Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Arthashastra of Chanakya - English

The Arthashastra is an ancient Indian treatise on statecraft, economic policy and military trategy authored by Chanakya (350-283 BCE).

Chanakya, also known as Kautilya or Vishnugupta, was an adviser and a prime minister to the first Maurya Emperor Chandragupta, and architect of his rise to power. Other important works of Chanakya are 'Chanakya Sutras' and 'Chanakya Niti Darpanam'.

R. P. Kangle defines Arthashastra as "science of politics," a treatise to help a king in "the acquisition and protection of the earth". This text is divided into 15 books:

01 Concerning Discipline
02 The Duties of Government Superintendents
03 Concerning Law
04 The Removal of Thorns
05 The Conduct of Courtiers
06 The Source of Sovereign States
07 The End of the Six-Fold Policy
09 The Work of an Invader
10 Relating to War
12 Concerning a Powerful Enemy
13 Strategic Means to Capture a Fortress
14 Secret Means
15 The Plan of a Treatise

source of e-text:

DOWNLOAD Arthashastra of Chanakya - English


  1. It is not only the question of keeping hinduism alive, it is also important to let world know what it is and why it still exist..., yes it is different....

    CAPS OFF... to this effort.

  2. Thanx a lot for keeping this ebook in reach , its of a great help to human community in ruling and maintaining proper order.......

  3. Nice.........Hats off to you;
    Proud to be a Hinduism,a royal religion

  4. sir can u please send me the link as the above link given is not working

  5. sir the above link is not working please send me another link where i can download the book arthashastra of chanakya in english

  6. Saran,

    I have rectified the download link now. You can download the file now.

  7. Thanks for sending such a impartant book.will u please send "Rajneethi

    shastra" which is also written by Chanakya

  8. thanks for sharing . wish you a huge success in your further philanthropic projects :)


  9. Thanks a lot.. You are in the right path and allowing us also to move in the right path in life.

  10. Any one having soft copy of P Kangle's & Rangrajan's Books?

    1. Vat69,

      Part 1 & 2 of Kangle's arthasastra are available at DLI.
      The Kautiliya Arthasastra Part.1., 99999990332061. Kangle, R.P. 1960. sanskrit. Social Sciences. 392 pgs.
      kautiliya arthasastra pt.2., 99999990840951. kangle, r.p.. 1963. english. ancient india, economic conditions. 640 pgs.

  11. Shankara,
    Thanks for reply.
    where is DLI?

    1. Vat69,

      DLI is Digital Library of India. Its URL is
      One can only view books at DLI. To download books in pdf format, one will need an additional softwared. One such tool is available at

  12. hello,
    am unable to download any of these e books, is there any specific sofware installation required for the same? I get an error "invalid or Deleted File.
    The key you provided for file access was invalid. This is usually caused because the file is no longer stored on MediaFire. This occurs when the file is removed by the originating user or MediaFire.

    pls help,

    1. You have commented at the wrong post. The link to this book is not at mediafire, but The download link is not defective, it is working.

      There are some other posts with mediafire links. They have been deleted when an account was suspended. I will be rectifying those links soon. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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  14. Hi Shankara, I did find the first two parts of Kautialya Arthashastra by Kangle R. P. on DLI site.

    Can we also get the details for his third part for the same??

    Thanks in advance.


  15. Hi Shankara, thanks for sharing DLI details for the first two parts of Kautilya Arthashastra by Kangle R. P.

    can we get the details for his third part as well??

  16. Nilesh Bhadra, I also could not locate the 3rd volume of Arthasastra at Digital Library of India. I will write to you if I find it. The 3rd part contains a study of Arthasastra by RP Kangale. It is available in print from Motilal Benarsidass.