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Arthasastra

The Arthasastra in a Transcultural Perspective: Comparing Kautilya with Sun-Zi, Nizam al-Mulk, Barani and Machiavelli

2017

Publisher: Pentagon Press
ISBN 978-81-8274-938-2
Price: Rs. 995

This book is the product of a collaborative effort by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi; South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University; and Institute of South Asian Studies, National University Singapore. The volume contains papers exploring Kautilya’s Arthasastra in a transcultural perspective, comparing it with the thoughts of Sun-Zi, Nizam al-Mulk, Barani and Machiavelli.

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Indigenous Historical Knowledge: Kautilya and His Vocabulary (Volume III)

2016
Indigenous Historical Knowledge: Kautilya and His Vocabulary (Volume III)

Publisher: Pentagon Press
ISBN 978-81-8274-909-2
Price: Rs. 795

This book is the third in a series of three volumes on "Kautilya and His Vocabulary" as a part of the "Indigenous Historical Knowledge" project undertaken by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. The edited volumes contain select papers presented in a series of workshops, national and international seminars organised by the Institute. The project is an attempt to trace, look into, analyse and relate with the indigenous strategic thinking in India. These volumes aim at initiating the study, internalisation, spread and consolidation of Kautilya's Arthashastra in the strategic domain. The four focus themes in the three volumes are foreign policy, intelligence, war and internal security as they relate to contemporary times.

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Understanding Dharma and Artha in Statecraft through Kautilya’s Arthashastra

2016

This is the third monograph in a series on Kautilya's Arthashastra. The first monograph titled One Hundred Years of Kautilya's Arthasastra (2013) made the case for a deeper study of the text. In the second monograph, Kautilya's Arthashastra: Contemporary Issues and Comparison (2015), the text was critically examined in order to explain, compare and understand it vis-à-vis contemporary issues.

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

April 2016

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.

Coping with Environmental Challenges: The Importance of Evolving a Balance between Artha, Kama and Dharma

March 23, 2016
Coping with Environmental Challenges: The Importance of Evolving a Balance between Artha, Kama and Dharma

Only by making the concept of dharma central can a balance be evolved between the trivarga of artha, kama and dharma and lifestyle changes introduced to cope with climate change.

Indigenous Historical Knowledge: Kautilya and His Vocabulary (Volume II)

2016

Publisher: Pentagon Press
ISBN: 978-81-8274-866-8

This book is the second in a series of three volumes on “Kautilya and His Vocabulary” as a part of the “Indigenous Historical Knowledge” project undertaken by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. These volumes aim at initiating the study, internalisation, spread and consolidation of Kautilya's Arthashastra in the strategic domain. The four focus themes in the three volumes are foreign policy, intelligence, war and internal security as they relate to contemporary times.
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Using Temple Gold for Shoring up the Economy: Learning from Kautilya’s Arthashastra

April 17, 2015
Using Temple Gold for Shoring up the Economy: Learning from Kautilya’s Arthashastra

Kautilya argues that when the treasury gets depleted, concerted efforts become necessary for its replenishment and even recommends extraordinary measures in emergency situations. But the guiding principle should be what the people consider as beneficial to themselves.

Statecraft and Intelligence Analysis in the Kautilya-Arthashastra

October 2014

In the Kautilya-Arthashastra, espionage and other ‘operational’ activities of the secret service—notably ‘active measures’ and ‘covert action’—are addressed often and in detail. In contrast, Kautilya seems to say very little about intelligence analysis, assessment and estimates which provide the basis of strategic planning and grand strategy—and arekey components of statecraft. However, the central proposition of this article is that ‘ideas’ (or meanings) underlying these modern intelligence terms are very much present in the Arthashastra.

Arthasastra: Lesson for the Contemporary Security Environment with South Asia as a Case Study

2014
Arthasastra: Lesson for the Contemporary Security Environment with South Asia as a Case Study

In this monograph, the Arthasastra framework is used for examination of dynamics of fragility in South Asia, with a case study of Pakistan. The insights into human policy choices which can be gleaned from the treatise have a timeless quality that can offer a fresh perspective to today’s policy makers. It can be open to further academic investigation and debate for developing and enriching an indigenous strategic vocabulary.

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