This book presents a Tamil translation of Kautilya’s Arthashastra.
Summary of the Book
In the Arthashastra, Kautilya discusses all the concepts which need to be understood by a ruler. He explains the concepts of statecraft, discussing how to plan a city, how to frame its hierarchy and on the social distinctions of class. He presents a discussion of warfare, strategies for success and a detailed discussion of how to organize an empire. His book has been studied and valued by rulers, generals and business strategists throughout history. This Tamil translation brings out the message of the original work, and showcases how Kautilya was poised to become of the greatest teachers of all time. Indeed, these were the very principles he taught a young boy who went on to become the great and powerful Chandragupta Maurya.
Chanakya, alternately known as Kautilya and Vishnu Gupta, was an Indian philosopher, statesman, teacher and royal advisor. He was originally a professor of economics and political science at the ancient Takshashila University. He rose to prominence after bringing up a young boy history remembers as Chandragupta Maurya. Chanakya helped Chandragupta Maurya uproot the Nanda empire and form the Mauryan empire. Among his best known works is the Neetishastra, a book on morals and values.
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