Renzo Lavatori told AFP on the sidelines of a conference on angels in a lavishly-frescoed Renaissance palace in Rome.
Hurriyet Daily News

Religion is good for business shows Rotman study
Those looking for honest companies to invest in might want to check out businesses based in more religious communities, suggests a new paper from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. The study found that businesses with head offices in places with high levels of “religiosity” were less likely to experience stock price crashes as a result of not disclosing bad financial news. And it didn’t matter whether those at the top were religious or not. Just being in a town where social norms are influenced by religious codes of behavior was enough to rub off on the companies operating there.
e! Science News

Islamic banking attracting people’s attention
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister Sirajul Haq has said that Islam is a complete code of life and offers solution to every aspect of human life. “Finance is a vital part of our daily life. We will be more comfortable if spend our lives according to Islamic laws,” he said this while addressing the launching ceremony of The Bank of Khyber (BOK) Raast Islamic Banking.
The Nation

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