Army’s Project Udbhav to rediscover ‘Indic heritage of statecraft’ from ancient texts


Context: The Indian Army with the United Service Institution of India(USI) has started an initiative, named Project Udbhav, to rediscover the profound Indic heritage of statecraft and strategic thoughts derived from ancient Indian texts of statecraft, warcraft, diplomacy and grand strategy. 


About Project Udbhav

  • USI will conduct a Military Heritage Festival on October 21 and 22 to acquaint future thought leaders with the dynamics of comprehensive national security with special emphasis on India’s strategic culture, military heritage, education, modernisation of security forces and Atmanirbhar Bharat.
  • The project endeavors to explore India’s rich historical narratives in the realms of statecraft and strategic thoughts
  • The goal is to understand the profound depths of indigenous military systems, their evolution, strategies that have been passed down through the ages, and the strategic thought processes that have governed the land for millennia. 
  • It focuses on a broad spectrum including indigenous military systems, historical texts, regional texts and kingdoms, thematic studies, and intricate Kautilya Studies.
  • As part of this process, a panel on September 29 discussed the evolution of Indian military systems, war fighting and strategic thought exploring both current research in the field and the way forward.
  • The aim of Project Udbhav is not limited to just rediscovering these narratives, but also to develop an indigenous strategic vocabulary which is deeply rooted in India’s multifaceted philosophical and cultural tapestry.



A study to compile Indian stratagems based on ancient texts has been ongoing since 2021, and a book has been released listing 75 aphorisms selected from ancient texts. 


The first scholarly outcome of the initiative is the 2022 publication titled, “Paramparik Bhartiya Darshan…Ranniti aur Netriyta ke Shashwat Niyam”, meant to be read by all ranks of the Indian Army. English translation of the title being Traditional Indian Philosophy…Eternal Rules of Warfare and Leadership

The September 29 panel discussion included a dialogue on the study of ancient texts from 4th to 8th century CE, with a focus on Kautilya, Kamandaka, and the Kural

By reintroducing these classical teachings into contemporary military and strategic domains, the Army aims to nurture its officers to apply ancient wisdom in modern scenarios and also allow a more profound understanding of international relations and foreign cultures.


Imp for: UPSC Prelims, UPSC GS Mains Paper III

Topic: Security, Indigenization in Armed Forces



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