Panchatantra: A Collection of Stories to Achieve Practical Wisdom for Leadership
Panchatantra is a treatise of five books for effective leadership, which can achieve through the wisdom imprinted in it by Vishnu Sharman, the celebrated author of Panchatantra. He created this work for awakening the intellectual power of the three princes of King Amarasakti of Mahilaropya, who were not willing and interested to learn the science of government and practical wisdom.
Nowadays, the purpose and meaning of the text, Panchatantra, reduced merely to the level of children’s storybook and somehow changed the meaning of each stories into mere moral stories. But intention for the creation of this text was to teach political strategies on the basis of the science of polity in ancient India that revealed in the preamble of the text itself. The purpose of this translation under the title of ‘Achieving Practical Wisdom for Leadership’ is to give a change in the attitude of the ‘reader’ into the level of a ‘leader.’
This work is an attempt by the author of more than five years research on various translations and adaptations of Panchatantra. And this is based on one of the lost original Sanskrit text, on the basis of the principal extant versions of Panchatantra reconstructed and edited by Franklin Edgerton, with the permission from American Oriental Society, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.
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