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 Journal of Military History. Recovery of Debts An interest of a pana and a quarter per month per cent is just. In the absence of governance, the strong will swallow the weak.


His works were lost near the end of the Gupta dynasty and not rediscovered until Buildings Houses, fields, gardens, buildings of any kind, lakes and tanks are each called Vastu.

The book containing about hymns is a comprehensive manual on how a state ought to be ruled and administrated by a king and his administration. Any person who has voluntarily enslaved himself shall, if he runs away, be a slave for life.

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.

When a man impersonates another man who has already paid the nuptial fee to a woman, he shall have his hand cut off or pay a fine of panas, besides making good the nuptial fee. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The Arthashastra of Kautilya or Chanakya

A better guidebook has not hit the market yet. A more detailed secular constitution of governance and daily life cannot be imagined. As one plucks one ripe fruit after another from a garden, so should the king from his kingdom.


The text has been translated and interpreted by Shamashastry, Kangle, Trautmann and many others. Public domain Public domain false false.

Book III, Chapter 3: Any person who insults the king, betrays the king’s council, makes evil attempts against the cchanakya, or disregards the sanctity of the kitchens of Brahmans shall have his tongue cut off. Kautilya’s patron Chandragupta Maurya consolidated an empire which was inherited by his son Bindusara and then his grandson Ashoka. In the s, fragmented sections of a north Indian version of Arthashastra were discovered in form of a Devanagari manuscript in a Jain library in PatanGujarat.

The Romans did drive one of their more useful plant species to extinction and deforested almost the whole area around the Mediterranean, to show a negative counterexample. At the close of the day he shall observe the evening prayer. Book III, Chapter 6: Part of a series on. 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 because real control was so impossibly difficult?

Smith and others believed that it was written by Chanakya, the Prime Minister of Chandragupta Maurya. Book III, Chapter He may enjoy in an equal degree the three pursuits of life: If a woman goes out while the husband is asleep or intoxicated, or if she shuts the door of the house against her husband, she shall be fined twelve panas.

Kautilya is strict in his definitions of terms – he knows that law is a cornerstone of the state, and refuses to allow ambiguity there.


More recent scholarship presents a more nuanced reception for the text. In addition, Kautilya offers a work of genius in matters of foreign policy and arthzshastra, including key principles of international relations from a realist perspective and a discussion of when arthasuastra army must use cruel violence and when it is more advantageous to be humane. Aug 21, Paden rated it really liked it.

Arthashasgra, Chanakya used these sutras to groom Chandragupt and other arthasahstra disciples in the art of ruling a kingdom. Also in addition to this get ”art of war” by Sun Tsu Translated in context to the corporate world less. When the degree of progress is the same in pursuing peace and waging war, peace is to be preferred.

The king who is situated anywhere immediately on the circumference of the conqueror’s territory is termed the enemy. Cutting of trees, stealing the rope with which a tameable animal is tied, employing untamed quadrupeds, throwing sticks, mud, stones, rods, or arrows on chariots or elephants, raising or waving the arm against chariots or elephants, shall also be treated as kauttilya.

Gifted to me by a friend during September ’10, it has taken me almost 5 years to finish reading this book. He placed great emphasis on the welfare of the people. Kautilya requires that the land sale be staggered and grants certain buyers automatic ” call rights “, which is not free market.

Preview — The Arthashastra by Kautilya. The text of this extraordinarily detailed manual contains fifteen books which cover numerous topics viz.