The great Chanakya was an Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist and royal advisor. He is also recognized by his other names as Kautilya or Vishnugupta. He is the author of Arthashastra which is the ancient Indian political treatise. He is considered to be one of the pioneers of political science and economics field in India.
His work is credited as an important precursor to classical economics. Nearly at the end of Gupta Empire, Chanakya’s work was lost. It got recovered in the early twentieth century. Emperor Chandragupta Maurya rose to power under the supervision and guidance of Chanakya only. Chanakya is credited for the establishment of Mauryan Emperor. He served as chief advisor to both rulers Chandragupta and his son Bindusara.
The legendary Chanakya is regarded as a great thinker and diplomat in India. Many Indian nationalists credited him as one of the earliest person who envisioned the united India. He envisaged India spanning whole Indian subcontinent.
By: Bhavna Sharma