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Revisiting the Political Thought of Ancient India

Revisiting the Political Thought of Ancient India
Pre-Kautilyan Arthashastra Tradition

First Edition
  • Ashok S. Chousalkar - Former Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, Maharashtra

October 2018 | 216 pages | SAGE India

Revisiting the Political Thought of Ancient India: Pre-Kautilyan Arthashastra Tradition rediscovers the political ideas of the original and celebrated schools of thought in ancient India—early Arthashastra and Pre-Kautilyan traditions.

This book throws light on hitherto not very well-known aspects of political ideas in ancient India, which flourished during the 5th and 4th centuries before Christ. Kautilya’s Arthashastra is a major text on ancient Indian political thought, wherein he cited views of a number of Arthashastra teachers who had written on political science. Unfortunately, their writings are not available today; only their views are found scattered in different texts. This book brings together these views to prepare a coherent account of their political ideas and reconstructs the pre-Kautilyan Arthashastra tradition with the help of available sources.

The Royal Priests and the Black Magic of the Atharva Veda
The Origin of State and Early Political Speculation in Ancient India
The Origin of Arthashastra Tradition
The Lokayata Philosophy and the Early Arthashastra Tradition
The Arthashastra Teachers
Political Thought of Early Arthastastra Thinkers
Vijayan Bala and Apaddharma
Ethics and Politics in the Arthashastra Tradition
Supremacy of Politics
Annexure: Methodology of Kautilya’s Arthashatra

Ashok S. Chousalkar

Ashok S. Chousalkar is a former Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, Maharashtra. He is the Editor of the Marathi quarterly journal Samaj Prabodhan Patrika. He is the author of multiple books in English and Marathi. He has received a number of literary awards for his contribution to Marathi language, including Maharashtra Foundation Award in 2000, Yashwantrao Chavan Award by the Government of Maharashtra in 2004, the M. P. Goenka Award of Maharashtra Tatvadnyan Parishad in 2010, the Bhauji Huddar Award of Vidarbha Sanshodhan Mandal Nagpur in 2012,... More About Author

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