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 rest are to be sanctioned by both the father and the mother; for it is they that receive the money paid by the bridegroom for their daughter. The title “Arthashastra” is often translated to “the science of arthashastea, [12] [13] but the book Arthashastra has a broader scope.

For the same offences committed at night the fines shall be doubled. Kautilya and His ArthashastraLanham: Kumud Mookerji states that the text may be a picture of actual conditions in Kautilya’s times. 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 plus 70 years or less. She shall pay a fine of chnaakya panas if she goes out to see another man or for sports. However, if she marries a man her father arranges or approves of, she has the right to take the ornaments with her.

Other than providing a perspective on governing kahtilya petty kingdom in the Subcontinent between BC and AD, there is hardly anything worthwhile to say about this book. Hence he shall employ ministers and hear their opinion.

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 wantonly murders another, or steals a herd of cattle, he shall be beheaded. Persons exceeding, or causing to exceed the above rate of interest shall be punished with the first amercement.

The Arthashastra

Some arghashastra see elements of Kautilyan political strategy being deployed by the Republic of India even today; friendships with Afghanistan and Japan are cultivated, as they are seen as allies against Pakistan and China respectively. The Arthashastra dedicates Topics 30 arghashastra 47 discussing the role of government in setting up mines and factories, [79] gold and precious stone workshops, [80] commodities, [81] forest produce, [82] armory, [83] standards for balances and weight measures, [84] standards for length and time measures, [84] customs, [85] agriculture, [86] liquor, [86] abattoirs and courtesans, [87] shipping, [88] domesticated animals such as cattle, horses and elephants along with animal welfare when they are injured or too old, [89] pasture land, [90] military preparedness [91] aarthashastra intelligence gathering operations of the state.


The school of Usanas asserts, states the text, that there is only one necessary knowledge, the science of government because no other science can start or survive without it. At the close of the day he shall observe the evening prayer. This work is a translation and arthaxhastra a separate copyright status to the applicable copyright protections of the original content. It is too well catalogued and too practical for that.

One of his top choices waffled about the decision, saying he wasn’t qualified. Shamasastry Introduction Kautilya, also known as Chanakya, was believed to be the chief minister in the court of Chandragupta Maurya, a contemporary of Alexander and the first great emperor of India who ruled the subcontinent in the 4th Century BC.

Just as Arthsshastra important qualifications to his advocacy of unethical methods is often ignored, so is the voluminous evidence in the Arthashastra of his emphasis on welfare, not only of human beings but also of animals. Rather than the simplified, whitewashed and sometimes politically colored descriptions of ancient India of history As if taking a cue from the success of Art of War chanakha self-help books, distilled Kautilyan teachings re-purposed for the modern corporate have become popular of late.

The defendant may be allowed three or seven nights to prepare his defense. Apr 13, Owlseyes marked it as to-read Shelves: The text dedicates Book 3 and 4 to economic laws, and a court system to oversee and resolve economic, contracts and market-related disputes.

The text of this extraordinarily detailed manual contains fifteen books which cover numerous topics viz. Women, when twelve years old, attain their majority, and men when sixteen years old. DuringShamasastry published English translations of the text in installments, in journals Indian Antiquary and Mysore Review.

Kaitilya guess Kautilya’s novelty will wear off and he will be relegated to the dustbin of history. To undermine a ruling oligarchy, make chiefs of the [enemy’s] ruling council infatuated with women possessed of great beauty and youth. Sons of a deceased debtor shall pay the principal with interest.

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While at first glance we might think that this high centralization is repulsive, we should also appreciate the difficulties of the time. Political science political scientists. A man having sexual intercourse with another man shall also pay the first amercement.


Public policy doctrine Domestic and foreign policy Civil society Public interest. The highly centralized Kautilyan state was to be regulated by an elaborate and intricate system as laid out by Kautilya. If a woman keeps him out of the house at night, she shall pay double the above fine. 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 katilya manage the nuts and bolts chahakya administration.

A through reading of the treatise is required to appreciate the range and depth of the Arthashastra. Apr 15, Ashok Krishna rated it really liked it. Pages containing links to subscription-only content Webarchive template wayback links CS1 maint: It is the art of government in its widest sense — the maintenance of law and order as also of an efficient administrative machinery The subjects covered include: Concerning Marriage and Women Marriage is the basis of all disputes.

This work is most commonly likened to Machiavelli, although it predates ‘The Prince’ by several centuries. But given its nature, the book is filled with lists and tables and permutations and gradations. Want to Read saving…. Determination of Forms of Agreement In the cities of sangrahana, dronamukhaand sthaniyaand at places where districts meet, three members acquainted with Sacred Law and three ministers of the king shall carry on the administration of justice.

The Best in the Market We have seen that the Arthashastra is an exhaustive and detailed inventory zrthashastra everything a state should do and everything every minor official should do. The entire book has about 5, sentences on politics, governance, welfare, economics, protecting key officials and king, chanajya intelligence about hostile states, forming strategic alliances, and conduct of war, exclusive of its table of contents and the last epilogue-style book.

This text is part of the Internet Indian History Sourcebook and has been reformatted for Hinduwebsite. On the death of her husband a woman, desirous to lead a pious life, shall at once receive not only her endowment and jewelry, but also kxutilya balance of the marriage-price due her. Besides, a reckless king will easily fall into the hands of his enemies.