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‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Second Longest Epic of the World ³What¶s not in Bharata, could not be found anywhere else´ ³A Buffet of Ideologies.´ Written around 3000 BC. ³Harappan´ Culture. Urban Way of life. Narrated thrice :
± ± ± ³Jaya´ by Vyasa to Ganesha ³Bharata´ by Vaishampayan to Janamejaya ³Mahabharata´ by Suta/Sauti to the Rishis at Naimisharanya. Astronomy: Existence of Uranus (Shweta) and Neptune (Ksharaka). Geography. Lands as far as Cambodia (Kamboja), Kazakhistan and/or Scandinavia (Uttarakuru), Mathematics: No's to the range of 10 raised to powers of 16 and -16. Descriptions of Weapons which resemble modern day weaponry including Nuclear and/or Chemical Weapons. Complex Military Formations and Strategies. Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Spirituality, Religion, Politics. Even Management Lessons.

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21. 65.870 chariots.Logistics ‡ Kauravas :11 Akshouhini ‡ Pandavas : 7 Akshouhini 1 Akshouhini = 21.610 horses and 109.870 elephants. .350 foot-soldiers (in a ratio of 1:1:3:5).

Generals Kauravas : ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Bhishma Drona Karna Shalya Kripacharya Ashwatthama Duryodhan Pandavas : ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Arjuna Bhima Dhrshtadyumna Abhimanyu Ghatotkach Shikhandi Satyaki .

There's no mention in the Mahabharata that the subjects really missed the Pandavas. but they also also enjoy that of Indraprastha. the kingdom that the Pandavas had taken such labors to build and which had surpassed the Hastinapura of old in all degrees. The Magadhas and The Chedis.Background Pandavas : Exiled for 13 years. . They were the national sovereigns. Their main strength both in terms of political and financial power depends on their friends and relatives : The Pancalas. Not only do the Kauravas enjoy the wealth and power of Hastinapura. Duryodhana has been a benevolent king. Kauravas : In power for 13 years. The Yadavas. Karna had gone on a nation-wide conquering on behalf of Duryodhana. Have no kingdom.

Motivation Kauravas : ³Without war. Pandavas : ³We fight over a Kingdom. will not concede even a needle-prick of earth. It was his moment of truth. fair or foul to get the kingdom. as dogs over a piece of meat. .Duryodhana Duryodhana was completely focused on the war. But«they still wanted to avoid the war.´. and he was in no mood to give it up. They even went as far as making an offer that they will stop the war in exchange of 5 villages. and he meant to keep it. their kingdom taken.´ . He had resorted to any means. He had usurped a kingdom.Yudhishthira The Pandavas had been humiliated. The three elder Pandavas were against the war. their wife insulted. which he believed to be rightfully his.

1 Night (Ashwatthama). Virata and all their sons except for Dhrishtadyumna and Sikhandi. Uttamaujas and the five sons of Draupadi in sleep. . Kaurava Leaders ± First 10 Days (Bhishma). Drupada. Pandavas win at the end. Sikhandi. 1½ Days (Karna) ½ Day (No General).1 Day (Shalya). Bhagadatta. Before That : Kauravas : Bhishma. Bhurisravas. Ghatotkacha and Iravan. get killed during the war. Pandavas : Abhimanyu. 18th Night of the War : Ashwatthama slaughtered the Pandava camp. Karna and his sons. Dhrishtakethu. 3 Days (Drona). Duhsasana and all of Duryodhana¶s brothers. their leaders Dhrishtadyumna. Jayadratha. Shalya. Shakuni and Ulooka get killed during the war. Drona. Susharma.Result War Lasted : 18 Days.

SO HOW DID THE PANDAVAS WIN ????? .

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

‡ The Nagas through marriage between Arjuna and Uloopi. ‡ Magadha through marriage between Sahadeva and Vijaya. . ‡ The Rakshasas through marriage between Bhima and Hidimba.Allies Kauravas : Centralized power system.Bhagadatta) Pandavas : No wealth. The greatest empire of the time. But not many powerful allies. ‡ Kasi through marriage between Bhima and Balandhara. But powerful allies all over India. Sindhu (Jayadratha) and Kambodia (Kamboja . ‡ Dwaraka through marriage between Arjuna and Subhadra. ‡ Chedi through marriage between Nakula and Karenumayi. Make Powerful Allies. No power of their own. ‡ Kekaya through marriage between Yudhisthira and Devika. ‡ Matsya through marriage between Abhimanyu and Uttara. ‡ Panchala through Marriage with Draupadi. except for old relations from far off places like Gandhara (Shakuni).

Bhishma. Share your responsibilities. Krishna ± Arjuna¶s charioteer and counselor. ‡ Drupada (King of Pancala).(1 man command 1 akshouhini each). Drona. . Shalya and Ashwatthama became Heads. ‡ Virata (King of Matsya). One Head of Army at a time. Karna. Pandavas : Distributed leadership. ‡ Shikhandi (Prince of Pancala). Seven commanders for the seven divisions. ‡ Dhrishtaketu (King of Chedi). who has supreme authority over all 11 akshouhinis of the army. ‡ Dhrishtadyumna ± (Another Prince of Pancala and Commander in Chief) Arjuna ±Supreme Commander. ‡ Satyaki (Warrior from Dwarka). ‡ Sahadeva (King of Magadha).Leadership Kauravas : Centralized leadership.

One Goal. they all had huge respect for Krishna and Yudhisthira.Team Spirit Kauravas : No team spirit. ‡ Shalya : Simply cheated by Duryodhana to be there. Bhishma and Shakuni. ‡ Drona and Kripa : They owed allegiance to the throne. Most of them were close relatives ± cousins. It was like a bees. They didn¶t gel well with each other. Teamwork succeeds where Individual effort fails. Was originally a Pandava ally. Bhishma and Karna had problems. They all fought their individual wars. ‡ Bhishma : For his vow to protect the throne Hastinapur. hornets and mosquitoes put together in a jar. brother-in-laws. Pandavas : One team. ‡ Karna : To prove his mettle against Arjuna. For his friendship with Duryodhana. More than that they all were part of the decision-making process. As men. . Karna and Shalya. Karna and Shakuni. Shalya and Bhishma. It was their ³common´ war. father-in-laws. While as warriors they were in complete awe of Bhima and Arjuna.

Shalya ± Nakula . ‡ Sahadeva ± Shakuni and his sons. All the 4 main generals had strong ties with the Pandavas. ‡ Nakula ±Karna¶s sons. ‡ Dhrishtadyumna : Drona. The Right team is made by selecting the Right Individuals. . ‡ Shikhandi : Bhishma. ‡ Satyaki ± Bhurisravas. ‡ Bhima ± Duryodhana and his brothers. which just became one with the teams¶ agenda.Individual Motives Kauravas : Except for Duryodhana nobody wanted the War. But the individuals had their individual targets. A Team of Traitors. Drona ± Wont kill the Pandavas (students) . Their own agenda. Get the right man for the right job. Will only kill a thousand soldiers each day. Will only capture them. ‡ Arjuna ± Karna.Sahadeva¶s maternal uncle : Loved the Pandavas and covertly helped them by humiliating Karna Karna (brother to the Pandavas) : Promised not to kill any of the other Pandavas save Arjuna. Bhishma ± Wont kill the Pandavas (grandchildren). Pandavas : Common goal.

‡ Ghatotkacha even in death. ‡ Krishna took up arms twice and almost entered the war. Moreover he abandoned weapons as soon as he heard that his son had died. only to be stopped by Arjuna. ‡ Bhishma himself gave away the secret of killing him to the Pandavas. took with him almost half the Kaurava army. This was a suicide mission but he still went in and took a great part of the Kaurava army down with him. a 16 year old kid. Pandavas : ‡ Abhimanyu. ‡ Shalya kept on insulting Karna while in Battle. The best man for a Job is not the one with the best capabilities but the one with the greatest commitment. He prolonged the war by killing only the inconsequential soldiers in the Pandava army. Karna fled innumerous times from the war when he got hurt. Yudhishthira didn't hesitate to tell a lie or a twisted truth when faced with the decision of whether to stick to his personal integrity or to the welfare of the team. He gave away his Kavacha and Kundala prior to the War. ‡ Karna did not kill Yudhisthira and Bhima when he got the chances. It took the combined effort of 7 Maharathis to take him down. . The interests of the Individual should never exceed the Team interest. ‡ Drona too indirectly gave away his secret. despite his promise. Looking further on their commitment. ventured beyond enemy lines alone. ‡ Yudhishthira knew he couldn¶t face Karna in the war.Commitment Kauravas : As mentioned earlier the Big 4 had a lot of emotional attachment with the 5 Pandavas. He did not fight a warrior like Shikhandi because of his personal bias. nevertheless still went on to set an example. He didn¶t attempt to save Duhsasana when Bhima was killing him. by saying he was invulnerable as long as he held a weapon.

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

Know different ideologies. Acharyas (Householders. One year exile among the poor people of Kuru-Panchala while trying to escape from Varanavatha. Contact with people from various strata of the society. Courage and Valor. Know ground realities. teachers). Apsaras. Sannyasis (celibate monks). Rakshasas. 12 years of Vanavasa and 1 year of Ajnatatvasa. Gandharvas. People from different regions Uttarkuru. Pandavas : ‡ Spent the greater part of their lives in Poverty.The Roots Kauravas : Princes brought up in the comfort of the Royal Palace. No experience of ground reality. ‡ Experienced with the ground reality. ‡ Different races of people. Bengal etc. Nagas. Fame. ‡ A Sense of Sharing. Share. . lower-class Potter. matured on romanticized ideals of Power. Childhood in the Himalayan foothills among Rishis. poor Brahmanas. A sense of Brotherhood.

Shakuni. ‡ Draupadi was a companion in whatever the Pandavas did. Nobody listened to her. ‡ Even the younger Pandavas. Any team which doesn't have women is unbalanced. Kripa. Women are often considered the Better Half. So the female influence was huge. Abhimanyu and Iravan were brought up by their mothers. Drona. . Vidur. Gandhari retreated to the Inner Chambers. Pandavas : Matriarchal Structure. She had a big role in all the decision making. Without her the Pandavas would have most probably reclined to the forests. Duryodhana. No women in the decision making process. ‡ Kunti was the authority supreme for the Pandavas. Dhratarashtra. Bhishma. for the Masculine traits of Aggression and Dominance should be balanced by the Feminine traits of Harmony and Sustenance.Women Empowerment Kauravas : Patriarchal structure. Duhsasana. ³Whatever my mother says is Dharma to me´ : Yudhisthira. Karna. Ghatotkacha.

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

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