Defence Minister launches ‘Project UDBHAV’

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What is the News?

The Defence Minister has launched ‘Project UDBHAV’.

What is Project UDBHAV?

Launched by: Indian Army and the United Service Institution of India (USI), a defence services think tank.

Aim: To revive and integrate India’s ancient military wisdom with contemporary military practices.

Objectives of the project: 

– Understanding ancient military systems and India’s indigenous military culture.

– Studying the evolution of the Indian military system and strategic ideas.

– Educating junior and senior military leaders about concepts in classical texts.

– Creating a knowledge resource for scholars and defense personnel.

– Considering the inclusion of historical military concepts in modern practices.

Features: The project involves organizing events and workshops focusing on various aspects of India’s strategic culture.

– It will culminate in a publication scheduled for January 2024, which will document and institutionalize this knowledge.

What are the major military practices Project UDBHAV takes inspiration from?

Chanakya’s Arthashastra: It emphasizes strategic partnerships, alliances, and diplomacy.This aligns with modern military practices like international cooperation and soft power projection.

Thirukkural: It is authored by Tamil philosopher Thiruvalluvar.It promotes ethical conduct in all endeavors, including warfare.This aligns with modern military codes of ethics and principles of the Geneva Convention.

Prominent Military Campaigns and Leaders: The project examines historical examples like the empires of Chandragupta Maurya, Ashoka and the Cholas.

Clever Diplomacy and Military Intelligence: Explores instances of clever diplomatic negotiations, psychological warfare and military intelligence.The Naval Battle of Saraighat in 1671, led by Lachit Borphukan, exemplifies these strategies.

What is the significance of Project UDBHAV?

By combining ancient wisdom with contemporary military education and operations, Project UDBHAV is preparing a strong, forward-looking Indian Army.

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