Book Review: Leadership Shastra, Lessons From Indian History
There are so many things one can learn and unlearn from history, especially from historical personalities. And in Pradeep Chakravarthy’s book, Leadership Shastra, Lessons from Indian History, the author has handpicked a few historic figures and told us what we can imbibe from them. An interesting book.
What is Leadership Shastra by Pradeep Chakravarthy?
Leadership Shastra, Lessons from Indian History is a collection of essays written about some of the known and unknown faces of Indian history. The best part of the book is that the author has selected historic personalities from the North, South, West, and East parts of India. In a nutshell, geographically, it covered all four directions.
However, the people mentioned in this book were from the medieval period. Be it Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar, The Five Sikh Gurus, The Ahoms of Assam, The Last Nizam Of Hyderabad, the Later Mughals, and others. And one of the best parts of the book is that the author has tried to tell the reader(s) that history is not just about dates and wars; it’s more than that. Especially the life lessons one can learn from history.
These are some of the important points of the book, which also deserve your attention:-
• History is not just about wars. It’s much more than that. It’s about the people, their deeds, and the circumstances that made them do certain actions because of which they became a part of the past.
• Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore and her life are just inspirational. At the age of eight, she got married; at the tender age of twenty-nine, she got widowed. But this didn’t stop her from achieving greatness. In fact, she took the reins of the Holkar dynasty and did some of the greatest works not only for her people but also for the people of Hindustan. That’s why she left an inedible imprint on the annals of Indian history.
• In the battle of Succession, the eldest daughter of the Mughal emperor ShahJahan, Roshanara Begum, supported her brother Dara Sikhoh. But, even after the triumph of Aurangzeb vis-à-vis Dara, Aurangzeb gave her the utmost respect. That’s the kind of authority she commanded during the Mughal era.
• Those rulers who gave their subjects respect and justice are even revered in today’s time. The best example is the founder of the Maratha empire, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. This shows that greatness can be earned through deeds, not through hyperbole.
Why should you read this book?
1. Likes to read about history
2. Leadership lessons from the great people
3. The importance of history and its usefulness in the current situation
My Ratings : ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5)
I hope you like this, thanks for reading. Jai Hind.
You can also order your copy of the book from Amazon India – Leadership Shastra book