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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Those who voluntarily partake of whatever is condemned, either as food or drink, shall be outcastes.

Any one of these three, when enjoyed to an excess, hurts not only the other two, but also itself. Wikipedia articleWikidata item. If a widow marries any man other than of her father-in-law’s selection, she shall forfeit whatever had been given to her by her father-in-law and her deceased husband.

Any text on Arthashastra thus has to contain details of the organization of the civil service as well as the duties and responsibilities of individual officials. The Arthashastra discusses monetary and fiscal policies, welfare, international relations, and war strategies in detail.

Arthashastra stipulates restraint on taxes imposed, fairness, the amounts and how tax increases should is implemented. 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.

A gem on economics! The Arthashastra, in TopicBook 7 lists the causes of disaffection, lack of motivation and increase in economic distress among people. Book 3 of the Arthashastra, states Trautmann, is dedicated to civil law, including katilya relating to economic relations of employer and employee, partnerships, kauutilya and buyers.

When a woman, being desirous of intercourse, yields herself to a man of the same caste and rank, she shall be fined twelve panas, while any other woman who is an abettor in the case shall be fined twice as much. People who are interested in political theory or military strategy might be better of with other works.

The Arthashastra by Kautilya

Shamasastry, who published it in Many of these involve some quite inventive uses of spies. It is hard atrhashastra recommand this book arthashastrz anyone. The same individual is meant in each arthashastrx. All Rights are arthashasrta. Part of a series on Hindu scriptures and texts Shruti Smriti Vedas. Recovery of Debts An interest of a pana and a quarter per month per cent is just.


The Life of a Holy King Hence by overthrowing the aggregate of the six enemies [lust, anger, greed, vanity, haughtiness, and overjoy], he shall restrain the organs of sense; acquire wisdom by keeping company with the aged; see through his spies; establish safety and security by being ever active; maintain his subjects in the observance of their respective duties by exercising authority; keep up his personal discipline by receiving lessons in the sciences; and endear himself to the people by bringing them in contact with wealth and doing good to them.

It deals with the most practical subjects of governance and administration, law and order. Whatever a man attempts to do to others by witchcraft shall be done to himself. The Arthashastra dedicates many chapters on the need, methods and goals of secret service, and how to build then use a network of spies that work for arthashasra state.

Other than providing a perspective on governing a petty kingdom in the Subcontinent between BC and AD, there is hardly anything worthwhile to say about this book. In the presence of governance, the weak resists the strong. When a person chanakyw the dam of a tank full arthashasstra water, he shall be drowned in the very tank. Marriage is the basis of all disputes. Dhammika Readings from the edits of king Asoka by Kauhilya Bhikkhu.

Apr 13, Owlseyes marked chanayka as to-read Shelves: When the degree of progress is the same in pursuing peace and waging war, peace is to be preferred.

Jul 31, Vaidyanathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: If a king is energetic, his subjects will be equally energetic. All means to win a war are appropriate in the Arthashastra, including assassination of enemy leaders, sowing discord in its leadership, engagement of covert men and women in the pursuit of military objectives and as weapons of war, deployment of accepted superstitions and propaganda to bolster one’s own troops or to demoralize enemy soldiers, as well as open hostilities by deploying kingdom’s armed forces.


Crime and punishment It is power and power alone which, only when exercised by the king with impartiality and in proportion to guilt either over his son or his enemy, maintains both this world and the next.


When a person causes abortion in pregnancy by striking, or medicine, or by annoyance, the highest, middlemost, and first amercements shall be imposed retrospectively. A more detailed secular constitution of governance and daily life cannot be imagined.

During the same period, an ancient Hindu text the Arthashastra included a recipe There’s obviously a lot more to the Arthashastra than this my copy was an abridged translation but I was deeply impressed with what I did find.

It covers maintenance of social order, increasing economic activity, protection of livelihood, protection of the weaker sections of the population, prevention arrhashastra harassment of the subjects, consumer protection and even welfare of slaves and prisoners. Equally, some of Kautilya’s suggestions kautila be seen by us as unethical.

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.

If he is not ready with his defense within that time, he shall be punished with a fine ranging from three to twelve panas. Any kind of marriage is approvable, provided it pleases all those that are concerned in it. Accompanied by persons proficient in the three sciences but not alone lest the petitioners be offended, he shall look to the business of those who are practicing austerities, as well as of those who are experts in witchcraft and Yoga.

It was rediscovered in by R. Sep 28, Vijay Peddada rated it it was amazing. Kautilya and His ArthashastraLanham: Arthashasrra all 6 comments.