If you’re a change-maker with deep devotion and drive to help rebuild this nation, this is the right programme for you. India needs more coherence amongst these three domains of public leadership for sustainable change. Apply for Accelerator and begin your journey in public leadership.
Just as the eyes light up the physical world before us and guide all our activities, vidya (knowledge) shows us the true nature of the various phenomena of life. It thus helps us to make informed choices to achieve our objectives. Consequently, the Indian tradition regards vidya as purushartha sadhana: the means for realising the human potential. The tradition has bequeathed to us a knowledge system that is vast in its range and pertains to various levels of thinking. Ranging from the most outward form of knowledge, the applied sciences of Upavedas systematises the practices of fine arts, medicine, polity and weaponry to the life-giving vision of the Darshanas, Puranas and Dharmashastras, the auxiliary sciences of the Vedangas, and the profound but cryptic meditations of the Vedas, the entire gamut of knowledge is mapped into 14 or 18 different fields. The Yajnavalkya smṛti mentions 14 fields of knowledge, the chaturdasavidyasthanani.
Rashtram School of Public Leadership draws from this rich source of Indic Knowledge Systems and channels it into a seamlessly integrated Accelerator Programme to nurture civilisationally-assured leaders for India.
One of the Niyamas defined by Patanjali, Svadhyaya is the time provided for personal study, meditation, higher-level reflection, as well as performing practical tasks such as completing assignments and preparing for presentations and discussions.
Samvada refers to an elevated form of debate and discussion, where the objective is to uncover the truth and dispel doubts, rather than argue and win. Every day there will be time allocated for discussions that will be guided by our mentors. These sessions will help hone the skills and let the ideas take root in the minds of the learners.
Our traditions and culture still thrive across the length and breadth of this land – where the Gitopadesa was given, where the innumerable saints, poets, gurus live and realise the one, all-pervading truth of existence; that land must be experienced in its raw beauty and spirit. A short term travel programme will help the learners take in the spirit of our native land, which has given rise to the oldest, continually existing culture in the world.
Our vision of Public leadership is rooted in the civilisational ideals of seva (service) and tyaga (sacrifice), and aimed at uniting the three shaktis i.e. jnana (ideas or wisdom), ichha (will) and kriya (action) shakti towards Nation building. We guide and incubate the journey of selfless individuals, who go on to lead various systems and institutions inspired by the spirit of dharma – devoted to the all-round prosperity of our country.
At every turn, thinkers produce ideas that animate the imagination of the people and create hospitable conditions for change. These ideas produce ‘identity’ that give a sense of purpose and meaning to people – this is the process through which a random collection of a people, become a Nation. In today’s world, this mandate of producing good ideas is given to academia.
Procedural justice is the vehicle that takes the ideas from the minds of a few to the hearts of many. It is this journey that confers legitimacy to the ideas and creates agency in people. Legitimising right ideas through the creation of agency leads to ‘stability’ – guiding this journey and embedding nourishing ideas into the fabric of a Nation is the real job of politics.
‘Prosperity’ is a function of the energy of people channelised into productive avenues. The mandate for the state should be to create the conditions for stability in which people can exercise the natural human genius for enterprise and creativity. The lifeblood of ideas around identity and stability needs to flow through the veins of the civil society to create prosperity.
Are you a future public leader of India?