Kautilya’s Arthashastra is a book about economics written by Kautilya. The word ( No Suggestions) originates from a primeval Indian dissertation that discussed. Kautilya’s Arthashastra is an excellent treatise on statecraft, economic policy and military strategy. it is said to have been written by Kautilya. In the last book of Kautilya’s Arthashastra, Kautilya had discussed the methodology of composition of Arthashastra. He has enumerated 32 methods of science.

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However, it has a much wider significance and the material well-being of individuals is just a part of it. Avoid War One can lose a war as easily as one can win.

The most important single text in Hindu political philosophy is Kautilya’s Arthasastra A Modern Kautilya All this shows us how close to modern life and administration the Kautilyan ideas come. In any case, he views the establishment of a strong army as the foremost task of the state, as all other activities are impossible without the power to back them up.

Other than providing a perspective on governing a petty kingdom in the Subcontinent between BC and AD, there is hardly anything worthwhile to say about this book. Refresh and try again.

Kautilya’s Arthashastra and Pakistan

The Arthashastra is written mainly in prose but also incorporates shlokaswhich adds a vital poetic flourish to this otherwise down-to-earth classic. Electrum 25, In view of the commitment of the present Narendra Modi-led BJP government in India to Hindutva, the probability that its strategy in dealing with Pakistan would be deeply influenced, if not governed, by the rules laid down by Kautilya in Arthashastra cannot be totally ruled out.

Samhita Brahmana Aranyaka Upanishad. We can get more things done because we can, but precisely because we can, there are always more things to do. These data are considered against the background of the production of new genres of Sanskrit ritual and legal treatises that canonize and further propagate expertise in those fields.

Rather than the simplified, whitewashed and sometimes politically colored descriptions of ancient India of history As if taking a cue from the success of Art of War themed self-help books, distilled Kautilyan teachings re-purposed for the modern corporate have become popular of late. Yet, to have an effect on the institutional bedrock of the liberal world order, the BRICS and its members would need to be cooperative and mutually supportive not only in the global arena but also within their proper courtyards, where the source of their power and the happiness of their people lies.


Out of fear for his own destruction, he should avoid unripe ones, which give rise to revolts. One of the three Veda law books of the 3rd century BC, along with the Laws of Manu, for princes, and, the Laws of Vishnu, that was for the people. His works were lost near the end of the Gupta dynasty and not rediscovered until In a second part it will be performed an analysis of each work, with a reflection about possible associated problematics, a structured note of each one, and with a study from the thematic point of view, without forgetting the ideal model that each author outlined for the governor.

With this legacy, it is no wonder that the much less ambitious Indian Constitution is still the longest in the world, the most detailed and most concerned with trying to micro manage the nuts and bolts of administration. The book itself is a very dry read, at least it was to me.

It covers maintenance of social order, increasing economic activity, protection of livelihood, protection of the weaker sections of the population, prevention of harassment of the subjects, consumer protection and even welfare of slaves and prisoners.

Butti de Lima, Weber e la riflessione politica degli antichi. Arthashqstra patron Chandragupta Maurya consolidated an empire which was inherited by his son Bindusara and then his grandson Ashoka.

Arthashastra of Kautilya

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He shall also provide subsistence to helpless women when they are carrying and also to the children they give birth to”. First, it seeks to demonstrate that regionalism in the 21st century The Arthashastra discusses a iautilyas economy, where private enterprise and state enterprise frequently competed side by side, in agriculture, animal husbandry, forest produce, mining, manufacturing and trade.

I guess Kautilya’s novelty will wear off and he will be relegated to the dustbin of history. I would recommend This work is most commonly likened to Machiavelli, although it predates ‘The Prince’ by several centuries.

There’s obviously a lot more to the Arthashastra than this arthashasrta copy was an abridged kautilysa but I was deeply impressed with what I did find. Shukraniti – A Study from Leadership Perspective. I took this on after being intrigued by how the circular perspective of foreign policy compared with the more typically binary views in western academia. Silent war, according to him, is a kind of warfare with another state in which the ruler and his ministers—and, unknowingly, the people—act publicly as if they were at peace with the opposing state, but all the while secret agents and spies are assassinating important leaders in the other state, creating divisions among key ministers and classes, and spreading propaganda and disinformation with the ultimate objective of weakening and subjugating it.


Ayurveda Dhanurveda Natya Arthaehastra Sthapatyaveda. The Arthashastra is apparently one of the first books on political theory and was written in the 3rd century BC.

The strengthening of our strategic cooperation with China and improving our friendly relations with Russia should remain the cornerstone of our foreign policy. The school of Usanas asserts, states the text, that there is only one necessary knowledge, the science of government because no other science can start or survive without it.

Although I obviously can’t comment on the details of kaufilyas intelligence methods, I was surprised by the variety of his methods. Just a few years ago, a former Indian National Security Adviser praised this book as an important guide on strategy. The roles and guises recommended for Vyanjana appearance agents by the Arthashastra include ascetics, forest hermits, mendicants, cooks, merchants, doctors, astrologers, consumer householders, entertainers, dancers, female agents and others.

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Washington State University Press. A more detailed secular constitution of governance and daily life cannot be imagined. As one plucks one ripe fruit after another from a garden, so should the king from his kingdom. The Arthashastra dedicates Book 7 and 10 to war, and considers numerous scenarios and iautilyas for war. A gem on economics!

Arthashastra is divided into 15 books: Jul 12, Rohit Harip rated it it was amazing. A series of compilation of treaties by a great scholar, ‘Kautilya’, which dates back to nearly 2, years ago. Think would recommend it to read for yourself. Public domain Public domain false false. Ritual kautilyxs other related forms of expertise was considered to have pragmatic applications in state security, administration, social regulation, and legal process.

Apr 13, Owlseyes marked it as to-read Shelves: A new edition based on this manuscript was published by Muni Jina Vijay in Journal of the American Oriental Society.