Scriptures are not just about abstract moralising. Poetry is not only for those with an abiding interest in literature. Why should ancient treatises be restricted to the realm of academics? Trust is not just a human psychological phenomenon.
There are deep lessons that modern day policy wonks can lean on to explain complex economic problems.
And that is what India's Chief Economic Adviser KV Subramanian did in the Economic Survey 2019-20.
The 21 chapters in the twice-prefaced two-volume lavender-hued survey are peppered with words of wisdom from ancient philosophers, saints, iconic litterateurs, Nobel laureates, modern-day politicians and writings from holy texts.