Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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| Editors: Jeffery D. Long, Rita D. Sherma, Pankaj Jain, Madhu Khanna


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_231-1


Ahimsa and its Theory in Indian Traditions

Ahimsa in the contemporary times remains one of the most debated and desired political and social philosophy. Global agencies working for peace and equity per se United Nations and Nations engulfed in war and violation of human rights seek the solutions through values of “Ahimsa.” Ideals of ahimsa are medium to peace. Peace studies do begin with the idea of nonviolence which is an ethical philosophy of “ahimsa” as it remains one of the ancient wisdoms of Indian philosophy which was brought in vogue to modern world by Mahatma Gandhi. Since ahimsawas used by Gandhi in Indian freedom struggle, it became an integral part of debates within peace studies and its strategies. After Gandhi, many global leader sought solace in ahimsa and follow path of ahimsa for conflict mediation and social justice. In the contemporary discourses, neo-Buddhism and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s ideas of social equity are also studied in the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of History and Ancient Indian Culture, School of Social SciencesDr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada UniversityAurangabadIndia