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Kautilya's Arthashastra: An Intellectual Portrait: The Classical Roots of Modern Politics in India

Subrata K. Mitra and Michael Liebig, ISBN 13: 9788129148650, Year : 2017, Rs. 595 Rs. 494 (Free shipping within India only. No extras for postage and handling. )


'Kautilya who?' In India itself, Kautilya is mentioned for reasons that are more sentimental and nationalistic than analytical and comparative with respect to the theoretical significance of his contributions to statecraft. In academic circles, Kautilya is labelled as the 'Indian Machiavelli', even though the Arthashastra was written some 1800 years prior to Machiavelli's Discorsi and Principe and is much broader in scope. This book brings the wisdom of Kautilya's text a tour de force in strategic thinking to the present political discourse, emphasizing the relevance of this ancient text to contemporary world affai's. Brilliant scholarly analysis complemented with in-depth academic enquiry gives this work an edge over all that has been written on Arthashastra so far. Mitra and Liebig move beyond romanticizing Kautilya and present to the reader one of the sharpest minds in history, unmatched in its knowledge of statecraft and a theory unparalleled in strategic thinking. A must-have guide to understanding both Kautilya and the intricacies of governance.