Kautilya Who? – Trying to Comprehend India’s “Strategic Culture”


At the beginning of the 21st century, we see a re-balancing among the major longue durée cultures – Euro-Atlantic, China and India – as the center of gravity of world affairs is shifting towards Asia. This implies the necessity to become (better) acquainted with the internal resources of Indian and Chinese culture. For understanding India’s “strategic culture,” Kautilya’s opus magnum Arthashastra is of paramount importance.