Winning MANTRAS from THE MAHABHARATA

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610 horses and 109.870 elephants. 21. ) 4 .870 chariots. 65.350 footsoldiers ( (in a ratio of 1:1:3:5).Logistics g Kauravas au a as :11 Akshouhini s ou Pandavas : 7 Akshouhini 1 Akshouhini = 21.

Generals Kauravas : Pandavas : Bhishma Drona K Karna Shalya Kripacharya Ashwatthama Duryodhan Arjuna Bhima Dh ht d Dhrshtadyumna Abhimanyu Ghatotkach Shikhandi Satyaki 5 .

d Th Their i main i strength hb both hi in terms of political and financial power depends on their friends and relatives : The Pancalas. Duryodhana. The Yadavas. the kingdom that the Pandvas had taken such labors to build and which had surpassed the Hastina of old in all g Karna had g gone on a nation-wide conquering q g on behalf of degrees. H Have no ki kingdom. but also that Not only of Indraprastha. Duryodhan has been a benevolent king. y have they y the wealth and power p of Hastinapur. The Magadhas and The Ch di Chedis. Kauravas : In power for 13 years. Theres no guarantee that the Subjects really miss the Pandavas. p .Background g Pandavas : E il d f Exiled for 13 years. They are the national sovereigns 6 .

and he was in no mood to g give it up. humiliated their wife insulted insulted.” earth ” Duryodhna Duryodhana was completely focused on the War War. The three elder Pandavas were against the War. . their kingdom taken. 7 . foul or fair to get the kingdom. He had usurped a kingdom. which he g y his. He had resorted to any means. It was his moment of truth. and he meant to keep it. war will concede not a needle-prick needle prick of earth.Motivation Kauravas : “Without war. But…still they wanted to avoid the War. They even went as far as making an offer that they will stop the War in exchange of 5 villages.”Yudhisthira The Pandavas had been humiliated. as dogs over a piece of meat meat. p believed to be rightfully Pandavas : “We We fight over a Kingdom Kingdom.

Result War Lasted : 18 Days. 3 Days(Drona). Abhimanyu.1 1 Day (Shalya) (Shalya). Ghatotkach and Iravan. Karna and his sons. Drona. J Jayadrath. Bhagadutta. Before That : Kauravas : Bhishma. th Shakuni and Ulooka. Shalya. 1 Night(Ashwatthama) 18th Night of the War : Ashwatthama slaughtered the Pandava camp in sleep sleep. Bhurisrava. d th D Duhsasana h and d all ll of fD Duryodhana’s dh ’ b brothers. S h Susharma. 8 . Pandavas P d : Drupad. Virat and his sons. 10 Days (Bhisma). 1½ Days (Karna) ½ Day (No General) General).

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Bhima met his brother Hanuman and got a blessing of enhanced strength. But it meant a loss in terms of both men and money and creation of new enemies enemies. Pandavas : Though in exile they turned their attention to improving over their weakness Arjuna set out on a mission to acquires Divyastras. lest he g to y yet another dice g game. and also learnt the Game of Dice from Gandharava Chtrasena.Preparation p Kauravas : Karna went on a country-wide military mission. subdued the different kingdoms and acquired wealth. your weakness into y your Strength. Its said that he had was challenged become undefeatable in Dice. strength Yudhisthira acquired teachings from the various wise rishis. g Turn y 10 .

But powerful allies all over India. except from old relations from far off places like Gandhara(Shakuni). The greatest empire of the time. Sindhu(Jayadrath) and Kambodia(Camboja . Dwarka through marriage with Arjuna and Subhadra. M t Matsya th through h marriage i of f Abhimanyu Abhi and d Uttara. Panchala through Marriage with Darupadi. No power of their own. Magadh through marriage of Shadeva and Vijaya. 11 . Kekaya through marriage of Yudhisthira and Devika. C Chedi through marriage of f Nakula and Karenmayi. But not many powerful allies.Bhagadutt) Pandavas : No wealth. The Nagas through marriage of Arjuna and Uloopi.Allies Kauravas : Centralized power system. Make Powerful Allies. Utt The Rakshasas through marriage of Bhima and Hidimba. Kasi through marriage of Bhima and Balandhara.

Dhrshtaketu (King of Chedi). Pancala) Dhrshtadymna – Commander in Chief. Sahadeva(King of Magadha) Magadha). Bhishma. Drupad (King of Pancala). Shikhandi (Prince of Pancala). Shalya and Ashwatthama. Arjuna –Supreme Supreme Commander Commander. Satyaki (Only warrior from Dwarka). Pandavas : Distributed leadership. Drona.Leadership p Kauravas : Centralized leadership.(1 (1 man command d 1 akshouhini k h hi i each). Share your responsibilities. Karna. Krishna – Arjuna’s charioteer and counselor. Seven commanders for the seven di i i divisions. 12 . h) Virat (King of Matsya). One Head of Army at a time. who has supreme authority of 11 akshouhini of army.

Bhishma : For his Vow to protect the throne Hastinapur. Teamwork succeeds where Individual effort fails. Bhisma and Shakuni. It was their “common” war. brother-in-laws. they all had huge respect for Krishna and Yudhisthira. f More than that they all were part of the decision-making process. Pandavas : One team.Team Spirit p Kauravas : No team spirit. father-in-laws. Karna nd Shakuni. They didn’t gel well with each other. One Goal. While as warriors they were in complete awe of Bhima and Arjuna. Shalya : Simply cheated by Duryodhana to be there. hornets and mosquitoes put together in a jar. Karna : To prove his mantle against Arjuna. Shalya and Bhishma. Most of f them were close relatives – cousins. Was originally a Pandava ally. It was like a bees. Friendship for Duryodhana. fails 13 . They all fought their individual wars. Drona and Kripa : They owed allegiance to the throne. Bhishma and Karna. Karna and Shalya. As men.

Will kill a thousand soldiers each day. Pandavas : Common goal. Bhishma(grandchildern) – Wont kill the panadavas. Will capture them only. 14 . Karna Bhima – Duryodhana and his brothers. Get the right man for the right job. All the 4 main generals had strong ties with the Pandavas. Sahadeva – Shakuni and his sons. Nakula –Karna’s sons. agenda Dhratsadyumna : Drona. Satayaki – Bhurisravas. Aj A Team of Traitors. Shikhandi : Bhisma. Drona (students) – Wont kill the Pandavas. Shalya (Nakula-Shadeva’s maternal uncle) : Loved the Pandavas and covertly helped them by humiliating Karna K Karna (b th t (brother to the th Pandavas) P d ):P Promised i d not tt to kill any of f th the other th Pandavas P d save Arjuna. Arjuna – Karna. But the individuals had their individual targets.Individual Motives Kauravas : Except for Duryodhana nobody wanted the War. The Right team is made by selecting the Right Individuals. Their own agenda. which just became one with the teams’ teams agenda.

Karna did not kill Yudhisthira and Bhima when he got the chance. Yudhisthira he knew he couldn’t Yudhisthira. inspite of his promise.He P d H prolonged l d th the War W by b killing killi only l inconsequential soldiers. He didn’t ’ save Duhsasana when Bhima was killing him. Looking further on their commitment. It took the combined effort of 7 Maharathis to take him down.Commitment Kauravas : Already said the Big 4 had big emotional attachment with the 5 Pandavas. by saying he was invulnerable as long as he held a weapon. Pandavas : Abhimanyu . Bhi Bhisma hi himself lf gave away th the secret t of f killing killi him hi t to th the Pandavas. 15 . took with him almost half the army. Moreover he abandoned weapons as soon as he knew his son had died. Shalya kept on insulting Karna while in Battle. The best man for a Job is not the one with the best capabilities but one with the g greatest commitment. This was suicide mission but he still went in and took a great part of the army down with him. He gave away his Kavac and Kundala prior to his War. Krishna took up arms twice and almost entered the War. The interests of the Individual should never exceed the Team interest. Ventured beyond enemy lines alone. only to be stopped by Arjuna. Drona too indirectly gave away his secret. couldn t face Karna in War. War but still went in to set an example example. a 16 year old kid. Ghatotkach even in death. Karna fled f innumerous times from f the War when he was hurt. Yudhitshira didn didn't t hesitate to tell a lie or a twisted truth when faced with the decision of whether to stick to his personal integrity or welfare of the team. He did not fight a warrior like Shikhandi because of his personal bias.

In reality he made a covert deal with them. While coming back. Yudhisthira : Low-key strategist. counsel your own team in moments of need. He made an offer to all the assembled people to change sides if they wanted to. back he took a calculated risk risk. Inspire. Know your enemies weaknesses and exploit them. Take Calculated risks. On the first day of the War. This exposed the weakness k of f the th Kauravas K for f all ll to t see. Went over to the Enemy side to seek blessings from Elders Elders. He knew well of the lack of cohesiveness among the Kauravas. wherein all of them agreed to help him and unfolded the secrets of defeating them.Right g Managers g Krishna : The Greatest Crisis Manager the world has seen. 16 . he played a Master game. Yuyutsu. son of Dhrtarashtra crossed over to the Pandavas. invigorate.

P People l f from diff different t regions i Utt k Uttarkuru. Experienced with the ground reality reality. poor Brahmanas. Know ground realities. Different races of people. Courage and Valor. One year exile among the poor people of KuruPanchala. t A Sense of Sharing. Sannyasis (celibate monks). Fame. matured on romanticized ideals of Power. Pandavas : Spent the greater part of their lives in Poverty. Rakshasas. teachers). B Bengal l etc. lower-class Potter. No experience of ground reality. A sense of Brotherhood. Gandharavas. Acharyas(Householders. Contact with people from various strata of the society. 17 . Apsaras.The Roots Kauravas : Princes brought up in the comfort of the Royal Palace. 12 years of Vanvas and 1 year of Agyatvas. Share. Nagas. Childhood in the Himalayan foothills among Rishis. realities Know different ideologies.

Nobody listened to her. Any team which doesn't doesn t have women is unbalanced. Vidur. 18 . Duhsasana. Women = Better Half. Drona. Shakuni. Kunti was the authority supreme for the Pandavas. Pandavas : Matriarchal Structure.Women Empowerment p Kauravas : Patriarchal structure. Bhishma. Gandhari retreated to the Inner Chambers. Without her the Pandavas would have most probably reclined to the forests. for the Masculine traits of Aggression and Dominance should be balanced by the Feminine traits of Harmony and Sustenance. She S had a big role in all the decision making. Karna. “Whatever my mother says is Dharma to me” : Yudhisthira. So the female influence was huge. Even the younger Pandavas : Ghatotkach. Dhratarashtra. Kripa. No women in the decision making process. Duryodhana. Draupadi was a companion in whatever the Pandavas did. Abhimnanyu and Iravan were brought up by their mothers.

g Cooperate. 19 . Team interests over Individual interests.Recap p Turn your weaknesses into strengths. T Turn enemies i into i t allies. Take calculated risks. The Gender Balance is required for stability y and administration. Know Ground realities. Empower Women. Exploit its weaknesses.. Know your enemy/challenges. risks The Right Managers : To inspire. Teamwork scores over Individual Effort. The right man for the right job. counsel in crisis . Right Team = Right set of Individuals. Accept p different ideologies. lli Share your responsibilities. invigorate. Commitment scores over Competence Competence.

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