PROJECT UDBHAV (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Govt Schemes)

News-CRUX-10     25th May 2024        
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Context: The Indian Army, under its initiative Project Udbhav, is delving into the epic battles of the Mahabharata and the strategic brilliance of past Indian dynasties, shaping India's rich military heritage.

Project Udbhav

  • About: It is a project to rediscover the profound Indic heritage of statecraft and strategic thought, drawing insights from ancient Indian texts on statecraft, warfare, diplomacy, and grand strategy.
  • Initiative by: The Indian Army and The United Service Institution of India.
  • Meaning: ‘Udbhav’, which translates to 'origin' or 'genesis', acknowledges the vintage scriptures and writings of our Nation, that span centuries in the past and contain profound knowledge that can benefit modern military strategies.
  • Inspiration from: The project draws inspiration from revered texts like Chanakya's Arthashastra, which emphasizes the importance of strategic partnerships and diplomacy, aligning with contemporary practices.

o Similarly, Thirukkural, the classical Tamil text, champions ethical conduct in all endeavors, including warfare, aligning with modern codes of ethics and principles of the Geneva Convention.

  • Objective

o Synthesize ancient wisdom with contemporary military practices to address modern security challenges through a holistic approach.

o To integrate age-old wisdom with modern military pedagogy.

o Utilizes interdisciplinary research, workshops, and leadership seminars to effectively blend ancient wisdom with modern military practices.

o Focuses on previously under-explored thoughts and theories related to strategic thinking, statecraft, and warfare, enriching military training curricula.

o To sustain knowledge creation of Indian heritage in grand strategy, strategic thinking, and discussions on statecraft, fostering deeper understanding.

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