Raksha Mantri Launched ‘Project Udbhav’

  • During the inauguration of the Indian Military Heritage Festival.
  • In the presence of General Manoj Pande, Chief of The Army Staff, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, Chief of Air Staff, Vice Admiral SJ Singh, Vice Chief of Naval Staff, Lieutenant General JP Mathew, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff, Major General BK Sharma (Retired), Director General United Services Institution of India.
  • A collaboration between the Indian Army and the USI
  • Udbhav, translates to ‘origin’ or ‘genesis’, acknowledges the vintage scriptures and writings of our nation, that span centuries in the past and contain profound knowledge that can benefit modern military strategies.
  • Objective is to synthesize ancient wisdom with contemporary military practices, forging a unique and holistic approach to address modern security challenges.
  • The ancient Indian knowledge system is rooted in a 5000-year-old civilizational legacy, which has attached great value to knowledge witnessed by a large body of intellectual texts, the world’s largest collection of manuscripts, thinkers and schools.
  • Project Udbhav will facilitate an in-depth understanding of our knowledge systems and philosophies and aims to comprehend their enduring connect, relevance and applicability in the modern day.
  • Literature like Chanakya’s Arthashastra underscores the importance of strategic partnerships, alliances and diplomacy, aligning with modern military practices such as international cooperation and soft power projection.
  • Thirukkural, the classical Tamil text authored by Thiruvalluvar, the Tamil philosopher, advocates ethical conduct in all endeavours, including warfare and this aligns with modern military codes of ethics of just war and principles of the Geneva Convention.
  • Empires of Chandragupta Maurya, Ashoka and Cholas flourished and expanded in influence, during their times.
  • Ahom kingdom successfully ruled for 600 years, repeatedly defeating the Mughals.
  • Practise by Chhatrapati Shivaji and Maharaja Ranjit Singh who defeated numerically superior Mughal and Afghan invaders.
  • Shivaji’s use of guerrilla tactics is well acknowledged, less highlighted is his foresightedness in the construction of a series of Naval Forts along the western seaboard to ward off external threats.
  • An initiative in this research was earlier taken by the Army Training Command, who after delving into the ancient Indian Scriptures such as Arthashastra, Nitisara by Kamandaki and Mahabharata compiled the ‘Compendium of 75 Stratagems’.
  • Other academic institutions like the College of Defence Management also conducted a study to establish linkages between Indian Culture and the art of strategic thinking. 
  • A series of events and workshops, will dwell on various facets of our strategic culture and culminate in January 2024.
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