By Som Benegal
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What all of this indicates is a rich diversity of worldviews and interests within the shared, but contested cosmopolitan culture of classical South Asia. Even as Brāhmaṇical and Buddhist culture asserted themselves and indelibly impacted classical South Asian culture, no single philosophy or institution governed the minds and hearts of people in the period. Invasions by and contact with representatives of foreign cultures further enriched the milieu of the classical period, prompting various responses, from appropriation to rejection, to a wealth of new perspectives.
This Brāhmaṇical political ideology is widely accepted in texts from the classical period. It has been taken by many modern scholars as generally representative of political thought in much of the classical period. Critically, however, passages expressing this ideology in the Arthaśāstra are, for the most part, interpolations—later additions to the text. If we look back to the lii Introduction older parts of the text—those that can be ascribed to the original composer of the text—we find a far different view of political power expressed: What provides enterprise and security to critical inquiry, the Triple [Veda], and Economics is punishment (daṇḍa); its administration (nīti) is Government (daṇḍanīti).
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A Panorama of Indian Theatre by Som Benegal