The concept of equity in Sukraniti and Arthasastra : a comparative study /

 
9788179860892: The concept of equity in Sukraniti and Arthasastra : a comparative study /

Language: English
Pages: 224
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Seeking to break a new methodological ground the
book conjures up, in comparative perspective, the concept of equity in Sukra and Kautilya not so much on
the basis of analysis of their respective major works; Sukraniti of the former and Arthasatra of the latter, but more so
by examining their lives, the context in which they operated and the challenges
that they faced. In this sense the present study is more extra-textual
than textual.
The reliance on
extra-textual sources seems both appropriate and compelling because there is a
near unanimity among the scholars that the extant Sukraniti text is not only corrupt but
highly spurious. There is a similar controversy, though less acrimonious, about
the authenticity of the Arthasastra text; even the authorship and
dates of these works are contested. All these are issues,
that scholars fully know, can never be settled satisfactorily.
Therefore, rather than pursuing such false trails and thereby shying away from
finding ways to discern the nature of their political concerns, the central
focus of the present study is to examine their role as mentors and strategists
in the major power struggles of their times; the stellar role of Sukra in the wars between the Aryans and the non-Aryans,
particularly the one between Yayati and Varishparva at one time and between Visnu-Indra
axis and Bali at the other; and the role of Kautilya
in the intense no- holds- barred struggle for the throne of Magadha between the
Nandas and the Mauryas and
to cull out there-from their respective positions on critical issues like
equity and social justice. The specific focus of th

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