Author: K P Ittaman
Publisher: Abhinav Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170170982
The work aims at presenting a comprehensive, critical and comparative study of some important aspects of the early Indian administrative machinery like the King, the Queen, the Crown Prince, the Royal Chaplain, the Minister, the Sandhivigrahika, the Ambassador, the Judge, the Chief District Officer, the Spy and the Village Headman, Based on original sources, both literary and archaeological, indigenous and foreign, the present work partly fulfils the need of a systematic study of the problem from the Rgvedic period down to the thirteenth century AD.
The book is divided into eleven chapters. Chapter I deal with the King who was the supreme head of the executive, the judicial, revenue and military departments of the government. Chapter II contains a detailed study of the Queen, who sometimes held a high status in the State, helping her husband in administration or governing the kingdom either in her own name or as a regent on behalf of minor rulers. Chapter III delineates the Crown Prince who often performed a great deal of administrative work and led the imperial army against external aggression. Chapter VI takes note of the office of the Royal Chaplain who, though he did not really form a part of the administrative machinery, must have exercised an enormous influence in the formulation and implementation of the State’s policies and programmes. In this way, other important officers, their mode of appointment and remuneration, duties and responsibilities and various others related problems have been critically studied in Chapters V to XI.