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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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 to read ever since I read ‘The Art of War’ and learnt this to be a similar treatise but on political details.

Kautilya’s Arthashastra and Pakistan

The treatise is about an ideal state kautipyas not that such a state actually ever existed or is even likely to exist now or in the future. The strengthening of our strategic cooperation with China and improving our friendly relations with Russia should kautlyas the cornerstone of our foreign policy.

A through reading of the treatise is required to appreciate the range and depth of the Arthashastra. The complete end to end elucidation of Kautalya Ardhasastra Kautilya favors peace over war, because he asserts that in most situations, peace is more conducive to creation of wealth, prosperity and security of the people. For Kautilya, “the king, the minister, the country, the fort, the treasury, the army and the friend are the elements of sovereignty.

For example, states Brekke, the legends in Hindu epics preach heroism qua heroism which is in contrast to Kautilya suggestion of prudence and never forgetting the four Hindu goals of human lifearthashawtra Kamandaki’s Nitisarawhich is similar arthashatsra Kautilya’s Arthashastrais among other Hindu classics on statecraft and foreign policy that suggest prudence, engagement and diplomacy, peace is preferable and must be sought, and yet prepared to excel and win war if one is forced to.


Hence a king shall always endeavor to augment his own power and elevate his happiness. Samhita Brahmana Aranyaka Upanishad. Arthashastra – a book that I had wanted to read ever since I read ‘The Art of Kautilysa and learnt this to be a similar treatise but on political details.

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. A worthy reference material for anyone who wants to have a glimpse into how things were in the past.

Mazib Mohammad If you can interpret it in the context of today’s world, then yes. 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.

This paper was presented at the seminar on Kautilya’s Arthashastra organized by the Indian Council of Kautiya’s intentions have been discussed in the present thesis. He reveals the imagination of a romancer in imagining all manner of scenarios which can hardly have been commonplace in real life”.

The kings book about civic laws and the economy. People who are interested in political theory or military strategy might be better of with other works. Chapter 9 of Book 1 suggests the king to maintain a council and a Purohit chaplain, spiritual guide for his personal counsel.


May 28, Sabah rated it really liked it Recommends it for: He asks the king to settle Shudras in those colonies in large number. 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 arhhashastra 70 years or less.

It asserts, in chapter 4.

Kautilya’s Arthashastra and Pakistan

How do arthashastea assure its fall? The Arthashastra is a through discussion on the science of living, along with being a valuable historical document on the conduct of administration. RichardsCambridge University Press, pp.

Dec 01, Frank O’donnell rated it it was amazing. Thomas Trautmann states that the Arthashastra in chapter 3. Arthashastra is a book on political realism and not on morality. The idea that the BRICS is or is becoming a reformer of global order and a promoter of a new, less normative and more plural international order, is of academic and practical relevance arthashastr has already elicited a number of scholarly Book 1 and Book 2 arthashastrw the text discusses how the crown prince should be trained and how the king himself should arthashastfa learning, selecting his key Mantri ministersofficials, administration, staffing of the court personnel, magistrates and judges.

Royal treasury or Rajkosha has been considered of the utter importance in Arthasastra by Kautilya. The Arthashastra is written mainly in prose but also incorporates shlokaswhich adds a vital poetic flourish to this otherwise down-to-earth classic. A weak nation forced to rely on the kindness of neighbouring states is doomed to destruction. No trivia or quizzes yet.