Indian Ethos in Contemporary Management

The word India conveys multiple meaning. It may be understood as a geographic entity , known as a sub-continent, or as a nation since its independence, as a legal and constitutional identity.

INDIAN ETHOS IN CONTEMPORARY MANAGEMENT
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Indian Ethos In Contemporary Management

The word India conveys multiple meaning. It may be understood as a geographic entity , known as a sub-continent, or as a nation since its independence, as a legal and constitutional identity. It has also historical connotation as is seen in the travelogues of the ancient visitors to the sub-continent. For the purpose of this seminar one can confine to what is generally understood in common parlance in the present day world.

The country India has hosted people of different racial origin and varied ethnicity . It has supported different religious groups. It has protected different castes and sects within the same religion. It has embraced people speaking different languages, and dialects. History has shown that the people from other parts of the world have come to settle down in the sub-continent .They were Jews ,Christians from ancient times ,Parsees, Muslims in the medieval age and Buddhists from Tibet in recent times.
Going back almost three thousand five hundred years ,one finds from the Vedic hymns the philosophy of non-violence, truthfulness, non-possession of property of others, cleanliness, self-introspection and quest of divinity .

The Preamble of the Constitution refers to the idea of justice, social, economic, and political. It talks about liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith, and worship, equality of status and of opportunity. It further delineates the concept of promotion of fraternity assuring the dignity of the individual and unity and integrity of the nation. In short it asserts the goal of welfare of all. The words “we the people of India” resound in the wide spectrum of the constitutional system without discrimination and distinction. The constitution promotes the idea international peace and scientific temper.

The Indian ethos is what is reflected through ages in ancient scriptures, writings at different periods of history and constitution and practices over centuries. It demonstrates universality, welfare of all, tolerance, and embracing everybody as a part of the family-Vasudeva Kutumbakam.

When the word management is used it generally refers to corporate management. It can also include public sector undertakings , non-governmental organization(NGO), voluntary organization, and international organization both public and private.
In human resource management the idea of equality of opportunity with no discrimination on grounds of race, colour, language ,religion including gender equality have become fundamental principles. Corporate social responsibility is reflection of the primacy that is given to interest of the people. Health and educational programme which the corporates espouse emanate out the deep rooted belief that all those who are in the proximity of corporate activities must be given succour as if they are a part of the corporate community. Protection of environment and biodiversity including forest and animals as a serious program of all organizations emanate out the ancient tradition of non-violence preached both by Buddha and Gandhi, two great souls of the Indian sub-continent. Corporate integrity has become a universal management buzzword in recent times. Kautilya’s Arthasashtra copiously dealt with purity of deeds in public life which includes trade and business. In short the spirit of the Indian culture can shape the art of management of the present times.

Vivek Pattanayak


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