Political thought in action: the Bhagavad Gita and modern India

The Bhagavad Gita's philosophical and political significance remains forever contemporary. In this volume a group of leading historians reflect on the significance of the Bhagavad Gita for political and ethical thinking in modern India and beyond. These essays contribute new perspectives to his...

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Contributors: Devji, Faisal (Editor); Kapila, Shruti (Editor)
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2013.
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B India / Bhagavadgītā / Reception / History
Further subjects:B Collection of essays
B Bhagavadgītā Criticism, interpretation, etc
B Bhagavadgītā ; Criticism, interpretation, etc
B Bhagavadgītā
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Print version: 9781107033955
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Summary:The Bhagavad Gita's philosophical and political significance remains forever contemporary. In this volume a group of leading historians reflect on the significance of the Bhagavad Gita for political and ethical thinking in modern India and beyond. These essays contribute new perspectives to historical, contemporary and global political ideas. Violence and nonviolence, war, sacrifice, justice, fraternity and political community were constitutive of India's political modernity, and it was to these questions that Indian public figures turned their attention in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Oriented towards the future, these commentaries and interpretations of a text that locates war as the central problem of human life have detached the Gita from antiquity and made it foundational for India's modernity. The book would be of interest to academic researchers as well as general readers interested in South Asian history, Indian philosophy and religion.
India, the Bhagavad Gita and the world -- The transnational Gita -- The transfiguration of duty in Aurobindo's essays on the Gita -- Gandhi's Gita and politics as such -- Gandhi on democracy, politics and the ethics of everyday life -- Morality in the shadow of politics -- Ambedkar's inheritances -- Rethinking knowledge with action : V.D. Savarkar, the Bhagavad Gita and histories of warfare -- A history of violence
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ISBN:1139524011
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781139524018