Ajit Kumar Ghorai by Arun Roy

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Ajit Kumar Ghorai by Arun Roy

  1. 1. AJIT KUMAR GHORAI (MY GRANDFATHER)Leadership Biography, Arun Roy, Spring2012
  2. 2. Biographical Sketch Lost his father when he was in University Supported mother and raised siblings Completed Math Undergrad, Econ Masters at Calcutta University Joined civil service, first at state level, then at federal Became a senior government official by retirement
  3. 3. Domain Integration Self, Career & Community  Self & Community – commitment to traditions and nation  Career – devoted to rural development  Used abilities (Self) and access and connections (Work) to deepen Community contributions  E.g., pursued linguistics hobby, set up French language school and in the process became connected to a prominent Indian linguist
  4. 4. Domain Integration Self, Career & Community  E.g., lobbied government for funding for cash-starved medical college  E.g., helped arrange funding for homeless shelter  E.g., taught at a college for government officers after retirement
  5. 5. Domain Integration Home & Self  E.g., spirituality – together with wife became a follower of a saint  E.g., romantic expressions – wrote beautiful letters and poems to his wife
  6. 6. Balancing Domains Refused to sacrifice Self to further Career  E.g., refused to take bribes  E.g., refused to bow to political pressure Refused to sacrifice Home to further Career  E.g., somehow children never had to skip a year of school, despite frequent transfers
  7. 7. Lessons Learned Choice of profession can be key to domain integration Clever approaches can help integrate domains Improve by integrating Career and Home

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