Arthashastra: The Science of Wealth

Arthashastra: The Science of Wealth

Thomas R. Trautmann


a unprecedented specific guide on statecraft and the technology of residing through considered one of classical India's maximum minds; Kautilya; sometimes called Chanakya and Vishnugupta; wrote the Arthashastra now not later than a hundred and fifty advert notwithstanding the date has no longer been conclusively validated. Legend has it that he was once both a Brahmin from Kerala or from north India; even though; it truly is definite that Kautilya was once the guy who destroyed the Nanda dynasty and put in Chandragupta Maurya because the King of Magadha. A grasp strategist who was once well-versed within the Vedas and adept at developing intrigues and devising political stratagems; Kautilya's genius is mirrored in his Arthashastra that is the main entire treatise of statecraft of classical occasions. The textual content comprises fifteen books which hide a variety of issues viz.; the King; an entire code of legislation; overseas coverage; mystery and occult practices etc. The Arthashastra is written usually in prose but additionally comprises 380 shlokas. Artha; actually wealth; is one among 4 preferrred goals prescribed by means of Hindu culture. in spite of the fact that; it has a wider importance and the fabric overall healthiness of people is simply part of it. in line with this; Kautilya's Arthashastra keeps that the kingdom or govt of a rustic has an essential function to play in preserving the cloth prestige of either the kingdom and its humans. for that reason; an important a part of the Arthashastra has to do with the technology of economics. while it offers with the technological know-how of politics; the Arthashastra describes intimately the artwork of presidency in its widest sense-the upkeep of legislation and order as additionally of an effective administrative equipment.

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