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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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Arthashastra – Wikipedia

His concept of the ‘silent war’ is useful in that it describes states that are not openly at war, but attempt to undercut each other’s interests through power plays and espionage. Ads help cover our server costs. One of his top choices waffled about the decision, saying he wasn’t qualified. Think would recommend arthasjastra to read for yourself. Some also see elements of Kautilyan political strategy being deployed by the Republic of India even today; friendships with Afghanistan and Japan are cultivated, as they are seen as allies against Pakistan and China respectively.

Nov 04, David Withun rated it liked it Shelves: Primary topics Index of politics articles Politics by country Politics by subdivision Political economy Political history Political history of the world Political philosophy.

Many of the tedious parts of the text, i.

His practical advice is rooted in dharma. Kautilya’s patron Chandragupta Maurya consolidated an empire which was inherited by his son Bindusara and then his grandson Ashoka. Sep 28, Vijay Peddada rated it it was amazing.

The Raja-rishi has self-control and does not fall for the temptations of the senses, he learns continuously and cultivates his thoughts, he avoids false and flattering advisors and instead associates with the true and accomplished elders, he is genuinely promoting the security and welfare of his people, he enriches and empowers his people, he practices ahimsa non-violence against all living beingshe lives a simple life and avoids harmful people or activities, he keeps away from another’s wife nor craves for other people’s property.


War is also expensive. Kangle published a critical edition of the text, based on all the available manuscripts. Dec 02, Nitin Nair rated it liked it Shelves: Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden Anywhere, states Arthashastra in verse 7.

But his idea to establish a Janapadas is not objected only for revenue.

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 iautilyas must be sought, and yet prepared to excel and win war if one is forced to.

Amazing detail and thoroughness in this treatise on statecraft in ancient India. Washington State University Press.

The Arthashastra then posits its own theory that arhtashastra are four necessary fields of knowledge, the Vedasthe Anvikshaki philosophy of SamkhyaYoga and Lokayata[note 2] the science of government and the science of economics Varta of agriculture, cattle and trade. It discusses the ethics of economics and the duties and obligations of a king.

The Arthashastra dedicates Topics 30 through 47 discussing the role of government in setting up mines and factories, [79] gold and precious stone workshops, [80] commodities, [81] forest produce, [82] armory, [83] standards for balances and weight measures, [84] standards for length and time measures, [84] customs, arthadhastra agriculture, [86] liquor, [86] abattoirs and courtesans, [87] shipping, [88] domesticated animals such as cattle, horses and elephants along with animal welfare when they are injured or too old, [89] pasture land, [90] military preparedness [91] and intelligence gathering operations of the state.


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.

Political science political scientists. This page was last edited on 1 Juneat Ritual and other related forms of expertise was considered to have pragmatic applications in state security, administration, social regulation, and legal process. Elaborate is an apt description, given that the treatise describes all sorts of weird and wonderful ways in which seditious ministers can be identified, and enemies can be toppled and weakened.

The first English translation was published in The Code arthashadtra Law and Justice covers both civil and criminal law and is, basically, a Penal Code; the extensive and graded penalties and fines prescribed in it have the twin aims of deterring transgressions and collecting revenue for the state.


Second, it proposes a traditional Indian perspective to foreign policy as a framework arthashsatra analysing regionalism s in the international setting of 21st century. Arthashastra declares, in numerous occasions, the need for empowering the weak and poor in one’s kingdom, a sentiment that is not found in Machiavelli; Arthashastra, states Brians, advises “the king shall provide the orphans, the aged, the infirm, the afflicted, and the helpless with maintenance [welfare support].

Public domain Public domain false false. This particular translation is not of the highest calibre, and neither is kautilyws printing Diamonds were first known in India and later in Rome from where we have both historical and archeological evidence. This paper has one objective: