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Sunday, 11 November 2012
The forgotten Gem-Arthshasthra(Science of wealth)
Good policies are vital to change India’s governance. Before, two thousand years ago, India was the sone ki chidiya (Golden Bird) of the world, that is the reason the west world (Britain, France, Portugal, Greece, Arabs etc) were smitten and in search of India all the way. Such a wealth and glorious state of affairs we had because of India’s public policy was based on Chanakya’s Arthashastra which contains an incredibly sophisticated understanding of human nature and society. Chanakya’s book preceded Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations (another extremely superior piece of thinking) by nearly two thousand years.
Now what is that forgotten so called gem Arthashastra? Well, artha means wealth, and shastra means science. So it is the science of wealth.More than 2,000 years ago (321-185 BCE), Vishnugupta Chanakya a minister under the mightiest mauryan empire, wrote The Arthashastra – the science of wealth and welfare. It contains 150 chapters, which are distributed among 15 books. The Arthashastra develops three interlinked and mutually complementary parts:
1.Arthaniti (economic policies) to promote economic growth;
2.dandaniti (administration of justice) to ensure judicial fairness; and
3.videshniti (foreign affairs policy) to maintain independence and to expand the kingdom.
The Arthashastra contains a sufficient number of coherent economic concepts and hypotheses and an inter-dependent system of relationships. Almost all of his insights, concepts, and methodology are relevant today. The Arthashastra far removed from the heart and minds of Indians, for whatever unknown reason, India has simply forgotten this crucial (Bible or Gita) book. It holds the key for India’s future wealth. But we shoddily followed socialism from 1947 and still we are suffering extremely with socialist policies.In fact, socialism is an entirely foreign idea to India. It has purely French-German-British roots (Rousseau-Hegel/Marx-Laski). A complete half-baked western ideology, we Indians has a worst colonial hangover of always admiring the west for anything, though we have many best things in our country. It becomes a common refrain we not even respect the country’s Top national award(Desh rathna,Padmabusan,Visbushan,padhmasri etc) in any aspect as best, but when west has given some Oscar or Nobel prize then only we consider it as an recognition. Given the deep understanding of markets and incentives that Chanakya possessed, and which is part of India’s cultural heritage, it is real shames that Indian is governed purely go by the Western idea of socialism. For sure there are no political parties in India swearing the teachings of Arthashastra or Chanakyian ideologies.What a shame rather fools go by failure ideologies of Marxian etc! What a come down from the brilliant legacy of Chanakya. For instance, Chanakya very wisely regulated even liquor and prostitution, instead of banning them.
Currently i foresee a very rare team like FTI which is considering institutional thinking in a very detailed and systematic way by adopting principles in Arthashastra which is a very good sign for India's future. Unless we prepare for exam and just mere praying god alone will not help us pass the exam, similarly sheer hard work is essential;the same is the case with india which needs sufficient leadership preparation with coherent and aligned world best policies before plunging in to any political landscape,unless the destiny will be in the hands of venal and mendacious politicians. Pls visit FTI site and offer your support http://freedomteam.in/blog/main
Below schematic depicts you the proposition of FTI’s stand with good policies and system of governance.