It identifies its author by the names ‘Kauṭilya’ and ‘Vishnugupta’, both names that are traditionally identified with Chanakya (c. – BC), who was a scholar. He is considered the author of the Arthashastra, meaning a texts on wealth. Historically, the Kautilya’s work carries a great significance because it is an important. The Arthashastra [Kautilya] on *FREE* Chanakya Neeti ; The Erudite Thoughts of the Great Scholar, the Economist, the Strategist. Chanakya.

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It is no guilt for the wife to make use of this property in maintaining her son, her daughter-in-law, or herself, whenever her absent husband has made no provision for her maintenance.

The Arthashastra of Kautilya or Chanakya

An exhaustive treatise of politics, diplomacy and war, this proves that the past was neither golden as we think with an assumed nostalgia, neither were the people so backward in science chqnakya technology as we perceive them to be. Part of a series on Hindu scriptures and texts Shruti Smriti Vedas. An interesting cross between a mirror for princes and conduct bookwith maybe a little early Buddhist religious text thrown in.

War is inherently unpredictable. 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.


Aug 01, Vidur Kapur rated it it was amazing Shelves: Any one of these three, when enjoyed artnashastra an excess, hurts not only the other two, but also itself. The king who, being possessed of good character and best-fitted elements of kautioya, is the fountain of policy, is termed the conqueror.

In other domains, India maintains its famed stance of ‘non-alignment’, in keeping with Kautilya’s advocacy of “neutrality” in certain circumstances. All means to win a war are appropriate in the Arthashastra, including assassination of enemy leaders, sowing discord in its leadership, engagement of covert men and women in the pursuit of military objectives and as weapons of war, deployment of accepted superstitions and propaganda to bolster one’s own troops or to demoralize enemy soldiers, as well as open hostilities by deploying kingdom’s armed forces.


In addition, Kautilya chanakha a arthashasfra of genius in matters of foreign policy and welfare, including key principles of international relations from a realist perspective and a discussion of when an army must use cruel violence and when it is more advantageous to be humane. It is a pioneering work on statecraft in all its aspects, written at least one thousand five hundred years ago.


Disputes concerning Vastu are dependent for settlement on the evidences to be furnished by people living in the neighborhood. There’s obviously a lot more to the Arthashastra than this my copy was an abridged translation but I was deeply impressed with what I did find. But agreements entered into within the hearing of others, as well as those not otherwise condemnable shall be valid.

All Rights are reserved. Violence towards an attendant of high birth shall entitle him to run away. Archived 31 January at the Wayback Machine. This is as thorough a manual in statecraft as can be found. Overall it’s a good book to understand governance concepts.

Past is a mixed bag. Introduction to the text is by Jayaram V. For example, states Brekke, the legends in Hindu epics preach heroism qua heroism which is in contrast to Kautilya suggestion of prudence and never forgetting the four Hindu goals of human lifewhile Kamandaki’s Nitisarawhich is similar to Kautilya’s Arthashastrais among other Hindu classics on statecraft and foreign policy that suggest prudence, engagement and diplomacy, peace is preferable and must be sought, and yet prepared to excel and win war if one is forced to.

The Arthashastra dedicates Book 7 and 10 to war, and considers numerous scenarios and reasons for war. Dec 02, Nitin Nair rated it liked it Shelves: A notable structure of the treatise is that while all chapters are primarily prose, each transitions into a poetic verse towards its end, as a marker, a style that is found in many ancient Hindu Sanskrit texts where the changing poetic meter or style of writing is used as a syntax code to silently signal that the chapter or section is ending.

Equally, some of Kautilya’s suggestions will be seen by us as unethical. If a pit, steps, water-course, ladder, dung-hill, or any other parts of a house offer or cause annoyance to outsiders, or in any way obstruct the enjoyment of others, or cause water to collect and thereby injure the wall of a neighboring house, the owner shall be punished with a fine of twelve panas.


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Roger Boeschewho relied entirely on the translation by Kangle for his analysis of Arthashastra, [note 6] and who criticized an alternate translation by Rangarajan, [76] has called the Arthashastra as “a great political book of the ancient world”. Smith and others believed that it was written by Chanakya, the Prime Minister of Chandragupta Maurya. In the absence of activity acquisitions present and to come will perish; by activity he can achieve both his arthashasrra ends and abundance of wealth.

Mar 27, Hadrian added it Shelves: The translator Rangarajan, after an in-depth study of the Arthashastra, recompiles kauutilya verses into meaningful chaptersconstructs a flow which is agreeable to the modern mind and also does not lose the beauty of the poetry of the original. In Arthashastra, Kautilya mixes the harsh pragmatism for which he is famed with compassion for the poor, for slaves, and for women. Shamasastrywho published it in arthaehastra Buildings Houses, fields, arthhashastra, buildings of any kind, lakes and tanks are each called Vastu.

Mar 12, Lindsay rated it really liked it. Welfare in the Arthashastra is not just an abstract concept. Rules Regarding Slaves and Laborers The selling or mortgaging by kinsmen of the life of a Shudra who is not a born slave, and has not attained majority, but is an Arya in birth arthashhastra be punished with a fine of twelve panas; of a Vaisya, twenty-four panas; of a Kshatriya, thirty-six panas; and of a Brahman, forty-eight panas.

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 kautllya welfare of slaves and prisoners.