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The Rulers

Balmiki Prasad Singh

in Bahudhā and the Post 9/11 World

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195693553
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080328 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693553.003.0006
The Rulers

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The myth of the Chakravartin fuelled the ambitions of several rulers in India to build a large empire over the Indian subcontinent. In the long history of governance in India, three outstanding rulers who made meaningful contributions to the bahudhā approach are Ashoka (304–232 BC), Akbar (1542–1605), and Jawaharlal Nehru (1889–1964). This chapter discusses the concepts implemented by these rulers, such as dhamma, ibadat khana, abolition of jiziya, din-i-ilahi; communal harmony, foreign policy, naga policy, and the relationship between Gandhi and Nehru. Ashoka stands out as an outstanding gifted ruler who laid down some unique conflict resolution mechanisms. Akbar was crowned the third emperor of the Mughal Empire. Meanwhile, the idea that power can be turned to utilitarian goals in a democracy is now well accepted. This has been possible in great measure because the policies enunciated by Nehru were pursued by successive prime ministers.

Keywords: Ashoka; Akbar; Jawaharlal Nehru; bahudhā; dhamma; communal harmony; foreign policy; naga policy; ibadat khana

Chapter.  15967 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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