Ancient Chinese war wisdom,now condensed in new pocketbook

If you know the enemy and know yourself,you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.

Written by Pranav Kulkarni | Pune | Published: January 16, 2012 2:23 am

If you know the enemy and know yourself,you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy,for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat…” Chinese warrior Sun Tzu says in his book Art of War,which goes back to 2500 years.

And now,Pune-based Colonel (Retd) Vinay B Dalvi is bringing all Sun Tzu’s wisdom in a compressed form,in a pocketbook.

To be released in February at the World Book Fair at Pragati Maidan,Delhi,the book has been compiled keeping in mind decision-makers like politicians,bureaucrats and military leaders. They are the main targeted readers.

The book release comes at a time when there is a perceived Chinese threat on the border,said Dalvi.

“Right from my days as a young officer,Sun Tzu’s thoughts have had a great influence on my upbringing. While his thoughts are implemented and referred to by many in military affairs as well the corporate world,not all are conversant with the subject. The idea was not to interpret the book,but to compress it. Understanding it further requires a lot of study and those who want to study the topic in detail have a number of options available in the market,” said Dalvi,a retired infantry officer who also served as an instructor at the National Defence Academy,Indian Military Academy and Officers Training Academy.

Commenting on the irony of referring to the thoughts of a Chinese warrior,when China is perceived to be the number one threat to India,Dalvi said,“That is one of the reasons I wanted to compile the book. We need to know our neighbours well. For instance,one of the thoughts in the Art of War talks about breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting. If one observes keenly,muscle-flexing is all china has been doing. So referring to the book is significant from the point of view of understanding threat as well as implementing Sun Tzu’s principles in the decision making process in India.”

The 83-page book,which has all the 389 thoughts and 13 chapters of Sun Tzu’s Art of War,has been designed by graphics designer Sudesh Sawant and has been given a foreword by Maj Gen (Retd) G D Bakshi. “The book will help military commanders at all levels to grasp the sound tactical and strategic doctrines of Sun Tzu and master not only their basic military concepts but also enable constant review,revision and renewal of their winning strategies,” the foreword by Bakshi saws.

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