The Arthashastra is a marvelous treatise that captured the imagination of ancient India. Kautilya’s thoughts are not only far ahead of his time, they were precise to address some of the key challenges of those days. Needless to say, the economic and political dominance that India had prior to the British had its roots in Kautilya’s ingenuity.
Most importantly, the relevance of these politico-economic theories is a subject that is rarely mainstream and deserves to be addressed with more attention. This lecture seeks to provide an overview of this and provide insights onto its relevance of it to address modern day India’s challenges as well.