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The Indian Tradition of Thought on Governance | Shri Sanjeev Sanyal | #SangamTalks



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About The Talk:
Governance is a subjective and an opinionated topic, people have their ideas on what good governance looks like, what are the features of a functional governance setup or the principles and philosophies on which the governance should be based upon. India is also not an exception and neither was in the past, we had a vibrant culture of discussions and debates on governance, and texts like Mahabharata, Ramayan, Arthashastra, and Nitisara are some gems of it.
In this enriching talk, Shri Sanjeev Sanyal takes us through the the topic of the Indian Tradition of Thoughts on Governance that evolved from the Bronze Age to the Modern Age with the times and society in the land of Bharat.


About The Speaker:
Sanjeev Sanyal is an Economic Advisor to the Government of India. An internationally acclaimed economist and best-selling author, he spent two decades in the financial sector and was Global Strategist & Managing Director at Deutsche Bank till 2015. He was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010. He is also a well-known environmentalist and urban theorist. In 2007, he was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship for his work on urban dynamics. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University, Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore and a Senior Fellow of the World Wide Fund for Nature. He has also served on the Future City Sub-Committee of the Singapore government tasked with building a long-term vision for the city-state.
Sanjeev attended Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi and Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar (1992-95). His best-selling books include Land of the Seven Rivers, The Indian Renaissance and The Ocean of Churn, all published by Penguin. In addition, he had published around 200 articles, columns and reports in leading national/international publications. He was given the inaugural International Indian Achievers Award for contributions to Literature in 2014. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London and a Visiting Fellow of IDFC Institute, Mumbai.

Topics Covered:
00:00 Introduction of the speaker
02:56 Opening statement by the speaker
04:09 Topic Introduction
06:44 Governance in the Indian Bronze Age
10:34 Governance in the Indian Iron Age
12:52 The idea of Matsya Nyaya
13:32 The concept of Dharma in governance
15:10 Dharma Shastras should be seen as opinions
15:46 Ramayan Vs Mahabharata on Governance
21:43 Ideas of Guru Brihaspati and Shukracharya on Governance
25:17 The story of Kautilya
26:58 Arthashastra on Governance
30:04 kautilya's Strong but Limited State
32:58 Kautilya's approach in economic policies
33:52 Principles of Arthashastra can be applied even today
35:13 Ashoka's Rebellion
37:52 Ashoka's Governance
40:42 India's first experiment with Big Government ended in Tears
41:46 kamandaka's Nitisara
47:48 Sad state of manuscripts in India
50:25 Ideas of Raja Madhavrao
55:51 Conclusion


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