Ep. 440: Who Really Wrote the Arthashastra?

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The Arthashastra is famously believed to have been composed by Chanakya, the prime minister of Chandragupta Maurya. But a new wave of scholarship is challenging that idea. Was Chanakya real? Who really wrote the Arthashastra, and what does it tell us about the literature, courts and politics of both modern and ancient India? To get answers, Anirudh Kanisetti and Aditya Ramanathan dive into the epic compositional history of this most famous of Indian strategic manuals.

Listen to Anirudh, Pranay and Suyash debate the role of historical texts in foreign policy here:
https://ivmpodcasts.com/all-things-policy-episode-list/2020/8/24/ep-397-does-history-shape-foreign-policy

HP Ray's study on the political and administrative structure of the Mauryan empire can be found here:
https://www.academia.edu/33109584/INTERPRETING_THE_MAURYAN_EMPIRE_Centralized_State_or_Multiple_Centres_of_Control

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You can follow Aditya on twitter: @adityascripts
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