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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 Concept of Wealth: Artha, Vyartha and Anartha

Kautilya advises, “Wealth has only three ends – it’s either spent on deserving people or things, misspent on undeserving people and things or just rots away and falls into the hands of others (deserving or undeserving).” Stagnant wealth is of no utility.

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Justice versus Revenge: Kautilya’s perspective

In the absence of justice, error and evil thrive. Truly, evil only gets worse when those who are righteous resort to revenge and do not insist upon justice. The Ahimsa of Kautilya was based on the idea of Dharma. Ahimsa doesn’t mean you will never hurt anyone – it means you won’t hurt anyone unless they attack you first. It’s a no-first-strike policy. You can resort to retaliation during the war with pre-emptive strikes only if you are sure that the first strike would be brutal or lethal, leaving you no retaliatory capabilities.

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The Legend of Rajgurus

When Vedic King Bharata, soon after his coronation, declared, in loud voice, "Adandosmi! Adandosmi! Adandosmi!" (meaning: I am unpunishable!); his Rajaguru Bharawaja replied in an equally loud voice, "Dharmadandosi! Dharmadandosi! Dharmadandosi!" (meaning: Dharma will judge you!).

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Moles and Mentors: Utility of the saffron-clad in Vedic India 

Chanakya devised an advanced system of human intelligence-gathering in which operatives wore saffron to deceive the masses. There were instances when, before sending in the army to raid a village, for example, these pseudo-renunciates were sent first to make a prophecy of doom to create chaos in the minds of the people and the enemy army. Often, such strategies were wonderfully effective since they resulted in surrender without a fight – saving countless innocent lives. Great care was taken to ensure that these saffron-clad people never went rogue, and were closely watched. These saffron-clad spies proved to be an effective weapon in the game of psychological warfare.

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Karmic Economics: Economy from perspective of Karma

In Vedic (or ancient) India, kings and their counsellors were first taught Artha Sutras, which, in very simple terms, explained complex connections between people’s pursuit of happiness, good conduct, the meaning and relevance of well-earned wealth, it’s relativity to governance, and the best suitors to hold key positions in government, and the like. In simple terms, these Sutras, or axioms, explained the connection between economics, politics, and diplomacy. That was also because, unless an individual understands those three subjects, it’s virtually impossible to understand a leader’s role, let alone deliver on it effectively.

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China’s gross miscalculation at Doklam

After the economic down turn of 2008, many Chinese industries suffered a significant blow after the American and European economies began to slow down. During the early 2000s, China imported a great amount of iron ore to make steel to build its infrastructure. Post the 2008 economic recession, this steel was dumped at various ports that have now been penalised with massive dumping duties by their host countries. According to several industry estimates, China accounts for over 50% of the world’s steel production.

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SEM Interviews Dr David Frawley

The following interview was originally published by SWISS ENTREPRENEURS MAGAZINE Dr David Frawley a.k.a. Vamadeva Shastri is a world-renowned author, thinker, speaker as well as visionary in the field of Yoga & Ayurveda. Born in USA he spent a great many years of his life travelling across the length and …

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Analysing President Xi and China

Exclusive column to Vedic Management Center by Dr David Frawley with U Mahesh Prabhu “When there’s peace within, there’s peace in everything we do. In the absence of peace, we create chaos.” Those are the words of a little known great Indian emperor who eventually renounced everything to seek a …

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Vedic Management FAQs

Below are some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Vedic Management, professed and propagated at Vedic Management Center (VMC) with answers from U. Mahesh Prabhu. Is Vedic Management, professed and propagated by Vedic Management Centre, Vedic knowledge with a modern management slant? Or is it something different? Management is …

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