Governance in Ancien...
Governance in Ancient IndiaFrom the Rgvedic Period to c. ad 650 by: Anup Chandra Pandey
The research examines the nature, development and function of the civil service in ancient India. It explains the ancient perceptions of good and ethical governance study literary, inscriptional and numismatic evidence.
Year Of Publication: 2000
Pages : xv, 232
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
From the Vedas to Sutra and Smriti texts, from the time honoured epics to the foreigners travelogues and literary classics leave alone Kautilyas far-famed Arthashastra and other treatises of its genre, ancient Indian literature carries myriad references, bearing out not just the principles, philosophy and mechanisms of good governance, but the existence of a well-organised, hierarchical civil service as well. Yet Dr. Pandeys happens to be the first ever research effort to consider governance/civil service in ancient India: in all its different manifestations. Covering a vast time-span: from the Vedic times to about the seventh century ad, Anup Pandeys research explores the evolution, nature, scope, functions, importance, and other kindered aspects of the ancient Indian civil service with meticulous description of its varying contours during the reigns of the Mauryas, Indo-Greeks, Shakas, Pahlavas, Kushanas, Imperial Guptas, and Harshavardhana. Also, the book tries to unveil the ancient Indian politys perceptions/norms/modes of good, ethical governance, largely on the basis of sacred works, like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Together with inscriptional and numismatic evidence, the author has marshalled an astonishing mass of literary sources to show, beside a lot else, how an efficient civil service in ancient India was viewed as an imperative for the vitality of the state; and why, therefore, high-ranking functionaries/bureaucrats, entrusted with legislative, executive, financial and the like offices, or with policing and military duties, were often scrupulously chosen from among the politys best talent. Invaluable to the scholars of anceint Indian history, political science and government.
List of Abbreviations
1. Framework Sources
2. Evolution of Civil Service During the Vedic Period
3. Civil Service in the Ramayana
Mantri — Purohita — Yuvaraja — Senapati — Dauvarika — Antahpuradhikrita — Bandhanagaradhikrita — Dhanadhyaksha — Rajajna-Vakta — Pradvivaka — Dharmasanadhikrita — Vyavaharanirneta — Senabhritidanadhyaksha — Karmanta — Vetanagrahinah — Nagaradhyaksha — Rashtrantapala — Dandadhikari — Durgapala
4. Civil Service in the Mahabharata
Durgadhyaksha — Baladhyaksha — Dharmadhyaksha — Camupati — Purodha — Vaidya — Daivajna — Nisristartha Duta — Parimitartha Duta — Shasanahara
5. Mauryan Civil Service
Provincial Civil Service
6. Civil Service During the Foreign Rule of the Indo-Greeks, Shakas, Pahlavas and Kushanas
The Shunga-Satavahana Civil Service
The Indo-Greek Civil Service
Shaka-Pahlava Civil Service
Kushana Civil Service
7. Gupta Civil Service
Yuvaraja — Purohita — Queen — Akshapatalika — Sabhya — Pradvivaka — Senapati — Sandhivigrahika — Koshadhyaksha — Mahapratihara — Police Officers — Vinaya-Sthiti-Samsthapaka — Duta — Adhikaranika — Antapala — Dharmadhikari — Khadyutpakika — Spies
Gopta — Uparika — Bhogika — Rajasthaniya — Dandanayaka — Dandapashika — Baladhikaranika — Ranabhandagarika — Vinayasthitisthapaka — Patyuparika — Audrangika — Cauroddharanika — Sadhanika — Agraharika — Aurnasthanika — Bhogapatika — Tadayuktaka — Hiranyasamudayika — Avasathika — Devadroni Samvadda
8. Vardhana Civil Service
Yuvaraja — Princesses — Rajamahishi — Rajaputras — Samantas — Ministers — Purohita — Royal Physician — Pratihara — Mahasandhivigrahika — Senapati — Baladhikrita — Police — Duta