By Thomas R. Trautmann
A rare exact handbook on statecraft and the technology of residing by way of one in every of classical India's maximum minds; Kautilya; sometimes called Chanakya and Vishnugupta; wrote the Arthashastra no longer later than one hundred fifty advert even though the date has no longer been conclusively demonstrated. Legend has it that he used to be both a Brahmin from Kerala or from north India; even if; it's convinced that Kautilya used to be the fellow who destroyed the Nanda dynasty and put in Chandragupta Maurya because the King of Magadha. A grasp strategist who used to be well-versed within the Vedas and adept at growing intrigues and devising political stratagems; Kautilya's genius is mirrored in his Arthashastra that is the main entire treatise of statecraft of classical instances. The textual content comprises fifteen books which conceal a number of issues viz.; the King; a whole code of legislations; international coverage; mystery and occult practices and so forth. The Arthashastra is written ordinarily in prose but in addition contains 380 shlokas. Artha; actually wealth; is considered one of 4 perfect goals prescribed by means of Hindu culture. in spite of the fact that; it has a much broader importance and the fabric overall healthiness of people is simply part of it. in line with this; Kautilya's Arthashastra keeps that the country or executive of a rustic has an essential function to play in retaining the fabric prestige of either the country and its humans. accordingly; an important a part of the Arthashastra has to do with the technology of economics. whilst it bargains with the technological know-how of politics; the Arthashastra describes intimately the paintings of presidency in its widest sense-the upkeep of legislation and order as additionally of a good administrative equipment.
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