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Move to popularise Kautilya's philosophy

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, JAN. 29. The knowledge may date back to the Third Century B.C., but this group of eminent academicians and management practitioners are convinced of its relevance even today. Inaugurated in the city today was the Kautilya Foundation that aims to popularise the philosophy and art of governance of one of India's greatest thinkers.

"In the past year, several universities in the West were asked to organise lectures on Kautilya's philosophy. People abroad are becoming interested in this great statesman but back home not many people know about him. So we conceived the idea of this society to popularise Kautilya's philosophy,'' said Executive President, Kautilya Foundation, and Chairman, Board of Research in Humanities, Lallan Prasad.

Apart from popularising Kautilya's philosophy and ancient Indian thought and the art of governance, the foundation aims to organise training programme for executive or managers, officials and staff in public and private sector organisations and to promote social welfare, particularly among the weaker sections of the society. They also aim to work for upliftment of women and children. Finally, the Foundation hopes to publish newsletters, magazines and monographs and set-up a website for disseminating information.

"Chanakya is a person most required for society today. What he said and what he wrote has a lot of relevance to what is happening today. If we apply any bit of it society would get disciplined,'' said former Chief Justice of India, Ranganath Misra while releasing the brochures of the foundation here today. Welcoming the idea of such a society, he added that the philosophy of the great thinker would certainly help the government of the day function better. "There have been so many scams reported in the papers recently, but if we refer to the Arthashastra, we would know how to deal with them. Then public money won't get out of the hands of the public,'' said Justice Misra who also mentioned his interest in securing a membership to the organisation.

Delivering the first Kautilya Foundation lecture on "Kautilya's Vision and its relevance to 21st century'', vice-chancellor, Lal Bahadur Shashtri Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Vachaspasti Upadhyay remarked, "Kautilya was a statesman. Someone who thinks for five years is not a statesman but a politician, someone interested in gathering votes. But Kautilya had a vision, he thought about the future''.

For the moment, the Foundation is concentrating on its first objective of popularising the philosophy of the great thinker. Seminars, research papers and lectures have been planned for the coming months with the next one being organised sometime in March.

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