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Bahudha and the Post 9/11 World (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780190130046

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¥4,290
Author: 
Balmiki Prasad Singh
Pages
436 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
148 x 216 mm
Pub date
Aug 2020
Series
Oxford India Paperbacks
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The rise of terrorism and fundamentalism in recent times has brought about phenomenal changes in global politics. These call for a new, bold, and imaginative statecraft from world leaders. Underlining the need to transcend age old peace mechanisms and to reconstruct our language of discourse, this book propounds the concept of Bahudha - an eternal reality or continuum, a dialogue of harmony, and peaceful living. Bahudha recognises the distinction between plural societies and pluralism. Bahudha facilitates exchange of views, and promotes understanding of the collective good. The rise of terrorism and fundamentalism in recent times has brought about phenomenal changes in global politics. These call for new, bold, and imaginative statecraft from world leaders. Underlining the need to transcend age-old peace mechanisms and to reconstruct our language of discourse, this book propounds the concept of Bahudha-an eternal reality or continuum, a dialogue of harmony, and peaceful living. Bahudha recognizes the distinction between plural societies and pluralism. It facilitates an exchange of views and promotes understanding of the collective good. The book discusses the major events witnessed by the world during the years 1989-2001-the fall of the Berlin Wall, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the transfer of Hong Kong to China, and the terrorist attack on the USA on 11 September 2001, and events thereafter-as well as their implications for various nations, cultures, and global peace. The book also discusses India's civilizational experiences in handling the pluralistic challenge by citing examples from the Vedas and Puranas and analysing policies followed by Ashoka, Kabir, Guru Nanak, Akbar, and Mahatma Gandhi. The author underlines the importance of Bahudha as an instrument of public policy for harmony and also discusses the global imperatives of following such an approach. It highlights the central role of education and religion in the building of a harmonious society and advocates the strengthening of the United Nations to become an effective global conflict resolution mechanism.

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Contents
Prologue
Foreword by Dalai Lama ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgements xxi
I: A WORLD IN NEED OF BAHUDHA
1. The World Today
2. Political eTsunamisi and After
II: MANIFESTATIONS OF BAHUDHA APPROACH IN INDIA
3. The Vedic World View
4. The Pathfinders
5. The Builders
6. The Rulers
7. Among People
III: BAHUDHA AS AN INSTRUMENT OF PUBLIC
POLICY FOR HARMONY
8. The Culture of Bahudha
IV: THE GLOBAL IMPERATIVES OF BAHUDHA
9. Religion for All Beings
10. Education for Harmony
11. International Political Architecture:
The United Nations
V: THE FUTURE OF BAHUDHA
12. In Conclusion
Select Bibliography
Index

About the author: 

Balmiki Prasad Singh is a distinguished scholar, thinker, speaker, and public servant.

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