A leader should be self-disciplined, have clarity of thoughts: Pillai

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Jun 2018 12:25:38


Staff Reporter,

“The leader in any field should be self-disciplined, have clarity of thoughts, work with purpose and also know when to withdraw. But while leaving he should prepare the next leader and later become keen observer and guide. These basics can be followed by anyone to succeed in life”, Dr Radhakrishnan Pillai, the modern Chanakya, explained the teachings of Arya Chanakya, the great philosopher of 4th century BC and is still relevant. Dr Pillai was delivering a lecture on ‘Chanakya in daily life’, organised under Knowledge Series, by SGR Knowledge Foundation in association with Chitnavis Centre, on Wednesday.

Explaining Chanakya Dr Pillai, a researcher in Chanakya literature spoke about Chanakya as a person, his knowledge and application. Dr Pillai called him a multi-dimensional personality with great vision and knowledge of several fields. The Kautilya’s Arthashastra, with 6000 sutras, can be called the first Constitution of the nation. This is supported by the guidelines for the leader (then the King) in the form of ‘Chanakya Neeti’.

Chanakya spotted talent in Chandragupta, who was son of a servant (Daasi) and made him the King. Dr Pillai said that the talent should be spotted, training imparted and opportunity given irrespective of the caste and religion factor. This was demonstrated by him. He defeated Aexander (outer enemy) and then King Dhananand (inner enemy) to save the nation (then kingdom Magadh). Dr Pillai said that India has a great tradition of Rishis, who were knowledgeable persons. There is a need to go back to the roots and explore the knowledge covering almost all the fields in the world.

Chanakya has covered 180 different fields with simple sutras, which any person can understand. His literature is being studied all over the world. Chanakya’s Arthashastra is termed not as a book but a library and Chanakya as an institution. There are evidence of several leaders in different parts of the country following his teachings till recently. Even some families have old manuscripts with them and are followed traditionally. These manuscripts, which are not with recognised institutions are more than one crore.

Dr Pillai spoke about time management as described by Chanakya, dividing the 24 hours into sessions of 90 minutes each, daily time table and time to be devoted by the leader to the spies, advisors, treasury, meeting people, discussion with ministers and experts in different fields to retiring for the day. While describing the manner in which daily routine should be planned, Chanakya has also stated that the schedule and rules should be respected and followed, but should not be rigid.

Dr Pillai, explained the Chanakya sutras by quoting simple examples from daily life of common people. He finally stated that one should also know when to stop or walk out gracefully. Despite delay in starting the lecture as Dr Pillai’s flight got delayed, the venue was full to its capacity. The lecture was followed by informal discussion with the audience. At the outset Director of Raisoni Group Sunil Raisoni and Director of Chitnavis Centre Mohan Sarvate welcomed Dr Pillai.