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Re: Kautilya’s Arthashastra - September 3rd, 2006

Name of paper: MUMBAI MIROR (Times of India)
Date: Monday, 14th August, 06 (page 22)
DON’T NEGOTIATE SAFETY AND SECURITY
- Radhakrishnan Pillai

(This weekly column will explore the relevance and application of Principles and Strategies of Chanakya as discussed in his 3rd Century BC treatise, Kautilya’s Arthashastra, in Today’s Corporate World)


The days of conventional wars are gone when kingdoms or nations were warning with the weapons like swords and later with sophisticated and more disastrous mass destruction weapons. Now the wars are being played between democracies and terrorism. And hence, the nature of these wars is more complex. This is the time when aspects of security cannot be undermined.

Now, the terrorists targets are common men, battlefields are at public places and aims are of disrupting economies. Corporate setups are the soft targets and the only weapon that we have is the vigilance to fight back any such unanticipated disaster.


Chanakya says,

“For the guard not reporting to the city-superintendent an offence committed during the night whether by the animate of the inanimate, the punishment shall be in conformity with the offence, also in case of negligence” (2.36.42)

This means, how an alert security person should be. He has to report He has to report every single offence committed to his superiors. He cannot take any seen or unseen movements for granted. If security official does not do that even the security personal shall be punished.

A special focus has to be given to corporate security personals in the following manner
  1. EXTRA TRAINING

The guards, watchmen and other security people in your organisation have to be given extra training and information about the current scenario. They should be oriented about the changing threats in the mega city like Mumbai. You can also take the help of local police or even intelligence agencies to give them latest updates on security measure taken by the local, state and union government.
  1. SUPPORT THE SECURITY MEN

All employees have to be made aware of the alarming situation we are into. They should cooperate security officials. Being checked up your bags and personal belongings should not be taken as a mea to offend you. Do not feel insulted or ashamed. The security personal is doing his duty. Be a part of the system and help the system to protect us.
  1. WORK AS A TEAM

It is important to note that it is not the duty of only security team. Each one has to play his role. Even security men are human beings working round the clock to ensure safety. Understand their problems as well. Note that we have to work as a team.

Today the nation, its economy, corporate houses and our lives is under threat. And we have to rise and fight for it.

(The author is the director of ATMA DARSHAN, a company that provides services, including spiritual tours. He is a management consultant and trainer. He can be contacted at radhakrishnan@...)


Best Regards,
Nikhil Gadodia
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