Kautilya Arthasastra tells us about the different size of cabinets in various times.
- Manu says that that the cabinet should have 12 ministers.
- Brishaspati says that the cabinet should have 16 ministers.
- Usanas (Sukracharya?) says that the cabinet should have 20 ministers.
- But Kautilya holds that it shall consist of as many members as the needs of his dominion require (yathásámarthyam). India is at 79 ministers today.
“One thousand sages form Indra’s assembly of ministers (mantriparishad). They are his eyes. Hence he is called thousand-eyed though he possesses only two eyes”
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