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Thirukural-On Choice Of Right Place(Arena)-Kural-498

Cirupadaiyaan cellidam saerin urupadaiyaan
Uookam alindhu vidum

If a large army is constrained to operate in an area, meant for a small force,
They will have no place for manoeuvre, and so get demoralized.

If a king chooses as his theatre for battle, a place, every nook and corner of which he knows well, where he feels strong, though his force is small in numbers; in such a place, the enemy, with larger numbers too, will not have much of a chance against him. V V S Iyer"s translation is based on this reciprocal aspect.

The edge that guerilla forces have over organized armed units, which are detailed to take action against them, arises out of this context.

Story first published: Friday, July 29, 2011, 11:24 [IST]