Vishnu Sharma was a Sanskrit scholar and the author of the anthropomorphic political treatise called Panchatantra. He used to live in Varanasi in the 3rd century BC. He was also the official guru of the prince of Kasi. To teach political science to his royal disciples in a creative way, he wrote the Panchatantra, which is one of the oldest collected works of Indian fables existing today.
In all the shastras and the theory of diplomacy and politics, Vishnu Sharma was known to be a savant. The five tantras in the Panchatantra that has attuned fame over centuries are Mitrabhed, Mitrasamprapti, sandhi, vigraham and Apareekshitkarakam.