Hinduism and Bioethics in India: A Tradition in Transition

  • Prakash N. Desai
Part of the Bioethics Yearbook book series (BIYB, volume 1)


There has hardly been a time in Indian history when the Indian tradition has not been in transition, except perhaps at the very beginning of Indian civilization. In coming face to face with the West, India may appear to be a culture wrapped in its past, possessed by religion, and aglow in its mystical tradition. But India speaks in many voices, and this polyphony makes it difficult to articulate a singular judgment. An evocative metaphor often employed to capture the spirit of the tradition is that of a palimpsest, an ancient parchment upon which generation after generation inscribe their messages layer upon layer, and yet no succeeding layer completely erases or hides what was previously written ([56], p. 59).


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  • Prakash N. Desai
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  1. 1.University of Illinois Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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