Rákshasa’s Ring

Viśākhadatta Michael Coulson


Rákshasa’s Ring

Rákshasa’s Ring

  • Title: Rákshasa’s Ring
  • Author: Viśākhadatta Michael Coulson
  • ISBN: 9780814716
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Hardcover



The final, benedictory stanza of this political drama may refer to Emperor Chandra Gupta II r c.376 415 CE Other than this clue to the date of the author, all we know about him is that he came of a princely family, and would have had political experience The play is set just after Alexander s invasion of India c.325 BCE when the first Emperor Chandra Gupta seized thThe final, benedictory stanza of this political drama may refer to Emperor Chandra Gupta II r c.376 415 CE Other than this clue to the date of the author, all we know about him is that he came of a princely family, and would have had political experience The play is set just after Alexander s invasion of India c.325 BCE when the first Emperor Chandra Gupta seized the throne and founded the Maurya dynasty The exemplary R kshasa is the loyal exiled chief minister of the deposed dynasty But his opponent, far from being the villain of the piece, is a kind of super hero the inhumanly competent ascetic Kaut lya, to whom is ascribed India s famous handbook for rulers, a precursor to Machiavelli Kaut lya struggles not to destroy R kshasa but to win him over to be his successor as Chandra Gupta s chief minister, so that he himself can retire from politics.


Recent Comments "Rákshasa’s Ring"

A display of shrewdness of Chanakya who believed the end justifies the means.

Beautiful language. There are some nice aphorisms that apply to societies where loyalty is more important than in ours. Or maybe it would be fealty rather than loyalty. In any case, this is excellent. I may read more sandskrit dramas.


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