My Colleague, Jayaraman Rajah Iyer, Responds to the Ethics Sage

My Colleague, Jayaraman Rajah Iyer, Responds to the Ethics Sage

Yesterday, I posted a brief segment from The Ethics Sage’s blog post,  The Ethical Link Between Our Beliefs and Our Actions. Afterwards I received the selection below from Jayarman Rajah Iyer. He tells me it is from one of his books and is copyrighted but gave me permission to post it as a standard blog post, which is what we have now. 

Jayaraman Rajah Iyer
Jayaraman Rajah Iyer

Please read the work of my distinguished colleague. 

James Pilant

Dilemma exists because of the truth. Truth is paradoxical; it contains the opposite values. That’s why Truth is illogical. “Logic” means something, which doesn’t have an opposite, which is straight, which is not paradoxical. Truth is always paradoxical; and so it has opposite values, and therefore there is a moral dilemma.


When X^2 = 4, what is x?
X = √4, going further
√4 = ?
√4 Ξ ±2.
Ξ, is a symbol with three dashes meaning – identically equal to. Without this symbol Ξ, the equation is not accurate.
In this equation X acquires two values that are not just equal but identically equal to +2 as well -2.

X acquires two opposite “values” and not opposed to each other. They are in the same plane.
±are two aspects of a single movement, like a pendulum. One second it could be sitting in one and the next at the other end. When we stand on the equator and look at North Pole and South Pole they are so far apart. But it is no different from a small coin having two sides head and tail, when North and South Poles are watched from the moon. Poles apart, true but Earth is a single indivisible unit. Genghis Khan and Gandhi are in the same plane but with different values. Both belong to the same species. It is like identifying left hand and right hand but they are part of the single inseparable unit. That’s the truth. Truth always and completely involves opposite values, and then only it can be truth.

Prof. Mintz writes: Q: “What are Donald Trump’s true beliefs? Does he love Mexicans and employ thousands of them as he says even though he will act to build a wall at the border and he disparages a judge with a Mexican heritage? What about Hillary Clinton? She seems to say one thing one day (i.e., supports the Trans-Pacific Pipeline deal) just to change her position on the TPP like a chameleon and pledge to veto it simply because Bernie Sanders adopted a position against it that appeals to the general Democratic electorate.” UQ

Opposite values give a clue. Illustratively: “I used to smoke 40 cigarettes a day, now I don’t”. There is something missing in this statement that could give raise to some doubts. When the person is found smoking a few minutes later one can get a reply: “I used to smoke 40 earlier, now I smoke 45 cigarettes a day”. The statement has a shortfall that none of the other reasoning would be able to dig out the truth. Inference would at the most, confirm that this person doesn’t look like a nonsmoker. If a person wants to make certain to the other person to communicate clearly, then he has to say: “I used to smoke 40 cigarettes a day, now I have given up smoking”. A clarity is clearly evident in the statement without any doubt. In the said statement: “I used to smoke 40 cigarettes a day, a. now I don’t and b. now I have given up smoking”, ‘giving up smoking’ gives the clarity for the opposite value.

Let us view the statement: “The fat Mr.X doesn’t eat during daytime”. Though Mr.X does not eat during daytime, he still remains a fat fellow. How? We guess that he must be eating at night. There is something contradictory about an individual not eating and still not being thin. Our guess that he eats at night does not belong to the category of inference. To make an inference there must be a hint or clue in the original statement itself. There must be a “reference” like smoke from fire, thunder from clouds. Here there is no such reference.

Donald Trump never categorically stated that he hates Mexicans. He only said he would build the wall to protect employment within. Trump said U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel had “an absolute conflict” in presiding over civil fraud proceedings against Trump University because he was “of Mexican heritage.” Does it mean Trump says all Mexicans hate USA?

Jayaraman Rajah Iyer

Jayaraman Rajah Iyer Discusses His Latest Project

Jayaraman Rajah Iyer
Jayaraman Rajah Iyer

Jayaraman Rajah Iyer Discusses His Latest Project

My friend, Jayaraman Iyer, made this comment on one of my posts and I want to share it with all my readers.

James Pilant

“Yes, children do learn ethics in schools and No, they don’t learn to practice greed in the universities. You have to continue teach them business ethics. But they should learn how to measure ethics, subtler than the subtle. 

First in the series of CREAM™ Report on Corporate Rating I have created a rating system on Hindustan Unilever that leads towards self-governance. JP Morgans, or Lehman Bros cannot be controlled but we can measure them with the published materials as to the extent of ethical values practiced within. We let them commit attrocities and try catch them. No, we have to have rating system on real-time.

CREAM™ Report on Corporate Rating on Hindustan Unilever is about 350 pages [A4] of 189 issue areas with no single issue analysed beyond a single page.The data is shrunk to arrive at their rating of 1,1,1,2,1, for the years 2008-09 onwards till date. With the optimum level of 5 the study suggests areas how they should work towards reaching self-governance.

The measurement methodology adopted is unique. I want universities and corporate to learn the technique of evaluating by ethical responsibility. It fetches more $ and better stability. Companies with better rating will attract the public to invest, as Paul Polman CEO of Unilever says:  Increasingly
consumers will vote with their wallets for companies that are just and equitable. More importantly the Society is benefited. We don’t need JP Morgans but we should learn how to create companies practicing self-governance as corporate culture.

I have just published the report through Amazon

I welcome your comments. I had been very busy on this work that I could not visit your site and respond. Thanks.  Jayaraman

From around the web.

From the web site,

Here you will find Iyer’s book, Corporate Critical Density. It is sold as an e-book for 7.99.

From the web site, Smash Words. There is a biographical account of Jayaraman Iyer.

Jayaraman Rajah Iyer is a Chartered Accountant from ICAI, New Delhi (1966) who has a
unique insight into major changes in accounting in India’s history culled from experience with
major firms across the globe. He interned at Hindustan Lever, worked his way up holding key
positions at API and Mafatlals. He introduced the principle of Likely Ultimate Cost
while appointed as Forestry Operations Accountant at Wimco. Leaving India in 1977 was
appointed as General manager of ITI Nigeria, Lagos. Selected by Sir William Castell who is
now the Chairman of the Wellcome trust, joined the Wellcome Foundation, UK to set right the
accounting functions of Wellcome Nigeria. He had also been visiting faculty at SPJIMR, SIES
School of Management, and Vivekananda School of Management where he taught Balanced
Scorecard and Strategic Cost Management based on the Proprietary IBCM (Jayaraman owns
the copyright to Inactivity Based Cost Management, 2006).

He is the son of the renowned educationalist late Rajah Iyer, Headmaster, policy maker
and Member of the Legislative Council of Tamil Nadu till his death in 1974. Jayaraman’s
Rajah Iyer Foundation provides a support system for teachers.

Nation On Wrong Track? – COMMENT by Jayaraman Rajah Iyer

Jayaraman Rajah Iyer comments on one of my recent posts. Being down with a sinus infection (it’s still hanging on), I wasn’t able to do it justice in my comments, so now I remedy that by letting you all see it as a direct post.

James Pilant

Yes all nations are in the wrong track. Quote from my book:”When the priority is already set, the hungry man accepts
the inevitability of the human race which is non-reacting,
non-acting, non-responding, inert-like entity. The change that
is needed from a Government to shift the gear from
advanced technology and space exploration to a mundane
agricultural economy is a process very tough to implement in
a short notice, even if one realizes that more than a billion
people are below poverty line. Nuclear submarines,
armaments, security initiatives of trillion dollar valued
business enterprise have precedence over morality and
therefore prudence is what the government feels they should
adopt. Not because it is not the priority but effecting change
in increasing the arable lands, increasing the yield per
hectare, linking satellites facilities for better farming,
conclusion on Genetically Modified seeds, advanced
agricultural machinery, increasing the total agricultural
production etc. involve a clear long-term strategy of many
years to implement.

“The new pledge to commit $20 billion to global
agricultural development.. has the potential to dramatically
improve the livelihoods of more than 700 million of the
world’s poor living in rural areas, so says Catherine Bertini,
former executive director, UN World Food Program; and Dan
Glickman, former secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture.”
$20 billion is a minuscule amount, given the defense
expenditure and the estimated sum tax evaders who have
effectively squirreled away between 7 and 11 trillion dollars
in safety deposit boxes and offshore bank accounts, as
Lesley Curwen reports in BBC, it gives the state of
affairs of the economy driven by forces beyond the control of
the world governments. Agricultural production gets stagnated for years but world, if ever takes cognizance of
increased production in agriculture, then the society as a
whole has to be brought into action. The canvas is much
larger, expansive, broad and comprehensive in its strategy
to execute. Without involving many in the society it is
conceptually difficult to materialize major results.”

Recent visit by Obama to India has again pushed defense equipment for sale that would at the most protect a few jobs. India is stagnated at 300 million tonnes agricultural produce for too long and there seems to be no strategy to scale up to 500 million tonnes. Leadership is very much needed lest those who remain hungry takes the leadership in their hands – at the street level.

Jayaraman Rajah Iyer Comments On The Post – The Homeowner As Victim, Not Deadbeat (via Chasing Fat Tails)

What Google gave me when I asked for a picture of Jayaraman Rajah Iyer.
Jayaraman Rajah Iyer (his web site) comments –

Reading the article I find it is devoide of the human element. A computer goes by some numbers and ticks off an Action letter that is taken as sacrosanct even to the extent of putting up a lock in a house that ought not to be attached. I’ve got a feeling these mortgage service agencies are paid on the basis of number of notices issued and they act indiscriminately. It is bank’s responsibility to assure action taken is legitimate to start with. My suggestion is Article 13 UNCAC: Participation of Society. Let consumer group be formed in every precinct, represented by a Trustee in the Board of the banks who would oversee the effective functioning of the foreclosure procedures from setting-up to execution.

It’s an interesting idea. I’ll need some more data on Article 13 UNCAC.

James Pilant