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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Here is a sample of how much more nuanced that simple understanding could be, with a little effort: The Code of 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.

Author attempted to explain aspects of Arthashastra with our today’s contemporary socio-capitalistic economy. 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.

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Book outlines the major foundations of the society and their importance. When the degree of progress is the same in pursuing peace and waging war, peace is to be preferred. Nov 04, David Withun rated it liked it Shelves: It is power and power alone which, only when exercised by the king with impartiality and in proportion to guilt either over his son or his enemy, maintains both this world and the next.

A bit surprising is that even though the word Diamond is from the Greek word Adamo, there is no evidence that diamonds actually were known in ancient Greece. Public domain Public domain false false. Kautilya and His Arthashastra. Neetishastra is a treatise on the ideal way of life, and shows Chanakya’s in-depth study of the Indian way of life.

Jan 07, Riku Sayuj rated it it was amazing Shelves: Samhita Brahmana Aranyaka Upanishad. Kautilya, after describing the conflicting views on how to select officials, asserts that a king should select his Amatyah ministers and high officials arthashastea on the capacity to perform that they have shown in their past work, the character and their values that is accordance with aarthashastra role. Using spies posing as religious figures and people faking disabilities?


Feb 18, Kannav Bhatia rated it really liked it. This work is most commonly likened to Machiavelli, although it predates ‘The Prince’ by several centuries. Kautilya’s Arthashastra depicts a bureaucratic welfare state, in fact some kind of socialized monarchy, in which the central government administers the details of the economy for the common good The paper investigates the intricate functional relationships between these three forms.

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.

It is not just a normative text but a realist description of the art of running a state”. The just and victorious king administers kautilyaw in accordance with Dharma established lawSanstha customary lawNyaya edicts, announced law and Vyavahara evidence, conduct.

Mar 27, Hadrian added it Shelves: 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 groom marry secretly as lovers Gandharva marriage without the approval of her father and her mother. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Arthashastra of Kautilya

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First, it seeks to demonstrate that regionalism in the 21st century follows different logic in a different international setting that regionalism in the 20th century. Kautilya wrote that there were three types of war: The text advocates “land reform”, states Brians, where land is taken from landowners and farmers who own land but do not grow anything for a long time, and given to poorer farmers who want to grow crops but do not own any land.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. The text dedicates Book 3 and 4 to economic laws, and a court system to oversee and resolve economic, contracts and market-related disputes. Kautilya and His ArthashastraLanham: View all 6 comments. It is interesting to see whether his policy was supported by the king like Chandragupta Maurya, who himself don’t seem to have been follower of Brahmanism.

Amazing detail and thoroughness in this treatise on statecraft in ancient India. 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.

Equally, some of Kautilya’s suggestions will be seen by us as unethical. The best king is the Raja- rishithe sage king. The Arthashastra theories are similar with some and in contrast to other alternate theories on war and peace in the ancient Indian tradition.

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. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works. Separation of powers Legislature Executive Judiciary Election commission.

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. Trivia About The Arthashastra.

Jan 06, Abhishek Sharma rated it it was amazing. The Arthashastra is a through discussion on the science of living, along with being a valuable historical document on atrhashastra conduct of administration. Views Read Edit View history.