By Dinesh Verma - April 12, 2023
15 minutes ago
Pick up a ‘world map’ or ‘globe’ in your hand. Find the ‘Caspian Sea’ in Central Asia. Then look at ‘Sunderbans’ in Bengal. Do you know that the empire of any emperor of India was spread from ‘Caspian Sea’ to ‘Sunderbans’?
The first Arab/Turkish invasion of India was in the 8th century when Muhammad bin Qasim defeated King Dahir of Sindh, but his next major success came only in the Second Battle of Tarain in 1192. What is the reason that it took 300 years for the Arab/Turkish invaders to set foot in India? The answer is Lalitaditya Muktapida of the Karkot dynasty of Kashmir.
Painting by Lalitaditya Muktapida.
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Lalitaditya Muktapida of the Karkot dynasty of Kashmir, was a legendary figure in Indian history who ruled the region in the 8th century. He is known for his ambition, strategic thinking and innovative approach to governance. There are valuable lessons in leadership, innovation, and personality development from his life for professionals and students alike.
5 Big Lessons from Lalitaditya Muktapida
1) Big strategic thinking of Lalitaditya
Map of the Karkota kingdom during the time of Lalitaditya.
Lalitaditya was a big thinking person. They wanted to build an empire that could rival the great empires of the world, such as the Roman Empire and the empire of Alexander the Great. Lalitaditya’s vision was not just a dream; He worked tirelessly to convert it into reality. When Muhammad-bin-Qasim’s successors attacked Kashmir after Sindh, they were fully prepared for the attack, and they failed. He then expanded his kingdom beyond the borders of Kashmir, conquering lands as far as Central Asia and Afghanistan.
Lessons for Professionals and Students Don’t waste your mind in small things, make big thinking and then work tirelessly to get the thought things.
2) Religious tolerance
Remains of the Martand Sun Temple built during the time of Lalitaditya.
Lalitaditya was known for his tolerance towards different religions and cultures. He allowed people of all faiths to worship as they wished, and he respected their traditions and beliefs. Lalitaditya was also a patron of the arts and sciences, and encouraged scholars and artists from around the world to visit his court.
Lalitaditya’s openness to diversity was not merely a matter of principle; It was also a strategic move. By embracing diversity, Lalitaditya was able to instill a sense of unity and harmony among his people, which helped strengthen his kingdom.
Lessons for Professionals and Students Assign work to people around you, in your institution on the basis of merit, do not discriminate between religion and caste.
3) Think strategically
Lalitaditya was not just a conqueror; He was also a strategic thinker. He understood the importance of alliances and diplomacy and made alliances with neighboring states to strengthen his position. They also knew when to use force and when to negotiate, and were able to achieve many of their goals through diplomacy rather than war. For example, to conquer Tibet, he established friendly relations with the then ‘Tang’ dynasty of China. This gave them Chinese strategists and thinkers.
Lessons for Professionals and Students Get rid of mindless thoughts, first see, understand, plan and then execute.
4) Invest in infrastructure
Remains of the city of Parihaspur built during the time of Lalitaditya.
Lalitaditya understood the importance of infrastructure in building a strong and prosperous society. They built roads, bridges, and canals, which helped facilitate trade and commerce. They also built many public buildings such as temples and libraries, which helped instill a sense of community and pride among their people.
Lalitaditya’s investment in infrastructure was not just about economic development; It was also about social development. By providing education, healthcare, and other basic amenities to his people, Lalitaditya was able to improve their quality of life and create a more equitable society. Lalitaditya’s dream was to build a prosperous and peaceful society that would be the envy of the world.
Lessons for Professionals and Students Invest money wisely in such things which will make you strong and not weak.
5) Get out of comfort zone
Lalitaditya was a brave and fearless warrior who led his army in many battles. He was not afraid to take risks or face his enemies head-on. His courage and determination inspired his soldiers and instilled fear in his enemies. This bravery was essential to his success as a conqueror and ruler.
Lessons for Professionals and Students Get out of the comfort zone, learn and try new things.
Today’s career funda is that we can learn a lot from Lalitaditya’s life and legacy, such as his big thinking, religious tolerance, his investment in infrastructure, strategic thinking, and his courage and resilience.
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