Now in Telugu Kautilya, also known as Chanakya, is India's most illustrious political economist of all time. He regarded economic activity as the driving force behind the functioning of any political dispensation. In fact, he went to the extent of saying that revenue should take priority over the army because sustaining the army was possible out of a well-managed revenue system. Kautilya advocated limiting the taxation power of the State, having low rates of taxation, maintaining a gradual increase in taxation and most importantly devising a tax structure that ensured compliance. He strongly encouraged foreign trade, basing it on the premise that for a successful trade contract to be established, it had to be beneficial to all. He emphasised State control and investment in land, water and mining. Kautilya was a true statesman who bridged the gap between experience and vision. For Kautilya, good governance was paramount. He suggested built-in checks and balances in systems and procedures for the containment of malpractices. Many postulates of Kautilya's philosophy of political
Kautilya's Arthashastra is an ancient Indian book on statecraft, economic policy, and military strategy. It was originally written in Sanskrit by Kautilya, also called Chanakya, for his disciple Chandragupta Maurya, who was the founder of the Mauryan Empire.
The book discusses the ethics of wealth generation, politic and economic administration in the kingdom, while also outlining the duties and obligations of a king. He describes the legal and bureaucratic framework a king should follow to ensure his successful reign of the kingdom. Punishment for various crimes, planned warfare, elaborate spy networks, and welfare duties of a king are also described in great detail.
Kautilya's Arthashastra is a brilliant piece of work which can be adapted to guide modern day politics and business. Kautilya offers several tips for success in business including leadership building, competent management, revenue generation, and preservation of wealth, making this book a strategic masterpiece.
Kautilya's Arthashastra is a well written rendering of the original book by master statesman Chanakya whose visionary postulates are relevant even today. The first edition of Kautilya's Arthashastra, was published in 2009 by Jaico Publishing House and is available in paperback.
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