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Hindus want Bhagavad-Gita as required text in prestigious Indian Institutes of Management

By Gaurav

Nevada (US), May 20 (ANI): Hindus are stressing introduction of ancient Hindu scripture Bhagavad-Gita as one of the essential texts in the management courses of eminent Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord) unfolded the path to train the mind to accomplish flawlessness and distinction in action. It should be each executive's prized possession.

According to a Government of India website: IIMs, located at Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bangalore, Lucknow, Indore, Kozhikode and Shillong are institutions of excellence, established with the objectives of imparting high quality management education and training, conducting research and providing consultancy services in the field of management to various sectors of the Indian economy. These Institutions are recognized as premier management institutions, comparable to the best in the World for teaching, research and interaction with industries. Six new IIMs are proposed to be set up during XI Plan in Jhakhand, Chhattisgarh, Uttrakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu and Haryana.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that instead of blatantly copying the West, India should explore her roots for management and other education. Ancient Hindu epic Mahabharata (of which Bhagavad-Gita was a part), besides other wisdom, was also a comprehensive manual on strategic management. Even the Panchatantra, through its tales, could teach effective leadership skills and ethics to modern managers.

Rajan Zed lauded IIM Bangalore for including Sanskrit shloka "Tejasvi navadhitamastu" (translated as: "Let our learning be radiant") from another ancient Hindu scripture Taittiriya panishad, which was also the motto of this institution. He also welcomed the reported move of Delhi Metro, said to be among the best urban transport systems in the world and known for utstanding performance, for giving copies of Bhagavad-Gita to its senior managers as a management-text. (ANI)

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