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An Analysis of Kautilya’s Administrative Thought

M. Shafi Bhat

Post Doctoral Fellowship Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) JNU Institutional Area, New Delhi - 110 067, INDIA.


India had developed complex systems of Public Administration centuries before Europe became civilized. Kautilya wrote Arthshashtara (Science of Politics), world’s most complete work o0n the art and science of government, written during the reign of Chandragupta Maurya who ruled India between 319 and 296 BC. Kautilya is by far the foremost Indian administrative philosopher and in quality and approach, he is among the world’s half dozen administrative seers. The present paper analyses the administrative thought of Kautilya and its relevance in contemporary India.

Keywords :Kautilya, Arthshashtara, Administration, Public Administration.