Arthashastra’s Saptaanga State: Swami & Amatya: Theory and Practice | Sumedha V Ojha

This talk is about an Indic and not Western, political understanding of the concept of the State. Indigenous understanding is missing from today’s epistemology; exclusively Western categories are in mainstream use. This talk will explain the roots of the Indigenous Saptaanga State concept, focus on Kautilya’s formulation in the Arthashastra and explain it in the context of the Mauryan Kingdom, including the first 2 elements – The Swami and the Amatya.


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