JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

Kautilya’s Arthashastra: Restoring its Rightful Place in the Field of International Relations

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  • April 2016
    Volume: 
    10
    Issue: 
    2
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    India’s rise in the twenty-first century has resulted in renewed attention on the country, especially in the sphere of strategic thought. This focus has brought into limelight ancient India’s pioneering text on polity called Kautilya’s Arthashastra (KA).Contingent with that is a growing interest in exploring the relevance of KA in the contemporary world. Arthashastra, a masterpiece in its own right, is a comprehensive compendium on all matters concerning a state, including administration, law and order, economics, diplomacy, military, war, intelligence and, above all, unmissable ethics or dharma. This article is an attempt to reveal the tenets of Arthashastra in a simple form and establish their contemporary relevance, both theoretically and practically, thus restoring a rightful place to KA in the field of International Relations (IR) studies.

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