Group Discussion on Red

Red is more than a colour. It signals vibrancy, alertness, war, blood and so many other things. For a GD student, Red is one of the most common B-school topics out there right now. From IMS to IIM, the Group Discussion on Red abound. So how do you tackle this topic? Here's a primer you can use!

See the facts, some useful quotes and the list of GD topics that revolve around "Red".

Facts About Red

  • Red is an achromatic shade at the visible spectrum of light. It forms part of VIBGYOR or violet-indigo-blue-green-yellow-orange-red.
  • It occupies the position between violet and orange on the colour spectrum.
  • Red has a dominant wavelength of 625-740 nanometers.
  • Colour model and theories cover this as a major shade.
  • Red ranges across a wide variety from scarlet, to rose red, red ochre, red pink, maroon to burgundy.
  • Geological features like the Rayleigh phenomenon (scattering of the sunset rays resulting in a reddish tint to the skies) are well noted too
  • America's Grand Canyon's redness is caused by hematite or red ochre.
  • Red colour in fruits and vegetables is due to the presence of anthocyanins
  • Red colour in blood is due to the presence of haemoglobin.

Some Famous Quotes on Red

Red is such an interesting colour to correlate with emotion, because it's on both ends of the spectrum. On one end you have happiness, falling in love, infatuation with someone, passion, all that. On the other end, you've got obsession, jealousy, danger, fear, anger and frustration.
-Singer Taylor Swift

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.
- Anti-Racism Leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.
- Donald Trump, US President

Some GD topics on Red that you can expect to see :

1. Blue Versus Red
2. Red is Good!
3. What If Red is White?
4. Green is Better Than Red
5. Red Biotechnology: Pros and Cons
6. Red Line Medicines: Should They Be Differentiated in Other Ways Too?
7. Red Card in Cricket: Is It Good or Bad?
8. Can India Be Free of Sickle Cell Anemia by 2020?
9. AIDS Epidemic: Does Stigma Cause Lack of Treatment?
10. Red is A Real Colour!
11. Can IUCN's Red List Conserve Critically Endangered Species?
12. Should Green Light Be Shown to Red Light Areas?
13. Red Sea Islands Now In Saudi Arabia: Pros and Cons
14. Indian Red Shirts Freedom Movement: A Independence War Missing From Textbooks!
15. Bricks or Blocks: Which are Better for Construction?
16. ZSI's Red Data Book An Effective Way To Conserve Endangered Animals- Yes or No?
17. Kashmiri Red Stag Hangul Gets IUCN Protection: Will it Solve the Problem?
18. How to Curb India's Red Sandalwood Mafia?
19. Should Infra Red Technology Be Subsidised?
20. Red Snooker Championships: Does Table Sports Build Character?
21. Red Planet Mars Has Life- Yes or No?
22. Delhi's Butterfly Count and the Red Pierot: A Useless Conservation Measure?
23. Blood Banks Should Be Open 24/7!
24. Sky is Red!
25. Bullet for Bullet: Is Seeing Red Right?

Red in different cultures and history

  • Red pigment from ochre or was used in prehistoric art and indigenous crafts.
  • Red colouring was common in some cultures like Ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Red Indians
  • Romans coloured their bodies red to celebrate victory
  • In Chinese civilization, red is considered a good colour with positive vibes signalling energy
  • In India, red is associated with bridal wear among the Hindu communities
  • First synthetic red dyes were introduced in 19th century Europe
  • Red is the colour of revolutions in communist nations like Vietnam, China and Soviet Russia
  • Red is associated with so many emotions both good and bad
  • In Asian countries, it symbolises good fortune and happiness.
  • Red lac, also called red lake or carmine lake was also used during the European Renaissance or rebirth
  • Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel is a classic take on the French revolution; Scarlet pimpernel is basically a flower also know as red chickweed.
  • Red hair occurs in 1-2 percent of the total population and is stereotypically associated with a fiery temprament
  • Red is associated with dominance in the animal kingdom, from mandrills to chameleons.
  • Red, black and white were among the first pigments to be used in Upper Palaeolithic Age or Stone Age art.
  • Kermes was the name of the red dye used during the Neolithic period or New Stone Age.
  • Scarlet finds mention in the Holy Bible in the Book of Exodus
  • Roman Catholic Church has adopted red as a colour of majesty post the fall of the Roman empire.
  • Red clothing was a sign of status and wealth in ancient times.
  • Red was also a badge of rank in China
  • "Simply Red" was the name of a 20th Century music band, as was "Red Hot Chilli Peppers"
  • Red rose is associated with true love on Valentine's day
  • Red also stands for danger or stop signals

So red is a colour (and topic) you ignore at your own peril if you want to succeed in a GD. Get cracking on the different angles that this colour can be approached, from blood to fruits, historic civilizations to revolutions, and you will not be at a loss during the GD.