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Essays on Modernism, Democracy and Well-Being: A Gandhian Perspective

Ramashray Roy (Author) Ravi Ranjan (Author)

Has democracy ended human suffering, a task that the political system set out for itself? Or is democracy incompatible with modernity and, therefore, fails to achieve human well-being? If so, are we left with any option? The book asks these acutely political questions and states emphatically that democracy has failed to ensure the well-being of humanity as a whole. Further, it tries to answer this by exploring the Gandhian alternative to modernism and democracy in contemporary times. In the words of the authors themselves, ‘We are aware that in a world divided into a number of ideological camps, the way out suggested in this book will invite ridicule and accusation of orthodoxy. However, the truth has to be told, no matter what the reaction.

Contents: Introduction. 1. Transformation of Order: Two Examples. 2. Modernism and Democracy: Twin Props of the Autonomous Self. 3. Democracy: The Case of Moral Deficit. 4. Democracy: Myth and Reality. 5. Fault Line of Democracy. 6. Making Sense of Social Justice. 7. The Elusive Search for Community. 8. Back to the Roots. 9. Philosophical Background of Gandhi’s Thinking. 10. Gandhi’s Critique of Democracy. 11. Local Democracy: Jefferson and Gandhi. 12. Sarvata: Modern Man in Search of Wholeness.

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About the author

Ramashray Roy

Prof. Ramashray Roy is an eminent political philosopher who has, through his numerous writing, opened new vistas not only in different areas of social sciences but also in Vedic studies. Prof. Roy worked as a Senior Fellow as well as Director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, Director of the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi as well as its National Fellow and Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advance Study, Shimla. He is currently the Fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. He has published more than two dozen books and over fifty articles in Journals in India and outside. His publications include Dalit, Development and Democracy; Politics and Society; Politics and Beyond; Sanskaras in India Tradition and Culture (SHIPRA).

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Title Essays on Modernism, Democracy and Well-Being: A Gandhian Perspective
Format Hardcover
Date published: 30.03.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789351508113
length 324p.,
Subjects History