Secunderabad-based College of Defence Management (CDM), which trains defence officers for senior leadership roles, has recommended inclusion of ancient Indian texts such as Kautilya’s Arthashastra, Thirukkural and Bhagavad Gita into the current military training curriculum, reported News18.com.
It has also suggested setting up an ‘Indian Culture Study Forum’.
“Indian Culture Club should be set up, which would offer access to available research material on ancient Indian texts and the available online repository as well as organise panel discussions and guest lectures on the relevant topics”, the report said.
Since the Bharatiya Janata Party-led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come to power in 2014, there has been a lot of emphasis on the Indianisation of the defence forces, from military equipment and weapons systems to culture and themes.
News18.com reported “In 2016, the Army War College, Mhow, had also published a combat paper, which drew instances from the Mahabharata and Arthashastra and stated that the strategic thoughts and art of war found in the texts were also relevant in today’s context as well.”
The ancient Indian texts are relevant for leadership, warfare and strategic thinking.