The Kautilya Project

Kautilya’s strategy for defeating militant Islam in the West

This article by U. Mahesh Prabhu is part of The Kautilya Project of Vedic Management Center Battle is an armed conflict; war is a series of battles. Battles are (or were?) fought on battle fields; war is series of battles.  Wise sages have declared that war is a result of …

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Kautilya’s approach to conflict resolution: Sam, Dam, Dand & Bhed

The Art of War by Sun Tzu, deals directly only with Bhed – war. Given the fact that Kautilya speaks of three major approaches before war, it must have made him appear practical and wise to any sane being. His work has not been recognised in the West because it is in Sanskrit. Most of the translations available are by people who’ve little or no idea of administration, management, politics, diplomacy, or even war. Besides, most who know Sanskrit don’t know English or vice versa. Those who know both, often have problems with translating skills. The resulting work is often boring to read.

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Kautilya on the limitations of leaders

This article by U. Mahesh Prabhu is a part of The Kautilya Project “Even great men are with their own limitations,” says Kautilya in the Artha Sutras, and, “Men of wisdom learn to annihilate them.” All humans are born with limitations – there are things we can and cannot do. …

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Justice versus Revenge: Kautilya’s perspective

This article by U. Mahesh Prabhu is a part of The Kautilya Project of Vedic Management Centre When Dharma – or rightful conduct – is followed, there’s order in the world. When Dharma is set aside, only Adharma or chaos remains. When we are wronged by someone and retaliate in …

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Kautilya’s Concept of Wealth: Artha, Vyartha and Anartha

This article by U. Mahesh Prabhu is a part of “The Kautilya Project” If you want to know about the importance of wealth, ask a pauper; if you want to know the pains of wealth, ask a billionaire. “It’s a pain to earn wealth, causes stress to retain it, and …

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Uprooting Weakness and Awakening Power: A Vedic Kautilyan Perspective

The complexities of Vedic texts led to substantial misnomers. When people were unable to understand concepts, their interpretations were fictional – leading to scores of mythological tales. These misnomers and mythological ideas confused people further and away from Vedic knowledge and wisdom. There were either renunciates or extreme materialists. Although there were many Vedic seers who insisted on balance to be the perfect path – or Yoga – their logic was too confusing. Politics, therefore, became a domain of extreme materialists and greed-filled individuals.

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Chanakya & Six Principles of Vedic Management 

Chanakya was not a vengeful person, nor a ruthless and blood thirsty conspirator as it is wrongly believed. He wasn’t even “Prime Minister” of the Mauryan empire under Chandragupta Maurya. He was a wise sage who arduously studied, respected and followed the teachings and wisdom of the Vedas all his life. And the Vedas don’t endorse unwise qualities like vengeance. They are shunned beyond doubt.

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Kautilya’s axiom to peace, power and prosperity

“Kautilya” or “Chanakya” inspires a great many of his admirers even to this day. A legend who played a pivotal role in building a great empire that unified India under a single rule – is often compared with 16th century renaissance author Niccolo Machiavelli. Although it could be considered– Kautilya was a genius way ahead of his time and had a vision beyond the statesmanship of the western world. It becomes evident when we read his version of Artha Shastra.

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Rajaneeti, Artha Shastra & Artha Sutras

Exclusive to Vedic Management Centre by U. Mahesh Prabhu Everyone has their own idealistic view on how politics must be conducted. When news breaks on any platform, trolls go ballistic across all social media – it appears as if everyone is judge, jury and executioner. They assume truths based on …

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Fundamentals of Rajaneeti: Vedic approach to Politics

At a time when the “best” of political approach seem to be inadequate, it could certainly help to know about the Vedic approach to politics – Rajaneeti, where greater good was achieved by inspiring leaders to, first, better themselves. In today’s world where we’ve only narrow ideas of a “good …

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