Amaichu-64th chapter of Thirukural-
(Job of a minister/consultant)
(From this chapter onwards Thiruvalluvar gives more emphasis on royal duties.But if we take Minister to mean Consultant/Adviser, Everything he tells about minister is true even today .Valluvar says a minister should plan his jobs properly try to weaken the enemy(competitor ) and so on .Even if you are a modern person read it with this in mind)
1.Karuviyum kalamum cheikayum cheyyum,
Aruvinayum maandathu amaichu.
1.Getting the equipment , finding suitable time and finding out the way to a job,
And planning to do it properly is the job of the minister.
2.Van kaN kudi kathal , katharithal , AALvinayodu,
Iynthudan maandathu amaichu.
2,A minister is the one with qualities of good heritage ,
Natural bent for protection, reading of many books,
Accumulating the knowledge out of reading and effort.
3.Pirithalum peni kolalum pirithaar ,
POruthalum vallathu amaichu.
3.Causing separation of friends of enemies , Making them friends of his own king.
And putting great effort to bring back friends who have left is the minister’s job.
4.Therithalum , thernthu cheyalum , oru thalaya,
Cholalum vallathu amaichu.
4.Understanding a job, acting based on that understanding ,
And taking decision on one approach out of the many is the job of the minister.
5.Aranarinthu aandramaintha chollaan uenjandrum,
THiranarinthan therchi thuni.
5.A minister should know the Dharma involved in a decision and should,
Recommend it with wisdom and peace and must know the possible good and bad of that action,
6.Mathi nutpam noolodu udayaarkku , athi nutpam ,
6,. When minister possesses sharp intelligence , knows wisdom from books,
Which great strategies are capable of standing before him.,
7.Cheyarkai arintha kadiyjum , ulagathu ,
Iyarkkai arinthu cheyal.
7.Though a minister knows how to act by his intelligence and wisdom from books ,
He should take the final decision based on time and state of affairs.
8. Arikondru ariyaan yeninum uruthi ,
Uzhai irunthan kooral kadan.
8.If a king does not agree to words of wise people and himself does not know anything,
It is the duty of the minister to explain to him the true state.
9.Pazhuthennum manthiriyin pakkathul thevvaor,
Ezhupathu kodi urum.
9.If a minister who wants to do evil to the king is nearby to advice him,
Seventy crores of enemies who oppose him are better.
10.Muraipada choozhnthum mudivilave chivar ,
10 .Capacity for thinking should be present with capacity to act ,
If a minister does not have them the job would be unfinished.