Chanakya's New Manifesto

Title: Chanakya's New Manifesto: to Resolve the Crisis within India
Author:  Pavan K. Varma
Publisher: Aleph
Genre: Non-Fiction

A lot has been written over Chanakya, supposedly India’s first politician. From a fictionalized version of his life and work, as in Chanakya’s Chants; to an attempted biography by Igen. I used the word ‘attempted’ as no reliable documented source is present to verify the early life of Chanakya. Where some writers present him as a cruel politician, some adores his intellect and write books giving out examples from his life to improve your business strategies or to make you a good leader, as in Corporate Chanakya. So what is so NEW in Chanakya’s New Manifesto by Pavan K. Varma? 

Well, first thing is that it relates to today’s scenario. Based on the epic Arthashashtra written by Chanakya, author tries to analyze the problems India is facing today and also suggest the solutions. The book is chiefly divided on five aspects, each covering an area responsible for growth, peace and safety of our country, namely, Governance, Democracy, Corruption, Security and Creation of an Inclusive Society. Spread since the independence of India till after 66 years of its struggle, author points out the reason of our weakness and shed some light on the prospective solutions. From the loopholes present in our government and how every citizen has a part to play in it, to the flawed democracy and its resurrection through Chanakya’s method. Author has given more than a hundred points to fight corruption, considered as the biggest plague of our country. Whether it is terrorism or violence against women, nobody feels secure in this country of righteousness; author recommends it’s a soaring time to restructure our security issues. The last chapter is what makes this book unique from other pompous work where author just point the flaws. This part talks directly to the reader and explain how every person plays an essential role in forming our nation and how if we do our part with dedication, our dream country won’t be just a dream anymore. Even though nothing seems like an ‘out of the box’ idea or a miraculous observation, writer’s work is agreeable. 

Best thing about this book is author’s realization that his ideas might not be bullet-proof. Unlike other writers who just want to stamp their thoughts on reader’s mind (note my previous review for instance), author here clearly states that his ideas are meant for debate and he is just presenting a hope for the betterment of our country without taking political sides. Overall it is an easy and enlightening read. It gave me a lot of material to discuss in my company’s next GD session. Highly recommended for those who don’t miss a day’s newspaper. 

Rating: 4/5 

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