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R N Sharma (Author)
Synopsis The Manu-smrti stands foremost among the principal works of its class. It has always been a work of universal authority. It has served as a veritable storehouse of information for social, cultural, political and religious life of the people. It contained the very essence of later Hinduism. Its study is imperative for the proper understanding of Indian culture. In fact the period represented by the Manusmrti holds a key to the understanding of the entire and subsequent social history of India. Indian society in the days of Manu on account of its elasticity, vigour and adaptability stood the best of external pressure and retained its distinctive character even in trying political and economic situations. "Manu's importance in Indian history lies in the fact that was he who gave the stamp of sanctity and permanence to the socio-political institution of the land and left to the Indian world the first code of civil and criminal laws. It serves as the chief authority on Hindu jurisprudence. "In the present day, when a lot of controversies are being razed around some of the views expressed in this great work of Manu, on varna, women, politics, and social justice etc., a need was felt to understand its precepts more clearly and rationally. Sanskrit scholars can read and interpret its injunctions and comments contained in its various commentaries written by Medhatithi and others at different point of time. But those who were not familiar with Sanskrit could not understand it. For the convenience of such people who were interested in knowing the views of Manu on social, political and other topics, M.N. Dutt brought out two separate volumes containing text and translation with notes. "Since the researchers and the readers of the Manusmrti faced the problem of consulting the text and the translation in two separate volumes, so in order to remove this shortcoming, an attempt is being made in the present edition of the Manusmrti, to place the text and translation side by side in a single volume. It is hoped that the present endeavour will be well received by the world of scholars and general readers.
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R N Sharma

Dr. Ram Nath Sharma, M.A., D.Phil., D.Litt., President U.P. Philosophers Association for a decade, LMI : Indian Philosophical Association and Darshan Parishad; Institute; Chief Editor: Research Journal of Philosophy and Social Sciences, Head of the Department of P.G. Studies and Research at Meerut College for two decades. Guided more than three dozen Ph. D’s. Author of more than one hundred research papers and an equal number of books in the field of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Psychology. An authority on Sri Auurobindo and Indian Psychology, Dr. Sharma has always been keen to take up any important problem of present it in a book form. Some of his works on current subjects are Contemporary Indian Philosophy, Indian Psychology, Integral Thought of Sri Aurobindo, the Kargil War, Indian Votes Again, Indian Education Into Millennium, Kashmir Autonomy, Neo Vedanta Education, World fights Terrorism, Schools and Schooling in India, Gujarat Holocaust and Indian Education at the Cross Road.

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Title Manusmrti
Author R N Sharma
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length xv+176p.