Arthashastra of Chanakya

The Arthashastra is an ancient Indian treatise on statecraft, economic policy and military strategy which identifies its author by the names 'Kautilya' and 'Vishnugupta',both names that are traditionally identified with Chāṇakya (c. 350–283 BC), who was a scholar at Takshashila and the teacher and guardian of Emperor Chandragupta Maurya, the founder of Mauryan Empire. Because of its harsh political pragmatism, the Arthashastra has often been compared to Machiavelli's The Prince.


Seven Pillars of Arthashastra

A strong foundation is the key to any successful business. Your vision, your commitment, your purpose – all form the basis for an organisation. They are the all-important pillars, the most essential part of any building. In his groundbreaking Arthashastra, Chanakya a.k.a. Kautilya (c. 350 – 283 BCE) lists seven pillars for an organisation.


"The king, the minister, the country, the fortified city, the treasury, the army and the ally are the constituent elements of the state"


1. The King

2. The Minister

3. The Country

4. The Fortified City

5. The Treasury

6. The Army

7. The Ally