Wari: Exemplary Model of Management

Immense faith when combined with meticulous planning and efficient management results in an incredibly invigorating energy force touching and transforming individual lives, making them happy and eager to participate in the (next) forthcoming WARI. The best business schools in the world would not be able to match the lessons and training that the WARI offers to the initiated.

Close to two lakh people walk in the WARI between Alandi to Pandharpur. This scale of population makes the WARI resemble a city on the move providing opportunities to learn the management principles applicable to a moving city. Issues relating to public health and sanitation, waste management, traffic and civic control could be studied and modeled as a case study for students and practitioners of management. The inspired and committed participation of large number of DINDIs over many centuries, with their meticulous, disciplined planning and management is truly an object of deep study and research. Deliberations involving inputs from State and local governments, Sansthan Samiti, SOHALA MALAK, MAANKARIs and WARKARIS, decisions reached collectively, execution and successful implementation of the decision reflect the true spirit of public-private partnership!!

Each DINDI is a miniature of the grand PALHI SOHALA of which it is a part. Planning for WARKARIS in the DINDI, their food and refreshments arrangements, staying facilities, tents, lights and medicines, bedding and bath arrangements have to be planned in great detail and with caution.

A detailed study of this multi-layered planning and management is warranted. Salient features which would facilitate such a study are enumerated below:

1)  The eighteen days of the WARI could be likened to the 18 chapters of the BHAGAWAD GEETA - each day beginning in a new setup (village), ending in another, putting down the tents in the night and moving along at the break of dawn.

2) There are a total of three JARIPATKAS (pennon) in the entire WARI. Almost everybody in the WARI is familiar with the SHITOLE SARKAR JARIPATKA. In addition to it two more DINDIs– one in the BHOPLE DINDI (number 14 ahead of MAULI’s CHARIOT) and the GOREKAR DINDI (number 11 behind the CHARIOT) –have the privilege of hosting the JARIPATKA. These have come to become reference points for locating the position of one’s DINDI for the WARKARIS when the crowds swell. For instance WARKARIS in the first DINDI ahead of the RATH can see how far or otherwise the fourteenth DINDI has progressed, thanks to the huge and hence visible golden pennon carried in the fourteenth DINDI. Likewise, WARKARIS in the last DINDI behind the RATH are able to assess their relative position vis-à-vis the eleventh DINDI.

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