The arthashastra by kautilya

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We do not accept donations. Retrieved from " https: Please protect Dharma by following its values, which include non-stealing. It is important to note here that Kautilya was artashastra a 'pre-Westphalian' state of affairs in India circa BC. Feb 18, Kannav Bhatia rated it really liked it. When a man other than a soldier steals weapons or armor, he shall be shot down by arrows; if he is a soldier, he shall pay the highest amercement. Washington State University Press. Also oautilya addition to this get ''art of war'' by Sun Tsu Translated in context to the corporate world less.

Separation of powers Legislature Executive Judiciary Election commission. 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. Book IV, Chapter If a woman either brings forth no live children, or has no male issue, or is barren, her husband shall wait for eight years before marrying another.

The Arthashastra of Kautilya or Chanakya

I would recommend This work is most commonly likened to Machiavelli, although it predates 'The Prince' by several centuries. Thd just includes it as something worth knowing for every ruler. We should never forget that the Arthashastra means by the "state" an order of society which is not created by the king or the people, but which they exist to secure.

She shall pay a fine of twelve panas if she goes out to see another man or for sports. The same individual is meant in each case. It is true that he does advocate extensive spying both within and outside of the king's domain, but he does not relish in it. More recent scholarship presents a more nuanced reception for the text. But implicit in its writings is a complete skepticismif not cynicismconcerning human natureits corruptibility, and the ways in which the ruler—and his trusted servant—can take advantage of such human weakness.

In the presence of governance, the weak resists the strong. In short, the Arthashastra is a mixture of both what we applaud today and what we consider to be reprehensible.

For Kautilya, "the yhe, the minister, the country, the fort, the treasury, the army and the friend are the elements of sovereignty.


The king who is likewise situated close to the enemy, but separated from the conqueror only by the enemy, is termed the friend of the conqueror … In front of the conqueror and close to his enemy, there happen to be situated kings such as the conqueror's friend, next to him, the enemy's friend, and next to the last, the conqueror's friend's friend, and next, the enemy's friend's friend.

It discusses the ethics of economics and the duties and obligations of a king. Else he shall be guilty of parokta, for the plaintiff knows the determining factors of the case.

Aug 01, Vidur Kapur rated it it was amazing Shelves: His practical advice artnashastra rooted in dharma. It is not just a normative text but a realist description of the art of running a state". In Topic 19, chapter 2, the text suggests:.

Thomas Trautmann states that the Arthashastra in chapter 3. We promote tolerance and the highest ideals reflected in these cultures. Thank you for your feedback. Its three objectives follow one from the other: Chronology of Hindu texts.

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