You’ve probably read the following sentence many times: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Truisms like this become clichés that acquire a life of their own and are passed on through the ages, without us ever really pausing to wonder at their origin.
So, if you don’t know who penned the truism above, we’ll tell you. It is attributed to the famous political strategist and thinker, Chanakya or Kautilya, in the Arthashastra, back in the 4th century BCE. Even more amazing is the fact that Kautilya’s timeless treatise on statecraft was just one of the many great works that set the stage for entire areas of study in India.
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