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  • Indigenous Historical Knowledge: Kautilya and His Vocabulary (Volume I)

    Indigenous Historical Knowledge: Kautilya and His Vocabulary
    Publisher: Pentagon Press
    ISBN 978-81-8274-849-1
    Price: ₹. 695.00 Purchase Download E-copy

    About the Book

    This book is the first in a series of three volumes on “Kautilya and His Vocabulary” as a part of the “Indigenous Historical Knowledge” project undertaken by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. The edited volumes contain select papers presented in a series of workshop, national and international seminars organised by the institute. The project is an attempt to trace, look into, analyse and relate with the indigenous strategic thinking in India. These volumes aim at initiating the study, internalisation, spread and consolidation of Kautilya’s Arthashastra in the strategic domain. The four focus themes in the three volumes are foreign policy, intelligence, war and internal security as they relate to contemporary times.

    About Editors

    Col. Pradeep Kumar Gautam (Retd.): He is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi and convener of the workshops and seminars with regard to the “Indigenous Historical Knowledge”project.

    Dr. Saurabh Mishra: He is currently working as a Research Assistant at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. He has done his Ph.D. from Banaras Hindu University; and is associated with the “Indigenous Historical Knowledge” project since its inception.

    Dr. Arvind Gupta: He is currently the Deputy National Security Advisor to the Government of India. He was the Director General Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi, before joining the current position. He had also held the Lal Bahadur Shastri Chair on National Security at the institute. He retired from the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) after serving the Ministry of External Affairs and Indian Missions abroad in different capacities.


    Opening Remarks by Dr. Arvind Gupta, DG, IDSA
    Keynote Address by Shri Shivshankar Menon, NSA
    About the Contributors xix

    1. Arthashastra, Diplomatic History and the Study of International Relations in India - S. Kalyanaraman
    2. A Post-Kautilya View of Diplomacy: The Nitisara of Kamandaki - A.N.D. Haksar
    3. Kautilya on State Fragility in Contemporary Security Environment - Sachin More
    4. Kautilya’s Pioneering Exposition of Comprehensive National Power in the Arthashastra - G. Adityakiran
    5. Varieties of Mitras and Varieties of Sandhis in Early India: Kautilya’s Arthashastra and other Texts - Krishnendu Ray
    6. Corruption in Administration: Evaluating the Kautilyan Antecedents - Tarun Kumar
    7. Arthashastra Beyond Realpolitik: The ‘Eclectic’ Face of Kautilya - Deepshikha Shahi
    8. Kautilya’s Arthashastra: The Grand Strategy - Vinay Vittal
    9. Dharmavijay (Just War), Winning the Peace and War Without Spilling Blood - P.K. Gautam
    10. Kautilya’s Teachings on How to “Create” Loyal Soldiers in One’s Side but Sedition in the Enemy’s Army - Jean Langlois-Berthelot
    11. Policy Issues Identified and Next Step(s)


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