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God as Political Philosopher
Buddha’s Challenge to Brahminism

  • Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd - Retired, Director, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad

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December 2018 | 260 pages | SAGE Samya
In this provocative and scholarly book, Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd propounds a view of Gautama Buddha as India’s first social revolutionary. Buddha did his best to give the principles of tribal democracy and egalitarianism a sanctuary in his own sangha. In so doing, he foreshadowed modern India’s experiment with parliamentary democracy. Critical of the caste system, Buddha inducted low caste members into the sangha and made them his trusted advisers. He gave women an honoured place in the sangha. Dissent was indeed permitted, and even Buddha was not above the law.

Pre-dating Socrates and Plato by some years, Buddha also foreshadowed key elements of their philosophy.
 
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
 
Scholars on Buddha and Buddhism
 
Pre-Buddhist Society
 
Gautama Buddha’s Life and Philosophy
 
The State and Its Origins
 
Justice, Democracy and Administration
 
Property, Rights and Duties
 
Class and Caste
 
Women
 
Conclusion
 
Bibliography
 
Index

This book . . . shows that Buddhist theorizing is as powerful as that of the ancient Greek thinkers, and fulfils the dream of Ambedkar that Buddha should become the basis of our study of the ancient state, rights, property and justice.

Gopal Guru,
Political Scientist

Kancha Ilaiah’s work continues the legacy of Iyothee Thass, Rahul Sankirtayana and Ambedkar of interpreting Buddha for our times.

Uma Chakravarti,
Feminist Historian and Filmmaker

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Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd

Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd recently retired as Director, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad. He is Chairman of Telangana Mass and Social Organizations (T-Mass) that works for English-medium education. He has helped to build up Dalit-Bahujan and civil liberties movements in India. He received the Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Award, 2000. His paper ‘Experience as Framework of Debate’, which appeared in the Economic and Political Weekly, set up new terms for the debate on the reservation policy during the anti-Mandal struggle in 1990. His contributions have appeared in... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789353282592
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