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Indian Political Thought

Indian Political Thought

  • Himanshu Roy
  • Mahendra Prasad Singh
  • Author: Himanshu Roy
    • ISBN:9789332587335
    • 10 Digit ISBN:9332587337
    • Price:Rs. 309.00
    • Pages:472
    • Imprint:Pearson Education
    • Binding:Paperback
    • Status:Available

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    The pre-colonial arena remained largely untouched and disassociated

    with the mainstream Indian political thought except for Kautilya. In the past half

    decade or more, new thinkers of mainly pre-colonial years, who were earlier read

    as part of the discipline of history, literature and theology with their disciplinary

    matrices has been included with the focus on their political ideas. Buddha, Manu,

    Zia Barani, Abul Fazal, Kabir are representatives of this emerging trend. In the second edition, we have focused on this genre by incorporating eight new political thinkers of which six are of pre-colonial years whose political social

    ideas are reflected here in their works. Buddha, Thiruvalluvar, Basava, Kabir,

    Vemana and Tulsi are part of this endeavour. The other two, Narayan Guru and

    Tilak, are of late 19th and early 20th century. They were social-political activists

    who deeply impacted the people of their regions. Many of them are known today

    as saint-poets, social reformers or religious gods. "


    Table of Content

    1. Dharma/Dhamma: Buddha's and Asoka's
    2. Kautilya: Theory of State
    3. Political Ideas of Thiruvalluvar
    4. Manu: Social Laws
    5. Exploring the Modern in Medieval:  Political Ideas of Basava
    6. Zia Barani: Good Sultan and Ideal Polity
    7. Political Ideas of Kabir
    8. Political Philosophy of Tulsidas
    9. Abul Fazl: Governance and Administration
    10. Viswadhabhi Rama Vinura Vema:  The Social and Political in Vemana's Thought
    11. Rammohan Roy: Civil Rights
    12. Jotirao Phule: Social Justice
    13. Tilak's Nationalism and Swaraj
    14. Narayana Guru
    15. Vivekanand: Cultural Nationalism
    16. Aurobindo: Nationalism and Democracy
    17. Ramabai: Gender and Caste
    18. Gandhi: Swaraj and Satyagraha
    19. Jinnah: In Search of Political Power
    20. Savarkar: Hindutva and Critique of Caste System
    21. Nehru: Ideas of Development
    22. M.N. Roy: Twentieth-Century Renaissance
    23. Periyar: Radical Liberalism
    24. Ambedkar: Constitutionalism and State Structure                                                                                                                                                                       25. Ambedkar: Democracy and Economic Theory
    26. Lohia: Democracy
    27. Jayaprakash Narayan: Marxism, Democratic Socialism and Gandhism
    About the Editors and Contributors

    Salient Features

    Indian Political Thought: Themes and Thinkers, second edition, discusses the thought process of important Indian political thinkers who range from ancient, medieval, and modern times. New thinkers have been added in this edition, namely, Basava, Thiruvalluvar, Buddha, Tulsidas, Narayana Guru, Vemana, Kabir, and Tilak. The chapters delve into a discussion on important themes, including civil rights, nationalism, democracy, gender and caste, Marxism, socialism, Gandhism, Dhamma, theory of State, ideal polity, and Swaraj.
    Many of them are known today as saint-poets, social reformers or religious gods. Among them, despite wide span of time, there are common running themes of justice, governance, and equality for which they lead an emancipatory praxis in the society, were also critical of administration of their times, and suggested measures for better governance.