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Management ideas in the Tirukural

TIRUKURAL AND MODERN MANAGEMENT: S. Sundara Srinivasan; Minerva Press, 13, Palam Marg, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi— 110057. Rs.175.

BUSINESS and management in every society constitute an integral and inalienable element of that society. It is, therefore, a logical corollary that management and society will impinge upon each other a mutual and reciprocal influence.

However, this does not preclude the postulate that the basic management philosophy has an eternal and universal validity, which is unbound by space and time; which is why we have a wealth of articles and books relating to, besides reconciling and synthesizing, the modern management thought with the traditional Indian ethos.

Saint Tiruvalluvar, in his Tirukural, has composed 1330 couplets, divided into three cantos.

These are further subdivided into 133 chapters, each chapter devoted to a select topic, containing 10 verses. In the words of the author of this book: "It is a text for all human beings of all ages... . Those who have studied the Tirukural will not be surprised to find that a number of modern management techniques have their roots in it."

This book extrapolates more than 180 couplets into the context of current management precepts and practices; and expatiates upon their timeless relevance and applicability. It contains nine chapters, of which eight deal with different functions of management; whereas the last chapter contains 20 case studies, which amplify and exemplify 20 couplets, at length.

The author has translated the verses into the anglicised format, besides providing a gist of their meaning and his own commentary on their significance for modern management.

The book will be found useful both by the teacher and the taught, in the schools of management.

R. DEVARAJAN

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