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political sagacity and businesslikeness which have at times led unsympathetic or undescerning crtics to to charge him with frank immoralism. But, any average student of ancient Indian history will be able to show that Kautilya, if he was only the social philosopher of his age and failed to rise to the political idealism of Plato, was a faithful interpreter of the social traditions and the economic and political aspirations of his epoch.

In point of exhaustiveness it is doubtful if there is any work by western thinkers which can equal the "ARTHASASTRA".To the uninitiated the outlines are invisible on account of the wealth of details; but, the work follows a line of logical classification and sequence which will be clear to the close student. The magnitude of the undertaking is sufficient excuse for any small degree of looseness of arrangement; and this is more than made up by the cogency and practical sagacity of Kautilya's reasoning. In the mouth of an age which has witnessed the European conflagration of 1914 and the gradual frustration of the hopes that were raised about the possibilities of international brotherhood,the charge of immoralism against the Arthasastra must taste a little stale and insipid.

The Cochin Malayalam Improvement Committee has laid the whole of Kerala under a deep debt by their laudable efforts at placing within the reach of the ordinary man in the street a translation of this invaluable work which has so far remained inaccessible to the non-Sanscritist. I










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