Webinar on “Indian Ethos in Contemporary Management”
A webinar on the topic “Indian Ethos in Contemporary Management'' was organised by VK-AICYAM on 25th July 2021 at 6:00pm. At the outset, Prof. Basudev Chhatoi, Co- Convenor VK-AICYAM delivered the welcome address and gave a brief account of Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari and VK-AICYAM.
Smt. Geeta Mahapatra introduced the 1st speaker, Dr. Ananya Dash, Ex. Professor of Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Prof. Dash spoke on the sub theme: “Buddhistic Concepts in Industrial Relations.” She explained the essence of Buddhism and basic Buddhist beliefs such as Dhammas, Sangha and Sigal-Ovado sutta. While explaining Dhammas, she dwelt upon 4 noble truths, 8-fold paths to Nirvana and 5 precepts as foundation to these paths. She cited examples to link these 8-fold paths such as Right Understanding, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration to Industrial Relations. She explained how Sanghas (monastic communities of buddhist monks and nuns) are a great lesson in management. Then she spoke on Sigal-Ovado sutta, the advice given by Buddha to a young Brahmin on the pattern of relationship between different kinds of persons, specifically between employer and employees including 5 duties of employer and 5 duties of employees. She concluded that religious philosophies can be practical and powerful tools in industrial set up.
Prof. Nirmal Chandra Dash introduced the 2nd Speaker, Prof. Bhagaban Das, Ex Professor of Business Management, Fakir Mohan University. Prof. Das hinted how management is a recent phenomenon in the western world. It was only the Eighteenth-Century Industrial Revolution which required emphasis on Management. He cited the early 20th Century work of Frederick Winslow Taylor on “Scientific Management” and work of Henri Fayol on “Administrative Management” to establish the fact. He cited examples from Ramayana, Mahabharat and Srimad Bhagabat Geeta to explain Contemporary management principles implying thereby the existence of management in India in prehistoric era. Citing examples from Hindu mythology he explained how management means, “Self-management” rather than managing others to get things done as believed by western managers. He explained various functions of contemporary management such as planning, organising staffing, controlling, communication, leadership using examples from Hindu mythology such as Ramayana and Mahabharata. He gave examples of Maharshi Viswamitra on Varna Vyavastha from Ramayana. He cited from Virat Parva, Vidura Niti, Shanti Parva of Mahabharata and ideals of Sri Krishna, Yudhistira and Arjuna to explain various aspects of contemporary management techniques. He compared Peter Draeker’s steps in decision making with principles from Srimad Bhagabat Geeta. He concluded emphasising ‘the grace of God’ instead of ‘Doership and Ego’ for successful and efficient management.
At the end Prof. Chhatoi delivered the concluding remark and extended a vote of thanks. The webinar started with 3 omkars, Sahana babatu and concluded with Shanti Mantra recited by Smt. Anupama Bindhani.