CONTENTS:- Preface; Abbreviations; Transliteration; Introduction; Origin and Divinity of Kingship; Character of Kingship; The Royal Duities; The King and the Ownership of Land; Diplomatic Organisation and the Policy of Peace; Conclusion; Bibliography;
King had a pivotal role to play in the ancient Indian polity and as such, the study of kingship and its various related aspects is of tremendous importance. No doubt, much has been written about the Kingship by authors like R.C.P. Singh and Padma Altekar but they relate to the early medieval and late medieval period. The period from Vedic Age to Gupta Age, though much formative from the point of view of polity, remains negelected.