Understanding mergers and acquisitions from Kauravas and Pandavas




Hastinapur was the greatest empire of its time and the presence of Bhishma & Drona guaranteed the Victory of Kauravas (100 brothers) in Kurukshetra. Both the parties are going Kingdom to Kingdom for campaigning to become their allies. Kauravas, in their own world and pride did not make powerful allies except from old relations like Gandhara (Shakuni), Sindhu (Jayadrath), Kambodia (Camboja – Bhagadutta). Kauravas had enough of resources in terms of wealth, army, cavalries, elephants.
Krishna was not a king, but he had well-trained army with over 10,000 men who have been great assets in previous campaigns.
Before the war there came a situation, where Krishna was approached to become an ally, by both Duryodhan and Arjuna. Arjuna asked for Krishna and Duryodhan was happy to receive Krishna’s army.
Pandavas on the other hand did not have wealth so they focused on making powerful allies.

Panchal through marriage with Draupadi.
Dwarka through marriage with Arjuna and Subhadra.
Magadh through marriage of Sahdeva and Vijaya.
Chedi through marriage of Nakula and Karenmayi.
Kasi through marriage of Bhima and Balandhara.
Kekaya through marriage of Yudhisthira and Devika.
Matsya through marriage of Abhimanyu and Uttara.
The Rakshasas through marriage of Bhima and Hidimba.
The Nagas through marriage of Arjuna and Uloopi.
The kingdom of Virat – Arjuna saved Virat from Kauravas while disguised as Brihannala

Kauravas army and cavalry was too huge compared to that of Pandavas. Still Kauravas lost the war.
Pandavas chose powerful leaders. Krishna was a great asset. Krishna’s army was an asset only till Krishna provided his leadership. It’s not just the skills but knowledge, strategy and alertness plays a key role in winning any game!
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