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Chanakya’s New Manifesto

There is poison in the fang of the serpent, in the mouth of the fly and in the sting of a scorpion; but the wicked man is saturated with it. – Chanakya. Today at your Adda, we have the highly regarded author of 17 bestselling books such as The Great Indian Middle Class; Being Indian: The truth about why the 21st century will be India’s and Becoming Indian: The Unfinished Revolution of Culture and Identity. Let us welcome Pavan Varma to your Adda with his latest book ‘Chanakya’s New Manifesto’ up for review.

 

We have 50 copies up for review!

Overview of the book:

Chanakya (c. 270-380 BCE) was classical India’s greatest thinker and teacher. Through his unparalleled ability to devise result-oriented military, political, and administrative strategy, he overthrew one king, crowned another and paved the way for the establishment of India’s first great empire. is seminal work, the Arthashashtra, arguably the world’s first comprehensive treatise on statecraft and governance, was written approximately two thousand years before Machiavelli’s The Prince.

What would Chanakya do if confronted with the various crises that beset contemporary India? Using this question as the starting point for his new book, celebrated writer and thinker Pavan K. Varma has drawn up a practical and detailed plan, modelled on the Arthashashtra, to bring about reform and change in five key areas that require urgent attention—governance, democracy, corruption, security, and the building of an inclusive society. Whether it is laying the foundation for an independent and effective Lokpal, or decriminalizing politics and successfully weeding out the corrupt, the solutions he proposes are substantive, well within the constitutional framework, and can make all the difference between intent and action.

Chanakya’s New Manifesto is both a call to action as well as a deeply insightful account of the challenges facing the country today. It is a book that should be attentively read by everybody with a stake in India’s future.

Know the author:

Pavan K. Varma studied history at St Stephen’s College, Delhi, and took a degree in law from Delhi University. He has been press secretary to the president of India, official spokesman of the Foreign Office, director general of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, and India’s ambassador to Bhutan. Having taken premature retirement from the Indian Foreign Service, he now seeks to be actively involved in public life.

Pavan Varma has authored several acclaimed and bestselling books, among them, Ghalib: The Man, The Times; Krishna: The Playful Divine; The Great Indian Middle Class; Being Indian: The truth about why the 21st century will be India’s; Becoming Indian: The Unfinished Revolution of Culture and Identity and When Loss is Gain. He has also translated into English the poetry of Gulzar, Kaifi Azmi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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10 Responses to “Chanakya’s New Manifesto”

  1. Jay says:

    This is a lovely book. I’ve always liked Chanakya’s teachings.
    Done with the process, waiting to review this book. :) :) :)

  2. Leo says:

    Interested indeed :) And applying forthwith. Hoping I get the copy too.

  3. Ankit Mahato says:

    awesome awesome awesome \m/ :D

  4. Sounds Interesting. Hoping to get a copy!

  5. This is not a book one would read over night and forget but a book that is to ‘Think & Ponder’, ‘Understand & contemplate’, ‘Debate & discuss’ and most importantly act upon it…

    http://booklokcoffee.blogspot.in/2013/02/review-chanakyas-new-manifesto-by-pavan.html

    Happy reading every one :)

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