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Politics and Society: A New Interpretation

Ramashray Roy (Author)
Synopsis The key to the understanding of the main currents of thought-ways and work-ways in the world of today is the phenomenon of modernity. The principal defining characteristic of modernity is the assertion that it is man qua natural man who is the source of meaning and order in the world. The consequent dedivinization has meant, among other things, the organization and functioning of political life and relations in India, as it is elsewhere else in the world are inspired by, grounded in and informed by secular values. This, as it turns out, proves only a chimera and a hope that ever slips out of the greedy hands of man in the modern times. The search for virtue through the process of modernization proves only elusive since the constitutive principle undergirding the management of pragmatic affairs of man today is the pursuit of private passions. This pursuit introduces a mismatch between what is good for one individual and what is good for all individuals. This mismatch is reflected in all the areas of human existence: in culture, in social life and relations, in the functioning of the government, etc. Efforts to overcome this mismatch or, at least neutralize its effects on personal lives and collective relations prove ineffective. It is the character of this mismatch as well as futile efforts to overcome it that forms the subject-matter of Politics and Society.
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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 Politics and Society: A New Interpretation
Author Ramashray Roy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st. Ed.
Language: English
length xiv+201p.