- Whoever imposes severe punishment becomes repulsive to the people; while he who awards mild punishment becomes contemptible. But whoever imposes punishment as deserved becomes respectable. For punishment when awarded with due consideration, makes the people devoted to righteousness and to works productive of wealth and enjoyment; while punishment, when ill-awarded under the influence of greed and anger or owing to ignorance, excites fury even among the hermits and the ascetics dwelling in the forests, not to speak of the householders.
Book I : "Concerning Discipline" - Chapter 4 - "Determination of the Place of Varta and of Dandaniti."
- If a King is energetic, his subjects will be equally energetic. If he is reckless, they will not only be reckless likewise, but also eat into his works. Besides, a reckless King will easily fall into the hands of his enemies. Hence the King shall ever be wakeful.
Book I : "Concerning Discipline" - Chapter 19 - "The Duties of a King."
- All urgent calls he shall hear at once, but never put off; for when postponed, they will prove too hard or impossible to accomplish.
Book I : "Concerning Discipline" - Chapter 19.
Thus was the very tragic end of this political, economic and military genius... but was it really the end? His name is very much alive and his two books - the "Arthashastra" and the "Nitishastra" or "Chanakya Niti" - are still widely read and will continue to be read by generations to come... but who remembers Subandhu? Where is he today? If at all his name comes up, it is only because of Chanakya, the man he supposedly 'destroyed', but who in turn rose like the proverbial sphinx through the pages of history to mesmerize generation after generation of scholars and lay people of all ages, for over 2 millennia and will continue to fascinate... He was truely a Man of Destiny, who made history bow before him.
Note: Information gathered courtesy Wikipedia and the Internet Indian History Sourcebook.
1) A sketch of (arguably) the greatest political, economic and military genius - 'Chanakya'.
2) A painting depicting the Court of the Emperor Chandragupta Maurya, where (especially) Chanakya, played an important part in the foundation and governance of the Maurya dynasty. (Wikipedia)