Why did Narendra Modi allegedly allow horse-trading overtures in Karnataka though he swears to uproot corruption from public life? Which is part of a bigger question: Why don’t political leaders keep their promises? This phenomenon is best enunciated by Machiavelli in his seminal work Discourses on Livy, where he compares how the dilettante politician recognises the impracticality of the promises he made in the plaza (public square) when he reaches the palace. Where the hyperbole and … [Read more...] about Why did Narendra Modi allegedly allow horse-trading overtures in Karnataka?
Machiavelli said, "the ruler's virtuous actions can also bring harm". He cites the example of Pertinax, the Roman emperor who after taking over from his predecessor Commodus, mandated his soldiers to live an honest and Spartan life. These soldiers were accustomed to living licentiously under Commodus. They started hating Pertinax for withdrawing their privileges and he was overthrown and assassinated soon. His army then even auctioned the post of the emperor, bringing the state of affairs to an … [Read more...] about Centre’s Move To Scrap MP Airfare DA Draws Flak Across Party Lines: Narendra Modi Faces Side-Effects Of Political Reform
Any account of how the Modi government has fared on this front should begin with what the BJP promised in the 2014 election manifesto and whether and to what extent has it been able to keep these promises. Staying within the area of my expertise, I will restrict my argument to the medical technology and hospital sector and assess the government’s performance on some of the most important indices. These two sectors, coincidentally, are those where the government has been most active. The … [Read more...] about Modi: The Much-Needed Antibiotic – Some Side Effects too
Here is my take on the top five areas PM Narendra Modi could focus on - The last I wrote of my expectations from the PM was for his Independence Day speech. Some of the wishes I put forth must have been on his agenda as well, as I see some spur on these. Thought I must come up with the next set of asks from my PM on 69th Republic Day of India. So, for his consideration, here is my take on the top five areas he could focus on: 1. Avoid drastic interventions in Business - Factor in … [Read more...] about Five Wishes From The PM This Republic Day
In his latest 'Mann Ki Baat' broadcast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked citizens to send him ideas on what he should say in his Independence Day speech. The prime minister did this so that he could set the trend for the next year of governance. So, for his consideration, here are my top five areas he could focus on, both in his speech and administration: #1: Make peace, not war Do not allow the India-China border row to devolve into war. Even though China's propensity to breach … [Read more...] about Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech: From making peace to rejecting prejudice, five things PM must say
A TV channel asked me, "What did I make of the Modi-Trump meeting?" I gave my take based on what they said, their body language and some back ground information I had, as below. When Modi alighted from the car, his and even Trump’s body language (to some extent) was a language of mending the fences. When Modi cracked a joke, the laughter also seemed a bit forced and a bit overdone. This was expected as the telecons prior to their meet hadn’t gone too well. On the Indian side there … [Read more...] about The Modi-Trump Meeting: Kiss After The Hiss
On Saturday, Ravinder, an e-rickshaw driver in Delhi, perhaps inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat initiative, objected to two young men urinating in the open. He requested that they use a public toilet. They responded by returning with a dozen others and bludgeoning him to death. It would be simplistic to attribute their rage to our society’s feudal instinct where offenders from a higher socio-economic class retaliate violently simply because the advice is given from … [Read more...] about Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat: A mission without backing of law makes guinea pigs out of eager votaries
I was happy to read today that so many prominent and well meaning Indians are supporting Kiran Bedi’s candidature for Chief Information Commissioner. Moreover they are asking the Government that if you appoint another person, please let us know how that person is more suitable. That is great. Acche log ghar se bahar nikal aayen hain. Milkar naare lagane lagey hain- ek acche insaan ke liye. Yeh nayi aur badi baat hai. (The good are ganging up together, in favour of the good. This is a new and … [Read more...] about Good Luck Kiran. Good Luck Good Ones. Good Luck India
It all started with Shashi Tharoor staying in a five star hotel and not his state Bhavan. In my view he was right to stay where he did. In my view it is not just a question of the State Bhavan not having a gym. For many politicians (particularly those who are exposed to the West) it is difficult to stay in the State Bhavans because of the poor hygiene standards. It is common to find bed sheets stained with semen and boot polish, the bath rooms are also often unhygienic. The crockery used, the … [Read more...] about Desh ko Sone ki Chidiya nahin, Sone Ka Baaj Banao.
Rajasthan CM, Ashok Gehlot has asked the babus to stand up when the neta walks in, to return his calls, and to behave respectfully with him. That this directive has become necessary is a wholesome development. It means that the bureaucracy is challenging the politician’s authority. This is a healthy sign. (Simultaneously the society should challenge the bureaucrat’s authority as all authority in the society should be based on contribution. And by that measure his record in the last 62 years is … [Read more...] about Babus should stand- Politicians should stand
The biggest sin is discrimination. Doing it and tolerating it. I am appalled at what is happening in Australia and wish to put before the reader answers to: Why does racism still persist? Why are Indians being targeted again and again? In my view there are several reasons for this. 1. Political and historical reason : The Anglo saxon race still remembers that it ruled us once and some among them may consider themselves superior to us for this reason. Machiavelli has said that if you … [Read more...] about Lessons from our Sins
Hi. I am Pavan Choudary. I am a student of wisdom. This is my first blog entry and I write because I am pained by the attacks on Indian students in Australia. And I condemn them. And I am glad that Amitabh Bachhan and Aamir Khan have already come forward in their support. And I am glad how the media is giving this issue the importance it deserves. But Why does racism still persist? Why are Indians being targeted again and again? In my view there are several reasons for this. Political and … [Read more...] about Why The World Is Racist Towards Indians
From Buddha to Aristotle many have spoken about the importance of balance. This balance is the one which man acquires when he moves on the middle path. When he avoids extremes and follows the golden mean. Then for example, he is not a coward, nor is he rash -he is courageous. Similarly between pride and diffidence he chooses modesty, between miserliness and extravagance, liberality, between moroseness and buffoonery, good humor, between belligerence and flattery, friendship and so on. One … [Read more...] about Even saints require power, weapons
In the Mughal and British times- due to the oppressive tax regimes- when people met citizens of another city the first question was not how is life in your city but how is tax in your city? I have also begun to ask this question of other city dwellers. How is tax in your city? Why? Because of the newly imposed house tax. Am I scared of paying taxes? No. I pay my taxes. What I fear is interacting with the Government. Whenever I interact with the Government I feel I will enter a morally … [Read more...] about House that for a unique method of collecting taxes?
Even a priest needs to inspire some awe to command the faith of the faithful- Chanakya By priest, Chanakya means a virtuous man - a kind, honest, sincere, generous, loving man. If you wish to live like such a man your life would be saintly. If you wish to be like a saint, then you should have a weapon. What does a weapon mean? Weapon means either the ability to stand for your principles or your network of contacts and your good will or your ability to expose the other person’s misdeeds. This … [Read more...] about Spirituality of Truth and Strength
It is indeed the best time to showcase the work of the Indian Machiavelli - Chanakya - for both the Indian and the Western world. Chanakya's Political Wisdom is particularly relevant because in the India of today, the circumstances are very similar to what they were when Chanakya was born - the country is under attack, not only externally, from extremism, aggressive neighbours and rivals in trade pursuing and pushing their agenda, but it is also under strain internally, because of its hypocrisy, … [Read more...] about Chanakya’s Political Wisdom
The book's wisdom transcends conventionality. The author has written the book of life. The fight between the good and the bad is age old. The book tells how through wisdom and creativity the good man can not only succeed but also sustain his success. … [Read more...] about When You Are Sinking Become a Submarine: Winning through Wisdom & Creativity
Machiavelli is the Father of Realpolitik. A politician and a writer, he wrote his masterpieces The Prince and Discourses on Livy in 16th Century AD. These writings, banned till early 18th century for their controversial and devious content, are now considered the Bible of Realpolitik. Clearly in the world today more politicians are considered Machiavellian than Gandhian, and although we may admire Gandhi more than Machiavelli, the world does often seem to comport to Machiavelli’s … [Read more...] about Machiavelli for Moral People
Real-world research shows that the good person often loses to the immoral person, and the three main reasons for this are: He cannot comprehend how the immoral man thinks, works or makes his moves. He lacks battle skills and doesn't know how to fight back. He is often egoistic about his honesty, whereas the immoral man subjugates his ego to greed and teams up with others. This book strives to initiate the moral man towards: Comprehending evil moves, Executing powerful … [Read more...] about How a Good Person can Really Win
This book carries anecdotes encapsulating Lal Bahadur’s childhood, growing up years and political life. Each anecdote is poignantly narrated by his son Anil Shastri. And, brilliantly interpreted by Pavan Choudary. The reader will take home unique and valuable insights. It is Lal Bahadur Shastri like never before. The book highlights the rich values and principles of Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, which is presented in three sections - values to inspire us at an individual level, interpersonal level … [Read more...] about Lal Bahadur Shastri – Lessons in Leadership – co-author Anil Shastri