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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This paper was presented at the seminar on Kautilya’s Arthashastra organized by the Indian Council of As it happens, the concept “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” originated in The Arthashastra: According to Kautilya, contiguous states existed in a state of latent and permanent hostility. The text dedicates Kautilhas 3 and 4 to economic laws, and a court system to oversee and resolve economic, contracts and market-related disputes.

Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden The text was considered lost by colonial era scholars, until a manuscript was discovered in The Arthashastra, in TopicBook 7 lists the causes of disaffection, lack of motivation and increase in economic distress among people.

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This work was published before January 1,and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least years ago. 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.

Aug 21, Paden rated it really liked it. The complete end to end elucidation of Kautalya Ardhasastra Journal of Indian Philosophy. Book outlines the major foundations of the society and their importance. Indeed, the theory deals with not just three states, but with a twelve. It was rediscovered in by R. The idea that the BRICS is or is becoming a reformer of global order and a promoter of a new, less normative and more plural international order, is of academic and practical relevance and has already elicited a number of scholarly The king who is situated anywhere immediately on the circumference of the conqueror’s territory is termed the enemy.


Click here to sign up. Best book that I read so far Arthashastra is a book on political realism and not on morality.

Kautilya wrote that there were three types of war: Cambridge University Press,pp. Gifted to me by a friend during September ’10, arfhashastra has taken me almost 5 years to finish reading this book. Kautilya, after describing the conflicting views on how to select officials, asserts that a king should select his Amatyah ministers and high officials based on the capacity to perform that they have shown in their past work, the character and their values that is accordance with the role.

However, it has a much wider significance and the material well-being of individuals is just a part of it. The Arthashastra by Kautilya.

It was especially intereting to me, knowing almost nothing about indian history to find out how complex those old states were. 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. The goals of the secret service, in Arthashastra, was to test the integrity of government officials, spy on cartels and population for conspiracy, to monitor hostile kingdoms suspected of preparing for war or in war against the state, to check spying and propaganda wars by hostile states, to destabilize enemy states, to get rid of troublesome powerful people who could not be challenged openly.

Think would recommend it to read for yourself. However, if she marries a man her father arranges or approves of, she has kautilyzs right to take the ornaments with her.

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He also prohibits entry of hermits belonging to kaktilyas. Building on that perspective, it also engages in a tentative analytical exercise arguing in favour of tolerating Chinese prevalence and jautilyas with them — particularly in the context of SAARC. Como chanceler do imperador Chandragupta Maurya — a. He does prescribe the conservation of natural resources such as forests and wild animals, which is a very astute remark for 2, years ago.

Of these well-known sutras, about refer to raaja-neeti the do’s and don’ts of running a kingdom. This was probably the most interesting part of the book to me. Rigveda Yajurveda Samaveda Atharvaveda. Washington State University Press. Selections in Translationed. The prospect kqutilyas enduring tensions between Pakistan and India rules out the possibility of our joining the latter in an economic and monetary union.


He just includes it as something worth knowing for every ruler. Dec 02, Nitin Nair rated it liked it Shelves: Meanwhile, Kautilya does not advocate for the Wrthashastra Empire of which he was part to expand out of South Asia.

The division into 15, and of books, chapters and topics respectively was probably not accidental, states Olivelle, because ancient authors of major Hindu texts favor certain numbers, such as 18 Parvas in the epic Mahabharata.

Arthashastra of Kautilya

In addition, Kautilya offers a work of genius in matters of foreign policy and welfare, including key principles of international relations from a realist perspective and a discussion of when kautilysa army must use cruel violence and when it is more advantageous to be humane. Is this book a good to read for being involved into corporate world? The kings book about civic laws and the economy. Though the book is more normative than descriptive, it gives us a closer look at life in the Mauryan empire.

Avoid War One can lose a war as easily as one can win. The bride is given the maximum property inheritance rights when the parents select the groom and the girl consents to the selection Brahma marriageand minimal if bride and kaugilyas marry secretly as lovers Gandharva marriage without the approval of her father and her mother.

This is as thorough a manual in statecraft as can be found. Want to Read saving…. Here is a sample of how much more nuanced that simple understanding could be, with a little effort: It is true that he does advocate extensive spying both within and outside of the king’s domain, but he does not relish in it.