Chanakya himself is the author of two books, namely the Arthashastra and the Chanakya Niti, both written in Sanskrit. The books are a compilation of Chanakya’s thoughts in the relams of governance, administration and defense of the kingdom, and also cover other kingly duties and state matters. They are still considered by many Indians to be valid advice for leaders, and they are frequently published today and translated into many languages. Chanakya quotes are frequently used in corporate strategy and leadership seminars as inspirational and pithy statements to convey a point.
One of the authors, Pillai, was awarded the Sardar Patel International Award for his work in management and industrial development in 2009. The other author, D Sivanandan, played an important role in stabilizing the police and security infrastructure of the city of Mumbai in India. Pillai says, “Police force is the face of government. So, I couldn’t find a better person than Sivanandan to help me out with his experiences. Moreover, it needs courage to come up with real case studies. These are not the stale sentiments that every random management author comes up with.” The 264-page book is published by Jaico Publishing House and can be purchased at Amazon for INR 190 ($3).