Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lecture presentation of Wisdom of Chanakya's for HR at Pune on 27th August 2014

Hello Friends,
Chanakya, a greatest philosopher, teacher, diplomat and a great personality of India hardly need any introduction. 

Here is a little introduction about him with due credit to Chanakya National Law University, Patna

Son of rishi Canak, Chanakya, also known as Kautilya or Vishnugupta, was born in Pataliputra,Magadh (modern Bihar), and later moved to Taxila, in Gandhar province(now in Pakistan). At a very early age little Chanakya started studying Vedas. The Vedas; considered to be the toughest scriptures to study were completely studied and memorized by Chanakya in his infancy. He was attracted to studies in politics. In politics Chanakya’s acumen and shrewdness was visible right from childhood. He was a student of politics right from child hood. Known as a masterful political strategist, He knew how to put his own people in the opposite camp and spy the enemy without his knowledge before destroying him forever. Chanakya was an ace in turning tables in his favor irrespective of the circumstances. He never budged to pressure tactics by the ruthless politicians. In this way after studying religion and politics, he turned his attention to economics, which remained his lifelong friend. "Nitishastra", a treatise on the ideal way of life shows his in depth study of the Indian way of life. He was a professor (acharya) of political science at the Takshashila University and later the Prime Minister of the Emperor Chandragupta Maurya. He is regarded as one of the earliest known political thinkers, economists and king-makers. He was the man to envision the first Indian empire by unification of the then numerous kingdoms in the Indian sub-continent and provide the impetus for fights against the Greek conqueror Alexander.
Chanakya is perhaps less well known outside India compared to other social and political philosophers of the world like Confucius and Machiavelli. His foresight and wide knowledge coupled with politics of expediency helped found the mighty Mauryan Empire in India. He compiled his political ideas into the 'Arthashastra', one of the world's earliest treatises on political thought and social order. His ideas remain popular to this day in India. In Jawaharlal Nehru's Discovery of India, Chanakya has been called the Indian Machiavelli. Three books are attributed to Chanakya: Arthashastra, Nitishastra and Chanakya Niti. Arthashastra (literally 'the Science of Material Gain' in Sanskrit) is arguably the first systematic book on economics. It discusses monetary and fiscal policies, welfare, international relations, and war strategies in details. Many of his nitis or policies have been compiled under the book title Chanakya Niti. Nitishastra is a treatise on the ideal way of life, and shows Chanakya's in depth study of the Indian way of life. According to a legend, while Chanakya served as the Prime Minister of Chandragupta Maurya, he started adding small amounts of poison in Chandragupta's food so that he would get used to it. The aim of this was to prevent the Emperor from being poisoned by enemies. One day the queen, Durdha, shared the food with the Emperor while she was pregnant. Since she was not used to eating poisoned food, she died. Chanakya decided that the baby should not die; hence he cut open the belly of the queen and took out the baby. A drop (bindu in Sanskrit) of poison had passed to the baby's head, and hence Chanakya named him Bindusara. Bindusara would go on to become a great king and to father the greatest Mauryan Emperor since Chandragupta - Asoka.
When Bindusara became a youth, Chandragupta gave up the throne and followed the Jain saint Bhadrabahu to present day Karnataka and settled in a place known as Sravana Belagola. He lived as an ascetic for some years and died of voluntary starvation according to Jain tradition. Chanakya meanwhile stayed as the Prime Minister of Bindusara. Bindusara also had a minister named Subandhu who did not like Chanakya. One day he told Bindusara that Chanakya was responsible for the murder of his mother. Bindusara asked the nurses who confirmed this story and he became very angry with Chanakya. It is said that Chanakya, on hearing that the Emperor was angry with him, thought that anyway he was at the end of his life. He donated all his wealth to the poor, widows and orphans and sat on a dung heap, prepared to die by total abstinence from food and drink. Bindusara meanwhile heard the full story of his birth from the nurses and rushed to beg forgiveness of Chanakya. But Chanakya would not relent. Bindusara went back and vent his fury on Subandhu, who asked for time to beg for forgiveness from Chanakya. Subandhu, who still hated Chanakya, wanted to make sure that Chanakya did not return to the city. So he arranged for a ceremony of respect, but unnoticed by anyone, slipped a smoldering charcoal ember inside the dung heap. Aided by the wind, the dung heap swiftly caught fire, and the man behind the Mauryan Empire and the author of Arthashastra was burned to death. His main philosophy was "A debt should be paid off till the last penny; An enemy should be destroyed without a trace". He seemed to have lived - and died - by his philosophy.a paradigm shift. It has also emphasized the need for original and path breaking legal research to create new legal knowledge and ideas that will help meet these new challenges in a manner responsive to the needs of the country and ideals and goals of our Constitution.

Rajesh Kamath, one of the well known figure in HR fraternity and a great admirer of Chanakya is going to present a lecture in India's education city Pune not to miss.

Please find details

WEDNESDAY, 27th August 2014 at 6.30 p.m., Navalmal Firodia Seminar Hall,  MCCIA,

MCCIA Trade Tower, S. B.  Road, Pune 411 016.

(Registration & Tea from 6.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.)

‘ Chanakya’s Wisdom for HR ’

Mr. Rajesh Kamath
CEO and Director, CIPL Consulting & Learning

Chanakya, born in 3rd Century B.C., is also known as Vishnugupta  or Kautilya. He is the world’s oldest strategist.  He vowed to pull down the Nanda dynasty, which he successfully did, placing Chandragupta Maurya on the emperor’s throne. This King Maker also proved to be responsible for the defeat of Alexander’s empire in India. Having written Kautilya’s Arthashastra & Chanakya Niti , he expounded the principles Economics, state craft, punishments, warfare, strategy and Leadership. This presentation will bring to light how some of those principles can be applied for success in the HR domain  This presentation will cover topics like Understanding Chanakya’s principles and its relevance to contemporary times, Appreciating how the following eternal wisdom from Chanakya is most valuable : a.     Role of Leader  b.    Role of Manager  c.   Execution   d.   Selection of people  e. Learning and Learnability   f.   Self discipline   g.   Training   h.  Engagement    i.    Succession Planning    j. Consultation  and also practising some of the Learning on live challenges of your own organization

Mr. Rajesh Kamath is an Electronics Engineer, an MBA in HR and is certified by NTL and Kathleen Dannemiller Institute.  He CEO and Director at CIPL Consulting & Learning,  which he co-founded to apply principles from Kautilya’s Arthshastra ( a timeless Management encyclopedia authored in 4 BC) to modern organizations.    He was Associate Director with Cerebrus Consultants in his earlier role, through which he led large number of HR and L & OD initiatives fro Indian and   MNC Corporations is Bengalure, Hyderabad, Pune and  Mumbai.    He has

been one of the first few employees of SHRM India’s startup team and now on SHRM’s Advisory Council.  Rajesh co founded More than HR Global (MTHRG) in 2002 to “impact the HR profession” through expanding the professionals’ width and depth of knowledge.   MTHRG have over 16000 members worldwide.  He has enjoyed working in Consulting, Large Business Houses including the Mahindra Group and Nt for Profit organizations alike for around 20 years.  He teaches at Chanakya Institute of Public Leadership and at various B Schools across the country. 

REGISTRATION :   Please register online on (Event Section). There is no participation fees, however prior registration is compulsory.  Registration on ‘First Come First Serve Basis’  of only 2 senior representatives exclusively from the HR Function of an organization.   
For any more information please contact Mr. Shriniwas Rairikar, Senior Director ( or Mr. Shriram Joshi, Assistant Director (

Kuldip Joshi                                      Abhijeet Shah                                    Dr. M. V. Uchgaonkar

Chairman-HRD Committee               Chairman                                            Chairman

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