Our ancient Indian and traditional management books—being based on sound principles—have always had a lot of depth. This is the reason they have survived the test of time. Still, readers keep writing in with queries on the relation these age-old books have with today’s world.
Well, they are in august company.
Being in the field of corporate training and strategic management consulting, I have also been asked by various directors, CEOs and chairmen: “What’s so special about Chanakya (or Kautilya) and his book Arthashastra that makes it so relevant even in the modern business world?”
Now this is a very interesting question for all those who want to study and practise Arthashastra.
Therefore, in today’s article, I will talk about two very strong reasons that make the book Kautilya’s Arthashastra an eternal masterpiece, and Chanakya himself an unforgettable legend.
A subject called ‘Anuveshiki’
One of the most striking features of the Arthashastra is that it is a logical book. Before studying this book, kings had to go through a foundation course to prepare them for the higher knowledge of politics. In Arthashastra itself, Chanakya suggests that a student who wants to master this book should first study a subject called Anuveshiki. This Sanskrit terminology is very hard to translate, but the nearest word in English could be ‘Logic’. So Chanakya calls for a student’s ability in logical thinking to be developed first and foremost.