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The Culture of Bahudhā

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/9780195693553.003.0008
The Culture of Bahudhā

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Terrorism and human bombs are the latest instruments in violent conflicts that are being sanctioned in the name of redressal of religious and ethnic grievances. In this context, the need for belief in ‘one truth, many interpretations’ has acquired great relevance in terms of formulation of a widely shared public policy of harmony. In the process of dialogue, this chapter argues that it is essential to have a state of mind where one can strongly believe in one’s own way of looking at issues while simultaneously accommodating another’s point of view. If the principles of non-violence and truth can guide the affairs of each individual and society, this approach can be further strengthened. This chapter examines the nature of conflicts, bahudhā and the major civilizations, and UNESCO’s efforts.

Keywords: non-violence; terrorism; tolerance; UNESCO; truth; harmony; nature of conflicts; bahudhā

Chapter.  8260 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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