INDIAN MANAGEMENT THOUGHT2
LESSONS FROM THE STRATEGIES OF WAR FROM ANCIENT INDIAAS BUILDING BLOCKS FOR ORGANISATIONS & THEIR STRATEGIES
The business battleground has a terrain that is tricky and difficult to understand. The warsare totally intellectual wars with a battleground that no one has ever seen. It can only beimagined. Reconnaissance is thus, extraordinarily difficult. There is no one best way tofight such wars. And knowing which type of warfare to use during a fight is the first andmost important decision a business needs to make.
War evolves as an Organized Enterprise
In the western world, by the end of the 4th Century BC, the mighty armies of Persians(Darius) and Greeks (Alexander) had come and gone. The new model armies of theRomans had already created an empire. Hannibal’s campaign over the Alps withelephants had been conducted in 216 BC.
Warfare had become an organizedenterprise in all its aspects, viz., financing, organizing, recruiting, tactics,generalship, logistics and training.
In India, prior to the 5th Century BC, warfare had remained ritualistic, either based onunorganized masses crashing into each other, or of feudal knights battling individuallyaccording to the rules of personal combat, e.g., the probity of
. Chivalryand the warrior’s code took precedence over results. King Porus’ regal answer toAlexander on how a defeated king be treated is indicative of the attitudes that guidedwarfare.