Permit me to take you on a space ship. Let’s travel back in time.
200 million years prior to now: Tale of Insects
There was a time, when insects lived in their natural habitats, coexisting with the surrounding nature. They lived in colonies of comfort, within the nature defined domains. In exercising their instincts primed subconsciously by evolution, individual species of insects feeding off plants in their natural domains (ones in which they have evolved) ventured into foreign lands. The ambitious journey to foreign lands hopping over different plants involved death of fellow insects; some of them died out of inability to adapt to the new environment, inability to feed and survive on the alien plants, some died out of alien weather conditions, while others died in the battle between immigrant insects and the natives.
The journey was a failure, lives lost, irrational desires led to the deaths and decimation of a power lusty insect species. Of the ones that migrated to foreign lands, ones that survived the journey; ones that adapted to the new conditions lived in harmony with the native insects of a foreign land.
40,000 years prior to now: Tale of Humans:
Hunter gatherers began farming. The wide plantations led to an artificial homogeneity. The hitherto natural heterogeneity of plants in forests was tinkered with, and a culture of homogenous plantations was adapted throughout the planet.
The heterogeneity of natural forests of the past hindered the progress of insects to foreign lands, for every adjacent plant was of a different kind and was home to a different kind of insect species. The invading insect was powerless in the hands of native insects and they lost the battle throughout the history.
Presently, the genes of heroic insects of the past that laid dormant for thousands of generations woke up, the atavistic nature of insects helped them achieve mass populations; they thrived in the artificial habitats, the homogenous nature of plantations aided the insects, for every adjacent plant they hop onto, was of the same class and conducive for life. The vanquished lived happily ever after.
1960 AD: Tale of silent springs:
With the advent of World War 2, came the technological advances. The innovations in the field of chemistry after the end of the war found home in agriculture. Chemicals were sprayed in huge quantities over vast areas in an attempt to win the battle over insects. Initially it all went well, but soon insects developed resistance to chemicals and humans applied higher concentrations of insecticides. Different concoctions of insecticides were tried out in huge concentrations before finally admitting defeat. But, by then the damage was done.
Insecticides carried through air mixed into rivers and lakes as it rained, they spoiled the fertile crust in the areas of application, and they seeped deeper into the rock crevices of underground and mixed into wells. Earthworms died, men died, birds died, the cascading chain of events spoiled the whole eco system.
And, there were no birds to sing in springs.
2005 AD: Tale of Great Lakes
Great Lakes acknowledged the beauty of natural forests. So, they devised a model where heterogeneity could coexist as nowhere else. The institute was repelled by the artificial homogeneity of schools, the models that are frequently subjected to systematic adulation.
The founder Dr. Bala V. Balachandran felt an urgent need to curtail the progress of virulent and artificial ideas in homogenous populations. The homogeneity helped the virus of ‘faulty but fancy’ business ideas to spread throughout the homogeneous population that later seeped into business houses, led to the slow, gradual and incremental standstill of businesses everywhere. Attempts have been made to fight this virus out of businesses, but the developed resistance just as the insects did. The spraying of insecticides was not the cure. The world needed a structural change.
Great Lakes is host to an incredible conflagration of heterogeneity; the school fosters natural ideas among students. For an idea to gain consensus and with it momentum to spread naturally through the heterogeneous house, it must be robust enough to withstand the vehement confrontations from different disciplines of the house.
The fierce competition that existed in nature has been successfully created inside the perimeters of the college.
2009 AD: Tale of natural success:
This year’s batch has students from both parts of the planet. Few have left their home (marine engineers) and sailed to land so to pursue MBA at Great Lakes- Prashantha Sahu brings with him experiences from his tryst with the other 71% of our planet. Few left the border in quest for excellence-Captain Rajshekar brings with him experiences from Kargil. The tales of heterogenity are endless.
Great Lakes has succeeded and with every passing year the school is decreasing its tolerance to homogeneity. With every year, the amplified degree of heterogeneity is increasingly palpable.