Power Shastra

Without government, rises disorder as in the Matsya nyayamud bhavayati (proverb on law of fishes). In the absence of governance, the strong will swallow the weak. In the presence of governance, the weak resists the strong.

  • Sama, the first step, means conciliation or alliances. When the situation of conflict arises between states, the firsts step is to talk.
  • Dana, the second, means gifts or compensation. Sometimes it is referred to as Dama, price, it means to pay the value.
  • Bheda, refers to usage of Logic or Trickery, influence the mind.
  • Danda refers to force or armaments. To take up war with the opposite state.

All of the above four Upayas are generally spoken together in a single colloquial phrase - Sama Dana Bheda Dandopaya. This is a very common quote that is used all over India as a suggestion to resolve any conflict.

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