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Chanakya, traditionally identified as Vishnu Gupta or Kautilya. Wikimedia

– by Tusheeta Kaushik

July 9, 2017: Chanakya a.k.a Vishnu Gupta or Kautilya was greatly identified as an Indian Teacher, Philosopher, Economist, Jurist and a Royal Advisor. He strongly believed in the broadcasting of knowledge and not in storing it and authored the great ancient Indian political treatise “Arthashastra”. He knew the importance of education and at a very young age, studied and memorised the toughest scriptures known as the Vedas.

Known as a masterful Political Strategist, he never succumbed to the pressure tactics by cunning politicians. He believed good governance comes with peace and order which can be achieved through collaboration of different factors in a community. The first of these factors is a leader first rendering service to its people and then looking after it s own needs. The second factor is that a leader should be virtuous, must be a great example to his people and should have deference towards law.

According to the Arthashastra, there is a strong connection between good governance and the economy of a nation. As stated in the Summary on Kautilya’s Arthashastra: It’s Contemporary Relevance, “the end is economic governance while political governance is the means” (Chapter 2). It means that proper management and good governance has an effect on the economic aspect of a nation. The Arthashastra then serves as basic guidelines for the proper management of the economy of the country. Knowing how to manage resources, such as monetary funds, can contribute to the development of the economy.

Chanakya also helped in penning down certain gems of wisdom and integrity that are true even today and can be brought into use- such is the potency and effect of Chanakya’s thoughts on education, religion, wisdom, and integrity that people still follow and practice them to live a meaningful and a tranquil life. Here are the life lessons to be read, and practised!

Here are the life lessons that everyone should read, learn and practice-

  1. a) Lessons on the basis of Integrity-

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2. a) Lessons on the basis of Education-

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3. a) Lessons on the basis of Wisdom-

b)

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4. a) Lessons on the basis of Religion-

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– by Tusheeta Kaushik of Newsgram. Twitter: @TusheetaKaushik


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