P. K. Gautam

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  • P. K. Gautam was a Consultant at Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detail profile.

    Publishing Official Military Histories

    Publishing Official Military Histories

    We recommend that the histories of the 1965 and 1971 wars be revised, updated and reprinted as proper official versions with the correct title and logo.

    October 16, 2015

    Indigenous Historical Knowledge: Kautilya and His Vocabulary (Volume I)

    Indigenous Historical Knowledge: Kautilya and His Vocabulary
    • Publisher: Pentagon Press

    This book is the first in a series of three volumes on “Kautilya and His Vocabulary” as a part of the “Indigenous Historical Knowledge” project undertaken by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. The edited volumes contain select papers presented in a series of workshop, national and international seminars organised by the institute. The project is an attempt to trace, look into, analyse and relate with the indigenous strategic thinking in India. These volumes aim at initiating the study, internalisation, spread and consolidation of Kautilya’s Arthashastra in the strategic domain. The four focus themes in the three volumes are foreign policy, intelligence, war and internal security as they relate to contemporary times.

    • ISBN 978-81-8274-849-1,
    • Price: ₹. 695.00
    • E-copy available

    Emerging Need for Nepali Ecological Task Force (ETF) Units

    Nepal should raise Ecological Task Force (ETF) units to assist in tasks related to ecological reconstruction.

    April 29, 2015

    Using Temple Gold for Shoring up the Economy: Learning from Kautilya’s Arthashastra

    Using Temple Gold for Shoring up the Economy: Learning from Kautilya’s Arthashastra

    Kautilya argues that when the treasury gets depleted, concerted efforts become necessary for its replenishment and even recommends extraordinary measures in emergency situations. But the guiding principle should be what the people consider as beneficial to themselves.

    April 17, 2015

    Dharma and Artha

    Fellows' Seminar
    January 02, 2015
    1030 to 1300 hrs

    Current Issues in Climate Change

    The problems caused by climate change have been recognised as one of the greatest concern of this century. The subject is futuristic, relevant and multi-disciplinary with many stakeholders. The matter encompasses not only the health of the planet itself, but also that of nations and individuals.

    The Cholas: Some Enduring Issues of Statecraft, Military Matters and International Relations

    The article addresses the deficit in the indigenous, rich historical knowledge of south India. It does this by examining the military and political activities of the Cholas to understand the employment of various supplementary strategies. The article deals with the engagements and battles of the Cholas with other kingdoms of south India, and ‘externally’ with Sri Lanka. It begins with an exposition of various types of alliances that were an integral part of the military strategy of the time.

    October 2013

    Overcoming the Ways of Matsya Nyaya

    Ancient Indian political thought as given in the niti (moral law) lays down that matsya nyaya (big fish swallowing the smaller fish), which is a law of nature, must be eradicated. However, in spite of best intentions it continues to prevail in internal and international politics. Society is bound together by dharma (justice), which is the great protecting principle, and economic prosperity, moral welfare and cultural advancements are the functions of justice.

    September 2013