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Management lessons from wars in India

February 18, 2009

Udai Singh II wanted his favourite son Jagmal to be his successor, but his ministers instead preferred his eldest son Pratap.

They argued that Pratap had the required skill to fight the Mughals in these difficult times to retain Mewar's independence and to recapture Chittor. Finally, they made Maharana Pratap the king of Mewar.

Lesson: Succession planning should be reviewed periodically, and modified based on the ground realities. It should be done on merit, not on favouritism.


Maharana Pratap was unlike many other Rajput rulers who had joined hands with Akbar and had matrimonial alliance with Mughals. He turned down multiple proposals from Akbar to join hands with him.

He was determined to take over the Chittor fort and avenge the killings of innocents during that battle. Maharana Pratap knew it was not easy to capture Chittor.

Lesson: One could set an aggressive goal even if it is against popular belief or practice, provided one is determined and weighs the decision well by considering the full perspective.

Image: Emperor Akbar with son Jehangir

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