Chanakya was born in a Brahmin family. He was the son of Acharya Chanak who was a teacher.
He took his name 'Chanakya' from his father's name 'Chanak'. Kautilya was given his name because of his gotra 'Kautil'.
He received his education in Takshila which was the best university in the world at that time
Chanakya overthrew the Nanda dynasty of the Magadha empire. Magadha was the most powerful empire at that time.
It is believed that Chanakya used to give Chandragupta Maurya a small amount of poison to resist the toxic attacks of enemies through his food. He was convinced that Chandragupta would not be able to lose a sword fight, so he prepared a counter remedy for such conspiracies.
They created an army of women to protect Chandragupta. Those women were called 'Vish Kanya' and were able to kill people.
Arthashastra of Chanakya is considered to be one of the best books on administration and politics written by any ancient scholar.
Some say that Alexander's return was strategically done by Chanakya by generating disbelief among Alexander's companions. It is said that after seeing Porus's bravery, it was Chanakya who successfully demonstrated fear of Indian soldiers in the army of Alexander.
When the Bindusara grew, he was given the throne by Chandragupta, while Chanakya remained the Administrator.
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