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Publisher:Penguin Books
Published In:14-Oct-2000
Binding Type:Paperback
Weight:868.00 gms
Pages:pp. 868, Figures, Charts, Tables, Maps, Indices, Appendices, Notes

The book "Kautilya The Arthashastra 1st Published" is written by L.N. Rangarajan. This book was published in the year 1420. The ISBN number 0140446036|9780140446036 is assigned to the Paperback version of this title. This book has total of pp. 868 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Penguin Books. We have about 115953 other great books from this publisher. Kautilya The Arthashastra 1st Published is currently Available with us.

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An extraordinary detailed manual on statecraft and the Science of living by one of classical India's greatest minds, Kautilya, also known as Chanakya and Vishnugupta, wrote the Arthashastra not later than 150 AD though the date has not been conclusively established. Legend has it that he was either a Brahmin from Kerala or from north India; however, it is certain that Kautilya was the man who destroyed the Nanda dynasty and installed Chandragupta Maurya as the King of Magadha. A master strategist who was well-versed in the Vedas and adept at creating intrigues and devising political stratagems, Kautilya's genius is reflected in his Arthashastra which is the most comprehensive treatise of statecraft of classical times.

The text contains fifteen books which cover numerous topics viz., the King; a complete code of law; foreign policy; secret and occult practices and so on. The Arthashastra is written mainly in prose but also incorporates 380 shlokas.

Artha, literally wealth, is one of four supreme aims prescribed by Hindu tradition. However, it has a much wider significance and the material well-being of individuals is just a part of it. In accordance with this, Kautilya's Arthashastra maintains that the state or government of a country has a vital role to play in maintaining the material status of both the nation and its people. Therefore, a significant part of the Arthashastra has to do with the science of economics. When it deals with the science of politics, the Arthashastra describes in detail the art of government in its widest sense-the maintenance of Law and order as also of an efficient administrative machinery.

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The Kautilyan State and Society
I. Introductory Sections
II. The State and its Constituent Elements
III. The King
IV. The Well-organized State
V. Treasury, Sources of Revenue, Accounts and Audit
VI. Civil Service Regulations
VII. The Departments of the Government
VIII. Law and Justice
IX. Covert Operations
X. Foreign Policy
XI. Defence and War
List of Maps, Charts and Figures