About the Publisher
Chanakya also known as Kautilya, the hero of this
story is the author of the well, known Sanskrit
Chandragupta, the founder of the Mauryan dynasty,
in gaining the throne of the Nandas. According to
many scholars, Chandragupta's success as a king
can be ascribed to Chanakya's advice and guidance.
Chanakya, the king at the time of coronation had
to take an oath of service to the people. If the
king misbehaved, his people had the: right to
remove and replace him.
Arthashastra is a book on public administration.
It discusses the duties as well as the rights of
kings, ministers and other officers. It lays down
the details on the various affairs of the state,
of trade and commerce, of law, of war and peace,
of diplomacy, of marriage and divorce, and of
military strategy. Arthashastra still remains an
excellent textbook of political diplomacy.
The story retold
here is inspired by the classic Sanskrit play
Mudra Rakshasam (The signet ring) written in the
9th Century A. D. by Vishakhadatta of Pataliputra
which is believed to be the city of Patna today.