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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Samhita Brahmana Aranyaka Upanishad.

From each house a water-course of sufficient slope at a distance of three padas or 1. Book III, Chapter His practical advice is rooted in dharma. 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.

He who carries off a virgin by force shall be fined panas; if the virgin thus carried off has golden ornaments on her person, the highest amercement shall be imposed.

Meanwhile, Kautilya does not advocate for the Mauryan Empire of which he was part to expand out of South Asia. Any person who murders his father, mother, son, brother, teacher, or an ascetic shall be put to death by burning both his head and skin; if he insults any of the above persons, his tongue shall be cut off; if he bites any limb of these persons, he shall be deprived of the corresponding limb.

He reveals the imagination of a romancer in imagining all manner of scenarios which can hardly have been commonplace in real life. Apparently, Chanakya used these sutras to groom Chandragupt and other selected disciples in the art of ruling a kingdom.

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Hence a king shall always endeavor to augment his own power and elevate his happiness. Interestingly the Arthashastra makes no mention of either Chandragupta Maurya, arthashqstra his empire or capital, thus lending credence to the theory that its author was different.

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Others such as Dr. Kangle published a critical edition of the text, based on all the available manuscripts. The highly centralized Kautilyan state was to be regulated by artahshastra elaborate and intricate system as laid out by Kautilya.

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. It is, as noted elsewhere, exceedingly wide in scope. Punishment for Violating Justice He who causes a Brahman to partake of whatever food or drink is prohibited shall be punished with the highest amercement.

Any person who insults the king, betrays the king’s council, makes evil attempts against the chanskya, or disregards the sanctity of the kitchens of Brahmans shall have his tongue cut off.

Cambridge University Press,pp. He who defiles a willing virgin shall pay a fine of 54 panas, while the maiden herself shall pay a fine of half the amount.

The Arthashastra – Kautilya

Jan 06, Abhishek Sharma rated it it was amazing. He shall, chanqkya, personally attend to the business of gods, of heretics, of Brahmans learned in the Vedas, of cattle, kaufilya sacred places, of minors, the aged, the afflicted, and the helpless, and of women; all this in order of enumeration or according to the urgency or pressure of those works. Chanakya, here has dwelt upon the system of running the government which inturn you realize that our system runs on the same line out and out I can see why Kautilya is called the father of it!


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The Arthashastra

The Procedure of Forming Royal Writs Teachers say that the word sasana “command”is applicable only to royal writs. The Arthashastra then posits its own theory that there are four necessary fields of knowledge, the Vedasthe Anvikshaki philosophy of SamkhyaYoga and Lokayata[note 2] the science of government and the science of economics Varta of agriculture, cattle and trade. Introduction to the text is by Jayaram V. Kautilya’s discussion of taxation and expenditure gave expression to three Indian principles: For committing intercourse with a woman outside a village, or for spreading false report regarding such things, double the usual fines shall be imposed.

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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. The goals of the arthashzstra service, in Arthashastra, was to test the integrity of government officials, spy on cartels and population for conspiracy, to monitor hostile kingdoms suspected of preparing for war or in war against the athashastra, to check spying and propaganda wars by hostile states, to destabilize enemy states, to get rid of troublesome powerful people who could not be challenged openly.

Ten panas per month prevails among forests. Whoever burns or carries away the corpses of the above offenders shall meet with similar punishment.