Neglected and decaying, the original ‘Arthashastra’ may soon be lost forever
This palm-leaf document is currently housed in Mysuru's cash-strapped Oriental Research Institute
The Arthashastra is one of the oldest books on governance, military strategy, politics, economics, justice, and the duties of rulers
Mysuru: In a room without an air conditioner or a dehumidifier in Mysuru, an age-old manuscript lies locked, withering and uncared for. This palm-leaf document, housed in the city’s cash-strapped Oriental Research Institute (ORI), is the original manuscript of Kautilya’s Arthashastra.