Artha (Money) has always been central to Indian thought

Read The Desirability Of Artha

The western take on Indian spirituality has been to portray Indians as other-worldly. This was a part of Macaulay’s sinister plan of westernizing Indians and creating Brown Sahibs from Indian men and women. Indian thought, its scriptures, its education system, its ethos – all were torn down one by one under this scheme.

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However, what is most pertinent is that at the time when British were ruling in India and calling Indians as other worldly, India was the largest economy in the world and comprised 33% of world GDP (The same economy was also torn by the British and when they left, India had 2% share of world GDP). This itself shows how “other worldly” we were.

The article clears all misconceptions and proves the centrality of ARTHA or monetary well being in Indian thought.

Author: Tushar Kansal

Tushar has been associated with the Project Assessment, Fund-raising & Financial Advisory realm in India for 2 decades. He has straddled multiple roles in Financial Advisory in Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, PE Deal-maker in Times of India’s Brand Capital, in Corporate Finance roles in Aircel, as an Entrepreneur in Education field and as a CFO (Chief Financial Officer) till 2014. Prior to that, he was the Head of Debt for MTS India, where he was instrumental in raising $2.5 billion structured debt. Tushar has been involved in $6 Billion of transactions in Debt/ PE/ M&A across all asset classes. He has major experience in Education domain – From 2001 to 2006, Tushar led his Education entrepreneurship venture which provided Entrance examination training for Engineering colleges in India. The venture grew to 800 students and then was bought out by a marquee pan-India player in this space, as a strategic sale. Tushar is a panel member at CNN-News18. He is also a Columnist @ Business World, Indian Defence News, Business & Economy, Indian Economist, Digital Market Asia, OpIndia & Growing India.

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