Kautilya, also known as Chanakya, was believed to be the chief minister in the He is considered the author of the Arthashastra, meaning a texts on wealth. अर्थशास्त्र, हिंदी, संस्कृत, नीति, ramavatar vidyabhashkar, chanakya, kautilya, chandragupta maurya, india, bharat, arth shastra, hindi, neeti, . Read Kautilya’s Arthashastra book reviews & author details and more at Amazon. in. The dissertation was written in Sanskrit by Chanakya, the teacher to the.

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The Arthashastra – Kautilya

Subandhu then took possession of Chanakya’s home. In addition, Chanakyq ordered Shakata-dasa’s murder, but had him ‘rescued’ by Siddharthaka, a spy pretending to be an agent of Chandana-dasa.

He befriended Dhananada’s son Pabbata, and instigated him to seize the throne.

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 an army must use cruel violence and when it is more advantageous to be humane. After Chandragupta abdicated the throne to become a Jain monk, Chanakya anointed Bindusara as the new king. Author attempted to explain aspects of Arthashastra with our today’s contemporary socio-capitalistic economy.

Chanakya circle in Mysore has been named after him. The Arthashastra is written mainly in prose but also incorporates shlokaswhich adds a vital poetic flourish to this otherwise down-to-earth classic. One day, Chanakya and Chandragupta overheard a woman scolding her son. If a woman keeps him out of the house at night, she shall pay double the above fine. His concept of the ‘silent war’ is useful in shastda it describes states that are not openly at war, but attempt to undercut each other’s interests through power plays and espionage.


The Arthashastra by Kautilya

When in his court he shall never cause his petitioners to wait at the door, for when a king makes himself inaccessible to his people and entrusts his work to his immediate officers, he may be sure to engender confusion in business, and to cause thereby public disaffection, and himself a prey to his enemies.

Meanwhile, Parvataka fell in love with one of Nanda’s visha kanyas poison girl. Jul 31, Vaidyanathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Once, the kingdom suffered a year long famine. The ancient Arthashastra has been traditionally attributed to Chanakya by a number of scholars. Which kautioya why the prime focus of The Arthashastra is good administration that ensures the perpetuation of justice and prosperity in the kingdom.

He’s made the effort of writing a more comprehensive summary; Shhastra stick with a few brief comments. 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.

Book outlines the major foundations of the society and their importance. The Journal of Military History.

Twenty panas per month prevails among sea traders. This realization should lead us to wonder why Kautilya attempted such an elaborately and minutely planned state architecture — we should consider the possibility that perhaps this level of intrusion into daily life was required, at least at the planning level, precisely katuilya real control was so impossibly difficult?

An exhaustive treatise of politics, diplomacy and war, this proves that the past was neither golden as we think with an assumed nostalgia, nei Arthashastra – a book that I had wanted sastra read ever since I read ‘The Art of War’ and learnt this to be a similar treatise but on political details.


The book is a vast repository of knowledge on how to run a state. As soon as the fishermen informed Chanakya about its location, Chanakya had him killed. The earliest Buddhist legends do not mention Chanakya in their description of the Mauryan dynasty after this point.

Overall it’s a good book to understand governance concepts. When a man rescues a woman from enemies, forests or floods, or saves the life of a woman who has been abandoned in forests, forsaken in famine, or thrown out as if dead, he may enjoy her as he wishes.

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.

There is a controversy regarding the date of Arthashastra. Jan 07, Riku Sayuj rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was probably the most interesting part of the book to me.

Chanakya engineered Chandragupta’s alliance with another powerful king Parvateshvara or Parvataand the two rulers agreed to kauilya Nanda’s territory after subjugating him. Samhita Brahmana Aranyaka Upanishad. For a more complete review, you’d likely be better off looking at my friend Riku’s excellent remarks here.

Without government, rises disorder as in the Matsya nyayamud bhavayati proverb on law of fishes. As if taking a cue from the success of Art of War themed self-help books, distilled Kautilyan teachings re-purposed for the modern corporate have become popular of late.