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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The Arthashastra, in Topic 6, describes checks and continuous measurement, in secret, of the integrity and lack of integrity of all ministers and high officials in the kingdom.

RichardsCambridge University Press, pp. Mar 27, Hadrian added it Shelves: In accordance with this, Kautilya’s Arthashastra maintains that the state or government of a country has a vital role to play in maintaining the material status of both the nation and its people.

If she brings forth only females, he has to wait for twelve years. Feb 18, Kannav Bhatia rated it really liked it. A Modern Kautilya All this shows us how close to modern life and administration the Kautilyan ideas come.

A more detailed secular constitution of governance and daily life cannot be imagined. But from mutual enmity divorce may be obtained. Jan 06, Abhishek Sharma rated it it was amazing. 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.

Historically, the Kautilya’s work carries a great significance because it is an important source for the history of Mauryas. If he is not ready with his defense within that time, he shall be punished with a fine ranging from three to twelve panas. Out of fear for his own destruction, he should avoid unripe ones, which give rise to revolts.

Agriculture on privately owned land was taxed at the rate of Here is a sample of how much more nuanced that simple understanding could be, with a little effort: The text discusses marriage and consent laws in Books 3 and 4.

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And this immutability of problems and of solutions is precisely why the level of detail that Kautilya goes into is still valuable for government officials, administrators and citizens. Skimming through these and focusing on more subjective descriptions makes for a very interesting reading.


The book is a vast repository of knowledge on how to run a state. When a man commits or helps another to commit rape with a girl or a female slave pledged to him, he shall not only forfeit the purchase-value, but also pay a certain amount of money to her and a fine of twice the amount of sulka to the government. During the first one-eighth part of the night, he shall receive secret emissaries; during the second, he shall attend to bathing and supper and study; during the third, he shall enter the bed chamber amid the sound of trumpets and enjoy sleep during the fourth and fifth parts; having been awakened by the sound of trumpets during the sixth part, he shall recall to his mind the injunctions of sciences as well as the day’s duties; during the seventh, he shall sit considering administrative measures and send out spies; and during the eighth division of the night he shall receive benedictions from sacrificial priests, teachers and the high priest, and having seen his physician, chief cook and astrologer, and having saluted both a cow with its calf and a bull by circumambulating around them, he shall get into his court.

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The text was considered lost by colonial era scholars, until a manuscript was discovered in See 2 questions about The Arthashastra…. Reading About the World, Vol.

In other domains, India maintains its famed xhanakya of ‘non-alignment’, in keeping with Kautilya’s advocacy of “neutrality” in certain circumstances. Want to Read saving…. Trivia About The Arthashastra. The title “Arthashastra” is often translated to “the science of politics”, [12] [13] but the book Arthashastra has a broader scope.

No woman with a son or sons shall after remarriage be at liberty to make free use of her property; for that property of hers, her sons kauti,ya receive. Primary topics Index of politics articles Politics by country Politics by subdivision Political economy Political history Political history of the world Political philosophy.

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When a person causes abortion in pregnancy by striking, or medicine, or by annoyance, the highest, middlemost, and first amercements shall be imposed retrospectively. To undermine a ruling oligarchy, make chiefs of the [enemy’s] ruling council infatuated with women possessed of great beauty and youth. At the close of the day he shall observe the evening prayer.


In other words, what Kautilya calls the ‘interest of the king’ would nowadays be termed ‘National Interest’. Sons of a deceased debtor shall pay the principal with interest. Hence one who is possessed of ministerial qualifications, acquainted with all kinds of customs, smart in composition, good in legible writing, and sharp in reading shall be appointed as a writer. Arthashastra and state We should never forget that the Arthashastra means by the “state” an order of society which is not created by the king or the people, but which they exist to secure.

Having seated himself in the room where the sacred fire has been kept, he shall attend to the business of physicians and ascetics practicing austerities; and that in company with his high priest and teacher and after preliminary salutation to the petitioners.

The Arthashastra is written mainly in prose but also incorporates shlokaswhich adds a vital poetic flourish to this otherwise down-to-earth classic.

Those who break the fences of villages, gardens, or fields shall also be punished with the middlemost amercement. Fine for parokta is five times the amount of the suit.

Citado en La Idea de Justicia. This page was last edited on 1 Juneat We should never forget that the Arthashastra means by the “state” an order of society which is not created by the king kautolya the people, but which they exist to secure.

The king who is likewise situated close to the enemy, but separated from the chanakay only by the enemy, is termed the friend of the conqueror … In front of the conqueror and close to arthashaxtra enemy, there happen to be situated kings such as the conqueror’s friend, next to him, the enemy’s friend, and next to the last, the conqueror’s friend’s friend, and next, the enemy’s friend’s friend.

Academic disciplines Political science political scientists International relations theory Comparative politics. The defendant may be allowed three or seven nights to prepare his defense.

It was rediscovered in by R.

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