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Sat 08 Oct 2022

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC+5.5)

Rule of Law and Enforcement of Contracts in the Arthaśāstra

This conversation seeks to primarily foreground insights presented by author and economist Sriram Balasubramanian in the chapter Rule of Law and Enforcements of Contracts of his book Kautilyanomics for Modern Times published in 2022 by Bloomsbury. This book, according to its author, seeks to do three things: first, to provide a structure and a context for Kautilya’s economic thoughts; second, to examine his work’s relevance today, and third to do it in a way that a lay reader can follow and grasp easily. This talk will focus on Kautilya’s philosophy behind rule of law and enforcement of contracts, some of the key trends in enforcement of contracts in the current scenario and how Kautilya’s ideas are relevant to these trends.


Sriram Balasubramanian

Economist & Author

Sriram Balasubramanian is an economist and author. His key areas of interest include global macroeconomics, economic history, socio-economic trends in emerging markets and Indic/dharmic culture. He has contributed to many international publications such as Foreign Policy, Wall Street Journal, VoxEU and CNBC-TV18 as an independent columnist and commentator. He is the author of Jamba: The Joint Family (shortlisted for the Third Annual IAAC Literary Festival organised by the Indo-American Arts Council) and The Wizards. Balasubramanian has also been featured in podcasts by Bloomberg and interviewed by newspapers, including The Hindu and The New Indian Express, for his books and research work. He is an alumnus of Columbia University, New York.


Megh Kalyanasundaram

Host, Director – Special Projects

Megh Kalyanasundaram is an Indian citizen with close to nine years of lived experience in China, an alumnus of ISB and is currently Director Special Projects at INDICA. His post-graduate specialization in Strategy, Leadership and Marketing included a study of research methods. His professional experience includes stints as a Market Leader at a Global Fortune 50 firm, as Head of Business Development at a leading Indian talent development multinational and he has served a term on the Board of a Shanghai-based not-for-profit. His academic research interests and 20+ papers span some aspects of ancient Indian chronology, Indian Knowledge Systems, Landscape in Indic texts, Ancient Indian Jurisprudence, Ideas of India and Philosophy. For his creative contribution to the first edition of the International Day of Yoga, he was invited by the Permanent Mission of India in the United Nations to attend the inaugural event at the UN. Other professional and pro-bono pursuits have included building differentiated digital platforms for Indic texts targeted at specific learning and research needs and music. His research-based compositional Sanskrit album 'Bhārata and her Kāśmīra' has been listed by the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA) while his subsequent album 'Indian Knowledge Systems and Yāskācārya's Nirukta' has recently been accepted for listing by the Vedic Heritage Portal. In 2022, Megh was invited by the National Museum Institute (NMI) to contribute content for multiple projects currently underway at NMI, including ones on Jammu Kashmir & Ladakh and Kedarnath.