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 Arthashastra

In the absence of governance, chanakta strong will swallow the weak. The Purohit claims the text must be one who is well educated in the Vedas and its six Angas. If, after attaining their majority, they prove disobedient to lawful authority, women shall be fined fifteen panas, and men twice the amount.

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: Means of subsistence or jewelry constitutes what is called the property of a woman. If she bears only a dead child, he has to wait for ten years.

The Arthashastra of Kautilya or Chanakya

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.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The complete end to end elucidation of Kautalya Ardhasastra When a man murders another in a quarrel, he shall be tortured to death.

Kautilya holds that wealth, and wealth alone, is important, inasmuch as charity and desire depend upon wealth for their realization.


The Arthashastra by Kautilya

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. Women, when twelve years old, attain their majority, and men when sixteen years old. Sep 22, Kamal Jindal rated it it was athashastra. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Journal of Indian Philosophy. It also differs from Machiavelli in its genuine concern for the welfare and economic prospects of domestic citizens, where Machiavelli dismisses such issues outright and instead advises that a king merely rule through fear.

The king who, being possessed of good character and best-fitted elements of sovereignty, is the fountain of policy, is termed the conqueror. 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.

Using spies posing as religious figures and people faking disabilities? Aug 21, Paden rated it really liked it. Bhandarkar believed that it was written much later during the early Christian era.

No woman with a son or sons shall after remarriage be at liberty to make free use of her property; arthawhastra that property of hers, her sons shall receive.

Arthashastra and Neetishastra which is also known as Chanakya Niti. Stylistic differences within some sections of the surviving manuscripts suggest that it likely includes the work of several authors over the centuries. The Illusion of Governance? The same kind of punishments shall be meted out to a woman who, moved with jealousy or hatred, shows cruelty to her husband. Women of refractive natures shall not be taught manners by using such expressions as “You, half-naked! In all, a good read!

Means of subsistence above two thousand shall be endowed in her name. It is from these four that all other knowledge, wealth and human prosperity is derived. Dec 02, Nitin Nair rated it liked it Shelves: Think would recommend it to read for yourself.


Of these four in order, the later is superior to the one previously named. A series of compilation of treaties by a great scholar, ‘Kautilya’, which dates back to nearly 2, years ago. No trivia or quizzes yet.


He who does not protect his people or upsets the social order wields his royal scepter in vain. It is very detailed and systematic in prescribing solutions to the various problems associated with monarchial form of governance. Nor can there be a counter-case for the defendant. The text of this extraordinarily detailed manual contains fifteen books which cover numerous topics viz.

Fees for witnesses zrthashastra cover one-eighth of a pana. The best king is the Raja- rishithe sage king. Lists with This Book. 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.

Preview — The Arthashastra by Kautilya. Leaving out kauitlya question at issue, either of the parties takes resort to another; his previous statement is not consistent with his subsequent one; he insists on the necessity of considering the opinion of a third person, though it is not worthy of any such consideration; having commenced to answer the question at issue, he breaks off at once, even though he is ordered to continue; he introduces questions other than those specified by himself; he withdraws his own statement; he does not accept what his own witnesses have deposed to; and he holds secret conversations with his witnesses where he ought not to do sothese constitute the offence of parokta.

The giving in marriage of a virgin well-adorned is called ” Brahma -marriage.