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Evil and the Philosophy of Retribution

Modern Commentaries on the Bhagavad-Gita, 1st Edition

By Sanjay Palshikar

Routledge India

192 pages

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What is ‘evil’? What are the ways of overcoming this destructive and morally recalcitrant phenomenon? To what extent is the use of punitive violence tenable? Evil and the Philosophy of Retribution compares the responses of three modern Indian commentators on the Bhagavad-Gita — Aurobindo Ghose, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Mahatma Gandhi. The book reveals that some of the central themes in the Bhagavad-Gita were transformed by these intellectuals into categories of modern socio-political thought by reclaiming them from pre-modern debates on ritual and renunciation.

Based on canonical texts, this work presents a fascinating account of how the relationship between ‘good’, ‘evil’ and retribution is construed against the backdrop of militant nationalism and the development of modern Hinduism. Amid competing constructions of Indian tradition as well as contemporary concerns, it traces the emerging representations of modern Hindu self-consciousness under colonialism, and its very understanding of evil surrounding a textual ethos.

Replete with Sanskrit, English, Marathi, and Gujarati sources, this will especially interest scholars of modern Indian history, philosophy, political science, history of religion, and those interested in the Bhagavad-Gita.

Table of Contents

1. The Return of the Gita and the Rise of Hinduism 2. Demons and Demonisation 3. Sri Aurobindo: The Bow of the Kshatriya 4. Lokamanya Tilak: Hatvaapi… na hanti 5. Gandhi: The Penance of Self-effacement. Bibliography. About the Author. Index

About the Author

Sanjay Palshikar is Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS017000
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
PHI033000
PHILOSOPHY / Hindu
PHI034000
PHILOSOPHY / Social
POL010000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
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RELIGION / General
REL032000
RELIGION / Hinduism / General
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General