Chanakya's New Manifesto to Resolve the Crisis within India
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. His 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.

Chanakya's New Manifesto to Resolve the Crisis within India Details

TitleChanakya's New Manifesto to Resolve the Crisis within India
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 27th, 2019
PublisherAleph
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GenreNonfiction, Economics, Politics, Cultural, India

Chanakya's New Manifesto to Resolve the Crisis within India Review

  • Ankita
    January 1, 1970
    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 as it proposes a well analyzed comprehensive blueprint for mostly systemic changes India desperately needs to not just become a superpower but to survive as well."The crisis is Systemic and, therefore, it needs a systemic response." -- Page 31 Our humble author Pavan K. Verma has clarified that the blueprint is 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 as it proposes a well analyzed comprehensive blueprint for mostly systemic changes India desperately needs to not just become a superpower but to survive as well."The crisis is Systemic and, therefore, it needs a systemic response." -- Page 31 Our humble author Pavan K. Verma has clarified that the blueprint is meant for debate not a final verdict. And the book is written with urgency and humility, it does not claim to have a monopoly on the truth and this book is written without any ulterior agenda but for India's betterment.The book is well researched and it is definitely going to become a treasure for youngsters (aged between 15 and 35), which captivates to understand the functioning of the country. The author has used economic figures and data not only of India but of other nations as well to explain every crisis within India in extensive detail and presented a blueprint for change. So a question may raise in your minds, why read this book when you read a newspaper daily or stick with a business news channel? Well from 1947 to 2012, whatever happened systemically, it's impact on the nation as a whole, facts and figures and most importantly the solution on the basis of Arthasasthra written by a world's most incisive thinker and scholar Chanakya around 200 years ago, is there is these 248 pages which I think one will hardly find anywhere else.In prologue, Author has described Chanakya's story and about the purpose & the origin of Arthasasthra, How it is an ultimate tool for a better management and functioning. Subsequently describing the purpose of this new manifesto in order to tackle the current malaise."India, in order to make it's real tryst with the destiny, must change." -- Page 15 Crisis: Author has raised some serious questions as we are as a nation, dangerously close to the brink. After a careful thought Author has shortlisted FIVE areas which are the current principle cause of our current predicament. Subsequently briefing about the five grim crises we are facing today.For better understand and easy access Author has given an individual chapter to each crisis for detail assessment. Every chapter Starts with an excerpt albeit profound advice from Arthasasthra explaining the importance of the Subject in real life, consequently explaining the gravity of the subject presenting facts then drilling down to the to what exactly needs to bone to eradicate the problems.The five Chapters/problems/Grim crises: Governance Democracy Corruption Security The creation of an Inclusive society 1) Governance: It's well known that in current times government have shown a pronounced inability to govern.“The people of a nation have a fundamental right-- Those whom they elect must govern. When they don't, this fundamental right is criminally violated. " -- page 17. This chapter focuses upon the growing poverty, malnourished children, infant mortality rate, malaria, instability of the coalition government, problems in agriculture sector, power generation, shortage of coal, poor quality of Indian Railways, Poor infrastructure, condition of civil aviation sector, High Fiscal Deficit, High Current Account Deficit, High Inflation, Low GD all in on i focuses on the government paralysis.Some (very little) astonishing facts collected from this section----> Agriculture productivity is growing at the abysmal rate of 2-3%-->Brazil spends 1.7 % of it's GDP on agriculture sector, what we spent does not even register.-->Around 25 million tons of food produced in India rots every year. In 2012, it was 75 million tons.-->Farmer gets only one third of what we pay, thanks to APMC act.-->Aggregate loss of our state power utilities was more then $445 billion in 2010.-->China produced 203 million tons of oil in 2011, Our tally was mere 33.7 million tons.-->70% of infrastructure projects are delayed.-->It'll take 3 decades to surpass Brazil, to for South Africa in GDP terms. 29 years to to take Russia & UK, and 35 years to even dream of US.Chanakya's new manifesto states 57 well laid out points on how to improve the condition of above mentioned and much more then that.2)Democracy: We are the world's biggest democracy but yet we are flawed in many many ways. "There is a cancer at the heart of our democracy; our electoral system is filled with black money rather than within funds." This section focuses on the nexus between black money and political parties, after winning how parties tends to milk the state's money to recoup their investment in the election campaign, criminal records of many MP's and state ministers, the succession reign in political parties, stalled parliamentary proceedings etc.Some (very little) astonishing facts collected from this section---->In 2009, 153 members of Lok sabha were with criminal records. And it's increasing.-->Each minute in Parliament cost- 2.95 lakhs.Chanakya's new manifesto states 87 well thought strong points which can help to improve the democratic condition of the nation considerably. Read the complete review Booklok Coffee
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  • Deepak
    January 1, 1970
    Just finished reading ‘Chanakya’s New Manifesto’ authored by Pavan K. Varma.A very contemporary and relevant book on the state of affairs in India today. It is an insider’s view and opinion on the various ills that the country is facing with respect to Governance, Democracy, Corruption, Security and Building an inclusive society. Pavan Varma has been press secretary to the President of India, official spokesman of the Foreign Office, Director General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations Just finished reading ‘Chanakya’s New Manifesto’ authored by Pavan K. Varma.A very contemporary and relevant book on the state of affairs in India today. It is an insider’s view and opinion on the various ills that the country is facing with respect to Governance, Democracy, Corruption, Security and Building an inclusive society. Pavan Varma 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. He has a number of books to his credit, one can expect a book that details all the problems face by India and the solutions to get out of the cesspool.Chanakya was classical India’s greatest thinker and teacher. His seminal work, the Arthashastra, the world’s first comprehensive treatise on statecraft and governance, was written approximately two thousand years before Machiavelli’s The Prince.In this book Pavan Varma has drawn up a practical and detailed plan, modeled on the Arthashastra, to bring about reform and change in the five key areas that need urgent attention.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 and well within the constitutional framework. Who will bell the cat? Well, as the author in the Epilogue says, ‘Those in power, in a better position to usher in change, must see the manifesto in this light. It is an appeal to their good sense. It presents them with a plan of action to fulfill the expectations of the people, ideas that could change the future of our country. Ideally, they must be proactive in working towards this change.’The references to the Arthashastra at the beginning of chapters are all quotable quotes that are then worked upon by Pavan Varma in expounding his solutions.The quote from Arthashastra on Governance is ‘ In the intersts of the prosperity of the country, a King should be diligent in foreseeing the possibility of calamities, try to avert them before they arise, overcome those which happen, remove all obstructions to economic activity and prevent loss of revenue to the State.’I only hope that it reaches those in power and hopefully we see Pavan K. Varma in public life bringing about the change that is suggested. It has plenty of statistics that are used to substantiate the author’s views.It is a good valuable read and should be read by all right thinking Indians who have the country’s future in their hearts and see in what way they can contribute to a better future for the country. As John F Kennedy had said ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. The 248 pages book is published by Aleph Book Company and promoted by Rupa Publications. Do read it.
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  • Paromita Bardoloi
    January 1, 1970
    The book is dedicated as “For the people of India whose tryst with destiny remains incomplete, but who will wait no more.” True to its dedication this book takes the readers through the past glories, failures of the present government and above all provides a blue print to a glorious future. Varma uses the voice of Chanakya one of the greatest thinker and teacher India ever had. Chanakya’s work on state and welfare “Arthashastra,” was written approximately two thousand years before Machiavelli's The book is dedicated as “For the people of India whose tryst with destiny remains incomplete, but who will wait no more.” True to its dedication this book takes the readers through the past glories, failures of the present government and above all provides a blue print to a glorious future. Varma uses the voice of Chanakya one of the greatest thinker and teacher India ever had. Chanakya’s work on state and welfare “Arthashastra,” was written approximately two thousand years before Machiavelli's “The Prince.” The book encounters on the basic fact, of what would Chanakya do if he lived in today’s India.The writer neatly takes up five key sectors where India needs to work on and very effective plans structured upon the “Arthasastra.”The book begins with the crisis that India as a young Independent nation is facing. It takes us to the heydays of India before the British raided the country. The book is well researched with many statistical details. The writer minces no words describing the failures and plight of modern India. He talks in details the failure of the government to provide basic necessity to its people. India still has more malnourished children than in all sub-Saharan Africa, poverty, corruption is at rampant. Our security is still questionable. The list continues.In the subsequent chapters the author describes detailed plans and methods to overcome the issues based on the Arthasastra. Each chapter begins with a quote of the Arthasastra, which still looks good today. However each solution is provided by the author is under the framework of the constitution.Not to forget the book comes with many quotable quotes. Here is one: “The greatest tragedy of all is that in the public perception, the practice of democratic politics is equated with the absence of idealism.”Chanakya with his policies overthrew the corrupt and brutal King Dhana Nanda. However, Varma does not suggest overthrowing of the government but changes that will create a powerful India.For anyone who is an Indian and wants to see a change, this book is a must read. And we hope the people at power are listening.
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  • Anil Swarup
    January 1, 1970
    A simple yet amazing reality check. The analyses is realistic as is the prescription. A lot if it is eminently "do-able". The key is : who would do it? Needles to say that it needs to be done and probably will be done......in the ineterest of this country and its people.
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  • Aruna Kumar Gadepalli
    January 1, 1970
    Probably one interesting book on current Indian scenario and the need to do things in one book. The author claims this to be only a blue print which is debatable. I really enjoyed reading this book. I honestly feel all Indians need to think on this lines to make it India what is worthy of it.
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  • Maliny Mohan
    January 1, 1970
    To read the complete review visit http://www.malinymohan.com/2013/02/ch...The Essence : It would not be a tad bit ornamental if i say in affirmative that by authoring his latest book ' Chanakya's New Manifesto ' , Pavan . K . Varma has added one more golden feather to his already sparkling plumage . To brief the book in one word - Sensational ! . Let me explain the reason in detail . The blurb highlights the pulp of the content using simple yet striking array of words , which inturn engraves th To read the complete review visit http://www.malinymohan.com/2013/02/ch...The Essence : It would not be a tad bit ornamental if i say in affirmative that by authoring his latest book ' Chanakya's New Manifesto ' , Pavan . K . Varma has added one more golden feather to his already sparkling plumage . To brief the book in one word - Sensational ! . Let me explain the reason in detail . The blurb highlights the pulp of the content using simple yet striking array of words , which inturn engraves the motive behind the book deep in the minds of readers . India is gasping in the clutches of malice which , shocking enough , has succeeded more or less in conquering every which lane of our country with its egregious act and the blurb acts to blow the trumpet as a wake up call to snap awake the people of our country from their long dreary slumber . The book starts off with a prologue where the author painstakingly explains in detail the impetus behind the specific title of the book and the reader is enlightened on the life and principles of Chanakya who went on to pen his seminal masterpiece ' Arthashasthra ' later in his life . Chanakya was one visionary who , roughly 2300 years ago , revamped the realm of downtrodden governance with his astuteness and acumen . The author intends to step into Chanakya's shoes and review the magnitude of problems carving our society and by doing so , brilliantly comes up with a manifesto which if utilised in its prescribed manner would see the inception of a much needed change to revive our country . My Take : 1 ) The Cover : The reader is welcomed by a modest cover design which hints about the gravity of the content and the brief note on the author speaks volumes about his glorious past , be it his academic history , his professional legacy or his highly acclaimed literary life . The reader's interest is sure to be piqued by the charming welcome the book offers . 2 ) The Content : The author has dissected the issues by segregating them into chapters for more detailed assessment which , intentional or not , makes the book easier to grasp . The chapters are headed as the following :· The crisis· 1947 and After· Governance· Democracy· Corruption· Security· The creation of an inclusive society The author with remarkable prowess delves into each section , at first speaking in length and breadth about the intensity of the issue plaguing the particular division and thereafter unveiling his manifesto to undo the damage and to reconstruct a more promising scenario . It is laudable the effort taken by the author to dig deeper into the country’s past so that he could arrive at a convincing and conclusive report on the facts leading to the bigger issues . However , the portions where the author deals with the vagaries concerning the judicial machinery did seem a bit cloudy for me and I suppose it would so for the common man otherwise unexposed to the subtleties of judiciary as well . But then I am sure those contents are knitted there in the first place aiming at the concerned people who would imbibe the assertions in the right sense and debate further on it . So no complaints . The chapter on Corruption is something to look forward to for the author highlights the emotional aspect consolidating the same . Take for instance the following lines :“ A business man looks upon the payment of bribe as part of the fixed cost he needs to incur to get over asphyxiating regulatory controls . Those accepting bribes consider the additional income a legitimate perk of the job . In this sense , the issue of corruption is entirely removed from the moral domain . “ Likewise the author has strewn together meaningful nuggets throughout the book which serves to open the minds of the readers to the stark realties in its utter rawness . Certain numbers detailed are of alarming amounts that one cant help but sit back and wonder about the gravity of the crisis . According to him , the crux of the whole crisis lies on a redundancy dominating our machinery which inturn restricts the further expanse of our glory even when the truth remains that India is one among those few countries blessed with abundant resource . Truly speaking , I find it impossible to pick out any particular portion or idea illustrated to declare it the best . Every single bit of thought included in the blueprint deserves to studied in depth . Humble enough , the author himself considers his set of ideas a mere rough draft which needs to be evaluated under the microscope shred by shred , such that a polished blueprint for change is eventually created . At one place , to tackle the political hooliganism the author prescribes a measure in which the political parties are mandated to disclose their monetary funds and criminal records of candidates if any , prior to the election . The voters should be empowered such that they are given an opportunity to evaluate the skills and prowess of the candidate based on meaningful debates between the opposing candidates . He stresses the urgency for encouraging the moulding of an inclusive society by incorporating the service of NGO into the state machinery such that the process keeps up its steadfastness . He also speaks in depth about the insensitiveness shadowing our society , the result of which is the reluctance of the privileged to support the poor and the upper caste to acknowledge the backward . The inconsideration shown to farmers by neglecting the field of agriculture is also dealt strongly .They say , when the book is enriched with content few would dissect the literary quality with criticizing eyes . The author is sure to satisfy the scanning eyes of the critics too with his commendable hold on language . The writing is lucid and every bit engaging . Typos hide at a couple of places which are almost unnoticeable . My suggestion is that this book ought to be distributed among the civil servants , politicians and bureaucrats at the helm such that they are offered the much longed for correction of their myopic vision . Perhaps inclusion of parts of this manifesto in the high school syllabus would even prove fruitful ! All in all a riveting read !
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  • Anjan Roy
    January 1, 1970
    Introduction:Whatever state we are in at present has a direct incentive of our past performance, our present actions based on the correlative implication of our past and present and our future implementation and execution of goals considering all the three timelines taken into prospective. This isn’t a book to read in a single sitting and grasp everything out of it. It’s meted out of sincere efforts put up to bring out the real scenario of the country with summoned realistic counsels to overcome Introduction:Whatever state we are in at present has a direct incentive of our past performance, our present actions based on the correlative implication of our past and present and our future implementation and execution of goals considering all the three timelines taken into prospective. This isn’t a book to read in a single sitting and grasp everything out of it. It’s meted out of sincere efforts put up to bring out the real scenario of the country with summoned realistic counsels to overcome from rather deplorable condition the country is facing today. This book is laid on connoting the thoughts and preachings of one of the greatest scholar world has ever known Chanakya along with the beliefs and teachings of our father of the nation Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, encompassing the present scenario. Author's vitalizing feat can also be sensed from the 65 references which he made to make a stronghold case of his treatise. An eye opener for all the Indians who aren’t awake yetCover Page:Black hole is of prime importance as it devours everything else. How would you represent a black hole in terms of color? Black isn’t it? Yes this color has significance in the cover page of this book as it encompasses everything India needs to do to envision itself as “Sarvagun Sampoorna” (To bring out the best in terms of completeness). If an adequate action isn’t taken now we would drown our self to a pitiful grave which is looking more promising similar to engulfing in a black hole.Compostional Report:Prologue of this book covers the bases or the roots from which a theme is derived and later matured into a fully fledged blueprint for a change. Starting with Chanakya's preachings from Arthashastra , an ancient Indian treatise on statecraft, economic policy and military strategy written by the great scholar dating back 2300 years BC Era, captivating to our present day scenario which needs an immediate alteration.Author of this book Pavan K. Varma has succinctly exploited the prowess of demarcation to mark 5 significant areas which requires a prominent stance in terms of actual implementations. This book covers an equitably devised areas of concern viz. Governance, Democracy, Corruption, Security and the creation of an Inclusive society with a prior liaison with our immediate Past, since our Independence in 1947 highlighting all the pros and the cons linked with each and every decision taken by our fore founders of the country.This book covers all the 5 eminent lurking dangers with detailed analysis of each with the basic knowledge of what is the current situation, why are we in such a state and what is the probable outcome if we continue to progress or rather regress with such a rate and most importantly what needs to be done to overcome our stricken state and be amongst the fortified nations. This book has sought 354 lines of immediate action points covering all the cornerstones along with the detailed reasoning of each and every point stated (57-Democracy, 87-governance, 111-corruption, 58-security and 41-creation of inclusive society)The best part according to me was the presentation of real India to its mass and the detailed action plan mentioned to root out all the evils from our country. This is not a novel for a literate person but a bible to an educated citizen, perhaps this is the best and the worst thing which it contains.Worst- let us take an example mentioned in this book“5 years ago shortage of coal was 43 million tones and now it is 140 million tones. India being a 4th largest in cola reserve this is something unbelievable.” What will a common person understand with 43 million tones and 140 million tones except that it has further decreased?Best- As I said this has nothing to do with a literate mind but means a lot to an educated citizen. The reason being the exponential decrease of coal reserves in spite of all the planned (unplanned) strategies that let to shrinkage of reserves, policies of the government (governance), Use of resources ( democracy),Coalgate scam(corruption), Proper utilization and growth of available resources along with its security (Security) and harnessing resources for a sustainable progress(creating an inclusive society). This book covers everything and that’s why I recommend it to all educated minds, a must read as I always believe a knowledgeable citizen is much better than an ignorant one when it comes to tackling a situation at hand.I agree with the author “it’s time to change and if we fail, India may never succeed. Our future is at stake.” I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5.For more visit:-http://anjan5.blogspot.com/2013/02/bo...
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  • Locomente
    January 1, 1970
    Mother India was raped by innumerous invaders over several decades. Later she was freed from their clutches after mercilessly ripping her apart. It gifted her not only pain but also a never fading scar and ever multiplying disease, in the name of wars and terrorist attacks. Then, Mother India suffered relentlessly only to be further slaughtered by her own children. Greed for money and exploitation by the powerful became her misery. Known for her patience, she went through it without complaining; Mother India was raped by innumerous invaders over several decades. Later she was freed from their clutches after mercilessly ripping her apart. It gifted her not only pain but also a never fading scar and ever multiplying disease, in the name of wars and terrorist attacks. Then, Mother India suffered relentlessly only to be further slaughtered by her own children. Greed for money and exploitation by the powerful became her misery. Known for her patience, she went through it without complaining; with a distant hope of mending her wounds.And Pawan K Varma’s Chanakya’s - New Manifesto talks about evolution of India pre and post Independence. He portrays a true picture of India today which is capable of making your heart bleed. You will hear your mind cry for a change. Yet, you try to ignore it. You try to act as if you didn’t hear that at all. You try harder to act as if nothing is wrong. You look around and console your foolish heart that nothing is wrong at all. If heart acts smart and throw some questions that demands you to be realistic and rational, you will close your eyes. This time you would reiterate to yourself, “Come on, at least I am good. That means some good is still left in this mighty World!”Yes… We all do this. We all run aimlessly from the facts which are thrown on our face. We choose to see only what we want to see. As being taught, we dutifully follow the principle of carrying only good things and deliberately avoid the black shades that surround us.But amazingly, Chanakya’s - New Manifesto pin points at the five pests that are nudgeeating India. He talks only about five aspects:i. Governanceii. Democracyiii. Corruptioniv. Securityv. The Creation of an Inclusive SocietyThe facts given in the book takes us through an emotional roller coaster ride. Some make us stir uncomfortably… Some makes us feel shameful… Some make us want to get up, roll the sleeves and do some cleaning work… Some shakes us from the dream of seeing a developed India and directs us to work towards realizing that dream. “India is a developing country”Aren’t we hearing this for a long time? Aren’t we fed up of this lame statement? How many more years is it required to finally see her developed? And here comes this book! The author takes each and every aspect that is pestering India and the Indians. Then, the author gives solutions to these solve each of these problems through Chanakya’s Arthashasthra.As a preamble to each chapter, the author gives a few stanzas taken from Arthashasthra. The wisdom it carries though intricately woven within the constraints of few lines depicts the high quality of Arthashasthra. It makes us sit back and wonder why we Indians have a tendency to praise everything that comes from west and always neglect the home bred. However, the book is a little too overloaded with details and statistics. It could bore you a bit if you are also someone like me who hates to read Social Studies. But yeah, I don’t deny the fact that there are many who love reading it and knowing the History of a glorious and celebrated Nation called India. If you are one among them, I bet that this book would feed you well.In short, Pawan K Varma’s Chanakya’s - New Manifesto is a thought provoker. It makes us long for that day when mother India will shine without any blemishes and raises the same old question – But when?!
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  • Jaideep Khanduja
    January 1, 1970
    http://pebbleinthestillwaters.blogspo...Book Review: Chankyas New Manifesto: A Golden Guidebook On StatecraftIf you are a blogger and are not connected to Blogadda, you are definitely missing out something important. This book came to me as a part of their book reviews program. Whichever part of the world you belong to, if you love your country, probably giving this book a try will be a good effort in many ways. The way author Pavan K. Varma has written this book Chanakya's New Manifesto to reso http://pebbleinthestillwaters.blogspo...Book Review: Chankyas New Manifesto: A Golden Guidebook On StatecraftIf you are a blogger and are not connected to Blogadda, you are definitely missing out something important. This book came to me as a part of their book reviews program. Whichever part of the world you belong to, if you love your country, probably giving this book a try will be a good effort in many ways. The way author Pavan K. Varma has written this book Chanakya's New Manifesto to resolve the crisis within India will reflect two extreme ends with similar power and vigor. On one hand it reflects the pain that the author is suffering through in his heart because of downfalls and shortcomings in the system of this country that is eating away the economy, growth and prosperity. But on the other hand it suggests directions, path and measures to be taken to overcome it. It shows the depth and seriousness with which each and every aspect of India's perspective has been analyzed and the ways it has been intelligently correlated with the Chanakya's Arthashastra in current day scenario. The book Chanakya's New Manifesto by Pavan K Varma gives you intrigues you as you read it page by page thereby compelling you to introspect and analyze each and every situation of the country followed by correlating it with Author's point of view of connecting it with Chanakya's age old and probably world's first manual of statecraft - Arthashastra - India's one of the most respected ancient legendary manual that focuses on providing solution on multifaceted crises being faced by the country from various directions.In 1947 it was Indi'a freedom against external powers but a time has come when it requires a similar kind of liberation from the destructive powers spread within the country and what better than Chankakya's Arthashastra for reference to rebuild. This book provides a concrete plan and charter for getting India rid of selfish motives and corrupt politics and bringing out a totally CHANGED and TRANSFORMED India that can become an example for the whole world to follow. Almost all the major aspects of Independent India have been touched deeply beginning pre-independence era. In initial couple of chapters author has touched upon the crisis and its components that need to be focused, era of independence during 1947 and then post that era. It touches further upon the sensitive subjects like Governance, Democracy, Corruption and Security in a totally unbiased manner throwing light on both the sides of each subject - pros and cons. Nowhere it loses hope of revival of the country to back to historical days when it was rich and flourishing and was termed as Golden Bird. Author talks of the creation of an inclusive society that can help India in moving towards different direction and touching new heights. The in-depth insight along with micro analysis of the current stock of situation and then setting up directions and goals for reaching to an agenda of regaining superpower status is all this book will help you in achieving.
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  • Ananth Awasthi
    January 1, 1970
    Chanakya’s New Manifesto is a must read for young Indian readers, who can see the bare truth behind shining India campaigns. It gives true and statistical accounts of current Indian state by bringing several facts and statistics together, published in newspapers, which will be a bit tough to find over web.It is a must read for the people of India or to say for Indian youngsters, who wants to bring a positive and drastic changes in India. It tells a statistical & factual story of current Indi Chanakya’s New Manifesto is a must read for young Indian readers, who can see the bare truth behind shining India campaigns. It gives true and statistical accounts of current Indian state by bringing several facts and statistics together, published in newspapers, which will be a bit tough to find over web.It is a must read for the people of India or to say for Indian youngsters, who wants to bring a positive and drastic changes in India. It tells a statistical & factual story of current Indian state and facts behind Indian fallout in credit ratings of prominent credit agencies like International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Standard & Poor (S & P). Moreover, it also tells about the collateral damages from such financial fallout.The Diplomat turned author has clearly mentioned everlasting damages of coalition governments as unavailability of required bills such as NCTC, education, and bills for ensuring total security of our borderlines. The author has shown that slow motion policies of governments at Delhi are boosting the confidence of its hostile neighbors and tended to behead two Indian soldiers for the first time in history.Apart from crisis, the writer also put light on our success story of becoming the largest functioning democracy in the world. The book tells about the efforts of early country leaders like Jawahar Lal Nehru in bringing stability, prosperity, and strength in India. Later on, the author took a big leap and reached on country’s most significant decision of Mr. Manmohan Singh (as Finance Minister in P.V. Narsimha Rao Government) of making India an open economy. However, the author did not mention the efforts of other nation leaders like first home minister of India “Sardar Ballabh Bhai Patel” of Ex. Prime Minister of India “Atal Bihari Bajpai” in bringing several Indian dynasties under one tricolor and strengthening the nation with nuke power.Later on, the book answers the questions like why Muslims live in India when a new nation made especially for them. Here are comments of great Indian leaders like Jawahar Lal Nehru as “We have a Muslim minority, who are so large in numbers, they cannot, even if they want to, go anywhere else, and they have got to live in India. This is the basic fact, about which we cannot have any argument”. While reading the book, you will also get to know the reason behind inducement of leftism in India, especially in a prominent University of India.My Experience as an Avid ReaderThe author has certainly conducted a hard core research to conclude the contradictory facts about Indian and nation building facts of this nation. Like an experienced diplomat, he didn’t leave a single scope for controversy and tended youngsters to rely on the fact that the concurrent nation’s achievements are due to early nation leader’s hardcore efforts. The fact I like the most that the author has put a finger straight to the good and bad of current Indian state.
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  • Amit Gupta
    January 1, 1970
    Former diplomat-turned writer, poet and now budding politician Pavan Kumar Varma adds to existing repertoire with his formidable collection of India volumes like "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 and Culture and Identity" and "When Loss is Gain". Varma's new book, "Chanakya's New Manifesto: To Resolve Crisis Within India", i Former diplomat-turned writer, poet and now budding politician Pavan Kumar Varma adds to existing repertoire with his formidable collection of India volumes like "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 and Culture and Identity" and "When Loss is Gain". Varma's new book, "Chanakya's New Manifesto: To Resolve Crisis Within India", is a journey through the ideological terrain of modern India striving to streamline governance, hone the democratic apparatus to make it more inclusive, purge corruption and instal foolproof security - key areas that continue to throw up fresh challenges 66 years after Independence.The book is a reflection on ideas of change that the writer says is meant for youngsters - aged between 15 and 35 - to draw them into the functioning of the country and join the refrain against rot. The narrative is in the voice of one of the greatest thinkers and teachers in Indian history - Chanakya - as his response to the various crises that beset modern India.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, writer 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. Varma’s Chanakya prescribes setting up of a five-member Governance Appraisal Panel (GAP) which will independently evaluate the performance of the government and submit annual report to the President of India. According to the suggestion in the book, the GAP should comprise a leading economist or a corporate sector personality, a distinguished journalist, a respected former bureaucrat, an academic of eminence in the field of governance, and a retired chief justice of India or a retired Supreme Court judge. And they should be picked up by a selection panel comprising Prime Minister of India, the Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, and the Chief Justice of India.I am going with 3/5 for Pavan K. Varma 'Chanakya's New Manifesto'. It is gripping for the most part and does well in collating together the pointers to each of the five foundations of India. As far as the politics and economy is concerned, it doesn't tell you very much that you don't know already. Read it for a comprehensive quick recap of what is so wrong with India and effective measures how it can be improved in the future.
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  • Deepak Nare
    January 1, 1970
    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 Co 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. Read More..
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  • Agnivo Niyogi
    January 1, 1970
    Ace writer Pavan K Varma tries to find the answers to India’s current problems in the Arthashastra. There is a popular misconception that Arthashastra, conceived by Kautilya (or Chanakya, the advisor to great Mauryan King Chadragupta), deals only with economic policies. But as the author argues, the book is a treasure trove of governance and politics.Pavan K Varma, after a brief description of the crisis at home, takes up areas that need immediate attention and fixing and goes on to list out the Ace writer Pavan K Varma tries to find the answers to India’s current problems in the Arthashastra. There is a popular misconception that Arthashastra, conceived by Kautilya (or Chanakya, the advisor to great Mauryan King Chadragupta), deals only with economic policies. But as the author argues, the book is a treasure trove of governance and politics.Pavan K Varma, after a brief description of the crisis at home, takes up areas that need immediate attention and fixing and goes on to list out the measures that can help in carving a better nation for ourselves. The areas discussed were – Governance, Democracy, Corruption, Security, Inclusive Society – as we can see these encompass almost the entire spectrum of the duties of a ruler. I choose not to discuss the measures suggested by the author, in order not to spoil the pleasures for others, when they read the book for the first time. A seasoned bureaucrat that Mr Varma is, it is not unexpected that he does justice to the cause he espouses – his suggestions, although one might not agree with at times, do have a solid bearing on your mind.Chanakya’s acumen in governance and politics is beyond doubt, thanks to the caliber with which he foiled Alexandar’s invasion and sought his revenge with Dhanananda and instated Chandragupta as the king. Hope the charter of suggestions that Pavan K Varma has assembled in his new book, attracts the attention of those who yield power and India casts this spell of idle, static, absent governance away.Full Review : http://antorjatikbangali.wordpress.co...
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  • Anshul Goel
    January 1, 1970
    Well, I was transported to an ideal world while I was reading this master piece from Pavan Varma. He comes across as a bureaucrat who knows his subject really well and have put in a lot of research in his thought process. The books talks about the problem that our nation has faced since independence or is facing on a daily basis - governance, democracy, corruption, security and inclusive society. He has given a detailed account of the shortcomings that have precluded us to reach where we should Well, I was transported to an ideal world while I was reading this master piece from Pavan Varma. He comes across as a bureaucrat who knows his subject really well and have put in a lot of research in his thought process. The books talks about the problem that our nation has faced since independence or is facing on a daily basis - governance, democracy, corruption, security and inclusive society. He has given a detailed account of the shortcomings that have precluded us to reach where we should have post 66 years of independence. Having said that, he has benchmarked all forms of government across the globe to come up with a ready-to-go-live guide to erase what should have been erased from our system. I loved every page of it and could imagine how our lives would transform if we manage to even convert a percentage of this dream world into the reality.However, the biggest question that has been the root of all the issues that we have been surrounded with remains unanswered - who will bell the cat?Will give a 4.5/5.
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  • Abhinav Shrivastava
    January 1, 1970
    If I have to put the review of the book in one sentence I would say that the book is very well written and good yet so boring that if you are not interested in Indian politics or are fed up of listening “what’s wrong with India”, this book will bore you to death.Certainly this book is not for everyone, probably it can be part of an academic text-book/guide.The author could have made this entire book more interesting in many ways rather than serving it so bland that readers have so hard time fini If I have to put the review of the book in one sentence I would say that the book is very well written and good yet so boring that if you are not interested in Indian politics or are fed up of listening “what’s wrong with India”, this book will bore you to death.Certainly this book is not for everyone, probably it can be part of an academic text-book/guide.The author could have made this entire book more interesting in many ways rather than serving it so bland that readers have so hard time finishing it. Also in the times when all the time you hear the same thing about nation’s problems and people suggesting some or the other variations of what the author suggests, you don’t want to read another 250 pages of idealism.Probably author should take a cue from another alumni of St Stephens Shashi Tharoor as how to write an interesting book Pax Indica even with a bland topic such as Foreign policy.Complete review on my blog http://bit.ly/13IPXTK
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  • Hrishikesh
    January 1, 1970
    Incredible book. One of the best that I have come across.The reason why I give it 4 stars, and not 5 is that there are quite a few ideas that I have encountered before. But that does not take away from the excellence and depth this book provides.In my opinion, this is a one-stop location for discussing modern India's problems and various solutions to it. It has been one of the most profound books on governance that I have come across (it is ironic that I finished reading it today; a day when a p Incredible book. One of the best that I have come across.The reason why I give it 4 stars, and not 5 is that there are quite a few ideas that I have encountered before. But that does not take away from the excellence and depth this book provides.In my opinion, this is a one-stop location for discussing modern India's problems and various solutions to it. It has been one of the most profound books on governance that I have come across (it is ironic that I finished reading it today; a day when a party proclaiming itself to be the representative of good governance and anti-corruption made a public fool of itself and embarrassed the nation), and with humility I submit that there was not a single point where I disagree with what the author said or found it to be incomplete or lacking argumentative wholeness. A highly recommended book. If I had chanced upon it prior to my exam, I would definitely would have been re-visiting it for revision's sake.
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  • Hemantkumar Jain
    January 1, 1970
    Chanakya’s New Manifesto is about solving the current problems plaguing the country with help from age old concepts and core principles prescribed by Chanakya. The author does a decent job of identifying the problems which India, as a country, is facing now and also makes an attempt at understanding the source of the problems. As an ordinary citizen of India, I was able to closely identify with the problems and the source of the problems. As a learned Politician, Administrator or Academician; I Chanakya’s New Manifesto is about solving the current problems plaguing the country with help from age old concepts and core principles prescribed by Chanakya. The author does a decent job of identifying the problems which India, as a country, is facing now and also makes an attempt at understanding the source of the problems. As an ordinary citizen of India, I was able to closely identify with the problems and the source of the problems. As a learned Politician, Administrator or Academician; I might have been able to judge the authenticity and correctness of the assumptions, deductions and connections made by the author. But I was satisfied at reading one man’s thoughts on how the Indian situation could still be salvaged. The author places his thoughts in a very objective manner and you find yourself nodding your head in agreement at several instances in the book … even when he challenged Democracy and other ‘usually considered good’ things. The book is convincing.
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  • Palash Bansal
    January 1, 1970
    I was not really satisfied with the title of the book after going through it. Anyone who has been reading about the social and political turbulence of India will be able to present similar suggestions as presented in the book. The point that's most important and challenging is the feasibility of these suggestions and the way they can be implemented. Undoubtedly some suggestions are worth taking into account. but majority of the suggestions are politically not feasible and the need is to form a c I was not really satisfied with the title of the book after going through it. Anyone who has been reading about the social and political turbulence of India will be able to present similar suggestions as presented in the book. The point that's most important and challenging is the feasibility of these suggestions and the way they can be implemented. Undoubtedly some suggestions are worth taking into account. but majority of the suggestions are politically not feasible and the need is to form a comprehensive frame suggesting how a particular suggestion is actually implemented rather than just suggest some utopian policies which are not implemented let alone evaluating their results. This is more like some hypothetical projection of a new wonderful India!!Still the book is informative never the less.
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  • Sathish
    January 1, 1970
    Totally deceiving Title !!!"Chanakya", this name was the sole reason I purchased this book but I ended up being more angry then disappointed.The author Pawan K. Varma's views of the conflicts & problems plaguing India are laudable but it offered nothing new or hardly gives any revolutionary ideas.We have read or heard these arguments many times over.Having read "Arthashastra", this book was a colossal disappointment. I sincerely hoped this book would elaborate more on Chanakya's principles & Totally deceiving Title !!!"Chanakya", this name was the sole reason I purchased this book but I ended up being more angry then disappointed.The author Pawan K. Varma's views of the conflicts & problems plaguing India are laudable but it offered nothing new or hardly gives any revolutionary ideas.We have read or heard these arguments many times over.Having read "Arthashastra", this book was a colossal disappointment. I sincerely hoped this book would elaborate more on Chanakya's principles & how it applies to our modern world. An okay read but it rarely covers Chanakya's ideas, nothing to get excited about !
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  • Priti
    January 1, 1970
    this book gives an important insight on the changes that needs to be brought abt in our country w.r.t few imp aspects lik corruption, security,etc. it is supposedly based on Chanayaka's arthasashtra due to wic i nw have a wish to read the arthasashtra... the author has actually done a lot research on the prevaling conditions with the facts and figures in place and made the ideal suggestion... it these are praticsed and implemented India would no longer fight these issues with itself.. hope such this book gives an important insight on the changes that needs to be brought abt in our country w.r.t few imp aspects lik corruption, security,etc. it is supposedly based on Chanayaka's arthasashtra due to wic i nw have a wish to read the arthasashtra... the author has actually done a lot research on the prevaling conditions with the facts and figures in place and made the ideal suggestion... it these are praticsed and implemented India would no longer fight these issues with itself.. hope such ideal state of affairs are bought in practice..
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  • Umesh Kesavan
    January 1, 1970
    A to-do list to resurrect Indian governance and polity from it's recent inactivity. Rather than mouthing formalities, the author has researched thoroughly to present ideas for a better India in the realms of electoral politics,governance,corruption,security and inclusive growth. The one thing I could not agree was his overt hostile stances on certain foreign policy issues. But not for nothing is this a Chanakya's manifesto. A must read for those at the helm of governance.
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  • Ashwath
    January 1, 1970
    the book is good overall. it lists out most of India's problems and provides possible solutions. the book is brutally honest and can be very good for people who are out of touch with the situation of India as it stands today.
  • Anil Bhat
    January 1, 1970
    Very thought provoking book. Especially liked the section on Security, where the author talks about the real threats and how other countries would have reacted to the kind of terrorism that India has gone through. Very eye opening.
  • Samarpita Sharma
    January 1, 1970
    #BookReview: Chanakya’s New Manifesto by Pavan K Varma http://sankshvet.blogspot.in/2013/02/...
  • Sushil Krishnan
    January 1, 1970
    excellent blueprint to govern India
  • Prateek
    January 1, 1970
    Overall not great. Same cliches about indian evolution and revolution talked about a zillion times in books. Nothing new.
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