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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Chronology of Hindu texts. He proposes to establish new Janapadas or colonies to increase land revenue. A through reading of the treatise is required to appreciate the range and depth of the Arthashastra. According to him, the enemy would become vulnerable when he is squeezed between the conqueror and his allies. Kautilya is strict in his definitions of terms – he knows that law is a cornerstone of the state, and refuses to allow ambiguity there.

Indeed, the theory deals with not just three states, but with a twelve. Hence a king shall always endeavor to augment his own power and elevate his happiness.

View all 3 comments. Click here to sign up. In other domains, India maintains its famed stance of ‘non-alignment’, in keeping with Kautilya’s advocacy of “neutrality” in certain circumstances. This book is just mind boggling.

Separation of powers Legislature Executive Judiciary Election commission. Ayurveda Dhanurveda Natya Shastra Sthapatyaveda. A more detailed secular constitution of governance and daily life cannot be imagined. Nov 24, Shweta Kher rated it it was amazing. The Branches Of Knowledge Traditionally, in classical Indian texts, the four branches of knowledge are considered to be: He shall also provide subsistence to helpless women when they are carrying and also to the children they give birth to”.


It is thus supremely valuable for the historian but also for a modern political scientist or sociologist or economist or administrator.

Kautilya’s Arthashastra and Pakistan

The title “Arthashastra” is often translated to “the science of politics”, [12] [13] but the book Arthashastra has a broader scope. When the degree of progress is the same in pursuing peace and waging war, peace is to be preferred. So it should be a matter of interest for us to study kauilyas and see what kind of advice it offers to Indian policy makers in the conduct of relations with Pakistan.

Gifted to me by a friend during September ’10, it has taken me almost 5 years to finish reading this book.

Kautilya’s Arthashastra and Pakistan

Thomas Trautmann states that the Arthashastra in chapter 3. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

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He also established laws favoring the spread of Brahmin culture and restricting non-Brahmin ideology. The Journal of Military History. Sme serious history readers ONLY! Why, simply infiltrate your troops with the defenders!

The Arthashastra discusses a mixed economy, where private enterprise and state enterprise frequently competed side by side, in agriculture, animal husbandry, forest produce, mining, manufacturing and trade. The translation also contains a useful Index of Verses By Textual Order — it is meant to assist in finding out in which Part and Section a particular verse of the text has been included.


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. Many of these involve some quite inventive uses of spies.

The division into 15, and of books, chapters and topics respectively was probably not accidental, states Arghashastra, because ancient authors of major Hindu texts favor certain numbers, such as 18 Parvas in the epic Mahabharata. Dec 02, Nitin Nair rated it liked it Shelves: He asks the king to settle Shudras in those colonies in large number. Further, state Waldauer et al. Most people know little of what Kautilya actually said in the Arthashastra.

Read it if you want to peek into the past through the eyes and ideals of Kautilya!

During the same period, an ancient Hindu text the Arthashastra arthaashastra a recipe This popular view is not only simplistic but untrue. More recent scholarship presents a more nuanced reception for the text. There is little doubt by now that India is pursuing a carefully worked out strategy to establish its hegemony in South Asia and Indian Ocean regions.