GROWTH - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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GROWTH - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

At an individual level, greed blinds us to what makes us ugly. But when greed is institutionalised on society, it can blind our collective conscience, legitimise rationalisation and counter the benefits of economic growth to society.

Read Viswa's opening statement kicking off a lively panel discussion at the inaugural St Gallen Symposium Singapore Forum, the first of its kind outside the annual global conference held in Switzerland. Minister of Prime Minister's Office, Chan Chun Sing delivered the keynote address, cautioning on the pitfalls of becoming a 'yardstick society'.

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Multiculturalism * Ideology vs Pragmatism

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Multiculturalism * Ideology vs Pragmatism

It was 1965. I was six years old. My mother had asked me to go to the provision shop a few doors away to get some groceries. The owner was a mild mannered, middle aged Indian Muslim man who I knew only as “uncle”. As usual while he was gathering the groceries I was walking about the shop, restless. My eye caught a flag on a bamboo stick hanging outside the shop. From the colours I could tell it was the Pakistani flag. This intrigued me.

I asked “uncle” why he would put up the Pakistani flag when he was a citizen of India where his wife and children reside. He told me it was because he was Muslim.

This was my first big lesson in multiculturalism.

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Some Hard Truths About Race

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Some Hard Truths About Race

Singapore's race relations were put under a microscope in an exhaustive survey recently. The results showed that although Singaporeans are generally open to other races in the public sphere, they are not so in the private sphere. After half a century of encouraging racial harmony, why this disharmony? Can race ever be wished away? Is race utopia ever possible? PN Balji chats with Viswa.

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Viswa's Parliamentary Speech on Preschool Education

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Viswa's Parliamentary Speech on Preschool Education

MOTION By Viswa Sadasivan (Nominated Member)

PRESCHOOL EDUCATION : That this House, with a view to better preparing our children for school and life, urges the Government to conduct a comprehensive review of pre-school education in Singapore by rationalising issues of continuity to formal schooling, variance in standards and fees, and equal opportunities. 

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The Ideas Man

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The Ideas Man

HE IS normally clean-shaven. But when I met him, Mr Viswa Sadasivan had something close to a french beard.

He had lost his father a few weeks earlier and, as part of the mourning ritual, Mr Sadasivan had grown a beard.

When the mourning period ended, the beard gave way to the new look.

"Maybe it will be gone by the time I return from my holiday in Melbourne with Audresy (his wife) and Maya (his daughter)," he said with a laugh on the eve of their trip to Australia.

For nearly two hours we chatted. He spoke about his maiden speech in Parliament, his plans as a Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP), his work as a consultant, his family and his late father...

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