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CHANAKYA

Amatya Arrives

Chanakya saw to it that the news, that Chandanadasa would be hanged, did reach Amatya Rakshasa. His spies were there, even near Amatya. Hearing it, Amatya was in an agony. Since this was the direct result of Chandanadasa's giving shelter to his wife and children, Amatya's grief knew no bounds. He was determined to save his friend and came to Pataliputra.

He reached the garden skirting the city and sat for a while there beneath a tree,thinking of what should be his course of action. He was so familiar with every area in that city. He had come back to thecapital after such a long time. Remembering the glorious days he had spent with the Nanda kings, and the royal splendor of those days, his eyes were flooded with tears. It was all God's game, he thought. Just then he heard some one shout, 'The traitor Chandanadasa will be hanged today.' He was stunned.

He heard sounds of crying. Chandanadasa 's wife and children were walking with a loud wail, as the soldiers marched Chandanadasa towards the gallows. "All of you, go back," the soldiers shouted hoarsely, with drawn swords.

Seeing all this, Amatya approached the soldiers and said, "Leave him, he is my friend. You can hang me in his place, and I am ready."

The soldiers said, "But we need a royal order. The reverend Chanakya should agree. If he permits, it can be done. All right, till then we shall not execute the traitor." Four of them brought Amatya Rakshasa to Chanakya's hermitage.

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Chanakya - He gave world a classic of statecraft
About Chanakya
Introduction
The Grass Uprooted
"The Kingdom Is Yours"
"Till I Destroy Your Family"
Extraordinary Person
Student At Takshashila
" I Will Dethrone You"
This Is The man
The Greek Invader
Troops Are Amassed
Freedom From The Greeks
The First Mistakes
Defeat Of The Nanda King
Two Ways
Amatya Rakshasa
Chandanadasa To The Gallows
You are Here! Amatya Arrives
"One Condition"
'Artha-Shastra'
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