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Reflections on the political, technological, cultural and economic trends of the world

Kautilya

Kautilya (also known as Chanakya or Vishnugupta) is an Indian philosopher, economist and political thinker of the 4th Century (BC). He is mostly known for the ‘ARTHASHASTRA’, a book that encompasses many themes but mainly deals on how a king should rule.

ARTHASHASTRA

There is an interesting chapter in the book on military strategy in which essentially Kautilya details an example of what today we would call as psychological warfare. In order to conquer a city Kautilya suggests using fake but terrifying magic tricks to subdue the population.

 

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