Kautiliya Arthasastra, Part 2: Translation with Critical and Explanatory Notes (2nd Edition)
Filenote | OCR'd, TOC built, PaginatedThe Kautiliya Arthasastra is the oldest and mostexhaustive treatise on the governance and administration of astate. Starting with the bringing up and education of the youngprince, it proceeds to the appintment of ministers and theorganisation and functioning of various state departments,including the setting up of a secret service. It then sets forth acode of civil and criminal law. In the matter of foreign relations,it puts before the ruler the ideal of a vijigisu (would-be worldconqueror) and discusses in great detail the various situations hemay have to face in his dealings with foreign states, whetherfriendly or inimical, and points out how he should conduct himselfin every case so as to achieve his goal. The present editioncomprises three parts.Part I is a new critical edition of the textbased on all manuscript evidences available so far as well as onportions of ancient commentaries that have been published. It alsotakes into account the new commentary on the entire text by T.Ganapati Sastri.Part II is a new English translation of thetext; the critical and explanatory notes consider the variousreadings in the text as well as the different interpretations foundin the commentaries or offered by modern scholars.Part III is a study of the text and deals withall problems that are likely to arise in connection with its study,such as the origin of the Arthasastra as a science, the authorshipand date of the work, social conditions reflected in it, theeconomy of the state visualised in it, the administrative setuprecommended, law and its administration, foreign policy and so on.It also attempts an assessment of its importance and relevance inmodern times.