By Arundhati Roy
First released in 2001, this ebook brings jointly all of Arundhati Roy's political writings to this point. This revised paperback variation contains new essays, written in early 2002: 'Democracy: who is She while She's now not at Home', which examines the bad communal violence in Gujarat, and 'War speak: summer season video games with Nuclear Bombs', in regards to the chance of nuclear battle within the Subcontinent
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Rather, the eternal knowledge recorded in the śāstras exists above the realm of human efforts, a timeless truth in the universe given to society by wise sages and scholars who themselves penetrated deeply into the nature of things or received it from their predecessors or the gods. Faults within the text of a śāstra can only be explained, therefore, as human error that has crept in as they have been transmitted. The true knowledge that lies behind the śāstra as text—which we might think of as the real śāstra itself—is singular, harmonious, and perfect.
Whether it was written in a kingdom that recognized Kuśāna suzerainty, in a small kingdom outside of the sphere of Kuśāna domination, or within one of the less extensive transregional powers of the period—the Kṣatrapas in western India and the Śātavāhanas in central India—remains to be determined. Whatever its origin, the Arthaśāstra approaches interstate relations from the perspective of a small state seeking to empower itself in an environment of neighboring rivals as well as more distant and powerful rulers.
The final book (Book Fifteen) is a formal list of the kinds of organizational elements from which the text is constructed, such as declarative Introduction xliii statements and citations of earlier authorities. A full table of contents of the extant Arthaśāstra is given at the end of this Introduction. Generally speaking, the subjects of the Arthaśāstra are arranged in a clear manner. Kauṭilya organizes his advice as though he were instructing a king and his ministers in the creation of an entirely new kingdom.