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The Bhagavad-Gita for the Modern Reader

History, interpretations and philosophy, 1st Edition

By M. V. Nadkarni

Routledge India

294 pages

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What is the Bhagavad-Gita? Is it just a religious text? When was it composed? How relevant is it to the modern world?

This book answers these foundational questions and goes beyond. It critically examines the Bhagavad-Gita in terms of its liberal, humanist and inclusive appeal, bringing out its significance for the present times and novel applications. The author elaborates the philosophy underlying the text as also its ethical, spiritual and moral implications. He also responds to criticisms that have been levelled against the text by Ambedkar, D. D. Kosambi, and more recently, Amartya Sen. The volume proposes unique bearings of the text in diverse fields such as business & management and scientific research.

Eclectic and accessible, this work will be of interest to scholars of philosophy, religion, history, business & management studies as well as the general reader.

Table of Contents

Key to Transliteration Preface 1. Significance of the Gita, its Date and Authorship 2. Classical Commentators of the Gita 3. The Gita Goes Global 4. Makers of Modern India and their Interpretations of the Gita 5. Contemporary Interpretations 6. Philosophy of the Gita 7. Criticisms of the Gita and Response 8. Novel Applications Bibliography Glossary Index

About the Author

M. V. Nadkarni is presently Honorary Visiting Professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bengaluru, and a Member of the Governing Body at the Centre for Multi-disciplinary Development Research (CMDR), Dharwad, Karnataka, India. An economist by professional training, with specialisation in agricultural and ecological/environmental economics, he is actively interested in development economics, political economy, history, sociology, philosophy, ethics, religion and Gandhian Studies. He was the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) National Fellow for two years (2002–04) and Vice Chancellor of Gulbarga University, Karnataka, India from 1999 to 2002.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Political
RELIGION / Hinduism / Sacred Writings
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies