God as Political Philosopher: Buddha’s Challenge to Brahminism

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Author : Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

9789353282592 | PB | pp. 260 | 2019 | SAGE, Samya

In this provocative and scholarly book, Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd propounds a view of Gautama Buddha as India’s first social revolutionary. Buddha did his best to give the principles of tribal democracy and egalitarianism a sanctuary in his own sangha.

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In this provocative and scholarly book, Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd propounds a view of Gautama Buddha as India’s first social revolutionary. Buddha did his best to give the principles of tribal democracy and egalitarianism a sanctuary in his own sangha. In so doing, he foreshadowed modern India’s experiment with parliamentary democracy. Critical of the caste system, Buddha inducted low caste members into the sangha and made them his trusted advisers. He gave women an honoured place in the sangha. Dissent was indeed permitted and even Buddha was not above the law. Pre-dating Socrates and Plato by some years, Buddha also foreshadowed key elements of their philosophy.

Author:

Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

ISBN:

9789353282592

Publisher:

SAGE, Samya

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

260

Year of Publication:

2019

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd retired recently from being Director, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy at Maulana Azad National Urdu University. He has received the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule award, 2000. He is chairman of Telangana Mass and Social Organizations (T-Mass) that works for English-medium education. Among his best-known books are Why I Am Not a Hindu: A Sudra Critique of Hindutva Culture, Philosophy and Political EconomyBuffalo Nationalism: A Critique of Spiritual Fascism Untouchable God; and Post-Hindu India: A Discourse in Dalit-Bahujan, Socio-Spiritual and Scientific Revolution.

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