View all 6 comments. Welfare in the Arthashastra is not just an abstract concept. The Arthashastra is an ancient Indian treatise on statecraft, economic policy and military strategy, written in Sanskrit. The text, states Sihag, is a treatise on how a state should pursue economic development and it emphasized “proper measurement of economic performance”, and “the role of ethics, considering ethical values as the glue which binds society and promotes economic development”. A gem on economics!
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More recent scholarship has disagreed with the characterization of Arthashastra as “Machiavellianism”. The review is concerning this particular translation more than a review of Kautilya’s artbashastra. Past is a mixed bag.
This paper was presented at the seminar on Kautilya’s Arthashastra organized by the Indian Council of My knowledge of pre-industrial economics is lacking so I can’t comment in detail about that, but I can vaguely praise his thoroughness. Apr 15, Ashok Krishna artyashastra it really liked it. 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 The author of Arthashastra uses the term gramakuta to describe a village official or chief, which, according to Thomas Burrowsuggests that he was arthashaatra native of the region that encompasses present-day Gujarat and northern Maharashtra.
Who are the “friends” that Kautilya writes of?
Artha-shastra | work by Kautilya |
The Journal of Military History. However, a closer examination of our sources shows that many other civilisations have developed similar approaches, generally in periods experiencing political and social transformations not dissimilar to the complex evolutions of the European 16th century. However, it has a much wider significance and the material well-being of individuals is just a part of it.
Against Reductionist Arguments Before we move on, we should face the unfortunate fact that both Kautilya the author and his arthhashastra the Arthashastra are much misunderstood.
This book is just mind boggling.
Shamasastrywho published it in Primary topics Index of politics articles Politics by country Politics by subdivision Political economy Political history Political history of the world Political philosophy. Here is a sample of how much more nuanced that simple understanding could be, with a little effort: A theoretical contribution of the artnashastra of Kautilya includes an understanding that even inferior powers can arthaehastra leaders in international affairs and that the precondition of sustainable leadership is the welfare of all subjects of government.
Why did the Chanakya write the Arthashastra?
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. Academic disciplines Political science political scientists International relations theory Comparative politics.
In other domains, India maintains its famed stance of ‘non-alignment’, in keeping with Kautilya’s advocacy of “neutrality” in certain circumstances. The idea that the BRICS is or is becoming a reformer of global order and a promoter of a new, less normative and more plural international order, is of academic and practical relevance and has already elicited a number of scholarly Why, simply infiltrate your troops with the defenders!
He is equally clear on the organizational aspects, human dimensions of an organization as well as the leadership requirement of an organization.
But if we are to comprehend clearly Kautilya’s teachings and apply them judiciously to the modern world, we also have to be aware of the essential characteristics of the work.
The Arthashastra dedicates Book 7 and 10 to war, and considers numerous scenarios and reasons for war. Sign up here to see what happened On This Dayevery day in your inbox! It was rediscovered in by R.
We can get more things done because we can, but precisely because we can, there are always more things to do. The school of Usanas asserts, states the text, that there is only one necessary knowledge, the science of government because no other science can start or survive without it. Maybe the Plan was needed for any semblance of governance? When passion is roused in them, they should start quarrels by creating belief about their love in one and by going to another.
Arthashastra – a book that I had wanted to read ever since I read ‘The Art of War’ and learnt this to be a similar treatise but on political details.
Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. Skimming through these and focusing on more subjective descriptions makes for a very interesting reading. The content was interesting enough though and showed a lot of insight into the ancient empires of India.