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Course: Indian Religions and Business (Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism and Sikhism)

The “Professional Course: Indian Religions and Business (Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism and Sikhism)” (6 ECTS, Online) taught by EENI Global Business School consists of six modules:

Course: Indian Religions and Business, Hinduism

  1. Hinduism and Business
  2. Jainism and Business
  3. Sikhism and Business
  4. Zoroastrianism and Business
  5. Other religions in India: Islam, Christianity and Buddhism
  6. Hindu Economic Area

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  1. Credits: 6 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: 6
    weeks It is recommended to dedicate about twelve hours of study per week following a flexible schedule. It is possible to reduce the duration dedicating more hours a week
  3. Tuition Fees: EUR 144
  4. Open Online Enrolment
  5. Download the syllabus of the module: “Indian Religions and Business” (PDF)
    1. Hindu Economic Area (PDF)

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The objectives of the course are the following:

  1. To know the pillars of Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism
  2. To understand the ethical principles of these religions
  3. To analyse its influence on business and in the Hindu Economic Area
  4. To study the profiles of Hindu, Jain, Sikhs and Zoroastrian entrepreneurs
  5. To define the characteristics of the Hindu Economic Area
  6. To analyse the economic and political relations of the Hindu civilisation with the other civilisations (Western, Sinic, Buddhist, Islamic and African)
  7. To understand the economic integration process and the main organisations related to the Hindu Economic Area
  8. To know the economic profile of the countries of influence of the Hindu civilisation

This course belongs to the following Higher Education Programs taught by EENI:

  1. Doctorates: Global Ethics, Religions, and International Business, Asian Business, World Trade
  2. Masters: Business in Asia, Economic Relations, International Business, Religions and International Business
  3. Course: Business in India

India, Master, International Business, Foreign Trade Masters and Doctorates in Global Business adapted to the Indian Students.

This course contains exercises that are evaluated, which the student must work out and pass to obtain the Diploma of the Professional Course: “Indian Religions and Business (Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism and Sikhism)” issued by EENI Global Business School.

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1- Hinduism (Vedanta), Ethics and Business

“Truth is one; the wise call it by different names.” (Rig Veda)

  1. Introduction to Hinduism “Sanatana Dharma” Vedanta: the third religion in the world
  2. Sacred books of Hinduism. Analysis of the Bhagavad-Gita according to Gandhi
  3. The four paths to God. The Path of Yoga
  4. Main traditions of Hinduism (Sampradaya): Shivaism, Shaktism, Vaisnavism and Smartism.
  5. The pillars of Hinduism: interreligious tolerance, body and Atman, Samsara, Bhagavan (God, Parabrahma...) Pervades all Things
  6. Ethical principles of Hinduism:
    1. Ahimsa (Non-violence)
    2. Detachment from the results of actions
    3. Truth (Satya)
    4. Do not steal
    5. Sexual moderation
  7. Renewal of Hinduism: Sri Ramakrishna (Harmony of Religions), Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi
  8. Hinduism in Nepal, Bhutan, Mauritius, Bangladesh (15 million), Indonesia (Bali 3.3 million), Guyana and Fiji
  9. The expansion of Hinduism in Africa
  10. Influence of Hinduism on business

Hindu Businesspeople (Hinduism)

  1. Kumar Mangalam Birla: president of the Aditya Birla Group
  2. Senapathy Gopalakrishnan: co-president of Infosys
  3. Shri Mukesh Ambani: director of Reliance Industries (3% of the Indian GDP)
  4. Srichand P Hinduja: president of the Hinduja Group (one of the largest diversified groups in the world)
  5. Kiran Mazumdar: founder of BIOCOM, the largest biotechnology company in India

Hinduism and Business (Master, Doctorate, Course): Non-Violence, Bhagavad-Gita, Hindu Businesspeople...

Sri-Ramakrishna Hinduism. Harmonny of Religions

2- Jainism, Ethics and Business

Ahimsa (Non-violence): “Any living organism deserves our respect.”

  1. Introduction to Jain Dharma (Jainism)
  2. SHANTINATHA CHARITHRA (Jain scriptures)
  3. The importance of Mahavira in Jainism
  4. Jain schools: Digambaras and Svetambaras
  5. Fundamentals of Jainism doctrine and philosophy (Tattvas)
  6. Principles of Jainism ethics
    1. The twelve Jain vows
    2. The five pillars of Jainism
    3. Non-violence (Ahimsa)
    4. Respect for all life
  7. Relationships between Jainism and Hinduism
  8. Jainism and business

Jain Businessmen

  1. Sahu Jain: The Times Group, belonging to the Jain family Sahu Jain, is the largest communication company in India.
  2. Ajit Gulabchand: President of one of the largest Indian construction enterprises
  3. Gautam Adani: President of the Adani Group
  4. Bhavarlal Hiralal Jain: Founder of Jain Irrigation Systems

Jainism and Business (Doctorate Master Course)

Indu Jain Indian Businesswoman (Course Master)

3- Sikhism, Ethics and Business

Presence of Sikh managers in multinationals due to their moral rectitude and honesty

  1. Introduction to Sikh Dharam (Sikhism): 26 million Sikhs around the world
  2. The importance of Guru Nanak
  3. Relationship of Sikhism with Hinduism and Islam
  4. Ethical principles of the Sikhs
  5. Moral rectitude and honesty
  6. The five articles of faith (five K) of Sikhism
  7. Case study:
    1. Manmohan Singh (former Indian Prime Minister)
    2. Narinder Singh (inventor of the optical fiber)

Sikh Businessmen

  1. Malvinder and Shivinder Singh: Founders of one of the largest healthcare providers in Asia-Pacific
  2. Ajaypal Singh Banga: CEO of MasterCard
  3. Hardeep Singh: founder of Tulip Telecom
  4. Jogishwar Singh: managing director of the Rothschild Group

Sikhism Business

Sikhs Businessman (Course Master)

4- Zoroastrianism, Ethics and Business

“Good Thoughts, Words, and Deeds.”

  1. Introduction to Zoroastrianism
  2. The Prophet of Zoroastrianism: Zarathustra
  3. Principles of the Zoroastrian ethics
  4. Non-violence
  5. Respect towards animals and the environment
  6. The three H (Good thoughts, words, and deeds) and the business strategy
  7. Zoroastrianism and business

Zoroastrian Businessmen

  1. TATA Group: one of the largest companies in the world (3.2% of the Indian GDP)
  2. Cyrus S. Poonawalla: founder of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world
  3. Adi Godrej: president of the Godrej Group (one of the main Indian conglomerates)
  4. Musli Wadia: President of the Wadia Group, one of the oldest conglomerates in India

Zoroastrianism and Business (Doctorate)

TATA Group India

5- Other religions in India: Islam, Christianity and Buddhism

1- Islam in India (the second religion in India)

  1. Influence of Islam on the Hindu Civilisation
  2. Indian Muslim businessmen:
    1. Azim Premji: director of Wipro (a global information technology company), he is one of twenty-five people who “have drastically changed the way we live, work or think”
    2. Yusuf Khwaja Hamied: founder of CIPLA, one of the largest generic pharmaceutical companies in the world.

2- Christianity and Buddhism in India

Yusuf Hamied, Indian Businessman, global struggle against AIDS (India, Islam, Master)

6- Hindu Economic Area

  1. The religions of India and their relationship with the Hindu Civilisation
  2. Hindu Economic Area
    1. India as a central state of the Hindu Civilisation
    2. Countries of the area of ​​influence of the Hindu civilisation
      1. Mauritius (54% of the population is Hindu) a strategic position for business between India and Africa.
        1. India-Mauritius Economic Cooperation Agreement
      2. Nepal (81% of the population is Hindu)
        1. India-Nepal trade agreement
      3. Bhutan (25% of the population is Hindu)
        1. India-Bhutan trade agreement
    3. The expansion of the Hindu Civilisation in East Africa
    4. Kenyan entrepreneurs of Hindu origin: Naushad N. Merali and Bhimji Depar Shah
    5. The Diaspora of the Hindu Civilisation
  3. Hindu businessmen
  4. Economic integration of the Hindu Economic Area (economic organisations, free trade agreements...)
    1. South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC): India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
    2. Bay of Bengal Initiative (BIMSTEC): India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Thailand
    3. Asian Clearing Union (ACU): India, Bangladesh, Iran, Myanmar, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
    4. South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC): India, Bangladesh, the Maldives and Sri Lanka
    5. Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA): India, Bangladesh, China, Korea, Laos, Sri Lanka and Mongolia
    6. Africa-India Cooperation
    7. Africa-BRICS Cooperation
      1. India is one of the BRICS Countries
    8. Bilateral agreements of India: Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore, Chile, MERCOSUR, Andean Community, South Korea, European Union, New Zealand, Indonesia, Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, Canada, Australia, European Free Trade Association, Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU), ASEAN
  5. Political-economic interactions with the other civilisations

Bay of Bengal Initiative (BIMSTEC): Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, and Nepal

Hinduism Islam

Why study the courseIndian Religions and Business?

This Professional Course is aimed at those executives and companies wishing to do business in India (a BRICS Country), a market where the influence of Hinduism (1,210 million Hindus, the third religion in the world) is fundamental, as well as in the countries of the Hindu Economic Area (Mauritius, Nepal, Bhutan...)

But it is also necessary to know the influence of Zoroastrianism (the Tata Group controls Western brands such as Jaguar, Land Rover or the Korean Daewo), Jainism (the family Sahu Sain controls the largest Indian communication group), Sikhism (multinationals such as Rotchild or Mastercard have hired Sikh managers because of their rectitude) and Islam (Yusuf Khwaja Hamied is the founder of CIPLA, one of the largest generic pharmaceutical companies in the world) in India (more information).

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Religions of India: Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism and Sikhism. Interreligious tolerance

India is one of the most tolerant countries to other religions. Hinduism is probably the most tolerant religion with others, as seen in the history of India in the last 2,500 years.

“Thus I have exposed the most secret of all knowledge, meditate on it fully, and then do as you want” Bhagavad-Gita (Sacred Book of Hinduism), XVIII-63.

Hinduism has lived in peace with Parsees, Sikhs, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, and Jain.

The Chapter IV of the Bhagavad-Gita begins with one of the most beautiful and transcendental verses of Hinduism, which appreciate the tolerance of Hinduism to the other religions.

“When the kindness declines
When the wickedness increases
When the purpose of the life is forgotten.
I will manifest, I will return.
To pronounce the sacred; to destroy the sin of the sinner, to re-establish the way of the principles” IV 7-8

The most universal of these verses is the implicit acceptance of other prophets of the other religions. Many Hindus believe on the holiness of Jesus, Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Guru Nanak, or Zarathustra.

Ahimsa (Non-Violence) and International Business

This principle of universal tolerance (Harmony of Religions) is one of the greatest contributions of Hinduism to the global ethics, furthermore to the principles of truthfulness, detachment, and non-violence (Ahimsa).

Ahimsa (Non-Violence) and International Business

Hinduism is a major religion in India. 80.5% of the Indian Population practices Hinduism, 960 millions of followers (2012) (Total population: 1,210 million people).

Percentage of the population by Indian Religions

  1. Hinduism 80.46%
  2. Muslims 13.43%
  3. Christians 2.34% (25 million)
  4. Sikhs 1.87%
  5. Buddhists 0.77%
  6. Others 0.72%
  7. Jains 0.41%

In India, there are some 2 million Baha'i Faith, 7.5 million Methodists and 2.4 million Baptists

The Catholic Church Siro-Malabar (Eastern Catholic Churches) has 4.6 million.

After India, Hinduism is important in Nepal (23 million), Bangladesh (15 million), Indonesia -island of Bali (3.3 million), Mauritius, Guyana, Fiji, or Bhutan.

A perfect example of Hindu tolerance is that the former President of India, Manmohan Singh is Sikh.

Sikh population represents less than 2% of the Indian Population!

Below; we show the ministers of his Government. As we can even observe the majority belongs to Hinduism but there are also Sikhs, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Atheists.

- Shri A. K. Antony. Minister of Defense. He was born into a Syrian Catholic family, now declared atheist. It is also stated devotee of Mata Amritanandamayi
- Shri Sharad Pawar. Minister of Agriculture. Hinduism.
- Shri P. Chidambaram. Minister of Finance. Hinduism.
- Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad. Minister of Health and Family Welfare. Muslim.
- Shri Sushil Kumar Shinde. Minister of Interior. Secularism (Nehru)
- Shri M. Veerappa Moily. Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
- PhD Farooq Abdullah. Minister of New and Renewable Energy. Muslim.
- Shri S. Jaipal Reddy. Minister of Science and Technology. Minister of Earth Sciences. Hinduism.
- Shri Sis Ram Ola. Minister of Labour and Employment
- Shri Kamal Nath. Minister of Urban Development. Minister of Parliamentary Affairs. Hinduism.
- Shri Ajit Singh. Civil Aviation Minister. Sikh
- Shri Vayalar Ravi. Minister of Indian Affairs abroad. Hinduism.
- Shri Mallikarjun Kharge. Minister of Railways. Buddhist.
- Shri Oscar Fernandes. Minister of Road transport and Highways. Catholic Christian.
- Shri Kapil Sibal. Minister of Communications and information Technology. Hinduism.
- Shri Anand Sharma. Minister of Trade and Industry. Hinduism.
- Kumari Selja. Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment. Hinduism.
- PhD Girija Vyas. Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation. Hinduism.
- Shri K. G. Vasan. Minister of Shipping
- Shri Praful Patel. Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. Hinduism.
- Shriprakash Shri Jaiswal. Coal Minister
- Shri Salman Khursheed. Minister of foreign Affairs. Muslim.
- Shri V. Kishore Chandra Deo. Minister of Tribal Affairs. Minister of Panchayati Raj. Hinduism.
- Shri Beni Prasad Verma. Steel Minister. Hinduism.
- Shri Jairam Ramesh. Minister of Rural Development. Hinduism.
- Shri K. Rahman Khan. Minister of Minority Affairs. Muslim.
- Shri Dinsha J. Patel. Minister of Mines. Hinduism.
- Shri M. M. Pallam Raju. Minister of Human Resource Development. Hinduism.
- Shri Harish Rawat. Minister of Water Resources. Hinduism.
- Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch. Minister of Culture. Hinduism.
- PhD Kavuru Sambasiva Rao. Minister of textiles.

(Note: If is not specified a religion, is that the Minister has not publicly stated their religion).

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