නවකතාවන්ගෙන් ඔබ්බට ගොස් දැනට ලොව පවත්නා විශිෂ්ටතම සටන් ශාස්ත්ර කෘතීන්, භාවනා කෘතීන් මෙන් ම චරිතාපදාන ආදිය එදිනෙදා ජීවිතයට යොදා ගන්නා ආකාරය සාකච්ඡා කිරීම අරමුණ වේ.
In his wide treasise on Statecraft known as Arthashashtra, Kaytailya has laid down a set of principles for the successful planning of a campaign in war. It is seen that these same principles can be applied to successfully plan and execute a wide variety of campaigns and even for the conduct of researches. These … CONTINUE READING
The Divide-and-Conquer stratagem is oft quoted in many situations and contexts, and it is generally assumed to mean that those whom are divided can be conquered and suppressed easily.It is used both as a stratagem to follow and mostly as a warning to those whom are divided or are constantly having divided opinions. This term … CONTINUE READING
Today makes the end of the four decades since the day (27.01.1978) I considered myself an activist.It was the day when we had the first open public protest against the removal of standardization in selecting students for universities. Ironically,this move was to benefit the students from privileged districts such as us,but we fought for those … CONTINUE READING
Dirty War is a move against a party (a person or a country) who is either a friend or a neutral party (not an enemy) to undermine, weaken and bring down the other party or to compel the other party to agree to a set of conditions that meet the needs or aspirations of the … CONTINUE READING
Proteus was a God in Greek Mythology. His power is said to derive from him being formless. In other words, God Proteus can take different forms and hence cannot be seen, captured or defeated by foes. In general terms, formless means not having a discernible physical form or shape. However, in strategy, formlessness means much … CONTINUE READING
There are many types of activists, and there are some things that apply to all, regardless of their field of activity. All activists embrace “issues” that they espouse, and go on in campaigns to resolve an issue that they work on. They all work on issues. Some succeed and others fail. The outcome of a … CONTINUE READING
It is seen that many things in the present society are competitive. It is a competition between many people and many things and has gone a long way from the traditional competitive activities such as sports. A competition can be healthy in some respects, as it brings out hidden potential, creativity and make people to … CONTINUE READING
Interpretation of mine: “One can be powerful and dangerous, yet be polite, kind and humble too.” This compilation of 36 Stratagems of Ancient China has no author or compiler but it is one of the oldest military treasies of China, even pre-dating the Art of War by Sun Tzu. They have been laid down in … CONTINUE READING
In any type of action against another,be it war,litigation,or fighting to protect the environment,there are two causes of action in the broadest sense.They are the direct actions and indirect actions. It is seen that direct action is less time consuming if taken in an effective manner,and is easy to implement but is highly risky,needs much … CONTINUE READING
François Auguste René Rodin (12 November 1840 – 17 November 1917), known widely as Auguste Rodin,was a French artist and sculptor who died a hundred years ago to this day.Although he has been dead for a hundred years,his reputation remains still,and has got enhanced during the past few decades. Rodin is mainly known for his … CONTINUE READING
Julius Caesar was a Roman General and Statesmen who is renowned for his military leadership.He was also a statesman who became the leader of Rome after waging a civil war against the Roman Senate and wrote detailed accounts of his campaigns. The wars waged by him has given me a lot of insides which can … CONTINUE READING
Today (March 05) marks the seventy-sixth death anniversary of my mother’s father(my Seeya), who has tragically passed away when my mother was only nine years old. Though I was not fortunate to see him even, I came to know of him from my mother and from his writings. He was a Traditional Physician who practiced … CONTINUE READING
This is what we have been trying to do for the past two decades with limited success.The WTO has arrogated the role of a “Super Governing Body” and dictating things disregarding the sovereignty of States. I still vividly remember their interference in Intellectual Property Rights issues and in relation to Genetically Modified Organisms and on … CONTINUE READING
This is a uniquely Asian strategy that has its roots in the history of many Asian countries and has been used in both military and non-military situations by many in both the distant and recent past. The lotus flower unfolds from the center, or blooms out. In the blooming lotus strategy, the focus is on … CONTINUE READING
Field Marshall Erwin Rommel was a German general who was very bold, innovative and refined military leaders of the Second World War. He was both feared and admired by Hitler, and Rommel was forced to commit suicide in 1944.The life story and actions of Rommel, including the Blitzkrieg in France and the African Campaign have … CONTINUE READING
Leon Trotsky is one of the foremost leaders of the Russian Revolution of October 1917 and is the person who carried out the takeover of Russia by the Bolshevik Party, and hence played the pivotal and decisive role. When civil war broke out, he was given command of the fledging Red Army, and despite the … CONTINUE READING
Nature is a constant source of education to us, if we take the time and effort to observe and reflect up on the observations. Let me take the lowly Nidikumba Plant (Mimosa pudica), known as the Sensitive Plant in English as an example. This plant grows as an insignificant weed, and can tolerate many hardships, … CONTINUE READING
An analogy means the bringing together or drawing parallels between two or more different elements, ideas or words. Analogical thinking is a way of thinking that brings insights by bringing together ideas that are at first seem to be quite different from one another, but are made to relate in some manner. Most people engage … CONTINUE READING
Karl von Clusewitz,in his “On War”has said that ”attack is the best form of defense.”It is meant to say that one has to attack the enemy before the enemy attack oneself. However, this maxim is also true in another context. That is, if attacked, defend yourself and proceed to attack the enemy. This is what … CONTINUE READING
Salvadore Dali was one of the artistic giants of the last Century and is well known for the finely finished but disturbing art work.He was a founder of the Surrealist Art movement.He too,was Spanish and a contemporary of Picasso,but differed in many things from his more famous and more wealthy kinsman.His colorful and controversial life …CONTINUE READING
Pablo Picasso was one of the most productive, most famous and most wealthy artists of the last Century. He was known to be a trailblazing artist who painted in different styles and mediums. His life was scandalous and Picasso was known to be a secretive person, keeping most of his art works with him. The … CONTINUE READING
General Yakubu Gowon was proclaimed leader of Nigeria on 01.08.1966,after the Nigerian army staged the second coup in an year.(It is known as the Nigerian Counter-Coup). He was only 32 years of age at the time,being born in 1934.A career military officer,who had no political interest or experience,or ambitions,he was asked to become the leader …CONTINUE READING
This compilation has no author or compiler but it is one of the oldest military treasies of China,even pre-dating the Art of War by Sun Tzu. They have been laid down in Chinese as brief and catchy proverbs that can be easily remembered. These maxims are not rules in any sense but are really modes … CONTINUE READING
Professor Adam Grant of the Wharton Buisness School (shown here in the photograph), who is an organizational psychologist,has devoted more than a decade to research on how people intearct with each other.He has come up with two basic types of people, according to the way they interact with others. These two types are labeled as … CONTINUE READING
Donald Trump won the U.S. Presidential election today, becoming the president elect, against the predictions of many. However, as a person who saw the winning streaks in the Presidential campaign of Trump, thought to share them as they will be of interest to others. However, as a personal note, I wish to add that as … CONTINUE READING
Oswald Boelcke (19.05.1891- 28.10.1916) was the first Air Ace in history who died at the relatively young age(25 years) a hundred years ago. He was a Fighter Plane pilot of the German Air Force during the First World War and is credited of becoming the first Air Ace, but whose ultimate score of 40 was … CONTINUE READING
Hannibal, as he is known widely, is the legendary Carthegian general who inflicted the most painful defeats to the Roman empire. Born in 247 B.C., to an aristocratic family and the son of a general, he was taught the art of war from his very young days, together with the notion that he has to …CONTINUE READING
The long and illustrious career of Dr. Salazar ,who was a professor of Economics and law who subsequently became the Finance Minister of Portugal and ended up as Prime Minister,shows a number of positive things that are helpful to us.It is also seen that there are some mistakes he had,which is another type of learning to us,in order to avoid falling in to the same type of pitfalls.
Most dictatorial rulers of the 20th and 21st Centuries share some common features. That is, they employed a “one-man” rule, where the systems of government were subverted and subjugated to the whims and fancies of the ruler, had a small clique of family and relatives(and some friends) who benefited enormously at the expense of the country, tolerated and enjoyed corruption,
“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”– George Santayana This quote from George Santayana, contained in his book “Reason and Common Sense (1905)”, is often quoted as a warning not to forget history, and to instill the need to study what happened in order to ensure that it does not … CONTINUE READING
In my work on the research in to the creativity and innovation processes,I came across this hitherto unheard of book by James Webb Young. James Webb Young (1886-1973) was an Executive in the advertising field in U.S.A.,and a former Vice President of J Walter Thompson who became First Chairman of The Advertising Council., developed a five-step model of the creative process and put them down in his book titled “A Technique for Producing Ideas”.This book is still relevant today, seven decades since publication.
Charles Eduourd Jeanneret(1887-1965), known famously by his pseudonym Le Corbusier, is best remembered as an architect of the new age. It is seen the Le Corbusier as a multi-faceted person who worked hard and excelled in many fields during his life. But, he was really a person of many weaknesses who succeeded despite them and …CONTINUE READING
The energy that propels one to achieve something is called “Drive.”It could be to improve oneself, obtain some personal benefit in career or a position in society, or to achieve a higher goal, that is, something of value to the country, society or for a particular segment of the society.
Theodore(Teddy) Roosevelt (born 27.10.1858) is known to many as the twenty-sixth and also the youngest president of U.S.A., taking over when he was just 43 years old. He was a person of many talents and skills,and a person who lived life to the full and strenuously. His life span was only 61 years (dying on … CONTINUE READING
Shrimps, crabs and barnacles are all crustaceans. Their larval stages float and drift with the currents slowly.When they reach the stage to become adults,they behave differently. The Shrimp larvae becomes a graceful adult,agile and free-swimming in the ocean. It has a very good maneuverability. It gets along with life by relying on speed, maneuverability, and … CONTINUE READING
The Art of War by Sun Tzu is one of the most widely read books at present, and the majority of the readers are not in an armed force. They could be from such diverse disciplines such as marketing, sales, management, planning ,investment and even law. This wide readership and interest has resulted in many translations and adaptation of the strategies for specific situations being available for readers.
This statement of King Fredrick the Great serves both as a reminder and a warning.That is,if you try to exceed your capacity,you will end up as a dismal failure. This is something that needs to be borne in mind especially when trying to serve society and work for larger causes.This is because the society expects … CONTINUE READING
General Yakubu Gowon was proclaimed leader of Nigeria on 01.08.1966,after the Nigerian army staged the second coup in an year.(it is known as the Nigerian Counter-Coup).(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1966_Nigerian_counter-coup) He was only 32 years of age at the time.A career military officer,who had no political interest or experience. I have studied the career of General Gowon, who was … CONTINUE READING