Nehru used to study his famous book; Arthashastra
, which deals with power politics; as a dedicated routine.
Chanakya's epic treatise on statecraft, Arthashastra
, was composed some 2300 years ago, and very evidently incorporates the Takshashila (modern Taxila) traditions of military science going back to the pre-Buddha era, that is before the sixth century BC.
To quote the FT, 'The war of the future will not necessarily be declared but will oversee a sliding scale of aggression and violence.' Today's strategy combines conventional warfare with irregular tactics and terrorist acts, subverting the country's ideology, and spreading calumny and falsehood a la 'Kautilya Arthashastra
' to muddy the reputation of our Armed Forces through their motivated proxies in our media.
Secondly, a Hindu India would pursue even more zealously than otherwise the goal of establishing its hegemony in South Asia in accordance with the teachings contained in Kautilya's Arthashastra
written around 300 B.C.
Borrowing from Kautilya's Arthashastra
, she urged that the department should collect taxes like the 'bee' who sucks only that much nectar from the flower as is absolutely necessary.
Admiral Arun Prakash argues in The New Arthashastra
: A Security Strategy for India that India being economically and militarily weaker than China, should turn toward sea and exploit China's Malacca Dilemma.
Its historical pedigree goes back to the fifth century BC when Sparta went to war with Athens, consider also the Arthashastra
written about 2400 years ago.
Even before Sun Tzu, Kautliya in Arthashastra
supported disinformation as a civil and military warfare tool within his concept of koota yuddha (unprincipled warfare as distinguished from dharma yuddha, righteous warfare).
Mahatma Gandhi could not invoke the Arthashastra
to demand freedom.
For example, Kautilya's Arthashastra
presents a practical account of how kings seeking political dominance should only wage war as a last resort.