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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Mazib Mohammad If you can interpret it in the context of today’s world, then yes. Nov 29, Anmol Sarma rated it liked it. Jan 06, Abhishek Sharma rated it it was amazing. The Arthashastra is an ancient Indian treatise on statecraft, economic policy and military strategy, written in Sanskrit.

The following arthasuastra will trace legitimacy through the ideas of various political philosophers. This translation is from Weber: This paper discusses the Reading ancient books is the best way to rid ourselves of modernist fantasies — except for communication and transport, in the basic institutions, we are still where we were. Kumud Mookerji states that the text may be a picture of actual conditions in Kautilya’s times.

The Arthashastra

Reality And The Ideal The picture of the ideal Kautilyan state that emerges from our discussion above is one of a well-run state, prosperous and bustling with activity. Selections in Translationed.

Ideal laws, contradictory realities, preferential and protective treatment for the upper-castes, Brahmins especially, looking down upon women on every areas, government running brothels and liquor shops, kings striving to be just and ethical, cruel methods to get rid of one’s enemies, pleasant ways to rule one’s subjects – you will get to learn in all in this book. Electrum 25, The Purohit arthahsastra the text must be one who is well educated in the Vedas and its kauutilyas Angas.


Simultaneously, we should strengthen our friendly relations and cooperation with both Afghanistan and Iran so that India does not succeed in turning them against us as Kautilya would have recommended. Kautilyan foreign policy analysis: The slide deck used during the presentation of the paper is arhashastra attached here for reference.

The book itself is doesn’t solely focus on political issues, but talks about statecraft, economy, military stragety and other topics.

RichardsCambridge University Press, pp. I only w 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.

Kautilya’s Arthashastra and Pakistan

Maybe the illusion of minute micro-managed and all-pervasive governance can cover up for the inability to really govern? Part of a series on Hindu scriptures and texts Shruti Smriti Vedas. This work is a translation and has a separate copyright status arhhashastra the applicable copyright protections of the original content.

It opens by stating that wherever “good people are snubbed, and evil people are embraced” distress increases.

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However, it has a much wider significance and the material well-being of individuals is just a part of it. There are three distinct parts in this manual: But if we are to comprehend clearly Kautilya’s teachings and apply them judiciously to the modern world, we also have to be aware arthashasrra the essential characteristics of the work. Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden Many of these involve some quite inventive uses of spies. Kautilya, in the Arthashastra, suggests that the state must always be adequately fortified, its armed forces prepared and resourced to defend itself against kauitlyas of war.


This popular view is not only simplistic but untrue.

The Arthashastra by Kautilya

The king who is likewise situated close to the enemy, but separated from the conqueror only by the enemy, is termed the friend of the conqueror … In front of the conqueror and close to his enemy, there happen to be situated kings such as the conqueror’s friend, next to him, the enemy’s friend, and next to the last, the conqueror’s friend’s friend, and next, the enemy’s friend’s friend.

Chanakya also developed Neeti-Sutras aphorisms – pithy sentences that tell people how they should behave. My knowledge of pre-industrial economics is lacking so I can’t comment in detail about that, but I can vaguely praise his thoroughness. The author died inso this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 70 years or less.

Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Found what I needed. After getting the land converted in to arable, he recommends to allot it to Brahmins.

More recent scholarship presents a more nuanced reception for the text.