Chanakya also known as Kautilya, the real kingmaker, a hand behind the power, a brain behind the politics and a sharp intellect behind medieval economics.
"A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first." -  Chankaya

The biggest guru-mantra is: never share your secrets with anybody. It will destroy you.”                                                                                                                                           - Chanakya


The man who was the real kingmaker, a hand behind the power, a brain behind the politics and a sharp intellect behind medieval economics, he is the man called Chanakya. He was born in the year 371 BC in Taksahshila. Chanakya was also known as Kautilya and Vishnugupta. He served many roles during his lifetime which include a Philosopher, Teacher, Jurist, Economist, and Advisor. Kautilya formed a strong base for the mighty Mauryan empire which flourished during thousands of coming years.
He took the intellectual Chandragupta Maurya under his tutelage and made him one of the strongest yet a clever conquerer. Chanakya is often compared with Aristotle, who made the great king Alexander. Chanakya's works are in relevance till date and form a strong part of politics on which the entire play is being enacted. His main works include the following
ARTHASASTRA - It is an ancient Indian Political Exposition
NITISHASTRA - A discourse on the ideal way of life and related policies
Chanakya was a guide and a teacher to Chandragupta Maurya as well as his son Bindusara. His master plans, policies, strategies, and cunningness are still unrivaled. Politics is a planned game and Chanakya is an esteemed father of politics.



HIS STORY- The real ambition of Chanakya’s life started when he was reprimanded and insulted by the then ruler of Nanda dynasty. He took the insult to his heart and this event transformed his life and led to the change in the order of the world. This unfortunate turn pushed him towards his destiny and he founded one of the strongest empires that would rule Indian subcontinent for hundreds of upcoming year.
OUR LESSON- This life event of Chanakya teaches the man of this world that never let any event weigh you down. Burn the event, use the fire as a fuel for your ambition, transform it into positive energy and let your destiny play a role which would eventually let you conquer a great many things you never thought you would. Keep your cool even in harsh times.


HIS STORY- Chanakya being a shrewd and cunning man, always used to devise strategies. In such a stint, he used to put small doses of poison in Chandragupta Maurya’s food to make him immune to the poison if anytime an enemy used this strategy. However by mistake emperor’s wife had the poison and during this dying times she was pregnant and Chankaya had to extract Bindusara from her womb, who later became the disciple of Chanakya and eventually a king.
OUR LESSON- Grave mistakes happen and it can happen to anyone. The only thing we could do at that time is to not lose the cool. For 21st century man whose hormones are always jumping, you must not forget to have a balanced brain and mind to live a life grandly.


  • As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.
  • The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.
  • The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.
  • A man is born alone and dies alone, and he experiences the good and bad consequences of his karma alone, and he goes alone to hell or the Supreme abode.
  • A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first and honest people are screwed first.
  • There is no austerity equal to a balanced mind, and there is no happiness equal to contentment; there is no disease like covetousness and no virtue like mercy.
  • God doesn't dwell in the wooden, stone or earthen idols. His abode is in our feelings, our thoughts.


Chanakya died in the year 283 BC in Patliputra. Even his death was never simple. There are two theories revolving around his death conspiracy. First one says that he starved himself to death and the second one tells us that the court conspiracies led to his ultimate fall. Chanakya left his cherished body and his soul departed for the celestial paradise during the rule of Chandragupta Maurya’s son Bindusara. His works and Niti’s are still revered and looked respectfully upon due to its relevance even after thousands of years.

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