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Chanakya (Sanskrit: चाणक्य; IAST: Cāṇakya, pronunciation ; 375–283 BCE) was an ancient Indian polymath who was active as a teacher, author, strategist, philosopher, economist, jurist, and royal advisor. He is traditionally identified as Kauṭilya or Vishnugupta, who authored the ancient Indian political treatise, the Arthashastra, a text dated to roughly between the fourth century BCE and the third century CE. As such, he is considered the pioneer of the field of political science and economics in India, and his work is thought of as an important precursor to classical economics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Chanakya has received more than 6,027,643 page views. His biography is available in 109 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 105 in 2019). Chanakya is the 129th most popular philosopher (up from 144th in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from Pakistan and the most popular Pakistani Philosopher.

Chanakya is most famous for his book, Arthashastra, which is an ancient Indian text on statesmanship and economic policy.

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Among philosophers, Chanakya ranks 129 out of 1,081Before him are Ramon Llull, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, Tommaso Campanella, Marsilio Ficino, and Mozi. After him are Oswald Spengler, Emanuel Swedenborg, Giambattista Vico, Bonaventure, Swami Vivekananda, and Rudolf Christoph Eucken.

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Among people born in 375 BC, Chanakya ranks 2Before him is Olympias. After him are Menaechmus and Aristobulus of Cassandreia. Among people deceased in 283 BC, Chanakya ranks 2Before him is Ptolemy I Soter. After him are Demetrius I of Macedon and Agathocles.

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In Pakistan

Among people born in Pakistan, Chanakya ranks 3 out of 180Before him are Akbar (1542) and Shah Jahan (1592). After him are Guru Nanak (1469), Pāṇini (-500), Muhammad Iqbal (1877), Benazir Bhutto (1953), Bhagat Singh (1907), Kanishka (78), Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1910), Vasubandhu (400), and Porus (-400).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In Pakistan

Among philosophers born in Pakistan, Chanakya ranks 1After him are Asanga (300).