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By Arvind Sharma

Written by means of a number one Hindu student, Hindu Narratives on Human Rights is prepared round particular rights, similar to the fitting to possess estate, the rights of kids, women's rights, and animal rights. inside those different types and in mild of the questions they bring up, the ebook offers a guided travel of Hindu narratives on ethics, starting from the well-known spiritual epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, to varied different types of secular literature drawn from nearly 1000 years of Indic civilization. the conclusion that Hindu moral discourse is narrative instead of propositional is a comparatively fresh one. as a result, the present tendency within the West has been to miss it within the context of the dialogue of human rights. This ebook used to be written to right that oversight. It exhibits that the presence of the common within the specific in Hindu tales is a key to figuring out Hindu brooding about human rights—and it shows ways that Hindu moral discourse can engage creatively with glossy human rights discourse.

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The word education could easily be construed to include religious education. And, should that be the case, the entire complexion on the case cited earlier changes from one in which the rights of the son, Prahl7da, are being violated into one in which the rights of his father, Hirahyaka{ipu, are being violated. This selection, however, helps problematize the question of religious freedom in the Hindu context in an even more suggestive way. Many tributes have been paid to Hindu tolerance, and the term has almost come to mean religious freedom in a Hindu context.

4 Nevertheless, the right to property is crucial for a society to function. The following narrative indicates how the state, even in ancient India, endeavored to respect this right of its humblest citizens. There seems to be a widely prevalent view that Hindu statecraft is bereft of the concept of human rights, which is often seen to be a gift from the West. ”5 Its fourth canto describes the following incident, or rather series of incidents, during the reign of King Candr7pXCa (c. 6 When [the king] commenced the construction of the temple of TribhuvanasvąmĨ, a tanner would not give up his hut, which was situated on the selected site.

Nąrada said: The demon, on hearing the words of his son, which espoused the views of the rival party, laughed and said: “The minds of the boys is being subverted by the views of the enemies. ” The priests of the demons called Prahląda, who had now been brought back home, and, after praising him gently, asked him in pacifying words: “Dear Prahląda. Blessings be on you. Tell the truth. Don·t lie. How have you learnt all these contrary things far beyond the other students? O delighter of the family!

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