Kautilya’s doctrines were still in force during the Muslim rule and during the British rule in India.

This is from a recent collection titled One Hundred Years of Kautilya’s Arthasastra. It was an esoteric document, and it still continues to be, at least in the west, given that… had you ever heard of it?

One of these scholars says that during the time that “it didn’t exist” there were works based on it in circulation. Were those more exoteric I wonder? And this was the secret “royal science”?

Seeing into the mind of a people

impact of Kautilyan thought on India’s foreign policy is at the subconscious level.

Close to 1 in 5 people in the world are Indian, and that’s just one country.

Could he have made contact with a Socratic?

8th circuit thought about international relations – that’s what axial age thinkers can bring about

Going back to their own, they’re starting to “get ideas”. You saw with that post earlier about that Indian woman’s book- she might as well be French. This other book in question says the professors were fed solely a diet of western thinkers – what must that be like? China’s not that conquered.

Some general connections

Plato and Kautilya both thought the state should be governed by the learned and elites while despising the idea of democracy… Machiavelli and Kautilya both managed to blur the distinction between utility and morality.

A Thrasymachus without a Socrates? Or did the swamis already play the latter role, thus they needed a political realist like Kautilya to emerge? Not many countries in the world where someone could have written during that time and can be related to western thinkers.

I wonder if they were too busy gazing at their navels and should’ve listened to him

Kautilya’s thinking definitely shaped future writings but I wonder what happened to the Indian diplomacy and policies of the statesmen of India. The Kautilyan strategies were seldom applied when the Mughals invaded from the middle-east and later the British conquered India.

The theoretical resources were there to avoid it.

Similar to something I said yesterday

Some had sought to relegate politics to a secondary position. But Kautilya proclaimed that politics was the supreme science and supreme art. It lay at the root of all. The welfare of all sciences depended on the well-being of politics.

Scientists aren’t very scientific for not being able to admit that. Political science telling science that, and being right- something amusing about that to me.

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