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Mc Donald Burger Communism has lost its relevance Cinema is at most entertainment with a degenerating effect Journalism should be out of the premises of censorship In our society, leadership should be entrusted to the youth and not to the old Educated Indian lacks national commitment Beauty contests dont fit into the Indian culture MBA GD Topics
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Is India moving towards people management? Education in India burden or opportunity? Football means to India? IT chain puller of Indian economy. Indian Philosophy in the world? Human relations vs. Materialistic things? Globalization how real is it? Black-darkness or beam. Education vs. literacy. History spoils us or built us? Unique identification number. Is rural India strength for India? Indian agriculture system. Aviation needs good engineers or management? 2012 is rumor or reality? Business money or fame? Taxation policy (2010) savings or fascination? NGOs or Independent helping. Death of Socialism Women burden or backbone? Kids are more careers oriented. European management system in Indian management system. Reality shows. Politics another career option? Pygmalion affects how much effective? A fool or an arrogant star? Study or extra curricular activity is the driven force to success? CCR SLR which should be given more important? Credit card spoiling habits? Machine over man or man over machine? Movies made in Bollywood for Hollywood Models turn actors. Innovation how much is it required? Page 1

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Discovery vs. invention. Spiritualism is a curtain to crime? We or you? Tranquility satisfaction or success? Prostitution excuse or intent? 2012 certain or uncertain? Sex conversion way to reach goal or feel good factor? Theory or practical? MBA or PGDM? A fool or a competitive jerk? Dose really Placebo affects? Avatar a turning point. India leader or follower in 20th century? Rajneeti vs. kites. Team worker or a Leader? Davinci code. Role of IT in other managerial functions (required)? Interview or GD? Management or technology contributed to Indian development? Blue eyes. Reason for tourism in India business or tourist place? Decreasing defense expenditure and increasing social expenditure is the need of the hour

SOCIAL TOPICS: 1. The Internet chains have come on the wings of science and technology but are no less restrictive for all that. 2. Secularism has become a tool to justify the wrongs done by the minorities. 3. Media is a mixed blessing/How ethical is media? 4. To fight AIDs, stop being coy about sex education. 5. What should India strive for- Westernization or modernization? POLITICAL TOPICS: 1. Reserving seats for women in Panchayat has not only been a farce but has distracted from developing a more genuine voice of women. 2. Have the nuclear tests of 1998 benefited or harmed India? 3. Voters, not, political parties are responsible for the criminalisation of politics. 4. The voters are required to be well informed and educated about their candidates so that they can elect the right aspirant by their ownassessment. 5. India should go for the presidential form of democracy.

ECONOMIC TOPICS: 1. In our economic matters, there is an excessive tendency towards the thinking rather than doing. 2. Every cloud has a silver lining Zarina Bazliel, Soft Skills 2, Class of 2012, IBS Gurgaon Page 2

3. Can the economy achieve an 8 percent growth rate? 4. Is disinvestment really that good for India or is a rethink in order ? 5. Are co-operatives relevant in today's globalised environment?. 6. Foreign aid is a dangerous drug that can stimulate in small doses but become fatally addictive in larger doses. 7. Modern day sport in industrialised society is an industry, as anything else. 8. Government should clean its own hands before pointing finger at the private sector for corruption. 9. Is the NPA ordinance too harsh? 10. Reforms have to grow up. 11. The future lies with globalisation . 12. Is the consumer really the king in India?. 13. Globalisation versus nationalism 14. Conditional access system for cable TV watchers:boon or bane? 15. If India is poorly governed, the reason is that we have designed our system of governance for protecting, if not encouraging, corruption? 16. Commercialisation of health care : Good or Bad ? 17. For globalisation to succeed in India people must be able to see what is in it for them 18. Is the US economy headed the Japanese economy way? 19. Economic freedom not old fashioned theories of development will lead to growth and prosperity 20. Markets left to themselves encourage greed. 21. Should businessmen run the finance ministry 22. Should important services like transport be left to market forces?. 24. Is there any point in having a business strategy when the world changes from month to month? 25. Is the patents bill good for India? . 26. Is the business of business only business?. 27. Globalisation is good for developing countries. 28. Public sector being a guarantor of job security is a myth. 29. Is industryless growth here to stay ? 30. Capitalism is a very flawed system but the others are so much worse ? 31. How can business get rid of the bad name that it has earned? 32. Government pumping money into the economy is not the solution for our economic problems 33. Business ethics are no longer a luxury for corporates but a necessity? 34. How should privatisation proceeds be utilised ? 35. Is the budgeting exercise of any use? 36. Should agricultural subsidies be stopped ? 37. Will Mumbai's film industry ever evolve into a truly modern corporatised one? 38. Will market reforms enrich rich states further, while poorer ones lag further?. 39. Why do we lag behind China ? 40. Who says MNCs are superior to Indian companies ?. 41. Why not use a brand index to measure national prosperity?. 42. What we need to reduce scams is better regulatory bodies. 43. War rhetoric is misplaced in a country like India which is trying to globalise its economy. Zarina Bazliel, Soft Skills 2, Class of 2012, IBS Gurgaon Page 3

44. Trade can help the poor ? 45. The power ministry should cut off supplies to all the defaulting SEBs. 46. Steal a few lakhs and you're a criminal. Steal a few hundred crores and you become an industrialist. 47. Should PSUs be divested through strategic sale or public offer? 48. The state is above the law?

Management Education Topics 1. Managerial skills learnt in the classroom can never match those learnt from experience. 2. Democracy is hampering India progress. 3. MBA in India is highly overrated. 4. Religion is a private affair and should be of no concern for the state 5. Decreasing defense expenditure and increasing social expenditure is the need of the hour.

Here are a few topics I would like you to apply your minds and we will discuss them in class. This is just to sharpen your minds!! zb

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There are roughly four types of group discussion topics:


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Factual speech topics Controversial and argumentative issues Abstract discussion material Case studies

Factual topics for a group are - as the word says - about facts. This is a sample list of speech topics on current issues and facts: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Conspiracy is a very common form of political behaviour. The pros and cons of having a credit card. A chain gang is a modern form of slavery. Why drinking and driving is dangerous to yourself and others. Passive smoking is equally harmful. The economic boycott causes most of the problems in Cuba. International trade barriers work. City curfews help to prevent juvenile crime and to protect youth from victimization. The U.N. is mainly based on diplomacy and enhancing relationships. Affirmative action draws people to work they never considered before.

A controversial group discussion topic is a speech topic that has many controversies, pros and cons. Keep in mind that all current group discussion topics are not my opinion, but just a sample list of speech topics! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Sustainable urban living without the use of excessive natural resources must be our future. Are there extraterrestrials who influence events on Earth? Marijuana has a medical value. Direct mail is a special form of junk mail. The pros and cons of a female President. Online dating chats have nothing to do with a search for a soul mate. Should schools distribute condoms? Most people support embryonic stem cell research. Life imprisonment is a good alternative to capital punishment. What is wrong with child labor?

Abstract group discussion topics are things that cannot be touched, not be easily defined or formulated. Just think in a creative manner and start a vivid group discussion with one of these abstract topics to talk about: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. The Nostradamus Code Breast Implants Bribery in Business Computer Viruses Bigamy Hidden Persuaders Moral Majority The Hippocratic Oath Political Correctness Page 5

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10. Vegetarianism The fourth type of group discussion topics are so-called case studies. You determine a problem and together with the other group members you have to find a satisfying solution. These are small group discussion topic ideas. Just modify and alter where necessary, these are just guiding light topic ideas: 1. Leadership - What necessary changes are needed in your community organization and how do you want to lead the process? 2. Malpractice Insurance - Doctors walk out on the job to protest the rising malpractice insurance costs. What to do about it? 3. Work Ethics - Can we shape workers who have the sense that they serve the company nd community? 4. School Violence - What are the real causes of violence and bullying in Schools? 5. Recycling - Sort out how to make money with recycling. 6. Dropouts - Individual attention in safe schools and smaller classes; is that the way to stop students to drop out? 7. Iraq - What are the best exit strategies? 8. Speech Privacy - What are the best technologies to safeguard the right of free speech privacy on the internet? 9. Minimum Wage - Why should we have a minimum wage or why not? 10. Burnout - Should everybody check his or herself of burnout signs? How? Tip: try to make an inventory of various angles of view and opinions of the group discussion topics.

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