Resilient Dynamism: What does it mean?



Starting tomorrow, the world’s rich and powerful assemble in Swiss ski resort of Davos for an annual summit that, over the years, has come to mean different things to different people.

Some deride as a millionaire’s cocktail party where a lot gets talked about but not much gets translated into action. Some describe it as an audacious forum where participants are seeking or pretending to seek solutions to problems that they are often a part of. Others see it as a useful platform for constructive networking, new ideas and lively debates on contemporary issues and challenges facing the world.

Be that as it may, this annual summit in the Alps continues to draw the best of minds, entrepreneurs and leaders from around the globe and what they say and do at the five-day event is closely watched for clues, guidance and inspiration.

It is for this reason that one gets more anxious about the future. And the reason lies in the theme of this year’s summit — “resilient dynamism”.

At best it’s a misnomer that means nothing and at worst it mirrors how clueless could the leaders at the summit be about what’s happening to the world around. The theme is as unclear in its meaning as the future of the world economy. Just as we don’t know how bad can it get for the Euro zone and Japan struggling to stave off a recession.

The US has delayed fiscal cliff, but it’s debt crisis is far from over. Into the second quarter of the year, it will likely be forced to take to major spending cuts that will have dampening impact on the growth of the world economy.

There are no indications when and how the emerging economies will get into a stronger recovery track. That leaves China and India, which may still grow at a modest pace but face downside risks emanating from political changes.

Past prescriptions have failed, new ideas are eluding. Perhaps, that is the reason why the organizers have settled for such a vague theme.

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2 Responses to “Resilient Dynamism: What does it mean?”
  1. Aliabbas Petiwala says:

    Wow sadia dehlvi is an epitome of modern mushrik:
    I never miss a Thursday haziri at Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, and usually go for the dua e roshni which is held daily before the sunset prayers. Then I stay on for the prayers and for the qawaali that follows. I go on other days as well. Luckily, I live in the neighborhood so it’s just a hop across. Usually on Sunday mornings, I visit the dargah of Shah Farhad near the Pratap Chowk metro station. That, too, is a very special dargah. My grandfather used to visit it regularly. He commissioned the roof that you see over it. Despite being next to the main road, it’s very peaceful there.

    Then once in two weeks I go to Mehrauli to the dargah of Khwaja Bakhtiar Kaki and on the way back, I also stop at the dargah of Mai Sahiba, the mother of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. Other dargahs that I frequently visit are that of Bibi Fatima Sam and Hazrat Naseeruddin Chiragh Dilli. I have been initiated into the Chishti Sufi order and therefore feel a strong bond with the Chishti Sufis. We believe that the Chishti Masters are God’s friends… “Allah Mohammad chaar yaar, Haji, Khwaja, Qutub Farid… Haq Farid Ya Farid.”
    Besides, I’ve been busy going with her to have the book blessed at the dargahs of Khwaja Qutub, Shah Farhad and Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. I would now like to go to Madinah with the book and offer it to my beloved Prophet.

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  2. Rohan D'Souza says:

    Great piece. Really enjoyed the insight.

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