The Office of Minister
Call him minister who best contrives the means, The time, the mode and the deed. A minister excels in firmness, protection, Learning and perseverance, besides the five tactics. An able minister can disunite allies, Cherish friends and reunite enemies. Call him a minister who comprehends things, Executes them and directs others. A helpful counsellor knows the codes, Is learned in discourse and ever resourceful. What is there too subtle to stand before men Who add learning to their intelligence? Even if well-versed in theory, Act as per the ways of the world. It is a minister's duty to advise aright Though the ruler in ignorance may refute wisdom. Better seventy million open foes Than one treacherous minister inside. The inefficient will leave undone Even well-planned schemes.