Army chief Gen Naravane asks personnel to study statecraft from ancient Indian texts

HYDERABAD: The Indian Army will draw lessons from statecraft as seen in ancient Indian texts to make itself stronger. Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane said the focus should be on this as the ‘the ancient texts have universal applicability.’

Gen Naravane was speaking at a national webinar organised by the College of Defence Management

in Secunderabad, a premier tri-services training institution of the Armed Forces on Thursday. The theme of the national webinar is ‘Indian Ancient Knowledge System: Relevance to national security and defence management.’

Study the vast repository of Indian ancient knowledge with greater rigour and draw lessons of contemporary relevance from them,” the army chief said.

The webinar will discuss the concepts of culture, civilization and nation as enumerated in ancient Indian texts and also bring out ‘various aspects as constituents of national power’.

Strategic culture, principles of statecraft, use of force and Indian approaches to foreign policy making will be discussed during the two-day event. Veterans, and serving armed forces officers including those of friendly foreign countries will be part of the discussions.

The national seminar is an annual event conducted at the College of Defence Management and focusses on contemporary issues of strategy and management. “Our ancient texts have universal applicability and drawing the right lessons would help us not only in strengthening our cultural values, but also in building a credible national security architecture.”

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