Tirukural. Chapter 64: Ministers

Section VI: Ministers

Chapter 64: Ministers

Kural 631

A minister is he who can conceive a great enterprise,
rightly choose the ways, means and time, then carry it out.
Kural 632

Added to the above five, a minister is well-endowed with
steadfastness, learning, perseverance and protection of the people.
Kural 633

He who can divide enemies, bind friends more firmly
and reunite estranged allies is unequivocally a minister.
Kural 634

Call him a minister who comprehends things,
effectively executes them and competently directs others.
Kural 635

The helpful aide understands codes of conduct, discerns what is
fitting in every situation and speaks with learned deliberation.
Kural 636

When shrewd intelligence combines with scholastic study,
who can stand before such peerless subtlety?
Kural 637

Though thoroughly learned in theoretical methods,
one should act only after fathoming the world’s proven practices.
Kural 638

The loyal minister’s duty is to communicate his counsel,
even if his leader is a dullard who spurns advice.
Kural 639

Better for the king to face 700 million far-off foes
than to retain a single counselor who conspires at his side.
Kural 640

Little matter that they can devise the perfect plan;
those without executive skills never finish their work.

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