Jan 15, 2007

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King 1994 Man of the Year cover "I have a dream"

Martin Luther King Jr's contribution to the US prosperity is staggering. By opening up the gates of virtually all institutions to the minorities, he had laid the very foundation of diversity. This diversity is the reason for the US competitiveness.

Once the gates to the institutions were opened, the talent flowed in. The people of all colors, nationalities, and background brought their skills, perspectives, and talents to make the US the country it is today.

This greatness is acknowledged in the US. We celebrate his birthday each year in the month of January. Virtually every city in the country has at least a major street or school named after him. But we have also underestimated his contribution. These schools and streets are in the predominantly black or minorities neighborhoods. I wish he was a bit more mainstream. Understanding his dream is the very first step towards realizing the potential of the individual, society, and corporations.

King is known as a "black Gandhi" in Mumbai -- primarily because he too subscribed to the non-violent teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. I look up to both of them with gratitude for making it possible for me to experience success and to dream beyond my current shortcomings.